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Recent Articles

Finding Links Between Microbes and Alzheimer’s Disease

Evidence is growing that microbes, especially viruses, have a connection to Alzheimer’s pathology, but it’s still not clear what is cause and what effect.

Building the Thermometer for Mental Health

By: Joshua J. Chauvin, Ph.D., and Thomas R. Insel, M.D.

Millions of people suffer from serious mental illness, but very few receive consistent coordinated care. Our article focuses on the use of smartphone technology to better understand your state of mind and treat depression, schizophrenia, and other disorders.

A Patient’s Choice in Treatment Affects PTSD Outcomes

Patients who were given their treatment of choice stayed in the program longer and showed fewer symptoms at the end of one study than those randomly assigned to treatment that they did not prefer.

Anxiety’s Ties to Dementia

While it’s not clear if it is a cause or an effect, anxiety appears closely linked to circuits affected in Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

The End Comes as a Wave

Starved of oxygen, neurons lose their proper electrical charge when we die and a wave of electrochemical energy spreads through the brain. Researchers in Berlin and Cincinnati have, for the first time, recorded such brain tsunamis in dying patients, and also in patients with survivable brain damage, such as brain hemorrhages, suggesting that doctors look for this pattern and act quickly when they see it to save endangered neurons.

Digging into Sleep’s Effects

Researchers look at the molecular level for answers to why some people can resist the ills of sleep deprivation.

Grief vs. Depression

The interrelationships between grief and depression are multifaceted–they share common features and can co-occur. How do we differentiate between these similar but different mental states?

Heart Associations Add Brain-Health Recommendations

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