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Study finds no link between subcortical brain volumes and genetic risk for schizophrenia Over the last decade, important contributions to our understanding of schizophrenia have come from two different types of studies. Neuroimaging studies have found that certain parts of the brain, such as the hippocampus and amygdala, are smaller in people with schizophrenia – a devastating psychiatric illness with high heritability. At the same time, large genome-wide [...]
A better model for Parkinson’s disease Scientists at EPFL solve a longstanding problem with modeling Parkinson’s disease in animals. Using newfound insights, they improve both cell and animal models for the disease, which can propel research and drug development. Parkinson’s disease is characterized by the appearance of protein clumps within neurons in the brain, called Lewy bodies. Reproducing Lewy bodies in [...]
Long-term cannabis use associated with worse verbal memory in middle age Marijuana use over time was associated with remembering fewer words from a list but it did not appear to affect other areas of cognitive function in a study of men and women followed up over 25 years, according to an article published online by JAMA Internal Medicine. Marijuana use is common among adolescents and young [...]
Follow-up care low among adolescents with new depression symptoms While most adolescents with newly identified depression symptoms received some treatment within three months, some of them did not receive any follow-up care and 40 percent of adolescents prescribed antidepressant medication did not have any documented follow-up care for three months, according to an article published online by JAMA Pediatrics. Major depression is a chronic [...]
Study strengthens evidence linking autism to maternal obesity-diabetes Scientists show they can use electronic medical records and birth information to verify and strengthen an already suspected link between autistic children and pregnant mothers with obesity and diabetes. The findings from researchers at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center are reported in a study posted online ahead of publication by the journal Autism Research. An [...]
The psychology of fresh starts Research suggests those who adopt intrinsic as opposed to external motivators better maintain and adhere to goals.
Onetime party drug hailed as miracle for treating severe depression Dozens of studies have reported that ketamine can reverse the kind of severe depression that traditional antidepressants often don’t touch.
For older adults, serious depression symptoms increase risk for stroke and heart disease Depression and its symptoms increase as people age, and have been linked to heart disease and stroke in both middle-aged and older adults. But whether depression and its symptoms are risk factors for these two dangerous conditions has been unclear. In a new study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, researchers set [...]
3000 Pulses Later Martha Rhodes Recounts Her Recovery from Depression How does a high-powered executive spend most of her adult life smiling when she feels like crying? For Martha Rhodes, it became second … ...
Study suggests different written languages are equally efficient at conveying meaning A study led by the University of Southampton has found there is no difference in the time it takes people from different countries to read and process different languages. The research, published in the journal Cognition, finds the same amount of time is needed for a person, from for example China, to read and understand a [...]
Blood pressure medicine may improve conversational skills of individuals with autism An estimated 1 in 68 children in the United States has autism. The neurodevelopmental disorder, which impairs communication and social interaction skills, can be treated with medications and behavioral therapies, though there is no cure. Now, University of Missouri researchers have found that a medication commonly used to treat high blood pressure and irregular heartbeats [...]
Teens are more caring when they feel support from others Research from the University of Rochester finds that caring for others dips during adolescence. But when young people feel supported from their social circles, their concern for others rebound. “Young people often perceive relationships they have as being less supportive during middle and early high school years,” said Laura Wray-Lake, an assistant professor in psychology [...]
Semantically speaking: Does meaning structure unite languages? We create words to label people, places, actions, thoughts, and more so we can express ourselves meaningfully to others. Do humans’ shared cognitive abilities and dependence on languages naturally provide a universal means of organizing certain concepts? Or do environment and culture influence each language uniquely? Using a new methodology that measures how closely words’ [...]
Selfies, Sharing & Internet Safety: What’s A Parent to... “Please, just tell me what to do about my daughter’s constant use of her cell phone!” “My son throws a fit every time I tell him to get off the … ...
Do you party with your parents? It seems intuitive that our parents should have an influence on our political leanings, but just how this occurs might surprise you.
Four Levels of Lucid Dreaming Knowing that you are dreaming is the first step to lucid dreaming but there are at least four levels of lucid dreaming. How do you get there?
New Zealanders’ Improving Perception of Mental Illness... I am a 63-year-old New Zealander. I’m happily married with two adult sons and two grandsons and work from home in the suburbs of Auckland as a freelance writer. I also suffer from bipolar disorder, which I believe I manage very well. Over the years … ...
How To Come Up With Film Ideas (Borrow or Steal) The movie Outland is basically High Noon, with Sean Connery in the Gary Cooper role, and it takes place on one of Jupiter’s moons. Alien was pitched as Jaws in … ...
3 Signs Your Relationship Will End (and Helpful Solutions) Relationships don't end for mysterious reasons. If you learn to watch for the signs, you can see it ending clearly.
5 Simple Steps to Create a New Habit that Sticks Lots of buzz these days about habits, creating habits. Some suggest that forming habits is more important than setting goals. Why? Because your daily habits determine your long-term results, regardless … ...