The Sleep-Deprived Brain

July 18, 2018

NIH researchers find that a single night’s missed sleep increases levels of amyloid-beta in the brain, adding to the evidence that maintaining healthy sleep habits is good medicine.

Epigenetic Changes Guide Development of Different Brain Regions

July 11, 2018

Researchers sharpen a tool and discover different patterns of gene modification in two regions of mouse brain.

Nibbling on Neurons: A Closer Look at Synaptic Pruning

June 27, 2018

Researchers in Italy have build a better scanner, and found that some microglia aren't removing whole synapses but merely trimming them a bit.

The Language of Dementia

June 20, 2018

Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia significantly affect language skills. Researchers are testing the possibility that spoken language tests could aid in diagnosis of these conditions.

Mom's Immune System Influences Baby’s Salience Network

June 13, 2018

One effect of an immune reaction during third trimester is greater connectivity in child’s network directing attention and focus at 14 months. 

Psychiatrists Explore a ‘Circuits First’ Approach to Mental Illness

June 6, 2018


Researchers discuss potential of brain scanning for diagnosis and treatment at the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association.


Wrestling With Our Digital World

June 5, 2018

Researchers explored benefits, dangers, and potential of our modern “device culture” at the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association.

How Do You Mend a Broken Heart? New Insights into the Links Between Depression and Cardiovascular Disease

May 29, 2018

Many people with low mood also carry higher risk for heart troubles, and vice versa. Inflammation may be a conduit for both.

Heart Associations Add Brain-Health Recommendations

May 22, 2018

Researchers find strong connections between mid-life heart health and later-life brain health.

Synthetic Opioid Driving Overdose Death Rate

May 14, 2018

An unintended consequence of manufacturing a drug as quick and powerful as fentanyl is how easily the smallest overdose can kill: Currently nearly half of overdoses involve the drug, alone or in combination with other drugs, a NIDA study reports.

The Eyes Are Windows into the Brain

May 8, 2018

Tracking eye movements and how they change could help doctors identify signs of brain diseases.

How the Posterior Parietal Cortex Makes Meaning Out of What We Sense

May 1, 2018

Neurons in this area may be part of the mechanism that pulls the aggregate memory of similar sensations to help identify or place a new sensation.

Connecting the Dots: New Insights into Creativity and the Brain

April 24, 2018

“Ordinary” mental processes combine in unexpected ways across the brain when we are tapping our creativity.

Overcoming Mental Health Disparities Across Racial Communities

April 15, 2018

Researchers find that a standard tool for assessing depression does not correctly identify the disorder in minority groups.

Treating Cognitive Decline in HIV Patients

April 10, 2018

Early diagnosis and treatment is critical to stemming progression of mental problems in people with HIV.

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