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higher-level mental processes. The researchers also found that mutations in those same extra brain genes cause mental illness. The studies are published in Nature Neuroscience.

Spanish researchers compared the incidence of depression among people whose diets contained fast food and commercial baked goods and people who ate little to none of those types of food in the fourth most-visited release. They found a positive relationship between greater risk for depression and higher amounts of junk food intake, among other negative outcomes, like obesity.

The sixth most-visited release of 2012 announces the discovery of previously unknown nerve cells in the brain, or neurons, produced by the thyroid hormone. Researchers say the neurons control cardiovascular functions and may provide a treatment target for people with thyroid diseases.

Other noteworthy research in 2012's 10 most-visited releases

Rounding out 2012's 10 most-visited stories were releases about marine life conservation, human behavior, and advancement toward a male oral contraceptive.

Conservation researchers conducted an extensive study on the capture and consumption of small marine mammals, such as dolphins, porpoises, and manatees, as described in the seventh most-visited release. Published in the journal Biological Conservation, the lead researchers report that 87 species of small marine mammals are currently consumed in 114 countries. The study raises issues of conservation, especially for the lesser known species, and the need for education and regulation to help protect dwindling populations.

Researchers debunked the myth that someone glancing to the right while speaking is lying in the ninth most-visited release. University of Edinburgh researchers conducted three studies to reach this conclusion, which appeared in PLOS ONE.

Lastly, the tenth most-visited release, posted by Texas A&M University, announces a major step
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