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Imaging technique IDs plaques, tangles in brains of severely depressed older adults Depression is one of the most common mental disorders in the elderly, but little is known about the underlying biology of its development in older adults.      In a small st... (8 Nov 11) Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, UCLA Longevity Center 2 years 37 weeks ago
UCLA researchers identify brain cells responsible for keeping us awake Bright light arouses us. Bright light makes it easier to stay awake. Very bright light not only arouses us but is known to have antidepressant effects. Conversely, dark rooms can make us sleepy. It's... (3 Nov 11) Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior 2 years 38 weeks ago
Study shows promise for teen suicide prevention Roughly 1 million people die by suicide each year. In the U.S., where nearly 36,000 people take their own lives annually, more than 4,600 victims are between the ages of 10 and 24, making suicide... (2 Nov 11) Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, Youth Stress and Mood Program 2 years 38 weeks ago
Autistic brains develop more slowly than healthy brains, UCLA researchers say Researchers at UCLA have found a possible explanation for why autistic children act and think differently than their peers. For the first time, they've shown that the connections between brain regions... (20 Oct 11) Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior 2 years 40 weeks ago
UCLA Neurosurgery gets $2M donation to establish endowed chair in epilepsy research Nadia and Thomas Davies (top) with Dr. Paul Crandall and Nina Davies. Thomas and Nadia Davies have committed $2 million to the UCLA Department of Neurosurgery in memory of their late daughter Alfons... (17 Oct 11) Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior 2 years 40 weeks ago
UCLA events highlight integration of Eastern healing traditions, Western medicine UCLA has been at the forefront of integrative medicine research and education, incorporating traditional healing techniques and therapies from the East with Western medicine. Three upcoming UCLA–spons... (12 Oct 11) Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior 2 years 41 weeks ago
More insight into the secret life of the American teen Andrew Fuligni and his colleagues want to understand the secret life of the American teenager. Their research has examined whether stress in the teen years affects kids' health as adults (it does), wh... (6 Oct 11) Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, Adolescence, Ethnicity and Immigration Research Program 2 years 42 weeks ago
Hysterectomy is associated with increased levels of iron in the brain The human body has a love-hate relationship with iron. Just the right amount is needed for proper cell function, yet too much is associated with brain diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. Scienc... (4 Oct 11) Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior 2 years 42 weeks ago
Large study finds genetic 'overlap' between schizophrenia, bipolar disorder Knowledge about the biological origin of diseases like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and other psychiatric conditions is critical to improving diagnosis and treatment.   In an effort to push th... (21 Sep 11) Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, Center for Neurobehavioral Genetics 2 years 44 weeks ago
UCLA scientists uncover potential target for treating common form of early-onset dementia No cure exists for frontotemporal dementia, which strikes between the ages of 40 and 64 and accounts for at least one in four cases of early-onset dementia. Caused by the death of cells in the front a... (21 Sep 11) Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences 2 years 44 weeks ago