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July 24, 2022
What Does The COMT Gene Do?

What Is The COMT Gene? The Catechol-O-MethylTransferase gene (COMT gene) provides instructions for producing the Catechol-O-methyltransferase enzyme (COMT enzyme).  This has become a gene of interest because of its ability to affect people’s thinking, emotions, and behavior.  Changes in the COMT gene have been associated with anxiety, aggression, and other psychopathological behaviors.  What Is The […]

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July 22, 2022
Does Genetic Testing For Anti-Depressants Work?

Depression, Genes, And Genetic Testing Depression is one of the most common mental health disorders worldwide.  Thankfully, it is now possible to handle major depressive disorder and its related symptoms with medications and therapy.  The medications prescribed for treating depression are called antidepressants.  There are different classes of antidepressants available, depending on the drug composition […]

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July 20, 2022
Is Photographic Memory Genetic?

Photographic memory is a rare and mysterious cognitive ability that allows people to remember images and objects in detail.  It’s a rare phenomenon in which someone can retain an enormous quantity of information, whether it be images, sounds, or words. Photographic memory was first documented by a Harvard vision scientist named Charles Stromeyer III in […]

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July 18, 2022
Could Height Be A Risk Factor For Certain Health Conditions?

Abstract An individual’s height is many a time associated with health aspects. A good number of studies were carried out to understand if there could be any link between height and alleged health risks. A recent study by a group of researchers from Colorado’s Rocky Mountain medical center confirmed and added more density to those […]

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July 16, 2022
Does Depression Run In Families?

Causes and Risk Factors of Depression While anyone can develop depression, some people are more likely to develop this condition due to the risk factors. There is no single cause of depression, but several factors contribute to its development.  Common risk factors include: Genetics and Family History Depression is found to be more common among […]

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July 14, 2022
Does Vitamin D Help With Depression?

Depression is a serious mental condition that impacts how you feel and the way you think and act. When left untreated, it can become very disabling, impairing all aspects of human function.  Observational data suggest associations between lower serum vitamin D levels and a higher risk of late-life depression. Further, lower vitamin D levels may […]

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July 12, 2022
Is Postpartum Depression Genetic?

Postpartum depression (PPD) is a condition that affects new mothers (or biological mothers) after childbirth.  About 10–15% of adult mothers yearly are affected by it every year. Symptoms can include feelings of sadness, emptiness, hopelessness, and worthlessness and can last for weeks or months.  It can make it very difficult for new mothers to care […]

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July 10, 2022
Neurotransmitters And Depression: The Genetic Link

Brain Chemicals And Depression Depression is one of the most common mental disorders all over the world. According to experts, one in five people worldwide will experience a major depressive disorder at least once in their lifetime.  In 2020, 14.8 million U.S adults had at least one major depressive disorder that led to the inability […]

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July 8, 2022
Is Depression Genetic?

Depression: Symptoms and Causes Depression or major depressive disorder is a mental health condition that affects an individual's behavior, mood, and overall health. People with depression may experience prolonged feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and emptiness. Depression usually begins in early adolescence or adulthood but can appear at any age. Depression is one of the most […]

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