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Mental Health Important For Maintaining A Healthy Body
2013-02-18 13:00:49

Peter Suciu for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Many people have likely called in sick from work opting for a personal “mental health day.” While this could just be a fancy excuse to play hooky from work, researchers are finding that actual brain health could be just as important a physical health. Professor Barbara Sahakian, of the University of Cambridge neuroscience department, has focused much of her gray matter studies on the understanding of the neural basic...

2012-08-15 01:16:54

Connecting the dots between two molecules whose levels are decreased in depression and increased by current antidepressants could yield new therapies, researchers say. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that enables brain cells to communicate and brain-derived neurotropic factor, or BDNF, is a brain-nourishing molecule that also aids connectivity. Popular antidepressants such as Prozac, developed to increase levels of serotonin, have recently been found to also increase BDNF levels, said Dr....


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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