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Researchers achieve remote control of hormone release

Abnormal levels of stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol are linked to a variety of mental health disorders, including depression and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). MIT researchers have now devised a way to remotely control the release of these... Continue Reading →

Psychedelic drugs could help treat PTSD

Clinical trials suggest treatment that involves psychedelics can be more effective than psychotherapy alone. More than three million people in the United States are diagnosed each year with post-traumatic stress disorder, whose symptoms include nightmares or unwanted memories of trauma,... Continue Reading →

Army study quantifies changes in stress after meditation

For a thousand years, people have reported feeling better by meditating but there has never been a systematic study that quantified stress and how much stress changes as a direct result of meditation until now. U.S. Army Research Laboratory researchers... Continue Reading →

Fright and flight: deciding when to escape

How does your brain decide what to do in a threatening situation? A paper published in Nature describes a mechanism by which the brain classifies the level of a threat and decides when to escape. Escaping from a dangerous situation is crucial... Continue Reading →

The neurons that rewrite traumatic memories

Memories of traumatic experiences can lead to mental health issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which can destroy a person’s life. It is currently estimated that almost a third of all people will suffer from fear- or stress-related disorders... Continue Reading →

Is an immunization for stress on the horizon?

Can probiotics fend off mood disorders? It’s too early to say with scientific certainty, but a new study by CU Boulder researchers suggests that one particular beneficial bacteria can have long-lasting anti-inflammatory effects on the brain, making it more resilient to the... Continue Reading →

Head injuries can alter hundreds of genes and lead to serious brain diseases, UCLA biologists report

Head injuries can harm hundreds of genes in the brain in a way that increases people’s risk for a wide range of neurological and psychiatric disorders, UCLA life scientists report. The researchers identified for the first time master genes that... Continue Reading →

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