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Making the case for potential benefits of microdosing LSD and ‘magic’ mushrooms

[A]necdotal endorsements of [psychedelic] microdosing claim that the routine can lead to a whole variety of benefits, including heightened emotional ...
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Can the flu cause Parkinson’s and other brain disorders?

One of the earliest links between influenza and neural dysfunction was a correlation between the 1918 Spanish flu, caused by ...
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Alzheimer’s disease targeted with gene therapy trial

There’s a test for Alzheimer’s risk that genetic counselors don’t like to talk about. It’s not that they’re hiding the ...
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Autism or OCD? Why it can be challenging to tell the difference

At first glance, autism and OCD appear to have little in common. Yet clinicians and researchers have found an overlap ...
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Drugs developed as cancer treatments show promise against autism

An experimental compound that blocks two enzymes involved in gene expression improves social behavior in young mice, according to a ...
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‘Good Reasons for Bad Feelings’: Understanding evolution’s role in anxiety, depression and making us human

[In] the thought-provoking Good Reasons for Bad Feelings, [evolutionary] psychiatrist Randolph Nesse offers insights that radically reframe psychiatric conditions. In his ...
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‘Suicide’ headaches? Magic mushrooms or LSD could offer relief

Hallucinogenic drugs, particularly lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) and psilocybin, are classified as Schedule 1, but scientists and physicians believe they ...
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Esketamine touted as ‘game changer’ for depression—but who gets to use it?

[Recently,] the Food and Drug Administration approved Johnson & Johnson’s Spravato, the nasal spray version of a ketamine-like sedative, for ...
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Do you crave sweets when you’re stressed? Blame it on your brain

Although our brain accounts for just 2 percent of our body weight, the organ consumes half of our daily carbohydrate ...
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Popular autism ‘signaling imbalance theory’ challenged, suggesting new drugs ‘may have little value’

An analysis of four mouse models negates certain assumptions underlying the “signaling imbalance theory,” a popular hypothesis about autism’s origins ...
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Why growing up poor could hurt your brain in old age

In 2004, a study titled “The Long Arm of Childhood” found that whether children were rich or poor could influence their health ...
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‘Deadly dreams’? Modern genetics unravels mystery surrounding strange disease

Following decades of unexplained deaths, mostly among young men, modern genetics and epidemiological detective work helped to establish a link ...
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Esketamine nasal spray, touted as biggest advance in years for treating depression, gets FDA approval

The Food and Drug Administration approved a novel antidepressant late Tuesday [March 5] for people with depression that does not ...
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70% of teens see mental health, depression as a ‘major struggle’ for their generation in Pew survey

In the past decade, young people in the United States have borne the brunt of some of the most highly ...
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‘Creative misbehavior’: When ingenuity takes a dark turn

Misbehavior is a form of creative thinking ...
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Genetic study sheds light on heritability of autism risk

A new analysis of DNA from more than 20,000 people with autism identifies 12 regions in the genome that harbor ...
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US government’s BOLD initiative seeks to close the African-American Alzheimer’s gap

Alzheimer’s is a public health crisis for which Congress has thankfully put aside its differences long enough to pass the ...
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Gene therapy could offer ‘one-time genetic tune-up’ for Alzheimer’s patients

No one knows for certain what causes Alzheimer’s disease. But one fact about the condition has gained nearly irrefutable status ...
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Building a better mini brain: How these tiny organoids can boost fight against Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s

It’s your favorite organ, self-assembling, ready to go ...
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Could transplanting ‘young’ gut bacteria boost brain function in the elderly?

A study in mice has indicated that the make-up of bacteria in the gut is linked with learning abilities and ...
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Keen sense of smell? You’re probably good at not getting lost, study suggests

Watch a bacterium chase down the source of an enticing molecular trail using chemo-taxis, and it’s clear that its sensory ...
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‘Human-controlled rat cyborgs’ are real

Scientists have created human-controlled rat cyborgs. Lest you think this is some media sensationalism at work, here’s the actual title ...
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Nearly half of major depression episodes could be prevented, studies show

While there are many effective treatments for depression, including medications and psychological therapies, the rate of depression is not going ...
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Viewpoint: What is ‘consciousness’ and what role does it play in evolution?

One of the biggest challenges in evolutionary science is to explain the evolution of consciousness. While that is widely recognized, ...
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We know how the brain perceives shapes and colors. But what about time?

Marc Howard, a cognitive neuroscientist now at Boston University, and Karthik Shankar, who was then one of his postdoctoral students, wanted ...
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Esketamine could soon be approved for depression, prompting ‘excitement and hesitation’

The Food and Drug Administration is expected to decide in the coming weeks whether to approve esketamine, which would become the ...
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Brain implants could soon join fight against severe depression

With powerful computational methods, scientists have recently zeroed in on some key features of depressed brains. Those hallmarks include certain ...
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Autism linked to the nerves that regulate heart rate

The part of the nervous system that regulates heart rate and breathing is involved in autism, a new study suggests ...