Massive Genetic Study Finds Many Links Between Various Psychiatric Illnesses

An excavation of a million people’s genes has provided some interesting clues to how several common psychiatric disorders might arise, including major depression and schizophrenia. And it’s also highlighted connections between some mental illnesses and other health problems, including heart disease. Continue reading Massive Genetic Study Finds Many Links Between Various Psychiatric Illnesses

Cops Need a Warrant to Grab Your Phone’s Location Data, Supreme Court Says in Landmark Case

On Friday, the Supreme Court ruled in a five-to-four decision that law enforcement generally must obtain a warrant to gather cellphone location data from network providers. In an age where virtually everyone is carrying a location-tracking device, the decision is a huge win for privacy advocates. Continue reading Cops Need a Warrant to Grab Your Phone’s Location Data, Supreme Court Says in Landmark Case

Herpes Viruses Linked to Alzheimer’s Disease in New Brain Research

A fringe theory about the origins of Alzheimer’s disease—that latent viral infections can sometimes trigger its emergence—has gotten perhaps its most significant bit of support yet. A complex new study published Thursday in Neuron has found evidence that certain viruses are not only more common in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s, but that they play a direct role in the chain of events responsible for the fatal neurodegenerative disorder. Continue reading Herpes Viruses Linked to Alzheimer’s Disease in New Brain Research