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The challenge of defining maturity when the brain never stops changing
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Neuroscientists don't know when your brain is a legal adult.

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Linking terrorism with mental illness fuels stigma and impedes prevention efforts
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An "automatic assumption" to link terrorist acts with mental illness unfairly stigmatizes the millions of people with mental health problems and impedes prevention efforts, warn psychiatry experts in The BMJ.

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What Makes a Good Scientist?
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It’s the journey, not just the destination that counts as a scientist when conducting research.

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The immune system, microglia, and the brain
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The immune system is, in a word, a wonderful thing. When activated, the innate immune system produces all sort of molecules that can engulf pathogens (macrophages), tag infectious molecules for destruction (antibodies), and signal cells to become responsive (cytokines).

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Homing in on the therapeutic mechanisms of commonly used antidepressants
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With the advent of new technology, comes a better understanding of the brain and the hope for novel treatments and medications with improved specificity and therapeutic efficacy. The most widely used class of antidepressants is selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), which block the reuptake of serotonin from the presynaptic terminal, allowing for accumulation of serotonin within the synaptic cleft.

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From transcription to function: mapping brain networks
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The brain is a series of connected functional networks which coordinate the control of processes like vision and language. Mapping the molecular networks that underlie this connectivity would provide an unprecedented understanding of brain function in health and disease.

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Genetic links to the seasonal clock
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Have trouble with changing seasons? Maybe your genetics are to blame.

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Microbes, mood, and mental health
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Everyone has had a “gut feeling”—some liken it to “butterflies” in the stomach before a stressful event, while others deem it a type of intuition—and scientists are bringing this age-old phenomenon into the present-day lab in order to better understand how mental health disorders arise and how they might be treated better.

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“Special K” could offer new hope for treatment-resistant depression
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Over the past several decades, the pharmaceutical industry has been abandoning the research and development of treatments for psychiatric disorders, despite the ever-growing need for novel, more efficacious, and better targeted therapeutics.

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Conscious coupling: The early path to circuit formation in the neocortex
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Catapulting human intelligence above all other creatures is the highly precise formation of neuronal circuits in the cerebral cortex. This is not an easy feat since an estimated 16 billion molecularly distinct neurons are packed within the cerebral cortex.

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