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In a pair of clinical studies of psilocybin, the active ingredient in magic mushrooms, participants reported positive changes to their moods and outlooks.

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Neurometabolic Disorders Could Contribute to Depression

By | November 1, 2016

Impairments in the production of neurotransmitters may lead to depression in some patients, preliminary results show, opening new avenues for research.

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Access to data from thousands of genotyping customers helped scientists detect novel associations with the disorder across the genome.

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image: “Magic” Mushroom Compound Eases Depression

“Magic” Mushroom Compound Eases Depression

By | May 17, 2016

Psilocybin led to an improvement in symptoms for treatment-resistant patients, according to a small study.

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Zooming In on an Antidepressant Target

By | April 6, 2016

Structural studies reveal how SSRI drugs bind to the human serotonin transporter.

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A Genetic Root to Seasonal Affective Disorder

By | February 23, 2016

Researchers have identified a gene that ties sleeping patterns to the winter blues experienced by many people living at extreme northern and southern latitudes.

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Antidepressant Exerts Epigenetic Changes

By | November 25, 2015

Molecular markers could aid researchers’ assessment of patient response to the drug.  

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The Upside

By | September 1, 2015

Researchers explore the benefits of hearing loss and impairment.

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Genetic Variants Linked to Depression

By | July 20, 2015

Researchers link variations in two genes to cases of major depressive disorder in two large cohorts.

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Magic Mushroom Dreams

By | July 3, 2014

A psychedelic compound in hallucinogenic mushrooms triggers brain activity characteristic of dream states.

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