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Genomics of Brain Disorders

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Psychiatric disorders, such as schizophrenia and depression, and neurodegenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease, are placing an increasing burden on the developed world.  Technical advances over the past five years, including genome-wide association studies and new generation sequencing studies, have led to the discovery of many predisposing loci for both psychiatric and neurodegenerative disorders. This meeting will ...

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Are You Addicted To Your Mobile? You Could Be At Increased Risk Of Depression and Anxiety

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Many people have expressed concerns about the possibility of mobile phones damaging our brains, but now scientists have found that it’s not the use of the devices themselves, but our addiction to them, which may lead to anxiety and depression. It’s not uncommon for the public to fear new technologies; it happened with the invention of televisions, video games, and ...

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Suffering From anxiety and chronic stress may increase the risk of developing Alzheimer’s

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New research suggests that you may be at an increased risk of developing depression and neurological diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, if you suffer from anxiety or chronic stress. Scientists from the Rotman Research Institute used laboratory animals and already published human studies to examine the areas of the brain which are impacted by long-term anxiety, fear and stress. They then ...

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Plant Compound Has The Potential to Strengthen The Connections Between Brain Cells

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The next time you add herbs and vegetables such as parsley, thyme, chamomile and red pepper to your food, you could be warding off diseases such as schizophrenia, depression, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. According to researchers at the D’Or Institute for Research and Education, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and the Federal University of Bahia, the flavonoid apigenin, which is ...

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New Technology May Improve The Lives of People Suffering Weakness and Paralysis After Stroke

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Researchers at UT Dallas have uncovered evidence to suggest that technology designed to stimulate the vagus nerve could be the breakthrough needed to offer an improvement in the quality of life for people who’ve experienced weakness or paralysis following a stroke. While Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS) has already been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a treatment ...

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Lewy Body Dementia Brought into The Spotlight

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Lewy body dementia has been brought to our attention again this month as it’s the anniversary of the death of actor and comedian Robin Williams. While depression was thought to be the cause of his death, his widow has stated that the debilitating brain disease, Lewy body dementia (LBD) was to blame. The disease was only found during his autopsy, ...

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The Link Between Cortisol and Cognitive Problems in Older People

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According to a recent study published in the online issue of Neurology, the stress hormone cortisol has been linked to cognitive problems in healthy older people. Furthermore, simple testing of the saliva of healthy older people may help doctors to identify those individuals who are in need of further testing for cognitive impairment. The study which was carried out at ...

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