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Gene mutations in brain linked to OCD-like behavior

Researchers found that eliminating a set of genes in the corticostriatal brain region of mice – also present in humans – led to OCD-like behavior.

Mindfulness shows promise as we age, but study results are mixed

As mindfulness practices rise in popularity and evidence of their worth continues to accumulate, those who work with aging populations are looking to use the techniques to boost cognitive…

Innovative treatment for depression in older people is effective, conclude researchers

An innovative psychological treatment can help older people who are suffering from lower-severity depression, say researchers at the University of York.

Deprivation in early childhood can affect mental health in adulthood, according to landmark study

Despite living in strong and supportive families for over 20 years, children exposed to early deprivation in Romanian institutions aged 0-3 experience a range of mental health problems in early…

Fructose is generated in the human brain

Fructose, a form of sugar linked to obesity and diabetes, is converted in the human brain from glucose, according to a new study. The finding raises questions about fructose’s effects on the brain and eating behavior.

Sons of cocaine-using fathers have profound memory impairments

Fathers who use cocaine at the time of conceiving a child may be putting their sons at risk of learning disabilities and memory loss. The researchers say the findings reveal that drug abuse by fathers — separate from the well-established effects of co…