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Ten Minute Sabbatical
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Ten Minute Sabbatical
Ten Minute Sabbatical

Take a break from the bench to puzzle and peruse

Take a break from the bench to puzzle and peruse

psychiatry
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Death by Nostalgia, 1688
Lisa Winter | Feb 1, 2022 | 3 min read
Before its association with a pining for the toys or TV shows of yesteryear, nostalgia was deemed a dangerous psychiatric disorder.
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Legendary Child Psychiatrist Michael Rutter Dies
Lisa Winter | Nov 10, 2021 | 3 min read
He discovered that autism had strong genetic links.
Identity Crisis, 1906
Catherine Offord | Mar 1, 2021 | 4 min read
A famous account of multiple personality disorder in the early 20th century foreshadowed a century of controversial diagnoses and debate among psychiatrists.
How Social Isolation Affects the Brain
Catherine Offord | Jul 13, 2020 | 10+ min read
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.
Value of Medical Marijuana for Mental Health Questioned
Jef Akst | Oct 29, 2019 | 2 min read
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
Catherine Offord | Oct 7, 2019 | 2 min read
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.
NIH Suspended Duke University Grants Amid Misconduct Allegations
Jef Akst | May 22, 2019 | 2 min read
The accusations concerned the safety of research participants. The school says the grants have been reinstated following an investigation.
Potent Weed Linked to Psychosis
Jef Akst | Mar 20, 2019 | 2 min read
Frequent use of high-strength cannabis may increase the risk of mental health problems, according to a large-scale epidemiological study.
Former Head of NIMH, Lewis Judd, Dies
Kerry Grens | Jan 14, 2019 | 2 min read
The UCSD psychiatry researcher championed the concept of mental illness as a neurobiological condition and helped form the US government’s Decade of the Brain initiative.
Researchers Explore the Genetics of Eating Disorders
Amy Lewis | Jan 1, 2019 | 4 min read
Large-scale genomic studies of anorexia and bulimia are turning up clues about the conditions’ development and persistence.
Cochrane Collaboration Expels Cofounder, Prompts Resignations
Catherine Offord | Sep 18, 2018 | 3 min read
Physician Peter Gøtzsche, a board member of the organization, has been an outspoken critic of certain vaccines and of the pharma industry in general.
New Cell Type Discovered in Human Brains
Catherine Offord | Aug 28, 2018 | 2 min read
Rosehip neurons are not found in rodents. Perhaps they offer clues about what separates our brains from those of other animals.
Brain Stimulation Reduces Feelings of Aggression
Sukanya Charuchandra | Jul 3, 2018 | 2 min read
Researchers propose that the method could be used to rein in violence.
Adolescent Psychiatrist Beatrix Hamburg Dies
Ashley Yeager | Apr 20, 2018 | 2 min read
A champion of peer counseling and a barrier-breaker for black women, she passed away after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
Gene Expression Overlaps Among Psychiatric Disorders
Ashley P. Taylor | Feb 8, 2018 | 3 min read
Transcriptional profiling of post-mortem human brains reveals commonalities in the genes over- and under-expressed in schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, autism, and major depression. 
Transgenerational Trauma Passed Down from WWII Evacuees
Jef Akst | Nov 29, 2017 | 2 min read
The daughters of Finnish women separated from their parents as children during World War II have higher rates of psychiatric hospitalization than those born to women who had not been evacuated.
ADHD Linked to Structural Differences in the Brain
Kerry Grens | Feb 20, 2017 | 2 min read
Imaging data show smaller volumes in several brain regions among people diagnosed with the behavioral disorder.
Clues to Lithium’s Mechanism
Tanya Lewis | Jul 8, 2016 | 1 min read
A study in roundworms hints at how the drug may exert therapeutic effects.
Fish Oil May Slow Schizophrenia
Jef Akst | Aug 13, 2015 | 1 min read
Omega-3 supplementation reduced progression rates among people with early-stage symptoms of schizophrenia, according to a small trial.
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