Scientists have laid bare a novel molecular mechanism responsible for the major depression symptom, anhedonia, the loss of the ability to experience pleasure. The brain circuit involved in this newly elucidated pathway is largely identical between rodents and humans, upping the odds that the findings point toward new therapies for depression and other disorders. Additionally, opinion leaders hailed the study’s inventive methodology, saying it may offer a much sounder approach to testing new antidepressants.
According to a new study, ovulating women may be more vulnerable to some psychological side effects associated with stressful experiences. The results suggest a monthly window of opportunity that could potentially be targeted in efforts to prevent common mental health problems developing in women.
Lactate causes neurons to release more norepinephrine, a new study reports.
New research provides additional insight into how the brain regulates body fat and could help provide more effective methods of weight loss.
A new study reports diets high in refined carbohydrates could increase the risk for developing depression in postmenopausal women.