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Elevating brain protein allays symptoms of Alzheimer's, improves memory Scientists are testing a drug that could boost levels of critical protective protein in brain. In the study, the team conducted tests in a mouse model of Alzheimer's disease by raising the levels of one of two forms of neuregulin-1 in the hippocampus, an area of the brain responsible for learning and memory. Both forms of the protein seemed to improve performance on a test of spatial memory in the models.
Today I Love This Change Of Pace Today I love this change of pace. I love that I slept for nine hours. I love that I am looking back on eleven days of fun and that I … ...
New Film: A Light Beneath Their Feet We recently received an email message from Jeffrey Loeb, a film producer, announcing the release of his new film, A Light Beneath Their Feet. We haven’t had a chance to … ...
Civilian Run Programs: An Alternative to Traditional Mental Health... Fifteen years of war in Iraq and Afghanistan reveal the impact of sustained exposure to combat, harsh environmental conditions and extended separation from loved ones have on the psychological well-being of military personnel and their family members. The estimates vary from study to study, but … ...
Attitudinal Healing Your attitudes support or detract from your experience when moving through life. Whether your attitude is expectant, positive, negative, neutral, simple, or complex, it drives you and shows up in your behavior. The best way to assess your position in life, your relationships, and your … ...
Exercise boosts brain health, but is there a downside? Study shows that the more animals exercised, the worse their long-term memories became.
What your social media posts say about your mental health A computer script analyzed photos posted to Instagram and accurately predicted if the users had depression.
These are peak times for divorce Studies reveal certain times of year that are popular for divorce.
Mental toll of bad jobs lasts decades Recent study shows that people who had low levels of job satisfaction in their 20s and 30s may have an increased risk of mental health problems in their 40s.
It Is Okay To Need Help I need help. See, there it is. Not so hard to type; not so hard to say. I made the decision, within two weeks of my lease ending, to terminate … ...
Zika virus detected in newborn until 2 months after birth Researchers outline the case of a baby born with Zika infection in January 2016, who remained infected by the virus even two months and one week after birth. This is the first reported case of prolonged Zika infection in newborns.
How we believe our meat is raised can influence how it tastes Our beliefs about how farm animals are raised can shape our meat-eating experience, according to a new study led by Lisa Feldman Barrett, University Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Northeastern University. For the study, Barrett and co-author Eric Anderson, PhD’15, paired identical meat samples with different descriptions and then reported on participants’ eating experiences. They [...]
Graying but grinning: Despite physical ailments, older adults happier While even the best wines eventually peak and turn to vinegar, a new study by researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine suggests a paradoxical trend in the mental health of aging adults: They seem to consistently get better over time. “Their improved sense of psychological well-being was linear and substantial,” said [...]
Family Dynamics Tied to Childhood Binge Eating Binge eating is the most prevalent type of eating disorder. It cuts across racial and ethnic groups, gender and age. In fact, it has been reported in children as young as … ...
Researchers measure emotional flexibility in mothers, daughters during the rollercoaster of adolescence Queen’s University researchers Tom Hollenstein and Jessica Lougheed have published new research on the emotional bonds between mothers and adolescent daughters. The study examined how well mother-daughter pairs were able to manage rapid transitions between emotional states and the so-called “emotional rollercoaster” of adolescence. “This study reflects a growing need to examine how typically developing [...]
Places with more men than women do not typically experience higher rates of social instability Contrary to traditional expectations of unbalanced sex ratios, places with more men than women do not typically experience higher rates of family and social instability, according to a University of Utah study. The study, published today in PLOS ONE by anthropologists Ryan Schacht and Karen Kramer, finds instead that surpluses of men are associated with [...]
How do antidepressants trigger fear and anxiety? More than 100 million people worldwide take selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), such as Prozac and Zoloft, to treat depression, anxiety and related conditions, but these drugs have a common and mysterious side effect: they can worsen anxiety in the first few weeks of use, which leads many patients to stop treatment. Scientists at the [...]
Scientists use ultrasound to jump-start a man’s brain after coma A 25-year-old man recovering from a coma has made remarkable progress following a treatment at UCLA to jump-start his brain using ultrasound. The technique uses sonic stimulation to excite the neurons in the thalamus, an egg-shaped structure that serves as the brain’s central hub for processing information. “It’s almost as if we were jump-starting the neurons [...]
Study strengthens evidence that cognitive activity can reduce dementia risk Are there any ways of preventing or delaying the development of Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of age-associated dementia? While several previously published studies have suggested a protective effect for cognitive activities such as reading, playing games or attending cultural events, questions have been raised about whether these studies reveal a real cause-and-effect relationship or [...]
In unstable times, the brain reduces cell production to help cope People who experience job loss, divorce, death of a loved one or any number of life’s upheavals often adopt coping mechanisms to make the situation less traumatic. While these strategies manifest as behaviors, a Princeton University and National Institutes of Health study suggests that our response to stressful situations originates from structural changes in our [...]