Here’s What to Know About Cardiovascular-Kidney-Metabolic Syndrome, Newly Defined by the AHA | Nephrology | JAMA

Cardiovascular disease often occurs with kidney disease and metabolic diseases, including obesity and type 2 diabetes. And having more than 1 of these conditions multiplies health and mortality risks, particularly due to cardiovascular disease. An American Heart Association (AHA) presidential advisory recently published in Circulation newly defines the adverse interplay among these conditions as cardiovascular-kidney-metabolic … Read more

Here’s how the CDC director keeps her family healthy during holiday season — and how you can too

Dr. Mandy Cohen, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is cognizant of the mistrust some people feel toward the CDC and other public health institutions following the COVID-19 pandemic. But as Thanksgiving approaches and millions gear up for holiday travel, Cohen tells Yahoo Life that she’s hoping to break through some … Read more

Autism Gene SYNGAP1’s Early Role in Brain Development

Summary: A new study uncovers unexpected early developmental impacts of SYNGAP1 gene variants linked to Autism Spectrum Disorder. By examining brain organoids, including those from a patient with a SYNGAP1 variant, researchers found the SYNGAP1 protein in progenitor cells, challenging the belief that it’s only present in mature neuron synapses. This discovery suggests that disrupted … Read more

Mindful Mistakes: How Brains Learn from Errors

Summary: A new study reveals the brain’s swift response to human errors compared to unintended outcomes. When individuals were tasked with identifying arrow directions, researchers observed the brain differentiating between correct responses followed by unexpected symbols and actual mistakes. The study found that the brain recognizes an error within one second and then engages in … Read more

Unvaccinated individuals disproportionately scapegoated, study suggests

The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted unprecedented efforts to curb its spread, with vaccinations being a pivotal strategy in reducing mortality and transmission. As vaccines have become widely available, public health experts have strongly encouraged people of all ages to get vaccinated to protect themselves and their communities. However, this emphasis on vaccination has also given … Read more

What Are the Best Medications for Anxiety and Depression?

Medically reviewed by Alex Yampolsky, PharmD Anxiety and depression are common but serious mental health issues that can cause a dramatic decrease in functioning and quality of life. In the United States, about 1 in 5 people experience anxiety, and 1 in 10 have depression. Symptoms of anxiety include the following: Symptoms of depression include the … Read more

The power and potential of mitochondria transfer

Roger, A. J., Muñoz-Gómez, S. A. & Kamikawa, R. The origin and diversification of mitochondria. Curr. Biol. 27, R1177–R1192 (2017). Article  CAS  PubMed  Google Scholar  Monzel, A. S., Enríquez, J. A. & Picard, M. Multifaceted mitochondria: moving mitochondrial science beyond function and dysfunction. Nat. Metab. 5, 546–562 (2023). Article  PubMed  Google Scholar  Mishra, P. & … Read more

New study reveals lithium’s impact on brain activity during emotion regulation

Bipolar disorder, a mental health condition characterized by recurrent episodes of depression and mania/hypomania, has been a challenging condition to understand and treat effectively. Lithium, a medication that has been a mainstay in bipolar disorder treatment for six decades, has shown promise in reducing the frequency of mood episodes and providing other potential benefits. However, … Read more

High-sugar diet may increase risk of neurodegenerative diseases

About 15% of people around the world have a neurodegenerative disease. A known risk factor for developing a neurodegenerative condition is obesity. Researchers from the Fred Hutch Cancer Center show evidence suggesting a high-sugar diet causes insulin resistance in the brain, reducing the brain’s ability to remove neuronal debris, thus increasing neurodegeneration risk. Neurodegenerative diseases, … Read more