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Genetics of Female Reproductive Behaviors & Psychiatric Disorders: Age of First Sexual Intercourse Significant (2023 Study)

The complex interplay between reproductive behaviors and psychiatric disorders is an area of interest within the scientific community, revealing how our genetic makeup may influence both our reproductive milestones and mental health. A recent study sheds light on this relationship, focusing on the causal pathways linking reproductive behaviors, such as the age at first sexual …

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Air Pollution Increases Genetic Risk of Autism: Fine Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Most Problematic (2024 Study)

Air pollution is a global concern with far-reaching impacts on human health, including its potential role in the development of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Recent studies, including Mendelian randomization analyses, provide compelling evidence that particulate matter, specifically PM2.5, may increase the risk of ASD, offering new insights into the environmental factors contributing to the condition. …

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Schizophrenia vs. Immune System Activation: Cellular Signatures & Genetic Analysis (2023 Study)

Schizophrenia (SCZ) is a complex psychiatric disorder that affects millions worldwide, with symptoms ranging from hallucinations to disorganized thinking. Research into the causative factors of SCZ has expanded into the realm of immunology, examining how immune system interactions with the brain might influence the development and progression of the disorder. A recent comprehensive study using …

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Gene Editing with CRISPR/Cas9 to Treat Corticosteroid-Induced Neuropsychiatric Disorders (2023 Review)

The widespread use of corticosteroids (CCSs) across the globe for treating inflammatory conditions has led to an increased incidence of corticosteroid-induced neuropsychiatric disorders (NPDs), raising significant public health concerns. These disorders range from depression and anxiety to severe cognitive changes, challenging the medical community to find effective treatments. The exploration of genetic and epigenetic factors …

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PGAM5 Genetics & Depression via ATP Levels in the Prefrontal Cortex (2023 Mouse Study)

Major depressive disorder (MDD) is a complex and prevalent psychiatric condition that affects millions worldwide, yet its underlying mechanisms remain only partially understood. Recent research sheds light on the critical roles of phosphoglycerate mutase family member 5 (PGAM5) and adenosine triphosphate (ATP) in the brain, offering new insights into how disruptions in energy metabolism can …

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Genetics Predict Suicide Risk in U.S. Army Soldiers (2024 Polygenic Analysis)

Suicide remains a leading cause of death worldwide, with its prevention a top priority for both public health initiatives and individual care strategies. Recent research in the US Army offers new insights into the genetic underpinnings of suicide attempts, suggesting that polygenic risk scores (PRS) could become a valuable tool in identifying individuals at risk. …

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Genetics of Common Executive Function (Cognition) from UK Biobank Data (2023 Study)

Executive functioning (EF) is a cognitive cornerstone essential for goal-directed behaviors and complex thinking. Recent research leveraging the massive UK Biobank dataset has shed new light on the genetic underpinnings of EF, revealing its distinct genetic profile from intelligence (IQ) and its intricate link with psychiatric disorders. This study underscores the importance of EF in …

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