Scientists discover early warning sign of psychosis

Brains of people at risk of psychosis exhibit a pattern that can help predict whether they will go on to develop full-fledged schizophrenia, a...

Ketamine could fight depression in a surprising way, study shows

Ketamine works as an antidepressant at least in part by activating the brain’s opioid system, new Stanford research reports. The finding overturns previously held beliefs...

Want to improve your mood? It’s time to ditch the junk food

Worldwide, more than 300 million people live with depression. Without effective treatment, the condition can make it difficult to work and maintain relationships with family...
Common high blood pressure drugs may help treat serious mental illness

Common high blood pressure drugs may help treat serious mental illness

In a large new study led by UCL, researchers found drugs commonly used to combat physical health diseases, such as high blood pressure, could...

Diabetes in pregnancy may increase depression risk after giving birth

Mothers diagnosed with gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) have an elevated risk of developing postpartum depression symptoms, according to a new Finnish study. Gestational diabetes mellitus...

Scientists find our brain has two clocks to predict the future

That moment when you step on the gas pedal a split second before the light changes, or when you tap your toes even before...
5 things you didn't know about psychopaths

5 things you didn’t know about psychopaths

In the hit BBC TV show, Killing Eve, Villanelle, a psychopathic assassin, tells Eve, a security service operative, "You should never call a psychopath...
5 lifestyle changes to enhance your mood and mental health

5 lifestyle changes to enhance your mood and mental health

When someone is diagnosed with a mental health disorder such as depression or anxiety, first line treatments usually include psychological therapies and medication. What's not...

Coffee combo may fight Parkinson’s disease

In the study, researchers discovered a compound in coffee that may team up with caffeine to fight Parkinson’s disease and Lewy body dementia—two progressive...

Social media may reduce depression in older people in pain

With a few finger strokes or swipes on a computer or cell phone, seniors with pain reduce the risk of depression when visiting social...

Probiotics may benefit millions suffering from bipolar disorder

About 3 million people in the US are diagnosed every year with bipolar disorder, a psychiatric condition characterized by dramatic shifts in mood from...

The surprising secret to successful psychotherapy

As a clinical psychologist and educator, I am often asked to recommend a psychotherapist for people in need. These requests come with a sense of...
The psychology of successful aging

The psychology of successful aging

Successful aging can be the norm, says UCLA psychology professor Alan Castel in his new book, "Better with Age: The Psychology of Successful Aging"...

Why nutritional psychiatry is the future of mental health treatment

A lack of essential nutrients is known to contribute to the onset of poor mental health in people suffering from anxiety and depression, bipolar...
New hope for patients with depression and anxiety

New hope for people with depression and anxiety

There is a strong link between depression and anxiety disorders and autoimmune thyroiditis (AIT), a chronic thyroid condition affecting approximately 10 percent of the...

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A new way to activate stem cells to make hair grow

A new way to activate stem cells to make hair grow

UCLA researchers have discovered a new way to activate the stem cells in the hair follicle to make hair grow. The research, led by scientists...
5 exercises that do wonders for your health

5 exercises that do wonders for your health

If you’re not an athlete or serious exerciser — and want to work out for your health or to fit in your clothes better...
11 tests that could help detect and diagnose pancreatic cancer

11 tests that could help detect and diagnose pancreatic cancer

Pancreatic cancer is usually diagnosed with tests and procedures that make pictures of the pancreas and the area around it. The process used to find...
8 common complications of high blood pressure

8 common complications of high blood pressure

Because high blood pressure diagnosis is based on blood pressure readings, this condition can go undetected for years, as symptoms do not usually appear...
8 ways to lose belly fat and live a healthier life

8 ways to lose belly fat and have a healthier life

Maintaining a trim midsection does more than make you look great—it can help you live longer. Larger waistlines are linked to a higher risk of...

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Our Brain Can Detect Disease in Others Before It Breaks Out

Our brain can detect disease in others before it breaks out

Throughout human evolution, infectious diseases have become a primary cause of death. The human immune system plays a major role to reduce the harm of...
Alzheimer's disease could be treated with gene therapy

Alzheimer’s disease could be treated with gene therapy

Researchers have prevented the development of Alzheimer’s disease in mice by using a virus to deliver a specific gene into the brain. The early-stage findings,...
Smell test may predict early stages of Alzheimer’s disease

Smell test may predict early stages of Alzheimer’s disease

Researchers from Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC), New York State Psychiatric Institute, and NewYork-Presbyterian reported that an odor identification test may prove useful in...
5 foods that boost your brainpower

5 foods that can boost your brain power

Just as there is no magic pill to prevent cognitive decline, no single food can ensure a sharp brain as you age. Nutritionists emphasize that...
What causes depression

What causes depression? What we know, don’t know and suspect

The term and even diagnosis of "depression" can have different meanings and consequences. Depression can be a normal mood state, a clinical disorder, and...
Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and Huntington's Diseases share a common crucial feature

Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and Huntington’s diseases share a common crucial feature

A Loyola University Chicago study has found that abnormal proteins found in Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and Huntington’s disease all share a similar ability...
An easy way to beat stress and build a healthier life

An easy way to beat stress and build a healthier life

Ten minutes of conscious breathing every day can transform your ‘fight or flight’ reactions. Here’s what to do. Stress is something that we can’t entirely...
Counseling and antidepressants change personality (for the better)

Counseling and antidepressants change personality (for the better)

A review of 207 studies involving more than 20,000 people found that those who engaged in therapeutic interventions were, on average, significantly less neurotic...
These medications may help treat depression

These medications may help treat depression

Depression is a serious medical illness. It is also called “major depressive disorder,” or “unipolar depression”. The disorder affects about 350 million people worldwide and...
First evidence for higher state of consciousness

First evidence for higher state of consciousness

Scientific evidence of a ‘higher’ state of consciousness has been found in a study led by the University of Sussex. Neuroscientists observed a sustained increase...