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June 26, 2023

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Chronic Stress-Related Neurons Identified

Researchers have identified a group of nerve cells in the mouse brain that are involved in creating negative emotional states and chronic stress. The neurons, which have been mapped with a combination of advanced techniques, also have receptors for estrogen, which could explain why women as a group ...

New Research Identifies Cells Linking Chronic Psychological Stress to Inflammatory Bowel Disease

For the first time, cells involved with the communication between stress responses in the brain and inflammation in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract have been identified in animal models. Glial cells, which support neurons, communicate stress signals ...

Serotonin Booster Leads to Increased Functional Brain Connectivity

Cognitive deficits accompany mood disorders and other psychiatric conditions, often with debilitating effects. Limited treatments currently exist, but studies in animals and humans have pointed to drugs such as the laxative prucalopride that activate serotonin receptors as a potential therapeutic ...

Obesity Increases Risk of Mental Disorders Throughout Life

Being obese significantly increases the chances of also developing mental disorders. This applies to all age groups, with women at higher risk than men for most ...

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A Subtype of Depression Identified

Using surveys, cognitive tests and brain imaging, researchers have identified a type of depression that affects about a quarter of patients. The goal is to diagnose and treat the condition more ...

New Guidance to Help Diagnose Hoarding Disorder

New guidance may help doctors correctly diagnose hoarding disorder. Hoarding disorder affects around 2% of the population but remains a largely misunderstood mental health condition. It was only ...

Time Out: We All Need a Three-Day Weekend

As a four-day work week is trialed in countries across the globe, health researchers say they're 'all in' when it comes to a long weekend, especially as new empirical research shows ...

Study Examines How Social Rank Affects Response to Stress

Scientists say their study could shed light on stress-related mental illnesses but that more research is ...

Newly Discovered Trigger for Major Depression Opens New Possibilities for Treatments

The simple amino acid glycine looks to be a previously unknown contributor to ...

Study Finds Worrying About Election Stress Can Harm Your Health -- And What You Can Do About It

New research finds that simply anticipating stress related to political elections causes adverse physical health effects. However, the study also finds there is something people can do to mitigate ...

Researchers Find Strong Adolescent-Parent Relationships Lead to Better Long-Term Health Outcomes in Young Adults

Researchers have found that adolescents who report strong relationships with their parents have better long-term health outcomes. Study findings suggest that investments in improving ...

New Evidence: Immune System Cells in the Gut Linked to Stress-Induced Depression

In experiments with mice and humans, a team led by Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers says it has identified a particular intestinal immune cell that impacts the gut microbiome, which in turn may ...

COVID-19 Pandemic Has Long-Lasting Effects on Adolescent Mental Health and Substance Use

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a long-lasting impact on adolescent mental health and substance use, according to a new population-based study based on survey responses from a sample of over 64,000 13- ...

'All Work, No Independent Play' Cause of Children's Declining Mental Health

A new study suggests the rise in mental health disorders in children and teens is attributed to a decline over decades in opportunities for them to play, roam and engage in activities independent of ...

Hunter-Gatherer Childhoods May Offer Clues to Improving Education and Wellbeing in Developed Countries

Hunter-gatherers can help us understand the conditions that children may be psychologically adapted to because we lived as hunter-gatherers for 95% of our evolutionary history. And paying greater ...


Researchers Develop Blood Test for Anxiety

Researchers have successfully developed a blood test for anxiety. The test examines biomarkers that can help them objectively determine someone’s risk for developing anxiety, the severity of their ...

Adding Antipsychotic Med to Antidepressant May Help Older Adults With Treatment-Resistant Depression

For older adults with clinical depression that has not responded to standard treatments, adding the drug aripiprazole to an antidepressant they're already taking is more effective than switching ...

Lending a Paw for Defense Veterans: 'Clear Evidence' That Assistance Dogs Help Improve Mental Health

A new study focused on defense veterans' mental health has found strong evidence that assistance dogs used in conjunction with traditional therapies provide the most effective treatment ...

Early-Life Stress Can Disrupt Maturation of Brain's Reward Circuits, Promoting Disorders

A new brain connection can explain how early-life stress and adversity trigger disrupted operation of the brain's reward circuit, offering a new therapeutic target for treating mental illness. ...

Being Flexible Is Key to Protecting Mental Wellbeing in People With Chronic Pain

Research has found the biggest threat to the mental health of people living with chronic pain isn't necessarily how intense their pain is, but the extent to which it interferes with their daily ...

The Far-Reaching Consequences of Child Abuse

Adverse childhood experiences in mothers can affect their children's mental and physical health, as researchers report. The study found that maltreatment during a mother's childhood is ...

Exercise More Effective Than Medicines to Manage Mental Health, Study Shows

Researchers are calling for exercise to be a mainstay approach for managing depression as a new study shows that physical activity is 1.5 times more effective than counseling or the leading ...

Reducing Social Media Use Significantly Improves Body Image in Teens, Young Adults

Teens and young adults who reduced their social media use by 50% for just a few weeks saw significant improvement in how they felt about both their weight and their overall appearance compared with ...

Dynamic Expression of Brain Serotonin Receptors Across the Menstrual Cycle Provides Clues About Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder

A new study explores the interplay between the serotonin system and estradiol in the brain, showing that the central nervous system in patients with premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) seems to ...

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