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Category: Mental Health

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March 1, 2018

What to Do if a Family Member or Friend Has Psychotic Symptoms

When someone you love is suffering from serious mental illness, it can be confusing and scary. Here’s what to know.

Mental Health, Psychiatry

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Neurons Undergoing Cell Death

September 8, 2017

NIH grant to help UNC researchers explore microRNA as route to Alzh...

The National Institute on Aging awarded a $2.6-million, five-year grant to UNC’s Mohanish Deshmukh’s lab to explore miR-29, a key molecule that helps mature brain cells avoid death.

Alzheimer's, Grants, Mental Health, News

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July 20, 2017

Toddler Brain Development: bacterial clues found in dirty baby diapers

Can the kinds of microbes colonizing the gut at age 1 predict later cognitive development? Findings from the UNC School of Medicine shed light on the surprising role of bacteria in how our brains develop during the first years of life.

Babies, Children, Mental Health, Microbiome, News, Nutrition

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Brain Region Connections

June 9, 2017

Predicting Autism: Study Links Infant Brain Connections to Diagnose...

In two previous studies, University of North Carolina researchers and colleagues linked infant brain anatomy differences to autism diagnoses at age two. Now they show differences in functional connections between brain regions at 6 months to predict autism at age two.

Autism, Brain Health, Children, Mental Health, News, Publications, Research, Studies

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Soldier

April 13, 2017

UNC research featured in PBS segment on PTSD

PBS NewsHour produced a three-part series on PTSD, including a segment on a research project at the UNC School of Medicine led by Sam McLean, MD.

Mental Health, Neurology, Research, Treatment

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Green: NAc-projecting prefrontal cortex neurons become active during the presentation of a reward-predictive cue

February 22, 2017

Researchers uncover brain circuitry central to reward-seeking behavior

Published today in Nature, the discovery has major implications for the study of motivation, decision making, as well as addiction and other disorders.

Genetics, Mental Health, Neurology

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Garret Stuber

January 30, 2017

Scientists illuminate the neurons of social attraction

With a whiff of the opposite sex, these hormone-sensitive neurons trigger pro-social behavior in mice and could play roles in anxiety, depression, and other mood-related conditions in humans.

Genetics, Mental Health, Neurology

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