Brain Disease

Medical Xpress: How Physical Exercise Protects the Brain From Stress-Induced Depression

Physical exercise has many beneficial effects on human health, including the protection from stress-induced depression. However, until now the mechanisms that mediate this protective effect have been unknown. In a new study in mice, researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden show that exercise training induces changes in skeletal muscle that can purge the blood of […]

Medwire News: Weight Cycling Linked to Relapse-Prone Bipolar Course

Patients with bipolar disorder are more likely than healthy controls to have a history of weight cycling, which in turn are associated with an increased likelihood of manic and depressive episodes, researchers report. The researchers explain that weight cycling is associated with cardiovascular morbidity and mortality, but its impact on patients with bipolar disorder, who […]

Medical Xpress: New Findings on How Brain Handles Tactile Sensations

The traditional understanding in neuroscience is that tactile sensations from the skin are only assembled to form a complete experience in the cerebral cortex, the most advanced part of the brain. However, this is challenged by new research findings from Lund University in Sweden that suggest both that other levels in the brain play a […]

JAMA: Suicide Runs in Families With ADHD

Shared genetic factors may partly explain the increased risk of suicide among persons with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), found a longitudinal study of 51 707 Swedish patients with ADHD and their families. Heritable traits such as impulsivity play a large role in both ADHD and suicidal behavior and may explain the pattern of familial susceptibility to both, […]

Newswise: Baylor Research Institute Immunology Researchers Obtaining Promising Results with Multiple Sclerosis Vaccine

Thanks to new insights related to dendritic cell vaccines, researchers are investigating a potential vaccine for MS treatment and prevention at the Baylor Institute for Immunology Research (BIIR), a division of Baylor Research Institute. If future research supports early findings, the study could mark an important first in that it attacks MS early while preserving […]

Huffington Post: Evidence Depression Isn’t Just ‘All In Your Head’

Depression touches people differently, making dealing with the condition more of a personal experience than a universal one. Some describe the illness as a dark cloud, while others liken it to being trapped in an empty space. Regardless of how it personally feels, what many people don’t know is that the illness can also take […]