Brain Disease

ABC News: How diet can affect mental health: the likely link between food and the brain

What people choose to eat doesn’t just affect their waistlines, but maybe also the way they think and feel, according to a growing body of research. Some Americans may believe that eating “comfort foods” leads to happiness. But often choosing to eat processed foods like ice cream, macaroni and cheese or chips may eventually be […]

Futurism: Long term depression permanently changes the brain

New research from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto has revealed something remarkable about mental illness: years of persistent depression-caused inflammation permanently and physically alter the brain. This may dramatically affect how we understand mental illness and how it progresses over time. (February 27, 2018) Read the full article here

Medical Xpress: Over years, depression changes the brain, new study shows

Millions of Americans who suffer from bipolar disorder depend on lithium. The medication has been prescribed for half a century to help stabilize patients’ moods and prevent manic or depressive episodes. Yet what it does in the brain—and why it does not work for some people—has remained largely mysterious. (February 27, 2018) Read the full […]

News-Medical: Schizophrenia: A byproduct of the brain’s complex evolution?

New genetic evidence, published in the journal Schizophrenia, suggests that the condition is an “unwanted side effect” of the evolution of the complex human brain. More and more studies have been illuminating the genetic components of schizophrenia, a condition that affects about 1 percent of the world’s population. (February 24, 2018) Read the full article […]

Medical News Today: Could your tears help to diagnose Parkinson’s?

One day, it might be possible to diagnose Parkinson’s disease noninvasively by checking for biological markers in tears, new research suggests. The study — led by the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles — found that tear samples from individuals with Parkinson’s disease had different levels of a protein linked to the disease […]

Live Science: Does anesthesia cause memory problems in adults?

“Going under” for surgery might lead to future memory problems, but any effects appear to be small, a new study suggests. Middle-age adults who underwent surgery using general anesthesia performed slightly worse on memory tests afterward, according to the study, published today (Feb. 22) in the journal Anesthesia. (Februayr 22, 2018) Read the full article […]

Newsweek: Perfectionists are more likely to be depressed – but one thing might help them

Perfectionists may be more susceptible to depression—unless they can learn to be kind to themselves, according to research published Wednesday in PLoS One. The paper, based on surveys given to more than 1,000 Australian teenagers and adults, found that perfectionists who were more self-compassionate were less depressed, regardless of their age. (February 21, 2018) Read […]