Sex and Gender Influences on Nervous System Function

November 10, 2016 Investigators found gray matter reductions had different patterns in females and males. Sex and Gender Influences on Nervous System Function A new study has found that adolescents suffering from bipolar disorder are more likely to develop substance use disorders if they have lower gray matter volume in the brain, a clue that can help in the design of better methods for early detection and more targeted prevention and treatment. Dr. Hilary Blumberg, senior author of the study pointed out that bipolar and substance use disorders often develop together in adolescence, and this co-occurrence increases the risk of adverse outcomes such as suicide. “This study provides the first insight into the regulatory brain systems that may underlie this elevated risk,” said lead author of the study, Elizabeth Lippard,…


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