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Why are we so scared of clowns?

Are you scared of clowns? You are not alone. Coulrophobia, or the fear of clowns, is a widely acknowledged phenomenon. Studies indicate this fear is present among both adults and children in many different cultures. Yet it is not well understood due to... Continue Reading →

Exercise decreases suicide attempts in those with mental and physical illness

A new study from the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Medicine found patients with mental or physical illness were able to successfully adhere to exercise regimes despite previous thinking, resulting in decreased suicide attempts. The findings cast doubt on the... Continue Reading →

Loss of Menin helps drive the aging process, and dietary supplement can reverse it in mice

Decline in the hypothalamic Menin may play a key role in aging, according to a new study publishing March 16th in the open access journal PLOS Biology by Lige Leng of Xiamen University, Xiamen, China, and colleagues. The findings reveal a previously unknown... Continue Reading →

Exercise Is Even More Effective Than Counselling or Medication for Depression

Mental health disorders come at great cost to both the individual and society, with depression and anxiety being among the leading causes of health-related disease burden. The COVID pandemic is exacerbating the situation, with a significant rise in rates of psychological... Continue Reading →

The drug fasudil is found to reverse key symptoms of schizophrenia in mice

A team from Nagoya University in Japan used the drug fasudil to reverse two common symptoms associated with schizophrenia: reduced density of pyramidal neurons and cognitive dysfunction associated with methamphetamine treatment.? Their findings, which were published in Pharmacological Research, suggest new... Continue Reading →

A novel, powerful tool to unveil the communication between gut microbes and the brain

In the past decade, researchers have begun to appreciate the importance of a two-way communication that occurs between microbes in the gastrointestinal tract and the brain, known as the gut–brain axis. These “conversations” can modify how these organs work and... Continue Reading →

Scientists find key reason why loss of smell occurs in long COVID-19

The reason some people fail to recover their sense of smell after COVID-19 is linked to an ongoing immune assault on olfactory nerve cells and an associated decline in the number of those cells, a team of scientists led by... Continue Reading →

New blood test can detect ‘toxic’ protein years before Alzheimer’s symptoms emerge, study shows

Today, by and large, patients receive a diagnosis of Alzheimer's only after they exhibit well-known signs of the disease, such as memory loss. By that point, the best treatment options simply slow further progression of symptoms. But research has shown... Continue Reading →

Lucid Dying: Patients Recall Death Experiences During CPR

One in five people who survive cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) after cardiac arrest may describe lucid experiences of death that occurred while they were seemingly unconscious and on the brink of death, a new study shows. Led by researchers at NYU... Continue Reading →

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