Neuroscience study links white matter compactness to mood degradation during sleep deprivation
Neuroscientists from the University of Arizona have potentially identified a neural biomarker of mood vulnerability following sleep loss. Their study found that white matter compactness in three important brain networks is related to resilience to mood degradation during sleep deprivation.
Rising suicide rates at college campuses prompt concerns over mental health care
Stanford University has agreed to change its involuntary leave of absence policy, mental health staffing and training to better accommodate students facing mental illness crises, including those who have been hospitalized following a suicide attempt. The decision is the result of a settlement agreement with a group of students who filed a class action lawsuit to reform allegedly discriminatory policies affecting student in mental health crises.
Gut immunity more developed before birth than previously thought
The fetal gut has far better developed immune capabilities than previously thought. The findings could help develop new maternal vaccines and provide early insight into potential autoimmune disorders, which may occur later in life.
The Right Personality May Add Years to Your Life
Researchers in behavioral medicine and health recognized decades ago that personality must be taken into account in understanding the factors which influence adopting a life-prolonging lifestyle. This field originated in the now-classic, though imperfect, studies on the “Type A Behavior Pattern,” in which hard-driving, impatient, achievement-oriented, and super-punctual individuals appeared to have higher risk of cardiovascular disease than their laid-back Type B counterparts.