The rising sun and moon may not be the only opposite partners when it comes to sleeping and waking.
A research team at Northwestern University recently discovered a pair of opposing ion channels may be turn circadian neurons in the brain on and off on a daily cycle.
An article in Schizophrenia Bulletin makes a strong case for a scaling up of schizophrenia care that could yield breakthroughs in treatment for the condition and, ultimately, many other mental health disorders. Such a scaling up would involve breaking down significant barriers but could yield significant breakthroughs in treatment.
A study in Translational Psychiatry has identified three potential genes that could prove to be responsible for disturbances in mitochondrial function and DNA repair mechanisms in bipolar disorder. The genes in question – POLG, OGG1, and NDUFV2 – may open new targets for examination. The study authors themselves consider the results to be “somewhat promising.”
Children with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)/mixed connective tissue disease (MCTD) often suffer from significant bouts of depression and potentially suicide ideation, a study in the Journal of Pediatrics determined.