Protective effect of education against midlife depression waning for Americans

Middle-aged adults in the United States today experience worse mental health than older generations of Americans and also their European and Asian peers.

To understand what is happening with middle-aged American adults, a research team led by Arizona State University scientists compared middle age across different cultures and periods of time.

ASU researchers among group to receive $15.7 million NIH grant for the Arizona Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center

Researchers from Arizona State University are among the leads for a new prestigious grant expected to total $15.7 million over the next five years from the National Institute on Aging, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to provide continued support for the Arizona Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center.

New research suggests origin of hallucinations, delusions experienced by people with schizophrenia

Though persistent hallucinations and delusions are defining characteristics of schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorders, their origins are unknown. But something as simple as a bunch of moving dots might suggest how it is possible to see and hear things that are not there.

Imagine looking at a black screen with moving white dots on it. At first, many dots move to the right. Then, after a short amount of time, they switch to moving straight down.

ASU professor details the future of spaceflight microbiology research

Microorganisms are essential to maintain our health, environment and the sustainability of buildings in which we live and work, both on Earth and during space exploration. Given that there are more microbial cells in and on our bodies than our own cells, it stands to reason that wherever humans travel, microbes will follow — including on space missions. 

Poetry: A companion to grief

Long before Walt Whitman cared for the wounded in hospitals during the Civil War, the celebrated American poet was already singing “the body electric.”

Like many of his contemporaries and those who came later — from Emily Dickinson to Sylvia Plath — he understood the connection between the body and soul; how the health of one influences the vitality of the other, so that even what one might consider mere words can have real healing power.