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Gut microbiota significantly different in patients with bipolar disorder.

Causing contrasting episodes of mania and depression bipolar disorder (BD) can be an exhausting illness.  BD is a chronic and recurrent mental disorder with a worldwide prevalence of around 0.8%, … Continue Reading Gut microbiota significantly different in patients with bipolar disorder.

Neuroimaging distinguishes between bipolar disorder and depression in human study.

Mental illness, particularly bipolar disorder and depression, can be difficult to diagnose as many conditions have similar symptoms.  These two illnesses are virtually identical except individuals with bipolar disorder also … Continue Reading Neuroimaging distinguishes between bipolar disorder and depression in human study.

Somatosensory neuron receptors used to form brown fat, have implications for diabetes and obesity.

Brown or good fat has long been investigated as a treatment for obesity and Type 2 diabetes due to the fact it burns energy faster than white fat, a type … Continue Reading Somatosensory neuron receptors used to form brown fat, have implications for diabetes and obesity.

Study identifies autism gene which regulates dendrite development to slow down brain communication.

The development of neural connectivity is essential for brain function, and disruption of this process is associated with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).  Now, a study from researchers led by McMaster … Continue Reading Study identifies autism gene which regulates dendrite development to slow down brain communication.

Human study shows ‘aggressive drunk’ gene may protect carriers from obesity and associated risks.

It is known that genetics plays a role in obesity, with genes directly causing obesity in disorders such as Bardet-Biedl syndrome and Prader-Willi syndrome. However, genes and behaviour may both … Continue Reading Human study shows ‘aggressive drunk’ gene may protect carriers from obesity and associated risks.

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