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Biochemical cause of seasonal depression (SAD) confirmed by researchers

New research confirms why some people suffer from the winter blues while others get through the winter without any problems. A longitudinal study has found that that people with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) show significant seasonal differences in…

See-through sensors open new window into the brain

Developing invisible implantable medical sensor arrays, a team of engineers has overcome a major technological hurdle in researchers’ efforts to understand the brain. The team has now described its technology, which has applications in fields ranging…

Stress-related inflammation may increase risk for depression

Preexisting differences in the sensitivity of a key part of each individual’s immune system to stress confer a greater risk of developing stress-related depression or anxiety, scientists report. Inflammation is the immune system’s response to infecti…

Sport in old age can stimulate brain fitness, but effect decreases with advancing age

Physical exercise in old age can improve brain perfusion as well as certain memory skills, say neuroscientists who studied men and women aged between 60 and 77. In younger individuals regular training on a treadmill tended to improve cerebral blood flo…

Why your brain makes you reach for junk food

Will that be a pizza for you or will you go for a salad? Choosing what you eat is not simply a matter of taste, conclude scientists in a new study. As you glance over a menu or peruse the shelves in a supermarket, your brain is making decisions based m…

Birth season linked to risk of later-life mood disorders

Our risk of developing mood disorders in adulthood may be influenced by the season during which we were born, according to new research.