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Microglia: a New Cellular Target for Alzheimer’s Research

Those who follow the developments in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease are very well aware that the majority of treatments currently under development target, directly or indirectly, amyloid-beta protein and its derivatives. So far, unfortunately, this strategy brought nothing in…

A Twitter Diagnosis

Hypothetical tweet from @DumpTrump: “Did you see the latest Trump meltdown? How did we elect such a megalomania? No question, the guy is mentally ill.” In a snarkily filled tweet (or, let’s say, a snarkily written 500-word column), we impugn…

The New Normal

“On a scale of 1-10, how do you feel?” It’s a question that most psychiatrists ask when assessing mood and medication maintenance. The scale is used to monitor feelings of anxiety, depression and other mental health issues. A patient’s response…

California mental-health spending often bypasses the mentally ill

As state mental health services have crumbled under budget cuts, tens of millions of dollars raised through a tax designed to help the mentally ill have gone to “wellness” programs like horseback riding for teens and yoga classes for city…

Requiem for a Nightmare

I am a recovering praise fiend.   As a little boy, I would sprint home and unload my day’s events to my nonplussed mother. “Hi, Mom, I earned an A on my English paper,” I would gush. And then my…

The Problem with Yelling

“The problem with verbal abuse is there is no evidence,” Marta shared. She came for help with a long-standing depression. “What do you mean lack of evidence?” I asked her. “When people are physically or sexually abused it’s concrete and…

The Gut-Brain Connection and Enterochromaffin cells

Our gut feeling rarely lets us down, although we know very little about how it happens. As science discovers more about the connection between the gut and brain, the role of the little-known and rare enterochromaffin (EC) cells becomes central…