There remains a controversy in scientific circles today regarding the value of lithium therapy in treating Alzheimer’s disease. Much of this stems from the fact that because the information gathered to date has originated from a multitude of differential approaches, conditions, formulations, timing and dosages of treatment, results are difficult to compare. Also, continued treatments… Read more

Living near major roads or highways is linked to higher incidence of dementia, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and multiple sclerosis (MS), suggests new research. The researchers also found that living near green spaces, like parks, has protective effects against developing these neurological disorders. “For the first time, we have confirmed a link between air pollution… Read more

Only children get a bad rap. They are often perceived as selfish, spoiled, anxious, socially inept and lonely. And my profession, psychology, may be partly to blame for these negative stereotypes. Indeed, Granville Stanley Hall, one of the most influential psychologists of the last century and the first president of the American Psychological Association, said… Read more

The balance between the neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine may affect whether a person develops social anxiety disorder, researchers at Uppsala University report. Previous research has mainly focused on either the serotonin or the dopamine system individually. “We see that there is a different balance between serotonin and dopamine transport in people with social anxiety disorder… Read more

The large range of emotional and practical impacts caused by a loss of smell is elucidated in a new study from the University of East Anglia. It finds that almost every aspect of life is disrupted – from everyday concerns about personal hygiene to a loss of sexual intimacy and the break-down of personal relationships… Read more