A third of Americans report signs of clinical anxiety or depression in a US Census Bureau poll, documenting COVID-19’s alarming impact on mental health. That’s a huge jump from before the pandemic, with twice as many people reporting signs of depression compared to a 2014…

The pandemic has forced a “morbid, real-time experiment” in the impact of mass social isolation.  

People are understandably be devastated to learn they carry the gene variant known as APOE e4, which greatly increases their chances of getting Alzheimer’s disease. But there’s good news for some: Another gene may protect against its devastating effects.

Life is slowly beginning to return to normal in Wuhan, China—but the mental health fallout from COVID-19 is only just beginning.   Early surveys show Chinese medical workers, recovered patients, and the general public are experiencing considerable psychological distress…

“Eco-anxiety” or “climate depression” are real threats to children’s mental health. 57% of American teens report being scared by climate change and 52% report anger, according to a Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation poll released last fall. 

They hoped that the drug would stop Alzheimer’s before it started—but “crushing” results have shown that 2 experimental drugs failed to slow cognitive decline.   The study, led by researchers at Washington University in St. Louis, involved healthy subjects with a rare…

Researchers have published the first genomic study of schizophrenia in an African population, helping create a fuller picture of the disease’s impact. The the study found several gene-damaging mutations are more common in people with the condition.   The findings match up…

Ghana has one of the most exemplary universal health care insurance systems in Africa—yet mental health care has languished amid stubborn stigma.   The WHO estimates that just 2% of the 2.75 million Ghanaians in need receive mental health care at medical facilities.   To…

Professional athletes are known for overcoming mental limits to achieve incredible physical feats.  For some athletes, the “invisible tattoos” of childhood trauma may manifest as an all-important drive to succeed, writes William D. Parham, director of the Mental Health and…

Countries should fight public health threats with the same vigor they use to tackle terrorism, WHO warns in a roundup of the top health challenges of the next decade.   Highlights from the list (in no particular order):