Neuroscience

Profound loss of pleasure related to early-onset dementia

People with early-onset dementia are often mistaken for having depression and now Australian research has discovered the cause: a profound loss of ability to experience pleasure—for example a delicious meal or beautiful ...

Obstetrics & gynaecology

Study: New vaginal film, MB66, is safe

While a number of topical products designed to reduce the occurrence of sexually transmitted infections have been tested with largely disappointing results, researchers at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM), Alpert ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Hedonism is as important as self-control for a happy life

Enjoying activities that don't contribute directly to long-term goals, such as relaxing on the couch or eating delicious food, contributes at least as much to a happy life as self-control, according to new research from the ...

Health

Hormones are not the key to younger women's sexual function

A Monash University study into the causes of sexual dysfunction in young women has found social factors play just as important a role as hormone levels, and hormone therapy should not be prescribed as the only treatment.

Neuroscience

Why stress doesn't always cause depression

Rats susceptible to anhedonia, a core symptom of depression, possess more serotonin neurons after being exposed to chronic stress, but the effect can be reversed through amygdala activation, according to new research in the ...

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