Exercise is well-known for its cognitive benefits because it causes neurogenesis, the creation of new neurons, in the hippocampus, which is a key brain region for learning, memory and mood … Continue Reading Research refutes famous study, shows neurons created through exercise don’t erase old memories.
Antidepressants are recommended as a first-line treatment of severe depression and for the treatment of mild-to-moderate depression that persists after conservative measures such as cognitive therapy. Experts recommend against their … Continue Reading Study maps structural brain changes caused by antidepressants.
In the treatment of pain, a common course is to treat patients with opioid medications, these medications show limited effectiveness for neuropathic pain and come with safety and addiction issues. … Continue Reading Researchers map how antidepressants lessen neuropathic pain.
Prions are proteins in which the complex molecular three-dimensional folding process has simply gone astray. For reasons not yet understood, the misfolding nature of prions is associated to their ability … Continue Reading Study shows that the prion protein plays a role in depression.
A research collaboration between the universities of Oslo and Aarhus has resulted in the development of a new method with diagnostic potential. The new method that combines phase extraction with … Continue Reading New technique developed for determining possible stress marker in blood samples.
Depression affects an estimated 350 million people worldwide and poses a major public health challenge, according to the World Health Organization. Researchers have discovered an unconventional way that serotonin is … Continue Reading New source of serotonin in the brain found and the effects on SSRI’s identified.
Researchers from the University of Bern have discovered a mechanism that is responsible for the level of chronic pain in the brain. The results of this study point to new … Continue Reading Researchers begin to map chronic pain memory in the brain.
Why do some people develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) while others who suffered the same ordeal do not? A new UCLA discovery may shed light on the answer. UCLA scientists … Continue Reading Study identifies two genes that boost risk for post-traumatic stress disorder.
A drug being studied as a fast-acting mood-lifter restored pleasure-seeking behaviour independent of, and ahead of, its other antidepressant effects, in a National Institutes of Health trial. Within 40 minutes … Continue Reading Rapid-acting agent restores pleasure-seeking in bipolar neuroimaging trial participants.
Researchers at University of California have identified a control mechanism for an area of the brain that processes sensory and emotive information that humans experience as ‘disappointment.’ The discovery of … Continue Reading Scientists discover ‘dimmer switch’ for mood disorders.