Neuroscience has transformed our understanding of the brain and promises treatments for devastating disorders that affect millions.

Problematic smartphone use linked to poorer grades, alcohol misuse and more sexual partners

04 July 2019

A survey of more than 3,400 university students in the USA has found that one in five respondents reported problematic smartphone use. Female students were more likely be affected and problematic smartphone use was associated with lower grade averages, mental health problems and higher numbers of sexual partners.

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Rate of mental disorders among children remained stable in 2021 after previous rise

30 Sep 2021

One in six children in England had a probable mental disorder in 2021 – a similar rate to 2020 but an increase from one in nine in 2017 - according...

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New mechanism preventing toxic DNA lesions opens up therapeutic avenues for Huntington's disease

01 Sep 2021

A new mechanism that stops the progression of Huntington’s disease in cells has been identified by scientists at the University of Cambridge and UCL...

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AI could detect dementia years before symptoms appear

12 Aug 2021

Artificial intelligence could spot the early signs of dementia from a simple brain scan long before major symptoms appear – and in some cases before...

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Scientists reverse age-related memory loss in mice

22 Jul 2021

Scientists at Cambridge and Leeds have successfully reversed age-related memory loss in mice and say their discovery could lead to the development of...

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Autistic individuals may be more likely to use recreational drugs to self-medicate their mental health

01 Jul 2021

While autistic individuals are less likely to use substances, those who do so are more likely to self-medicate for their mental health symptoms...

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Inflatable, shape-changing spinal implants could help treat severe pain

25 Jun 2021

A team of engineers and clinicians has developed an ultra-thin, inflatable device that can be used to treat the most severe forms of pain without the...

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Marmoset study identifies brain region linking actions to their outcomes

24 Jun 2021

Researchers have discovered a specific brain region underlying ‘goal-directed behaviour’ – that is, when we consciously do something with a...

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Study shows brain differences in interpreting physical signals in mental health disorders

22 Jun 2021

Researchers have shown why people with mental health disorders, including anorexia and panic disorders, experience physical signals differently.

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Teenagers at greatest risk of self-harming could be identified almost a decade earlier

15 Jun 2021

Researchers have identified two subgroups of adolescents who self-harm and have shown that it is possible to predict those individuals at greatest...

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Mothers can influence offspring’s height, lifespan and disease risk in unexpected ways – through their mitochondria

17 May 2021

Mitochondria - the ‘batteries’ that power our cells – play an unexpected role in common diseases such as type 2 diabetes and multiple sclerosis...

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Unhealthy patterns of diet, exercise, and sleep linked to high risk of cardiovascular disease in autistic people

10 May 2021

Autistic people have far greater risks of long term physical health conditions than others, but the reasons for this remain unclear. New research...

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Stress does not lead to loss of self-control in eating disorders, study finds

12 Apr 2021

A unique residential study has concluded that, contrary to perceived wisdom, people with eating disorders do not lose self-control – leading to binge...

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