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‘Key player’ identified in genetic link to psychiatric conditions

Scientists have identified a specific gene they believe could be a key player in the changes in brain structure seen in several psychiatric conditions, such as schizophrenia and autism.

Link between brain immune cells and Alzheimer’s disease development identified

Scientists have discovered how to forestall Alzheimer’s disease in a laboratory setting, a finding that could one day help in devising targeted drugs that prevent it. The researchers found that by removing brain immune cells known as microglia from rod…

A lack of self control during adolescence is not uniquely human

Impulsiveness in adolescence isn’t just a phase, it’s biology. And despite all the social factors that define our teen years, the human brain and the brains of other primates go through very similar changes, particularly in the areas that affect self-c…

Painting a bigger biosociological picture of chronic pain

An integrated approach that unifies psychosocial factors with neurobiology sheds light on chronic pain traits and their underlying brain networks, according to a new study.

City parks lift mood as much as Christmas

New research shows that visitors to urban parks use happier words and express less negativity on Twitter than before their visit — and that their elevated mood lasts for up to four hours. The effect is so strong that it’s equivalent to the mood spike …

City parks lift mood as much as Christmas

New research shows that visitors to urban parks use happier words and express less negativity on Twitter than before their visit — and that their elevated mood lasts for up to four hours. The effect is so strong that it’s equivalent to the mood spike …

Brain takes a beating as arteries age

Researchers have presented a model that explains why memory deteriorates as the body ages. With age, the brain receives an increased load from the heart’s beating as the body’s large arteries stiffen over the years, causing damage to the smallest blood…

Brain takes a beating as arteries age

Researchers have presented a model that explains why memory deteriorates as the body ages. With age, the brain receives an increased load from the heart’s beating as the body’s large arteries stiffen over the years, causing damage to the smallest blood…

Risk of psychotic disorders has disease-specific brain effects

Brain abnormalities in people at familial risk of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder emerge in unique patterns, despite the symptom and genetic overlap of the disorders, according to a new study. Similarities between schizophrenia and bipolar disorder …

Alzheimer’s drug reverses brain damage from adolescent alcohol exposure in rats

A drug used to slow cognitive decline in adults with Alzheimer’s disease appears to reverse brain inflammation and neuron damage in rats exposed to alcohol during adolescence.