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Children's Health Mental Health Research Today's Healthcare
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Teens benefit from 'forest bathing' -- even in cities      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Youth mental health in urban environments is significantly better when more nature is incorporated into city design. A new study suggests that forest bathing, the simple method of being calm and quiet amongst the trees, observing nature around you while breathing deeply, can help youth de-stress and boost health and well-being.

Mental Health Research
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Gut-brain communication turned on its axis      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

The mechanisms by which antidepressants and other emotion-focused medications work could be reconsidered due to an important new breakthrough in the understanding of how the gut communicates with the brain. New research has uncovered major developments in understanding how the gut communicates with the brain, which could have a profound impact on the make-up and use of medications such as antidepressants.

Child Development Psychology Research
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Hearing relaxing words in your sleep slows your heart down      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Researchers have investigated whether the body is truly disconnected from the external world during sleep. To do so, they focused on how heartbeat changes when we hear different words during sleep. They found that relaxing words slowed down cardiac activity as a reflection of deeper sleep and in comparison to neutral words that did not have such a slowing effect. This discovery sheds new light on brain-heart interactions during sleep.

Chronic Illness Psychology Research
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Cracking the code of neurodegeneration: New model identifies potential therapeutic target      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Scientists have developed an innovative neural cell culture model, shedding light on the intricate mechanisms underlying neurodegeneration. Their research pinpointed a misbehaving protein as a promising therapeutic target in the treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD).

Psychology Research
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Uncovering anxiety: Scientists identify causative pathway and potential cures      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Quick-acting targeted therapies with minimal side effects are an urgent need for the treatment of anxiety-related disorders. While delta opioid receptor (DOP) agonists have shown 'anxiolytic' or anxiety-reducing effects, their mechanism of action is not well-understood. A new study highlights the role of specific neuronal circuits in the brain involved in the development of anxiety, and distinct mechanisms of action of the therapeutic DOP agonist -- KNT-127.

Healthy Aging Psychology Research
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Air pollution linked to more signs of Alzheimer's in brain      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

People with higher exposure to traffic-related air pollution were more likely to have high amounts of amyloid plaques in their brains associated with Alzheimer's disease after death, according to a new study. Researchers looked at fine particulate matter, PM2.5, which consists of pollutant particles of less than 2.5 microns in diameter suspended in air.

Psychology Research Today's Healthcare
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How does the brain make decisions?      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Mouse study provides insights into communication between neurons during decision-making.

Psychology Research
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Possible trigger for autoimmune diseases discovered : B cells teach T cells which targets must not be attacked      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Immune cells must learn not to attack the body itself. A team of researchers has discovered a previously unknown mechanism behind this: other immune cells, the B cells, contribute to the 'training' of the T cells in the thymus gland. If this process fails, autoimmune diseases can develop. The study confirms this for Neuromyelitis optica, a disease similar to Multiple Sclerosis. Other autoimmune diseases may be linked to the failure of this new mechanism as well.

Chronic Illness Psychology Research
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Fixing rogue brain cells may hold key to preventing neurodegeneration      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Scientists have identified a new therapeutic approach for combating neurodegenerative diseases, offering hope of improved treatments for Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, Vanishing White Matter disease and multiple sclerosis, among others.

Chronic Illness Psychology Research
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Mapping potential pathways to MND treatment      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Researchers have mapped out the proteins implicated in the early stages of motor neurone disease (MND). They have developed a longitudinal map of the proteins involved in MND across the trajectory of the disease, identifying potential therapeutic pathways for further investigation.

Depression Psychology Research
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Modifying brain molecule relaxin-3 can potentially reduce side effects in treating anxiety, depression and more      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

A team of researchers has found a potential way to treat conditions like depression and anxiety with fewer side effects.

Chronic Illness Depression Mental Health Research
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Wildfires linked to surge in mental health-related emergency department visits      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

A new studyshows wildfires lead to an increase of anxiety-related emergency department visits in the western United States, amplifying the concerning parallel trajectory of two escalating public health crises -- mental health and climate change.

Psychology Research
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Blocking key protein may halt progression of Alzheimer's disease      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Researchers have found that inhibiting a key protein can stop the destruction of synapses and dendritic spines commonly seen in Alzheimer's disease.

Birth Defects Child Development Children's Health Depression Infant's Health Mental Health Research Parenting Pregnancy and Childbirth Psychology Research Today's Healthcare
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Stress during pregnancy can lead to early maturation of first-born daughters      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Researchers have found a correlation between early signs of adrenal puberty in first-born daughters and their mothers' having experienced high levels of prenatal stress. They did not find the same result in boys or daughters who were not first-born.

Bipolar Disorder Children's Health Chronic Illness Depression Mental Health Research
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Understanding the relationship between our sleep, body clock and mental health      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Problems with our sleep and internal body clock can trigger or worsen a range of psychiatric disorders, according to a new review of recent research evidence. The review suggests gaining a better understanding of the relationship between sleep, circadian rhythms and mental health could unlock new holistic treatments to alleviate mental health problems.

Chronic Illness Mental Health Research
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Burnout: Identifying people at risk      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Researchers have developed a new tool that can help identify the early warning signs of burnout.

Chronic Illness Healthy Aging Psychology Research
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Exposure to Agent Orange damages brain tissue in ways similar to Alzheimer's disease      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Agent Orange, an herbicide used during the Vietnam War, is a known toxin with wide-ranging health effects. Even though Agent Orange has not been used for decades, there is increasing interest in its effects on the brain health of aging veterans. A new study reveals the mechanisms by which Agent Orange affects the brain and how those processes can lead to neurodegenerative diseases. The research shows that exposures to Agent Orange herbicidal chemicals damage frontal lobe brain tissue of laboratory rats with molecular and biochemical abnormalities that are similar to those found in early-stage Alzheimer's disease.

Psychology Research
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Neuronal insights: Flash and freeze-fracture      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Fear and addiction exert significant influence within society. Managing them is often challenging, as they are driven by intricate neuronal circuits in our brains. Understanding the underlying molecular mechanisms is crucial to intervene when these processes malfunction. The novel 'Flash and Freeze-fracture' technique provides a unique glimpse into the respective brain region.

Psychology Research
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Neural prosthetic device can help humans restore memory      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

A team of scientists have demonstrated the first successful use of a neural prosthetic device to recall specific memories.

Depression Eating Disorder Research Eating Disorders Mental Health Research Nutrition
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A closer look at cannabis use and binge eating      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

New research examined how often people experiencing binge eating are also using cannabis recreationally, and whether patients who use cannabis experience more severe eating disorder symptoms or symptoms of struggling with mental health.