Mental Health News – from MedicalNewsToday
  • How to cope with a depressive episode July 17, 2018
    Depressive episodes are periods of low mood and other symptoms of depression. Tackling depression as soon as it arises and making changes to thoughts and behaviors might improve a person’s mood and help them recover more quickly. Here, we cover what a depressive episode is and 12 tips for coping with one.
  • How emotions may impact tumor growth July 17, 2018
    Our emotions can impact our physical well-being, but to what extent? New research suggests that they may even play a role in the immune response to cancer.
  • What is gaming disorder? July 16, 2018
    The World Health Organization have given gaming disorder a mental health classification. People with gaming disorder prioritize gaming over other activities and experience negative effects from continuing to play video games. Here, we discuss what gaming disorder is and what its classification may mean for gamers.
  • Even minor distress puts you at risk of chronic disease July 14, 2018
    New research finds that you needn't experience high levels of distress for your risk of chronic diseases to increase; low distress levels are enough.
  • OCD: Why living in a sunless region can increase symptoms July 13, 2018
    Obsessive-compulsive disorder symptoms are influenced by where a person lives and how much access they have to sunlight. Researchers explain why this may be.
  • Through my eyes: A stroke experience July 10, 2018
    My name is Tracy Lyn Lomagno and I'm a 45-year-old dental assistant. Earlier this year, I had a stroke, and my life changed dramatically.
  • How to treat anxiety naturally July 9, 2018
    Anxiety is one of the most common mental health problems in the United States, affecting millions of people every year. Conventional treatment options include therapy and medication, but there are also many natural remedies available. In this article, learn how to treat anxiety naturally.
  • Play ball or go rogue? Oxytocin affects cooperative behavior July 6, 2018
    Oxytocin, 'the love hormone,' plays a key role in human bonding. A new study now investigates this hormone's impact on cooperative behavior more closely.
  • How do your conversations affect your well-being? July 5, 2018
    Does small talk make you unhappy? And, conversely, do meaningful conversations boost your well-being? A new study strives to answer these questions.
  • How to safely stop antidepressants July 5, 2018
    People may wish to stop taking antidepressants for several reasons, but stopping suddenly can cause withdrawal symptoms or relapse. Here, we look at why stopping antidepressants can be hard and how to relieve withdrawal symptoms. We discuss which antidepressants are harder to stop taking and provide tips for stopping.
Some of the Latest Mind & Brain Research – from Science Daily
  • Brain iron levels may predict multiple sclerosis disabilities July 17, 2018
    A new, highly accurate MRI technique can monitor iron levels in the brains of multiple sclerosis (MS) patients and help identify those at a higher risk for developing physical disability, according to a new study.
  • Childhood adversity increases susceptibility to addiction via immune response July 17, 2018
    Childhood adversity permanently alters the peripheral and central immune systems, increasing the sensitivity of the body's immune response to cocaine, reports a new study.
  • How cannabis affects appetite: Brain changes July 17, 2018
    New research on how cannabis use alters eating behavior could lead to treatments for appetite loss in chronic illness, according to experts. Using a new procedure to dose lab rats with cannabis vapor, the researchers found how the drug triggers hunger hormones. They also identified specific brain regions that shift to 'hungry' mode while under […]
  • Researchers identify brain area linked to motivational disruptions in binge eating July 17, 2018
    Scientists have discovered that a small group of brain cells in the hypothalamus called 'orexin' neurons could be a promising target for medications for controlling binge eating episodes in individuals with obesity. These neurons, named for the chemical messenger they use to communicate with other brain cells, have previously been shown to be important for […]
  • Mindset during meal planning changes food choices and brain responses to food July 17, 2018
    A simple instruction to change your thinking as mealtime approaches can help cut calories, according to new research. By encouraging study participants to concentrate on different types of information when planning their meal, the experimenters saw portion sizes shift. Adopting a health-focused mindset produced better outcomes than focusing on pleasure or the desire to fill […]
  • Key social reward circuit in the brain impaired in kids with autism July 17, 2018
    Children with autism have structural and functional abnormalities in the brain circuit that normally makes social interaction feel rewarding, according to a new study from the Stanford University School of Medicine.
  • Test for Alzheimer's disease directly measures synaptic loss July 16, 2018
    Researchers have tested a new method for directly measuring synaptic loss in individuals with Alzheimer's disease. The method, which uses PET imaging technology to scan for a specific protein in the brain linked to synapses, has the potential to accelerate research for new Alzheimer's treatments, the researchers said.
  • Early puberty in white adolescent boys increases substance use risk July 16, 2018
    White adolescent boys experiencing early puberty are at higher risk for substance use than later developing boys, a new study finds.
  • New development in 3D super-resolution imaging gives insight on Alzheimer's disease July 16, 2018
    One major problem with understanding Alzheimer's is not being able to clearly see why the disease starts. A super-resolution 'nanoscope' now provides a 3D view of brain molecules with 10 times greater detail. This imaging technique could help reveal how the disease progresses and where new treatments could intervene.
  • Reward and unease are closely linked in the brain July 16, 2018
    Mice that lack a certain receptor in the brain are attracted to situations associated with discomfort, such as inflammation and nausea, according to a new study.