A new study reveals a person's pupil dilation may give hints as to their risk of developing depression following a natural disaster.
Infants born to mothers living in poverty have smaller volumes of gray and white matter across the entire brain. Additionally, babies born to mothers who live in high crime areas showed differences in brain activity to those whose mothers lived in safer areas. Those born to mothers who experienced crime had weaker neural connections between brain areas that control and process emotions. Maternal stress, researchers say, could be a main factor in the differences in neuroanatomy and brain connectivity.
Larger hippocampal volume in combination with how safe teens feel in their community environments contribute to how depressed they feel, a new study reports.
Researchers report mice living in an enriched environment and stimulating surroundings have healthier immune systems.
Exposure to air pollution within the first 6 months of life alters a child's microbiome, increasing the risk for allergies, diabetes, obesity, and influencing brain development.
Exposure to the environmental toxin BMAA may elevate the risk of ALS. BMAA is produced by cyanobacteria, a blue-green alga that commonly occurs in marine ecosystems and accumulates in shellfish, sharks, and other sea-life. Those most reliant on sea-foods for their food source may be most at risk.
Children who attend school close to busy roads and traffic are more likely to experience deficits in working memory and attention, a new study reports.
An increase in depressive symptoms in adolescence has been linked to ozone exposure as a result of air pollution, even in areas that meet air quality standards.
Direct exposure to the California wildfires increased the risk of mental health disorders, including depression, anxiety, and PTSD.
According to researchers, those who live in colder regions with less daytime sun light drink more alcohol than those who live in warm areas. Climate, researchers say, may impact the prevalence of alcoholism and alcoholic cirrhosis.