Chronic pain is defined as any persistent pain which lasts more than 3 months, with research indicting over 85% of patients suffering from chronic pain are affected by severe depression. … Continue Reading Molecular link between chronic pain and depression identified.
Insomnia is a sleep disorder where people have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep for a healthy amount of time, with over 770 million people suffering from sleeplessness worldwide. Currently, … Continue Reading 1.3 million patient genetics study identifies brain cells involved in insomnia.
One percent of adults and 5% of children are unable to achieve what most of us take for granted, speaking without stuttering. Instead, they struggle with words, often repeating the … Continue Reading Researchers map the cause of stuttering in the brain.
As they go about their everyday lives, people often have to choose between a safe option and a riskier one, such as staying in a secure job, or starting a … Continue Reading Study identifies neural circuits involved in making risky decisions.
Scientists have long speculated that schizophrenia, which affects about 1 in every 100 adults worldwide, originates in part in the hippocampus, the brain’s headquarters for memory and spatial navigation. As … Continue Reading Schizophrenia linked to loss of cells in brain’s memory centre for the first time.
Internet gaming disorder (IGD) is defined as a failure to control one’s impulses to excessively use online gaming. IGD results in serious negative outcomes, such as decreased physical and mental … Continue Reading Neuroimaging identifies brain differences in compulsive video game players.
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.
Synapses are specialized, protein-rich cell junctions that are essential for normal brain function and are dysfunctional in many diseases and disorders of the nervous system. Synapses are made up of … Continue Reading Study identifies elusive master regulator of synaptic protein sorting.
A new study by researchers from Wayne State University, University of Toronto and University of Michigan demonstrates that communication between some of the brain’s most important centres is altered in … Continue Reading Neuroimaging study of brain networks maps differences in children with OCD.
DNA sequences were once thought to be identical from cell to cell, but it’s increasingly understood that mutations can arise during brain development that affect only certain groups of brain … Continue Reading New single-cell sequencing technique can track subtle neurogenetic mutations spatially.
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.
Human geneticists have discovered that a region of the genome associated with autism contains genetic variation that evolved in the last 250,000 years, after the divergence of humans from ancient … Continue Reading Geneticists ‘date’ genetic variation associated with autism.
A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technique can detect signs of cognitive decline in the brain even before symptoms appear, according to a new study from the University of Geneva. The … Continue Reading MRI technique detects evidence of cognitive decline before symptoms appear.
Researchers from Harvard University and McLean Hospital have shown that schizophrenia and bipolar disorder both appear to be associated with dendritic spine loss in the brain, suggesting the two distinct … Continue Reading Schizophrenia, bipolar disorder linked with dendritic spine loss in brain.
The more curious a person is about a topic, the easier it is to learn information about that topic. New research from the University of New South Wales provides insights … Continue Reading Researchers begin to map curiosity, enhanced learning in the brain.
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.