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August 31, 2021
by Patricia Tomasi

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New Study Looks At The Connection Between Brain Lesions And Psychiatric Disorders

August 31, 2021 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Journal of Nature Human Behaviour looked at how brain stimulation and brain lesions converge on common causal circuits in neuropsychiatric disease. “The study is about brain circuitry in depression,” study author, Dr. Shan H. Siddiqi told us. “We were hoping to find if modulating specific brain circuits (with brain damage or brain stimulation) can causally modify depression severity.” [More]

July 27, 2021
by Patricia Tomasi

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How Does Light Affect Our Brain?

July 27, 2021 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in PLOS Genetics looked at how light affects behavioral despair involving the clock gene Period 1 using mice. “The study is about how light may affect our brain,” study author, Dr. Urs Albrecht told us. “In particular, how light can influence our wellbeing and mood. We were wondering whether light really can affect the brain, because from personal experience life appears to be easier in summer when there is more light than in winter.” [More]

May 31, 2021
by Elizabeth Pratt

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COVID-19 Negatively Impacts Mental Health Of Residents And Staff Of Nursing Homes

May 31, 2021 08:00 by Elizabeth Pratt  [About the Author]

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COVID-19 has had a significant mental health impact on both residents and staff members in aged care facilities. Research published in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry found those working or residing in aged care facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic are experiencing high levels of stress and negative mental health impacts. [More]

April 6, 2021
by Patricia Tomasi

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Finland Has Been The Most Physically Active During The Pandemic According To New Study

April 6, 2021 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Journal of Frontiers in Psychology looked at the cross-cultural health behaviors and wellbeing of people during COVID-19. “The purpose of the study was to examine the impact of the pandemic on perceived physical and mental health, changes in physical activity, sleep, eating, and wellbeing,” study author Montse Ruiz told us. [More]

March 16, 2021
by Elizabeth Pratt

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Time Spent Outdoors Could Counteract Negative Mental Health Impact of Pandemic On Teens

March 16, 2021 08:00 by Elizabeth Pratt  [About the Author]

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Time spent outside and nature-based activities could counteract some of the negative mental health impacts of COVID-19 on adolescents. Researchers from North Carolina State University found that outdoor based activities helped teens cope with major stressors, and restricting such opportunities could have negative mental health implications. [More]

March 2, 2021
by Patricia Tomasi

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New Study Looks At Rapid Antidepressant Effects And Depression Neurobiology

March 2, 2021 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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Researchers of a new study published in the Journal of Molecular Neurobiology investigated the therapeutic potential of drugs that inhibit stress-induced epigenetic changes. “It is well described in the literature that stress triggers epigenetic modifications which result in changes in the expression of genes that code for proteins important for several functions in the brain, such as neurotransmitter signaling and neuroplasticity,” study author Sâmia Joca told us. “Impaired neuroplasticity and neurotransmitter signaling in limbic brain regions (responsible for emotion, affection, cognition and endocrine control) has been considered central mechanisms involved in depression neurobiology.” [More]