Cognitive abilities tend to decline with age. Although there is considerable variability in degree from one person to another, a large percentage of the very old develop dementia. By contrast, depression is not a normal...
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I’ve seen the affects of brain disorders and mental illness all around me in my 17 years of life. Over the past 3 years, I’ve lost my 63-year-old grandmother (who lived with us) to a stroke; my 45-year-old uncle to...
Scientific Council Member Eric R. Kandel, M.D., and colleagues at Columbia University Medical Center were recently published in Science Translational Medicine for their studies on nicotine and addiction. With the use of...
While most studies focus on brain and behavior disorders as cause for substance abuse (ie., self-medication), Scientific Council Member Eric Nestler, M.D., Ph.D. and colleagues have discovered how substance abuse can...
The recent suicide of professional hockey player Wade Belak is the latest in a string of sports tragedies—his death follows those of New York Rangers forward Derek Boogaard and Winnipeg Jets forward Rick Rypien. There...