Psychology & Psychiatry

Environmental factors behind depression in Sri Lanka

Depression is influenced more by environmental factors than genetic ones, said a study conducted in Sri Lanka—a country devastated by a long-running civil war (1983–2009) and the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, resulting in ...

Neuroscience

Brain activity differentiates between types of social influence

Researchers led by Ali Mahmoodi at the University of Freiburg in Germany have characterized brain activity that occurs when we are socially influenced to change our minds. Publishing in PLOS Biology on March 3rd, the study ...

Other

Standard for pulmonary function tests gets an update

In the latest update to the pulmonary function tests technical standard series, the American Thoracic Society and European Respiratory Society address the uncertainty around the interpretation of the tests which are essential ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Brain 'noise' may hold the keys to psychiatric treatment efficacy

It remains a central challenge in psychiatry to reliably judge whether a patient will respond to treatment. In a new study published in the journal Biological Psychiatry, researchers from Karolinska Institutet in Sweden and ...

Alzheimer's disease & dementia

Harnessing healthy behaviors to prevent dementia

A new Alzheimer's disease drug will hit the market soon, the first in nearly two decades. But some experts say the evidence for it isn't terribly strong and worry that it may cost a lot.

Gastroenterology

IBS patients' symptoms improved under COVID-19 lockdown orders

Patients' irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms unexpectedly improved when they were under COVID-19 stay-at-home orders, reaffirming the gut-brain connection in functional gastrointestinal disorders, according to research ...

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