Vitamin K2 Possible New Hope For Parkinson’s Patients

Vitamin K2 Possible New Hope For Parkinson’s Patients

Neuroscientist Patrik Verstreken, associated with VIB and KU Leuven, succeeded in undoing the effect of one of the genetic defects that leads to Parkinson’s using vitamin K2. His discovery gives hope to Parkinson’s patients. This research was done in collaboration with colleagues from Northern Illinois University (US) and will be published this evening on the website of the authorative journal Science.

Blood Test Could Show Women at Risk of Postnatal Depression

Blood Test Could Show Women at Risk of Postnatal Depression

Researchers at Warwick Medical School have discovered a way of identifying which women are most at risk of postnatal depression (PND) by checking for specific genetic variants. The findings could lead to the development of a simple, accurate blood test which checks for the likelihood of developing the condition.

Gifts of the MAGI in Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder

Gifts of the MAGI in Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder

These findings are not about the classic story of gift-giving, although the MAGI genes (officially named membrane associated guanylate kinase, WW and PDZ domain containing proteins) do influence brain function in important ways.

Cannabis Use During Youth Affects Brain Regions Associated With Schizophrenia

Cannabis Use During Youth Affects Brain Regions Associated With Schizophrenia

New research from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) published in Nature’s Neuropsychopharmacology has shown physical changes to exist in specific brain areas implicated in schizophrenia following the use of cannabis during adolescence. The research has shown how cannabis use during adolescence can interact with a gene, called the COMT gene, to cause physical changes in the brain.

Addiction On The Rise In European Youth

Addiction On The Rise In European Youth

Addiction is on the rise in Europe. An increasing number of young people are unable to control their use of drugs, alcohol, sex, computer games, technology, shopping, dieting or exercise.

Income Inequality Leads To More US Deaths, New Study Finds

Income Inequality Leads To More US Deaths, New Study Finds

A new study provides the best evidence to date that higher levels of income inequality in the United States actually lead to more deaths in the country over a period of years.

Are Women With a History of Violent Experiences More Likely to Have Risky Sex?

Are Women With a History of Violent Experiences More Likely to Have Risky Sex?

Women who have experienced multiple forms of violence, from witnessing neighborhood crimes to being abused themselves, are more likely to engage in risky sexual behavior, according to a new report in the Psychology of Violence.

The Gifts We Keep On Giving

The Gifts We Keep On Giving

In an article to be published in a forthcoming issue of Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, researchers from Stanford Graduate School of Business, the Harvard Business School and the London Business School explore the whole question of regifting from the perspective of both the original giver and the receiver who may or may not rewrap and regift.

Fewer Suicides After Antidepressive Treatment For Schizophrenia

Fewer Suicides After Antidepressive Treatment For Schizophrenia

Antidepressive drugs reduce the mortality rate of schizophrenic patients, while treatment with bensodiazepines greatly increases it, especially as regards suicide. Giving several antipsychotics simultaneously, however, seems to have no effect at all. This according to a new study examining different drug combinations administered to patients with schizophrenia.

US Army Considers Why Some Soldiers Avoid PTSD Care, And Strategies For Continued Treatment

US Army Considers Why Some Soldiers Avoid PTSD Care, And Strategies For Continued Treatment

Currently, fewer than half of the Soldiers who report symptoms of combat-related PTSD receive the care they need. And of those Soldiers who do start treatment, between 20 percent and 50 percent walk away before its completion.