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Giving a Voice to Mental Illness

Newswise — As a technology and business writer, Marie Verna kept her bipolar disorder quiet, fearing the stigma that revealing a mental illness would cost her her career. When she returned from a hospital stay, however, her fears were realized.

Private insurance reforms a mental health ‘work-around’

The private hospital changes fail to provide the community-based services people need, Prof Ian Hickie says

The national mental health commissioner, Prof Ian Hickie, has described private health insurance reforms affecting mental health as a “work-around” that will lead to …

Broadening the debate on mental health | Letters

David Dodd wants employers to assume a degree of responsibility for employees’ mental wellbeing, Justin Harper makes a case for income protection and Gary Fereday says psychoanalytically informed therapies should be more widely available. Plus letters from Keir Harding and…

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Even Jellyfish Need a Nap

Humans are hardly alone in their need for sleep—as any cat owner knows. But what about other, very different animals?

“In thinking about this…we wanted to use an evolutionary argument to figure out what is the simplest animal to …

Spit for Science: When “N’s” Are More than Human Guinea Pigs

Newswise — Sometimes scientists do not see the value of sharing their knowledge and expertise with non-scientists and members of the public may believe that researchers enjoy a rarefied existence. This critical review addresses the important, yet limited gap that …

Multiple Sclerosis Risk in Children Spotted With MRI Neuroimaging

Summary: A new study reveals MRI brain scans can help identify neurological changes associated with multiple sclerosis before symptoms appear in children.

Source: Yale.

By the time multiple sclerosis (MS) is diagnosed in children, it may be difficult to prevent

New Mechanism Detected in Alzheimer’s Disease

Summary: McGill researchers report RNA that encodes synaptic proteins degrades more rapidly in Alzheimer’s patients.

Source: McGill University.

McGill University researchers have discovered a cellular mechanism that may contribute to the breakdown of communication between neurons in Alzheimer’s disease.


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Brain Imaging Results Skewed by Biased Study Samples

Summary: Researchers say failure to follow principles of population science can skew results of brain imaging studies.

Source: UCSF.

Neuroimaging researchers must consider who their samples represent, UCSF study says.

Any scientist who studies groups of people knows that the

Team Creates Expanded Potential Stem Cells

Hinxton, UK (Scicasts) — Researchers at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and their collaborators have created Expanded Potential Stem Cells (EPSCs) in mice that have a greater potential for development than current stem cell lines.

These stem cells have the

Astrocytes Help Neurons Form Successful Connections in the Brain

La Jolla, CA (Scicasts) — To have a good phone conversation, you need a good cellular connection. What’s true for mobile phones also turns out to be true for neurons. [Video]

Salk Institute scientists have discovered that brain cells called

How Rabies Induces Frenzied Behavior

Summary: A new study reports small fragments of the rabies virus binds to, and inhibits, nicotinic acetylcholine receptors in the brain, inducing frenzied behaviors.

Source: University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Scientists may finally understand how the rabies virus can drastically change

Women Seen as Younger When Eyes, Lips and Eyebrows Stand Out

Summary: A new study reveals women with increased facial contrast are often perceived at being younger.

Source: Frontiers.

Aspects of facial contrast, a measure of how much facial features stand out in the face, decrease with age in women across