New target identified for rapid antidepressant drugs

Vanderbilt researchers found that ketamine’s rapid antidepressant action is due to specific synaptic effects. This represents a new target for drug development that could fill a major gap in care for depression. The research was led by Lisa Monteggia, professor of pharmacology and director of the Vanderbilt Brain Institute, Ege Kavalali, professor…

Russia hits new record for COVID-19 deaths, resists lockdown

Russia hit another record of daily coronavirus deaths Tuesday as the country struggled with a rapid surge of infections and lagging vaccination rates, but authorities have been adamant that there would be no new national lockdown. The government coronavirus task force reported 973 coronavirus deaths, the highest daily toll since…

Practical self-help guide for people with dementia

A free self-help guide is now available to support people diagnosed with dementia to achieve their goals to enjoy daily activities and independent living. The new resource, called “My Life, My Goals,” is funded and supported by Alzheimer’s Society, and based on a major research program led by the University…

Eyeglasses for school kids boosts academic performance

Students who received eyeglasses through a school-based program scored higher on reading and math tests, Johns Hopkins researchers from the Wilmer Eye Institute and School of Education found in the largest clinical study of the impact of glasses on education ever conducted in the United States. The students who struggled…

A copper-infused mask for hospitality and tourism

Employees manning the frontlines of customer service, whether behind the hotel front desk or the restaurant counter, come face-to-face with folks from all walks of life for hours on end. With the Delta variant and upswing in COVID-19 cases, the hospitality business is seeing staffing issues as people weigh their…

A promising new treatment for COVID-19 infection

A flowering plant native to North Africa and Western Asia could be utilized in the future treatment of COVID-19 infection. The seeds of the plant, Nigella sativa, have been used for centuries as a traditional remedy for multiple medical conditions, including inflammation and infections. Now, an Australian-first research review article…