As interest in using psychedelics to treat a range of mental health disorders grows, researchers consider the impact and therapeutic benefits of using psychedelics to help alleviate symptoms of depression.
Forming an accurate impression of a person is important as people rely on their instincts when deciding to begin a relationship. People who report greater personal wellbeing are easier to "read" than others on first impression.
LSD increases social behaviors by activating 5-HTPA serotonin receptors and AMPA receptors in the prefrontal cortex, and the mTORC1 protein. Activating all three factors promoted social interactions. The findings suggest supervised LSD microdosing may help alleviate some of the social problems associated with ASD and other mental health disorders that impact social behaviors.
Mothers with more than one child reported more sleep disruptions that mothers with just one child. The number of children did not impact the quality, or quantity, of sleep for fathers.
Researchers have identified a cancer-causing mutation in the PDGFRA gene that drives cell mutation and growth when activated. The findings have implications for the treatment of a subset of glioblastoma brain cancer.
APOEe4, a gene associated with Alzheimer's disease risk, doesn't appear to directly affect memory performance or brain activity in older adults without cognitive impairment. However, the gene does seem to influence brain regions and systems that older at-risk adults activate to support successful memory recall.
A child's mental health is affected by stress factors experienced during the mother's pregnancy. The findings suggest the COVID-19 pandemic will have a lasting detrimental impact on the mental health of many children born to mothers who are currently pregnant.