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Higher Highs and Lower Lows – There’s a Gene for That

Researchers have uncovered a gene that influences how deeply life experiences will effect a person, and the discovery challenges traditional thinking about genes as risk factors for depression. The gene makes some people more susceptible to depressive disorders after traumatic life events, and the same gene can help some people thrive in positive situations. &8230; […]

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Best and Worst of Health and Healthcare – September 2015

Last month was highly prolific in Alzheimer’s disease research – pathological mechanisms were described, detection tools were evaluated, and therapeutic targets were unraveled. But it was not all about Alzheimer’s. Here is the best and worst news I came across within September. &8230; [visit site to read more]

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Predicting change in the Alzheimer’s brain

MIT researchers are developing a computer system that uses genetic, demographic, and clinical data to help predict the effects of disease on brain anatomy. In experiments, they trained a machine-learning system on MRI data from patients with neurodegenerative diseases and found that supplementing that training with other patient information improved the system’s predictions. In the […]

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Join the World Mental Health Day 2015 Movement #IAmStigmaFree

Did you know that approximately 1 in 4 people live with a mental illness worldwide? And that simply by learning and talking more about mental health you could help millions of people around the world? This is the message behind this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW, October 5th-11th), which also encompasses this Saturday&8217;s World […]

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Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy – The Mental Health Trip of the Future?

If I told you we could condense years of successful therapy, safely, down to a few hours using currently illegal psychedelic drugs would you believe me? &8230; [visit site to read more]

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Our Mental Abilities Are Not Entirely Exceptional

We rightfully consider ourselves the smartest species on Earth. Our smartness, however, is not entirely unique. Our mental abilities have not suddenly appeared from nowhere – they must have gradually evolved. So it does not come as a really big surprise to find out that many animals possess certain mental abilities that we traditionally considered […]

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