Saturated fatty acid levels rise in the brain during the formation of new memories, researchers say. The highest levels of saturated fatty acids were found in the amygdala, an area of the brain associated with fear and emotional memories.
Study reveals personality disorders and schizophrenia are the most debilitating mental illnesses to live with.
The SARM1 protein triggers a cascade of degeneration associated with Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and other neurodegenerative diseases. Researchers hope new drugs can be developed to directly target this protein to fight neurodegeneration.
Study identifies a new "seeding" process in neurons that could be a cause of dementia and Alzheimer's disease.
Vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy may explain why males are three times more likely to be diagnosed with ASD than girls. The study reports prenatal vitamin d deficiency increases testosterone in the developing male brain.
Study found genes implicated in cattle temperament contribute to neural developmental functions and are differentially expressed in the human brain. Some ASD related genes are associated with cattle temperament.
Researchers identified a specific neural network that positively responds to melatonin following concussion in children. Results suggest melatonin may help compensate for normal brain function that has been interrupted due to injury caused by concussion and helps prevent sleep disturbances.
Children who experience emotional, mental health, and social problems are more likely to have higher levels of genetic vulnerability for depression as adults. Researchers also identified a higher genetic vulnerability for insomnia, body mass index, and neuroticism. 50% of children with disorders such as ADHD continue to experience mental health problems as they enter adulthood.