Brain Disease

Futurity: To cut depression stigma, consider the grinch and scrooge

Examining the motivations of the Grinch and Ebenezer Scrooge can help us better understand why people might feel lonely and disinterested during the holiday season, says psychiatrist Anthony Tobia.It’s an important lesson for people who struggle with depression, as well as for their loved ones and mental health providers. These narratives can remove the stigma […]

Ladders: How to know when holiday drinking is hurting your brain

For many, the holidays are indeed the most wonderful time of the year. Families and friends come together and enjoy food, good cheer – and, often, alcohol. Commercially speaking, alcohol and the holidays seem to be made for each other. Alcohol can be a quick and easy way to get into the spirit of celebration. […]

NPR: Scientists find a brain circuit that could explain seasonal depression

Just in time for the winter solstice, scientists may have figured out how short days can lead to dark moods. Two recent studies suggest the culprit is a brain circuit that connects special light-sensing cells in the retina with brain areas that affect whether you are happy or sad. When these cells detect shorter days, […]

Medical Xpress: Parkinson’s disease protein buys time for cell repair

Australian researchers have discovered how a protein linked to Parkinson’s disease may protect cells such as neurons in the brain. The study revealed how a protein called Parkin—which is lost in certain forms of Parkinson’s disease – ‘buys time’ for cells to repair internal damage that may otherwise kill them. (December 20, 2018) Read the […]

News-Medical: European scientists aim to identify causes of dementia

Dementia is common to a variety of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease (AD), Parkinson disease (PD) and Down syndrome (DS). This common symptom is one of the major causes of disability and dependency among older people. Worldwide, around 50 million people have dementia, and there are nearly 10 million new cases every year. (December […]

TIME: Diet and exercise might reverse aging in the brain

It’s no secret that a healthy diet and plenty of exercise are key to good health, as study after study continues to show. But the latest analysis puts some hard numbers on just how big a benefit they can have on the brain, by possibly reversing some of the effects of aging. (December 19, 2018) […]

Health 24: Research on almost 2 000 brains brings insight into mental illness

Researchers say a massive genetic analysis of the human brain has yielded new insights into the underpinnings of psychiatric diseases such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and autism. Scientists at 15 institutions analysed nearly 2 000 brains, and their findings are detailed in 11 studies published in a special edition of Science and two other journals. […]

Medical News Today: How do anxiety and depression affect physical health?

Depression and anxiety may be just as bad for your health as smoking and obesity. However, cancer does not correlate with these mental health conditions. These are the main takeaways of a new study that investigates the physical health risks of these psychiatric conditions. (December 18, 2018) Read the full article here

Medical Xpress: Gene variant found in brain complicit in MS onset

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease affecting the function of the central nervous system. Up to now, most of the 230 genetic variants associated with the disease have been linked to changes in immune cells. However, Yale scientists now report that genetic risk variants can also affect the function of brain cells, which then […]