Researchers at Aarhus University have identified a mutation in an immune system sensor that can result in chicken pox infection becoming fatal. According to the study, immune cells in those with extreme reaction to VZV neither detected the virus nor activated the immune system. The findings shed light on why some people are more susceptible to infections than others.
The effect music has on people may be genetically determined by dopamine functionality, a new study reports.
A new study reveals a potential link between REM sleep behavior disorder and an increased risk of developing Parkinson's disease. Researchers say the sleep disorder alters cerebral blood flow, leading to a lack of oxygen in brain tissue. This, in the long term, may increase Parkinson's risk.
A new study reveals an increase in depression diagnosis in Denmark following the transition from Daylight Savings time to standard time.
Twenty-nine genes have now been identified as being linked to problematic alcohol use. A new study report, in addition to an increased risk of alcohol use disorder, people with specific genes linked to AUD also have an increased risk of depression, insomnia, and addiction to tobacco.
Researchers have made a breakthrough in understanding the development of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. In a new study, the researchers reveal they have identified specific gene variants which increase the risk of ADHD.
Study reports dogs communicate distress more effectively via vocalizations than cats. Owning a pet makes you more sensitive to the negative vocalizations of both cats and dogs.
A new study reports those with the highest genetic propensity to mental illness are twice as likely to be hospitalized for depression than those with the lowest propensity.
Researchers have identified the first common genetic risk variants for ASD. The study, which also reveals specific genetics differences in clinical subgroups of autism, may help in providing more precise diagnoses for those on the autism spectrum.
People with mood and substance use disorders have reduced lifespan compared to their peers without a mental health disorder. Those with mood disorders have an increased death risk as a result of health conditions such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. Men with mood disorders experience a reduced life expectancy of 7.9 years, and women 6.2 years, compared to those with no history of depression or anxiety.
Professional jazz musicians play certain combinations of notes and "licks" with more constant timing and force than other notes. Findings suggest jazz musicians possess a collection of patterns that are directly grounded in their brains and bodies.
The duration of a baby's crying decreases significantly after five weeks of age, but crying remains an important part of a child's communication repertoire after the age of six months.