A genome-wide analysis of approximately 200,000 military veterans has revealed six genetic variants linked to anxiety. Some of the variants associated with anxiety had previously been implicated as risk factors for bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and schizophrenia. “This is the richest set of results for the genetic basis of anxiety to date. There has… Read more

Brief daily mindfulness training delivered through the HEADSPACE mindfulness app makes it easier to achieve lasting extinction of fear reactions, a new study indicates. Mindfulness has been shown to reduce negative emotions in both healthy individuals as well as patients with psychological problems. Studies have also shown that mindfulness is effective for treating clinical emotional… Read more

Neurochemicals such as serotonin and dopamine play crucial roles in cognitive and emotional functions of our brain. Vesicular monoamine transporter 1 (VMAT1) is one of the genes responsible for transporting neurotransmitters and regulating neuronal signaling. A research team led by Tohoku University has reconstructed ancestral VMAT1 proteins, revealing the functional changes in neurotransmitter uptake of… Read more

Social media use, television viewing and computer use, but not video gaming, are linked to an increase in anxiety symptoms among adolescents, according to a new study by researchers affiliated with CHU Sainte-Justine Research Center and the University of Montreal[1]. The study shows that a higher than average frequency of social media use, television viewing… Read more

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… Read more