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Herpesvirus may lead to bipolar, depression

August 15, 2018

According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), 4.4 percent of the population of the United States will have bipolar disorder at one point in their lives.
Another 16.2 million, or around 6.7 percent of all U.S. adults, will experience at least one episode of severe depression in their lives.
While the precise causes of such, often debilitating, …

How group membership can help combat depression

Approximately one in five people experience depression at some stage in their life – and the figure is even higher in areas afflicted by disaster, trauma, or poverty. So it would be a lucky person indeed who avoids seeing depression in either themselves or the people they love.
Because of its capacity to …

Can What You Eat Affect Your Mood?

“Eat this, you’ll feel better.”
Many of us have heard this or even offered this advice, as most people have had some direct experience of the link between mood and food.
When my son was a toddler, his mood was directly, conspicuously related to the contents of his stomach. My husband and …

She was 11, with an eating disorder. It took her mum to figure it out

August 07, 2018

For nearly five months in late 2016 and early 2017, I had a sinking feeling that something was desperately wrong with my 10-year-old daughter, but the doctors and specialists we visited during that time didn’t have any answers. She was in a medical free fall: She couldn’t eat, was losing …

Researchers develop device that diffuses potent disinfectants for airborne delivery

A team of engineers and physicians in San Diego have developed a device that diffuses potent disinfectants for airborne delivery. Notably, the device works on a range of disinfectants that have never been atomized before, such as Triethylene glycol, or TEG.
In a study published in the August issue of Applied Microbiology …

Scientists solve 60-year-old mystery of how thalidomide caused birth defects

More than 60 years after the drug thalidomide caused birth defects in thousands of children whose mothers took the drug while pregnant, scientists at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have solved a mystery that has lingered ever since the dangers of the drug first became apparent: how did the drug produce such …

Global Pandemic Could Wipe Out 900 Million People

September 19, 2018

Governments and international health bodies are wholly unprepared for a global flu pandemic that could wipe out almost a billion people, scientists have warned.
Virus simulations conducted at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore found the spread of a new pathogen could kill up to 900 million in a matter of years …

How Mood Disorders Affect Chronic Low Back Pain

October 17, 2018

Patients with anxiety and depression may be less satisfied than other patients with their chronic low back pain treatments, new research suggests.
“Patients with anxiety/depression symptoms experienced more pain severity and more pain-related functional, social and emotional disability, and they were less satisfied with care, compared with the other groups,” the …

Stem Cells to Be Transplanted into Brains of Parkinson’s Patients in World-First Trials

The deterioration of motor skills in Parkinson’s patients is driven by the decline of dopamine production, but researchers in Japan are making exciting progress on a way to potentially arrest the slide. Following promising experiments on monkeys last year, scientists at Kyoto University are now preparing to begin transplanting reprogrammed …

Food Additives and Child Health

July 31, 2018

Our purposes with this policy statement and its accompanying technical report are to review and highlight emerging child health concerns related to the use of colorings, flavorings, and chemicals deliberately added to food during processing (direct food additives) as well as substances in food contact materials, including adhesives, dyes, coatings, …

Scientists Just Found The Neurological Link Between Poor Sleep And Depression

Research has long associated poor sleep with an increased risk of depression, but scientists have just identified the neural mechanism responsible for this link – a discovery that could lead to better treatments in the future.
Researchers found a strong connection between the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex(responsible for short-term memory), the precuneus (linked with ideas of the self) …

Cancer Risk With Diabetes Higher in Women than Men

July 23, 2018

Diabetes does not increase cancer risk equally — women with diabetes are at slightly higher risk than men, according to a meta-analysis of published research.
Women with diabetes had a 27% increase in risk for any type of cancer (relative risk 1.27; 95% CI 1.21 to 1.32), compared with a 19% …

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