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World-first "Fast-fail" Trial Examines Loss of Pleasure in Mood Disorders
News   Mar 31, 2020

A first-of-its-kind trial has demonstrated that a receptor involved in the brain’s reward system may be a viable target for treating anhedonia (or lack of pleasure), a key symptom of several mood and anxiety disorders. This innovative fast-fail trial was funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), part of the National Institutes of Health, and the results of the trial are published in Nature Medicine.

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Psychedelic Study Shows Participants Can Have "Trips" on Placebo
News   Mar 31, 2020

There has been a lot of recent interest in the use of psychedelic drugs to treat depression. A new study suggests that, in the right context, some people may experience psychedelic-like effects from placebos alone.

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Neuron Model Helps Study How HIV Affects the Brain
News   Mar 31, 2020

Using a newly developed laboratory model of three types of brain cells, Penn and CHOP scientists reveal how HIV infection—as well as the drugs that treat it—can take a toll on the central nervous system.

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Gene Mutation Enhances Cognitive Flexibility
News   Mar 31, 2020

Researchers at the National Institutes of Health have discovered in mice what they believe is the first known genetic mutation to improve cognitive flexibility—the ability to adapt to changing situations.

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Psychiatric Disorders After First Birth Reduce Likelihood of Subsequent Children
News   Mar 30, 2020

Women who suffer from psychiatric disorders such as depression, anxiety, mania and schizophrenia following the live birth of their first child are less likely to go on to have more children, according to the first study to investigate this in a large nationwide population.

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New Advances in the Production of Retinal Cells for Treating Blindness
News   Mar 30, 2020

Researchers at Karolinska Institutet and St Erik Eye Hospital in Sweden have discovered a way to refine the production of retinal cells from embryonic stem cells for treating blindness in the elderly.

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MIT Engineers 3D Print Soft, Rubbery Brain Implants
News   Mar 30, 2020

Technique may enable speedy, on-demand design of softer, safer neural devices.

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Stay Positive, Live in the Moment, But Plan Ahead, New Research Suggests
News   Mar 30, 2020

A recent study finds that people who balance living in the moment with planning for the future are best able to weather daily stress without succumbing to negative moods.

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Cognitive Intelligence is a Whole Brain Phenomenon, According to New Findings
News   Mar 30, 2020

An international collaborative study provides findings on the neural basis of intelligence, otherwise known as general cognitive ability (IQ).

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FDA Approves a Novel Medicine Invented at Scripps Research, For Treatment of Multiple Sclerosis
News   Mar 30, 2020

Ozanimod is the latest in a series of novel medicines to originate from the laboratories of Scripps Research.

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