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New research reveals the pivotal role of astrocytes in the basolateral amygdala (BLA) in modulating risk assessment behaviors, which are often disrupted in mental disorders. The study used advanced techniques to explore how these brain cells influence a specific group of neurons in the BLA that are crucial for evaluating threats.
Socioeconomic status, lifestyle, and psychological factors significantly influence the development of chronic musculoskeletal pain after injury. The study found that individuals from lower socioeconomic backgrounds are twice as likely to experience chronic pain, and those with additional risk factors such as smoking, fear of movement, and poor support networks are up to seven times more likely.
A new study reveals how adolescents' life goals evolve into young adulthood and significantly impact their educational and occupational outcomes. The study found that high aspirations in prestige and education during adolescence are strong predictors of higher income, job complexity, and occupational prestige twelve years later.

Neurology news articles cover neurology, brain cancer, traumatic brain injuries, neurosurgery, neuroanatomy, brain research and neurological disorders.

Researchers made a significant discovery in understanding the mechanisms behind protein accumulation in neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s. By studying fruit flies, the team found that a reduction in mitochondria within neuron axons leads directly to this detrimental protein buildup.
A new study revealed significant risks associated with antipsychotic use in dementia patients, including increased chances of stroke, heart failure, pneumonia, and other serious conditions. The research analyzed data from 173,910 dementia patients in England, tracking those prescribed antipsychotics post-diagnosis against those who were not.
Cnicin, a compound derived from the plant Blessed Thistle, significantly enhances nerve regeneration. The study shows that Cnicin can accelerate the growth of axons, the long fibers of nerve cells, which is crucial for the recovery of nerve function after injury.

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Researchers developed a method using wearable headcams and AI to analyze teenagers' facial expressions, revealing subtle emotional nuances. This technology has shown potential in identifying emotions such as worry and happiness, even when they are masked.
Researchers used AI to discover hundreds of genes linked to tobacco use disorder, alongside potential new treatments. Analyzing extensive health data, the team identified genetic variations that contribute to tobacco addiction, which affects 1.3 billion people globally.
Researchers employed AI to fast-track the discovery of treatments for Parkinson's disease. They utilized machine learning techniques to screen millions of compounds and successfully identified five promising candidates that prevent the harmful clumping of alpha-synuclein, a key protein in Parkinson’s pathology.

Science research articles cover psychology, depression, mental health, schizophrenia, mental disorders, happiness, stress, PTSD, autism, psychiatry and therapy.

Researchers adapted the "delay of gratification" test for Singaporean preschool children, offering insights into self-regulation development in Asian contexts. The research involved children choosing between smaller immediate rewards and larger delayed rewards, revealing key developmental and socioeconomic factors influencing their choices.
Researchers made significant advances in understanding how drugs like cocaine and morphine disrupt the brain's natural reward mechanisms. Their study reveals that these drugs manipulate the same brain cells responsible for processing natural rewards, leading to compulsive drug-seeking behaviors.
A monumental genetic study involving over 1.2 million people has identified 95 genomic loci associated with PTSD, revealing 80 previously undiscovered loci. This study, the largest of its kind, highlights the significant genetic underpinnings of PTSD and suggests new avenues for treatment and prevention strategies.

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Researchers unveiled a groundbreaking discovery that DNA damage and brain inflammation are vital processes for forming long-term memories, particularly within the brain's hippocampus. Contrary to previous beliefs associating inflammation with neurological diseases, this study highlights inflammation's critical role in memory formation through the activation of the Toll-Like Receptor 9 (TLR9) pathway following DNA damage in hippocampal neurons.
A new study utilizing UK Biobank data has unveiled the genetic roots of left-handedness, pinpointing rare variants in the beta-tubulin gene TUBB4B significantly associated with this trait. These findings not only shed light on the complex interplay between genetics and brain asymmetry but also link left-handedness with neurodevelopmental disorders through shared genetic pathways.
Researchers reviewed 50 studies to deepen our understanding aphantasia, a phenomenon where individuals can't visualize mentally. The research reveals aphantasia's diverse impact, from reduced autobiographical memory and face recognition to broader implications in music imagination and occupation choices, suggesting a spectrum rather than a binary condition.