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July 29, 2015

July 29, 2015 — The formation of G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs), which allows understanding the unexpected behavior of some antagonists that block physiological responses, has been the focus of recent ... read more

Illuminating Mechanisms of Repetitive Thinking

July 28, 2015 — The ability to engage in mental time travel is a unique and central part of the human experience. And yet this very ability can have detrimental consequences for both physical and mental well-being ... read more

National Study of Deep Brain Stimulation for Depression Fails to Demonstrate Efficacy

July 28, 2015 — Depression is a leading cause of disability worldwide, and treatment-resistant symptoms of depression have a terrible personal and societal cost. They can devastate lives, careers, and families. Some ... read more

Stress Hormone Reduces Heroin Cravings

July 28, 2015 — Every addiction is characterized by a strong desire for a certain addictive substance, be it nicotine, alcohol or other drug. Researchers recently conducted a study on heroin addiction and ... read more

Brain Disease Scenarios Revised by Step-by-Step Imaging of Toxic Aggregation

July 28, 2015 — Diseases like Alzheimer's are caused when proteins aggregate and clump together. In a world first, scientists have successfully distinguished between the disease-causing aggregation forms of ... read more

Specific Cardiovascular Risk Factors May Predict Alzheimer's Disease

July 28, 2015 — Specific cardiovascular risk factors, such as alcohol consumption, smoking, obesity and diabetes, are associated with smaller regional brain volumes that may be early indicators of Alzheimer's ... read more

Experimental Drug Treatment for Rett Syndrome Suggests Disorder Is Reversible, Mouse Study Shows

July 27, 2015 — A strikingly new approach for treating Rett syndrome has been developed by scientists, a devastating autism spectrum disorder. In their report, the researchers demonstrate that treatment with ... read more

Blood Markers Identify Women at Risk for Postpartum Depression

July 27, 2015 — The hormone oxytocin, sometimes called 'the love hormone,' may be a factor in postpartum depression, when a mother has a lower than normal level. A blood marker now may help identify the ... read more

July 27, 2015 — Like Duke Ellington's 1931 jazz standard, the human brain improvises while its rhythm section keeps up a steady beat. But when it comes to taking on intellectually challenging tasks, groups of ... read more

Insulin Resistance Increases Risk for Alzheimer's Disease, Study Finds

July 27, 2015 — A strong association between insulin resistance and memory function decline has been found by researchers who suggest that this link increases the risk for Alzheimer's ... read more

Strong Link Between Delirium, Inflammation in Older Patients

July 27, 2015 — Delirium is an acute state of confusion that often affects older adults following surgery or serious illness. Now a study confirms that inflammation -- an immune response that develops when the body ... read more

Low-Dose Lithium Reduces Side Effects from Most Common Treatment for Parkinson's Disease

July 27, 2015 — Low-dose lithium reduced involuntary motor movements -- the troubling side effect of the medication most commonly used to treat Parkinson's disease (PD) -- in a mouse model of the condition that ... read more

Predicting Whether Children With DiGeorge Syndrome Will Develop Autism or Psychosis

July 27, 2015 — New findings are the first to suggest a potential way to predict whether children with DiGeorge syndrome will develop one of two mental impairments. The researchers report having isolated specific ... read more

Brain Structure Reveals Ability to Regulate Emotions

July 24, 2015 — People diagnosed with a personality disorder may find it difficult to function in society due to difficulties in regulating emotions -- but also healthy individuals differ in how often they become ... read more

Diagnosis of Psychiatric Disorders Not as Important as Outcomes

July 24, 2015 — Nailing the diagnosis of a psychiatric disorder may not be important in prescribing effective treatment, according a clinical researcher. The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that nearly ... read more

Scientists Identify Schizophrenia's 'Rosetta Stone' Gene

July 23, 2015 — A breakthrough reveals gene's influence in a vulnerable period of the brain's development. Researchers hope it could offer a therapeutic target for reversing the disease. There is ... read more

July 23, 2015 — When hormone glucagon like peptide-1 was reduced in the central nervous system of laboratory mice, they overate and consumed more high fat food, scientists have found. Although this is not the only ... read more

Body Fat Can Send Signals to Brain, Affecting Stress Response

July 23, 2015 — The brain's effect on other parts of the body has been well established. Now, a group of researchers has found that it's a two-way street: Body fat can send a signal that affects the way ... read more

Study Identifies Challenges of Delirium Detection in Older Adults in Emergency Department

July 23, 2015 — Researchers have conducted what is believed to be the first study to interview providers to identify the barriers and possible catalysts to delirium detection in emergency care situations. An ... read more

Can Migraine Increase Your Risk of Stroke?

July 23, 2015 — Older people who experience migraines may have an increased risk of stroke, but only if they are smokers, new research suggests. The study did not find an association between migraine with or without ... read more

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