Shining Light on Madness

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Shining Light on Madness

Drugs for psychiatric illnesses aren’t very effective. But new research is offering renewed hope for better medicines. Novartis’s research lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a large incubator-like piece of equipment is helping give birth to a new era of psychiatric drug discovery. Inside it, bathed in soft light, lab plates hold living human stem cells; robotic … Read More

A Common Brain Pathway for Anxiety and Social Behavior

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MIT neuroscientist Kay Tye finds a discrete brain circuit that controls social interaction, which is impaired in many brain disorders. Impaired social interaction is a common feature in autism, schizophrenia, depression, and anxiety, and it contributes to many of the problems that people with these conditions face. That is particularly true for adolescents with autism … Read More