Month: September 2016

Serotonin, the ‘happy’ neurotransmitter, may not make us so happy

Serotonin is a neurotransmitter located in the brain that is derived from the amino acid tryptophan. Over the years, serotonin has been referred to as the happy neurotransmitter because it is known to have a pivotal role in the reward pathway in the brain, resulting in all those feel-good motions. In fact, drug addiction is …

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Changing the way we perceive teens to tap into ‘The Power of the Adolescent Brain’

What do adults see when they look at teenagers? Maybe they see the similarity the children have to their parents. Maybe they see blooming human beings learning to be themselves. Maybe they see a buzzing hive of hormones and obstinacy. But do they see power? The truth is that teenagers are full of opportunity, dreams …

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Parental mental illness can predict illness in children

Where does it come from? It’s a common question when people hear about a child who attempted suicide or acted violently against a classmate. Was it the media? Video games? Upbringing? Although there are many causes that can potentially cause children to become violent (either against themselves or others), a new study from the University …

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FDA approves two new tests to diagnose traumatic brain injuries

Concussions are extremely common sports-related injuries that can affect anyone who plays a high contact sport such as football, hockey or soccer. An estimated 1.1 to 1.9 million children ages 18 years old or younger experience sports- and recreation-related concussions in the United States each year, according to a study conducted by Mersine A. Bryan, …

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7 signs of depression in boys

Alexithymia is a mental disorder first identified in the 1970s that makes people unable to identify and express their own emotions and those of others. Some studies estimate that 8 percent of males experience this disorder. Alexithymia is relatively rare, but patients with the condition aren’t always the only ones who have trouble recognizing their …

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