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Researchers identify gene possibly linked with methamphetamine addiction A new study sheds light on the significance of a potential genetic risk factor for drug addiction and possibly other neuropsychiatric disorders. Both genetic and environmental factors are known to influence susceptibility to substance use disorders. However, the genetic basis of these disorders is largely unknown. Researchers at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) have [...]
Neurotransmitter GABA predicts tactile learning ability In an international collaboration with the Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD, USA), neuroscientists at the Ruhr-University Bochum have determined a link between brain levels of the neurotransmitter GABA, the main source of inhibition in the brain, and tactile learning. Using magnetic resonance spectroscopy, they were able to show that success in learning can be predicted [...]
Singing is beneficial for memory and mood especially in early dementia Researchers led by Dr. Teppo Särkämö at University of Helsinki, Finland have revealed that caregiver-implemented musical leisure activities, particularly singing, are cognitively and emotionally beneficial especially in the early stages of dementia. The findings could help improve dementia care and better target the use of music in different stages of dementia. The research was published [...]
Tendency to remember episodic details versus facts reflected in brain patterns Why is it that some people have richly detailed recollection of past experiences (episodic memory), while others tend to remember just the facts without details (semantic memory)? A research team from the Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest Health Sciences has shown for the first time that these different ways of experiencing the past are associated [...]
More kids with autism evaluated as preschoolers — but more progress needed in early recognition An increasing proportion of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are undergoing recommended evaluation in the preschool years–but population rates of ASD remain higher in eight-year-olds compared to four-year-olds, reports a study in the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, the official journal of the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. The journal is published by [...]
Fast Recovery from Depression with Magnesium? I love how my magnesium supplement makes me feel. My mood is better. I sleep much better. I wake up with more energy in the morning. Best of all, I … ...
Sex differences in brain may underlie neurodevelopmental disorders more common in males Female infants have larger gray-matter volumes than males around the temporal-parietal junction of the brain, research shows. This brain region is important for processing of social information that is expressed in others' faces and voices, a function that is impaired in autism spectrum disorders (ASD), possibly helping to explain the higher risk for certain forms of ASD in males.
Active ingredient in magic mushrooms reduces anxiety, depression in cancer patients Psilocybin, found in magic mushrooms, decreased anxiety and depression in patients diagnosed with life-threatening cancer. New research shows that patients who received a psilocybin dose that altered perception and produced mystical-type experiences reported significantly less anxiety and depression compared with patients who received a low dose of the drug. The positive effects lasted 6 months.
Cutting and Self-Harm: Understanding and Treatment Self-injury, also called self-harm, is the act of deliberately harming your own body, such as cutting, burning yourself or other means. It’s typically not meant as a suicide attempt. Rather, … ...
Millennials Most Likely to Experience Anxiety at Work this... Occupational anxiety, or anxiety triggered at or because of work, is raging — and for many there is a mounting feeling of dread as the festive season approaches. Business coach Sean Redmond said that it’s the millennials, workers in their 20s and early 30s, that … ...
The Bipolar Disorder Definition of “I’m Fine” Social etiquette is an important thing for society, and that includes such things as asking, “How are you?” when we greet others. As a person with bipolar disorder, I don’t … ...
Check Out This Great New Website for the LBGTI Community It can be difficult to find specific and compassionate advice for the LBGTI (Lesbian, Bi, Gay, Trans, Intersex) community, especially around drugs, alcohol and sex. If you’re a part of it, the difficulty of finding a comprehensive and understanding resource is very real. And if you have a friend or a family member who needs […]
Discovery shows how herpes simplex virus reactivates in neurons to trigger disease When we get cold sores, the reason is likely related to stress. In particular, the neurons in which the herpes simplex virus (HSV) reside, are under stress. For the first time, researchers at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine discovered a cellular mechanism that allows the virus to reactivate. They also found how [...]
Building a Private Practice: Real Life Stories with Kami... This episode of Building a Private Practice: Real Life Stories, Kami Storck shares how she grew her practice and adjusted it to the needs of her family. She talks about the ups and downs as well. Want to get some awesome tips and see what … ...
Geometric study of brain cells could change strategies on Alzheimer’s Applying mathematical models used for studying the galaxies or interactions between elementary particles, researchers at the Institute of Neuroscience of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, in collaboration with Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, have analysed the spatial distribution of astrocytes: brain cells that are essential for the correct functioning of neurons. This research is published today [...]
Imbalanced gender ratios could affect views about casual sex and hook-up culture The greater proportion of women than men on college campuses may contribute to a hook-up culture where women are more willing to engage in casual sex and are more aggressive toward other desirable women who are perceived as rivals, according to new research published by the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. In the first [...]
Witnessing drug use can spur immediate antisocial behavior by teens Seeing others drink alcohol or use drugs makes it more likely that teenagers will engage in antisocial behavior on the same day, according to new findings from Duke University. The risk is significantly greater for young adolescents who have a ‘risk-taking’ gene associated with sensitivity to substance use exposure. “Past research has shown that children [...]
Depressed Pinterest users suffer from lack of positive messages, study finds Despite the large number of posts on visual social media platforms that suggest–and fuel–depressing or suicidal thoughts, there aren’t many for users to read and share that would help them cope with their mental state more proactively, a University of Georgia study finds. Co-author Yan Jin, an associate professor of public relations in the Grady [...]
Genomic sequencing finds common link in congenital heart and brain disorders Researchers from Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC), NewYork-Presbyterian, the Pediatric Cardiac Genetics Consortium, and the Pediatric Heart Network have found a number of genetic mutations that explain why many children with congenital heart disease also have other significant health challenges, including neurodevelopmental disorders and other congenital problems. The study was published in the December 3rd [...]
Happy on Facebook: How 7 Days Off Can Make... You and I have a love-hate relationship with Facebook. We love documenting good times and keeping up with friends. But we hate the ‘humblebrag’ epidemic and the lies that get … ...