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The STRONG Study: Uncovering the Impact of Early Life Experiences Using Teeth

In this study, the Dunn lab is specifically interested in better understanding how the Boston Marathon bombings and manhunt in 2013 affected mothers in Boston and around the world, and how these events might be recorded in children’s teeth.

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Teeth as Tools to Measure Early Life Adversity and Future Mental Health Risk

Recent research by the Dunn lab has suggested that the timing of adversities in life matters. There appear to be “sensitive periods” during development when exposure to adversity may have more potent and long-lasting impacts.

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Why Teeth Intrigue Us: A Q&A with Members of the Dunn Lab

For a bit now, the Dunn lab has been leading efforts to study teeth. They are curious about the stories they might tell about a person’s life experiences and future risk for brain health problems, like depression.

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Preventing Mental Illness Across the Lifespan: Meet the Team that’s getting it DUNN

Meet Dr. Erin Dunn and her research team, who are dedicated to reducing the burden of depression and other brain health disorders by discovering innovative approaches to prevention.

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Scientists Find Physical Activity Could Prevent Depression

Researchers from the Psychiatric & Neurodevelopmental Genetics Unit at Mass General recently published a study in JAMA Psychiatry that set out to gain a deeper understanding of the relationship between exercise and depression.

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Are You an Early Bird or a Night Owl? Study Finds Early Birds Have Lower Rates of Depression

Some people wake up early like clockwork with a chipper attitude and are eager to start the day. Then there those who have a bit of a slower start, but stay up till the wee hours claiming they’re most productive at night. Sound familiar? It turns out those waking habits may be embedded in our genes, […]

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Fitness Trackers Monitor Our Physical Health, But Could They Monitor Our Mental Health Too?

Diagnosis and treatment for mental health disorders can be a time and resource-intensive process for patients and providers alike. Could data from digital fitness trackers help?

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Ketamine Approval Offers New Hope for Treatment-Resistant Depression, But Questions Remain

While the FDA’s approval of the first ketamine-based drug for treatment-resistant depression is encouraging, there are still a lot of details to work out, says Cristina Cusin, MD.

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Research Shows Ketamine Could Be an Answer for Treatment-Resistant Depression

Generally speaking, most people today either know someone dealing with depression, or have struggled with depression themselves.  While many individuals can be successfully treated by a combination of medication or talk therapy, there are some who continue to experience symptoms after trying several treatments. Recent research has highlighted ketamine as a potential treatment for treatment-resistant […]

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Weekend Links – Our Favorite Science Stories from the Web This Week

We’ve hand-picked a mix of Massachusetts General Hospital and other research-related news and science stories for your weekend reading enjoyment: The Neuroscience of Pain – Research is illuminating the neural patterns behind pain’s infinite variety. Toll of Twitter Trolls: Study Delves into Social Media’s Link to Depression – If you’ve spent even a flick of time on Facebook, you’re […]

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