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Adult mental health, anxiety, Diagnosis, treatments and well-being, genetics

Stress in early life – the impact on mental illness

Posted on 25 April 2017 by Anna Moon

You’re under threat. Your brain reacts instantly. Like a runner at the start line of a race, it springs into action as if the threat was a gunshot. The hypothalamus gets the ball rolling, sending chemicals to the pituitary gland. The pituitary spills out hormones to a second gland, called the adrenal gland. Adrenaline and
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Type 1 and 2a cells

Adult mental health

The immune system and the brain: complement or casualty?

Posted on 12 April 2017 by Laura Westacott

For a long time it has been assumed that the sole purpose of the immune system is to defend the body against infection. However, research is now showing that your immune system is doing much more than this. In fact, it is doing some extremely clever multitasking. These non-immune duties are important for the healthy
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Dementia written in wooden cubes



Posted on 6 April 2017 by Professor Kim Graham

Professor Kim Graham is Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience and Dean of Research in the College of Biomedical and Life Sciences at Cardiff University.  She is on the Steering Group of the Dementias Platform UK, and author of an Oxford University Press book entitled, ‘The Evolution of Memory Systems’.  Her research group uses advanced neuroimaging methods,
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Adult mental health, Dementia

Living well with dementia

Posted on 30 March 2017 by Dr Alexandra Hillman

Dementia is a term that covers a wide range of different conditions and every person with dementia experiences illness and the challenges it brings in different ways. While prevention and successful treatment of dementia remain elusive, finding ways to live well with dementia are important goals for individuals and their families and this is increasingly
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