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Healthy People from Alcoholic Families Release More Dopamine in Expectation of Alcohol

Healthy People from Alcoholic Families Release More Dopamine in Expectation of Alcohol

Healthy individuals with a family history of alcohol use disorder (AUD) release more dopamine in the brain’s primary reward center in the expectation of alcohol than those who are actually...
Depression May Speed Up Brain Aging

Depression May Speed Up Brain Aging

Depression is associated with accelerated brain aging, according to a new study by psychologists at the University of Sussex in England. While previous research has shown that individuals with
How PTSD From Military Service Can Impact College Studies

How PTSD From Military Service Can Impact College Studies

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) caused by traumatic military experiences is associated with feelings of anxiety, anger, sadness and/or guilt. New Penn State research suggests PTSD symptoms can
Genetic Mutations Help ID New Brain Development Disorder

Genetic Mutations Help ID New Brain Development Disorder

Scientists have identified a new genetic neurodevelopmental disease that can cause growth delays, seizures and learning problems in humans. Their findings are published in the journal eLife. The
Does Marriage Increase Risk of Diabetes?

Does Marriage Increase Risk of Diabetes?

A Scandinavian study suggests the risk for diabetes is influenced by the home environment and especially by your partner. Danish researchers from the University of Copenhagen and Aarhus University
Study: Suicide Rates for Black Kids Under 13 Double That of Whites

Study: Suicide Rates for Black Kids Under 13 Double That of Whites

Suicide rates among whites have traditionally been higher than for blacks in the United States. However, a new study shows that the racial differences in suicide rates may be age-specific....
Younger Kids Already Grasp Plant-Animal Interdependence

Younger Kids Already Grasp Plant-Animal Interdependence

In a new Spanish study, researchers discovered that when young children (ages 4 to 7) were asked to create spontaneous drawings of plants, they demonstrated a clear understanding of the...
More Exercise Helps Larger Arteries Stay Young

More Exercise Helps Larger Arteries Stay Young

As people age, the arteries that transport blood in and out of the heart are prone to hardening or stiffening, increasing the risk of heart disease. Although any form of...
Survey:  Anxiety in US On the Rise, Especially About Finances

Survey: Anxiety in US On the Rise, Especially About Finances

Within the past year, anxiety among Americans has increased substantially, particularly around the issue of paying bills, according to a national poll recently released by the American Psychiatric
Brain Stimulation Shows Promise as Obesity Treatment

Brain Stimulation Shows Promise as Obesity Treatment

Stimulating the brain to alter its intrinsic reward system shows promise in the treatment of obesity, according to results presented at the 2018 European Society of Endocrinology annual meeting.
Aging Stereotypes Buffered by Cultural Cues in Chinese Elders

Aging Stereotypes Buffered by Cultural Cues in Chinese Elders

“Stereotype threat” is the fear that you will confirm to yourself or others that a negative stereotype about a group you belong to is true. For example, research has shown...
Smarter Brains Seem to Run More Efficiently

Smarter Brains Seem to Run More Efficiently

The more intelligent a person, the fewer connections there are between the neurons in his cerebral cortex, according to new research. For the study, researchers at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum in...
Study Finds Our Brains are Obsessed with Being Social

Study Finds Our Brains are Obsessed with Being Social

Our brains are obsessed with being social even when we are not in social situations, according to a new study. The new research demonstrates how our brains consolidate new social...
Language Skills May Have Greatest Impact on Kindergarten Readiness

Language Skills May Have Greatest Impact on Kindergarten Readiness

Preparing young children to be “kindergarten ready” is the goal of many parents and preschool programs. It is well-documented that the more skills children bring into kindergarten — in basic...
Musicians, Bilinguals Show More Efficient Brain Activity

Musicians, Bilinguals Show More Efficient Brain Activity

Whether you learn to play a musical instrument or speak another language, you’re training your brain to be more efficient, according to new research. Researchers at Baycrest, a teaching hospital...
Older, Poor Adults at Greater Risk of Dementia

Older, Poor Adults at Greater Risk of Dementia

Older adults living in poverty have an increased risk of developing dementia, according to a new U.K. study published in JAMA Psychiatry. For the study, researchers from the University College...
Poll: Nearly 9 in 10 Americans See Gun Violence as Public Health Threat

Poll: Nearly 9 in 10 Americans See Gun Violence as Public Health Threat

A new national poll recently released by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) reveals that a large majority of Americans, both Democrats and Republicans, see gun safety as a major public...
Male Depression Tied to Reduced Chance of Pregnancy

Male Depression Tied to Reduced Chance of Pregnancy

Among couples in treatment for infertility, major depression in the male partner is related to a 60 percent reduced chance of pregnancy and live birth, according to a new study...
Specific Brain Abnormality Tied to Risk of Mental Illness

Specific Brain Abnormality Tied to Risk of Mental Illness

A specific brain abnormality may indicate a person’s general risk for mental illness, according to a new study at Duke University. The signature abnormality involves a reduced efficiency between
Study: Suicidal Thoughts, Attempts Among Kids Doubled in 7 Years

Study: Suicidal Thoughts, Attempts Among Kids Doubled in 7 Years

New research finds the number of school-age children and adolescents hospitalized for suicidal thoughts or attempts has more than doubled from 2008 to 2015. Seasonal trends and gender variations