Genetic Risks for Depression Differ Between Ancestral Groups
Genetic Risks for Depression Differ Between Ancestral Groups
A large genome-wide association study in East Asians uncovers novel genetic links to depression, calling attention to the consequences of underrepresentation of non-European groups in genetic research data.
Genetic Risks for Depression Differ Between Ancestral Groups
Genetic Risks for Depression Differ Between Ancestral Groups

A large genome-wide association study in East Asians uncovers novel genetic links to depression, calling attention to the consequences of underrepresentation of non-European groups in genetic research data.

A large genome-wide association study in East Asians uncovers novel genetic links to depression, calling attention to the consequences of underrepresentation of non-European groups in genetic research data.

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Our Aching Brains
Our Aching Brains
Bob Grant | Oct 1, 2021
COVID-19 has killed more than 4 million people around the globe and has sickened many millions more. The neurological toll on those of us continuing to live through the pandemic may stretch years or decades into the uncertain future.
Q&A: Health of 9/11 First Responders 20 Years Later
Q&A: Health of 9/11 First Responders 20 Years Later
Amanda Heidt | Sep 7, 2021
The Scientist spoke with Rachel Zeig-Owens, the director of epidemiology for the World Trade Center Health Program, about what scientists have learned after two decades of studying illness and disease among survivors.
Genetic Variants Tied to Sex Differences in Psychiatric Disorders
Genetic Variants Tied to Sex Differences in Psychiatric Disorders
Amanda Heidt | Mar 31, 2021
The largest study of its kind identifies single nucleotide polymorphisms with disparate effects on men’s and women’s susceptibility to conditions such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.
Identity Crisis, 1906
Identity Crisis, 1906
Catherine Offord | Mar 1, 2021
A famous account of multiple personality disorder in the early 20th century foreshadowed a century of controversial diagnoses and debate among psychiatrists.
Brain Circuitry for Fear and Anxiety Is the Same on fMRI
Brain Circuitry for Fear and Anxiety Is the Same on fMRI
Amanda Heidt | Sep 21, 2020
A study in people fails to detect differences in the brain’s response to fear or anxiety, long thought to be controlled by different neural circuits.
Infographic: What Social Isolation Can Mean for the Brain
Infographic: What Social Isolation Can Mean for the Brain
Catherine Offord | Jul 13, 2020
People who show low social engagement over long periods of time often show reductions in cognitive function. Studies of the brain may provide clues about this correlation.
How Social Isolation Affects the Brain
How Social Isolation Affects the Brain
Catherine Offord | Jul 13, 2020
Absence of human contact is associated with declines in cognitive function. But as the COVID-19 pandemic brings concerns about the potential harms of isolation to the fore, researchers are still hunting for concrete evidence of a causal role as well as possible mechanisms.
Study Probes Brain Activity in Survivors of Paris Terror Attacks
Study Probes Brain Activity in Survivors of Paris Terror Attacks
Jef Akst | May 1, 2020
Those who had developed PTSD appear to be less able to suppress unwanted memories—traumatic or not—suggesting a role for the general ability to control memory recall in the disorder.
Regular Exercise Helps Patients Combat Cancer
Regular Exercise Helps Patients Combat Cancer
Bente Klarlund Pedersen | Apr 1, 2020
Studies point to a role for physical activity in fighting malignancies, improving treatment outcomes, and fostering overall health in patients.
Infographic: The Neurobiology of Suicidal Behavior
Infographic: The Neurobiology of Suicidal Behavior
Catherine Offord | Jan 13, 2020
Clues about the biological mechanisms that contribute to a person’s chance of contemplating or attempting suicide
What Neurobiology Can Tell Us About Suicide
What Neurobiology Can Tell Us About Suicide
Catherine Offord | Jan 13, 2020
The biochemical mechanisms in the brain underlying suicidal behavior are beginning to come to light, and researchers hope they could one day lead to better treatment and prevention strategies.
Value of Medical Marijuana for Mental Health Questioned
Value of Medical Marijuana for Mental Health Questioned
Jef Akst | Oct 29, 2019
A meta-analysis of more than 80 studies from the past four decades finds weak evidence to support the use of medicinal cannabis to treat anxiety, depression, and other mental health disorders.
Deep Brain Stimulation Improves Depression Symptoms: Study
Deep Brain Stimulation Improves Depression Symptoms: Study
Catherine Offord | Oct 7, 2019
The effects of the therapy in a small group of  patients were long-lasting, researchers say, adding to evidence that the approach works for treatment-resistant depression.
Antidepressant Approvals Could Herald New Era in Psychiatric Drugs
Antidepressant Approvals Could Herald New Era in Psychiatric Drugs
Bianca Nogrady | Oct 1, 2019
The FDA has given the green light to the first major new classes of antidepressant therapies in decades, opening up new avenues for therapeutic development.
Union Says National Lab in Canada Is a Toxic Workplace
Union Says National Lab in Canada Is a Toxic Workplace
Jef Akst | Sep 30, 2019
After a scientist at the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg had a mental breakdown that may have contributed to her death in 2016, employees raise red flags about an unhealthy work environment.
Johns Hopkins Launches Research Center on Psychedelics
Johns Hopkins Launches Research Center on Psychedelics
Emily Makowski | Sep 9, 2019
The facility, focused on finding treatments for mental health disorders, will be the first of its kind in the US.
Exercise Changes Our Gut Microbes, But How Isn’t Yet Clear
Exercise Changes Our Gut Microbes, But How Isn’t Yet Clear
Ashley Yeager | Aug 15, 2019
Physical activity, independent of diet, shifts the composition of bacteria in the intestines, spurring researchers to search for species that might provide benefits akin to working out.
University of Adelaide Investigates Ancient DNA Lab
University of Adelaide Investigates Ancient DNA Lab
Ashley Yeager | Jul 23, 2019
An external consultant will review the work environment of the institution’s Australian Centre for Ancient DNA, led by evolutionary molecular biologist Alan Cooper.
How the Brain Changes on Ketamine: A Live Animal Study
How the Brain Changes on Ketamine: A Live Animal Study
Ruth Williams | Apr 11, 2019
The drug promotes and sustains brain cell connectivity in mice, reversing the effects of chronic stress.