A new cause of mental disease?

Astrocytes, the cells that make the background of the brain and support neurons, might be behind mental disorders such as depression and schizophrenia, according to new research by a Portuguese team from the ICVS at the University ...


Outside the body our memories fail us

New research from Karolinska Institutet and Umeå University demonstrates for the first time that there is a close relationship between body perception and the ability to remember. For us to be able to store new memories ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Alcohol, tobacco, drug use far higher in severely mentally ill

In the largest ever assessment of substance use among people with severe psychiatric illness, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the University of Southern California have found that ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Reliable method detects suicidal propensity

A simple measurement of the sweat gland activity of a depressed person can determine if he or she is suicidal – with 97 per cent accuracy. Now another large clinical study confirms the correlation.

Psychology & Psychiatry

Death risk higher with mental illness in drug trials

(HealthDay)—Adults with psychiatric illnesses such as schizophrenia, depression, and bipolar disorder who participate in clinical trials of psychopharmacological drugs have a higher mortality risk, in many cases by suicide, ...

Attention deficit disorders

Wide treatment variances seen with ADHD drugs

(HealthDay)—There are wide variations in the use of stimulants to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder at both the state and the county level, according to research published online Aug. 2 in Psychiatric Services.

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