Genetics Psychology / Psychiatry

New psychosis treatment targets genetic mutation instead of symptoms

A novel treatment that targets the biological effects of a specific genetic mutation could help alleviate the symptoms of psychosis, a new study finds. Targeting one genetic mutation helped scientists devise an innovative treatment for psychosis. Deborah L. Levy, Ph.D. — from the McLean Hospital in Belmont, MA — led the new study, the findings […]

Psychology / Psychiatry

Letter from the Editor: It’s good to laugh

“Laughter is an instant vacation,” American comedian Milton Berle once said. After Medical News Today‘s annual summer party, I have to agree. The MNT editorial team had lots of fun at the annual summer party. In previous years, MNT‘s summer party events have included community gardening and a rocky, but joyous boat trip. This year, […]

Alzheimer's / Dementia Psychology / Psychiatry

How do we recall the past? New mechanism revealed

Following their study in rats, scientists have broken new ground in memory research. The finding concerns how the brain retrieves long-term memory and should open new avenues for investigating and treating Alzheimer’s disease and other causes of dementia. New research in rats has unveiled a brain mechanism that could explain how we retrieve old memories. […]

Dermatology Psychology / Psychiatry

What is dermatophagia?

Dermatophagia is a psychological condition in which a person compulsively bites, chews, gnaws, or eats their skin. It often affects the skin around people’s fingers. Dermatophagia is an emerging concept in mental health research. For this reason, there have been few studies into precisely what it is and how it differs from other conditions. According […]

Neurology / Neuroscience Psychology / Psychiatry

How religious experiences may benefit mental health

A survey of thousands of people suggests that mystical experiences positively affect a person’s mental health, regardless of whether they are naturally occurring or a result of psychedelic drugs. New research suggests that having deep religious experiences may significantly improve people’s mental health. Religion may have a wide range of health benefits, research suggests. For […]

Neurology / Neuroscience Psychology / Psychiatry

What to know about Piaget’s stages of cognitive development

Piaget’s stages are a theory of how a child’s cognition — meaning their knowledge and understanding about the world — develops between birth and adulthood. Jean Piaget was an early psychologist who specialized in child development from the 1920s onward. Piaget developed his theories by watching children and making notes about their progress. The core […]