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Virus 'identity change' may play a role in Alzheimer's
May 29, 2019
According to recent research in vitro and in mice, viruses that come into contact with biological fluids acquire a protein coating that renders them more infectious. Moreover, it seems that some viruses that 'change identity' in this way may promote neurodegenerative conditions, such as Alzh...
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Why do I keep waking up at night?
May 28, 2019
Nearly everyone will wake up in the middle of the night at some point in their life. For many, the cause is benign and short-lived, such as needing to urinate due to drinking too much liquid before bed.However, regularly waking up in the middle of the night can become problematic, a...
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Bipolar disorder may increase risk of Parkinson’s
May 28, 2019
A new study has found that people with bipolar disorder have a higher risk of developing Parkinson's disease. Also, having bipolar disorder of a higher severity seems to increase the risk even further.


Previous studies have found links between ...
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Antibiotics may help curb Alzheimer’s symptoms
May 26, 2019
A new study in mice suggests that a combination of antibiotics may reduce the buildup of amyloid plaques, but only in male brains.
Researchers close in on a new depression mechanism
May 24, 2019
One key characteristic of clinical depression is anhedonia, the complete lack of pleasure in things and activities that used to be rewarding. A new study in rats has now uncovered an important biological factor that contributes to this state.
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Through my eyes: High functioning autism
May 24, 2019
'You don’t seem autistic' is something that I hear a lot. My name is Jonathan Rowland, and this is my experience of living with autism.
What are the best ways to stop overeating?
May 23, 2019
Many people eat too much or find it difficult to control their appetite, especially with today's ever increasing portion sizes and fast paced lifestyle. However, there are some simple techniques to help regulate appetite and reduce the risk of overeating.The occasional oversized ...
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Could exercise boost well-being among psychiatric inpatients?
May 23, 2019
A recent paper describes how scientists set up a gym in a psychiatric inpatient unit to find out whether exercise could improve symptoms and general well-being in this challenging environment.
Over recent years, there have been several inve...
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Depression: Esketamine trial leaves ‘more questions than answers’
May 23, 2019
A phase 3 clinical trial testing esketamine nasal spray in the treatment of severe depression found the spray mostly safe and effective. The findings led to the recent FDA approval of this treatment. Despite this, other researchers caution that "more questions than answers" remain.
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How do we recall the past? New mechanism revealed
May 22, 2019
A brain study in rats that explored different environments reveals that the anterior cingulate cortex drives the hippocampus in long-term memory recall.
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