03 June 2016

Mental health issues

To what extent is your propensity to suffer from mental health problems something that you were born with? In a new study – one of the largest of its kind – scientists analysed the genetic code of nearly 300,000 individuals. They identified specific genes that are connected to personality traits like depression, neuroticism, schizophrenia, anxiety disorder and psychological wellbeing in general. But happiness doesn’t only depend on your DNA. Environmental factors are at least as important and interact significantly with the genetic effects.


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Detecting depression: Phone apps could monitor teen angst

Studies have linked heavy smartphone use with worsening teen mental health. But as teens scroll through Instagram and Snapchat, tap out texts or watch YouTube videos, they also leave digital footprints that might offer clues to their psychological well-being.

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Lifestyle changes helped new dad shed more than 20kg

Erik Minaya started to put on the kilos during his first year year in college. By age 24, he tipped the scale at nearly 120kg. But then he cut out fast food, replacing it with lower-carb offerings that he prepared himself.