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It’s 25 Years Since We Redefined Autism – Here’s What We’ve Learnt

It’s 25 years since the fourth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-IV) was published. The manual is the clinical “bible” that defines the criteria for the diagnosis of psychiatric and neurodevelopmental conditions, and was a landmark document for autism spectrum disorder. The first mention of autism came in the third edition of the […]

Bilingualism And Dementia: How Some Patients Lose Their Second Language And Rediscover Their First

For many people with dementia, memories of early childhood appear more vivid than their fragile sense of the present. But what happens when the present is experienced through a different language than the one spoken in childhood? And how might carers and care homes cope with the additional level of complexity in looking after bilingual […]

Biodiverse Soil Dust May Help Lower Anxiety

Researchers from the University of Adelaide have found new evidence of a potentially broadly-acting microbial link between the health of ecosystems and the health of people. The research[1] investigated the relationship between exposure to biodiverse soil dust, gut health, and mental health. Growing evidence links natural green space exposure with a range of health benefits, […]

Omega-3 Supplements Have No Effect On Depression Or Anxiety

Omega-3 fats have little or no effect on anxiety and depression, according to new research from the University of East Anglia. Increased consumption of omega-3 fats is widely promoted globally because of a common belief that it will protect against, or even reverse, conditions such as anxiety and depression. But a systematic review published today […]

Reduced Brain Size May Affect Alcohol Consumption

Reduced brain size may suggest a genetic predisposition towards higher alcohol consumption, according to new research. “Our results suggest that associations between alcohol consumption and reduced brain volume are attributable to shared genetic factors. Lower brain volume in specific regions may predispose a person to greater alcohol consumption. The study is impressive because it uses […]