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Experimental Parkinson’s treatment draws ethics scrutiny with wealthy donor selected as first patient

A secretive experiment revealed [May 12], in which neurosurgeons transplanted brain cells into a patient with Parkinson’s disease, made medical ...
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Do you miss or spot Hollywood movie ‘continuity errors’? Here’s how ‘change blindness’ works

Gaze at the top image of Ben Franklin’s famous kite study. Now, the one below it. See the changes? You ...
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Viewpoint: Did this philosopher disprove evolutionary psychology? ‘No—certainly not’

Subrena Smith, an assistant professor of philosophy at The University of New Hampshire, has made a bold claim in the ...
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Viewpoint: Autism isn’t a condition that needs to be ‘manipulated, fixed or changed’

“Many of the greatest artists, actors, musicians, scientists, and entrepreneurs of all time were and are autistic. We all serve ...
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Challenging evolutionary psychology: Philosopher attacks the field’s underlying scientific foundation

It’s not often that a paper attempts to take down an entire field. Yet, this past January, that’s precisely what ...
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Viewpoint: Time to stop thinking of testosterone as a ‘magic male molecule’

Aggression is not correlated with high levels of testosterone ...
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Drinking and smoking ‘of any level’ while pregnant may harm baby’s development, study says

If you're stressed or wanting to enjoy virtual happy hour with friends while pregnant, having a glass of wine every ...
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‘This is what it feels like to be normal’: Experimental stem cell treatment shows promise against Parkinson’s

[Researchers planned] to carry out an experimental transplant surgery unprecedented in the annals of medicine: replacing the dysfunctional brain cells ...
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Zapping the brain with electrical pulses allows blind patients to ‘see’ letters

Scientists sent patterns of electricity coursing across people’s brains, coaxing their brains to see letters that weren’t there. The experiment ...
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How do dogs focus on key odors, while tuning out the rest?

“The question that we sought out to study here is, ‘how does [a] dog suppress this uninformative signal [such as] ...
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False memories: Why marijuana users may not be the best eye witnesses

When Lilian Kloft stumbled across a 2015 study showing a connection between cannabis use and susceptibility to false memories, she ...
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Does smoking pot lower your IQ? New study challenges current thinking

As access to marijuana increases—and while acceptance of the drug grows and perception of its harmfulness diminishes—it is important to ...
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‘Psychobiotics’: Can we control the way we think by altering gut bacteria?

The allure is simple: Drug development for neuropsychiatric disorders has lagged for decades, and many existing drugs don’t work for ...
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Why were these 1,000-year-old skulls shaped like ‘sci-fi aliens’?

Tight wrapping in childhood produced deliberately deformed skulls ...
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‘Skin hunger’: That burning desire for human contact supercharged by the coronavirus pandemic

Once a week, Alice, who lives alone, walks to the end of her garden to meet her best friend Lucy ...
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‘A radical idea’: Could a single factor be responsible for all mental illnesses?

What are the roots of mental illness? In the hope of finding an answer, scientists have piled up an enormous ...
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Menopause might be a tipping point for Alzheimer’s for millions of women

Estrogen is the master regulator of metabolism in the youthful female brain, orchestrating everything from glucose transport and uptake to ...
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Overcoming fear: Understanding DNA ‘flexibility’ could lead to better treatments for phobias and PTSD

Fear is an important survival mechanism and so too is the ability to inhibit fear when it’s no longer needed ...
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Diagnosing Alzheimer’s with artificial intelligence and brain scans

In recent years, scientists and clinicians have focused their attention toward machine-learning artificial intelligence (AI) tools to help them diagnose ...
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‘Profound consequences’: Autistic people unable to tune out distractions, study suggests

Autistic people have atypical activity in a part of the brain that regulates attention, according to a new study. The ...
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Can we boost human memory by tweaking the microbiome?

A new study is among the first to trace the molecular connections between genetics, the gut microbiome and memory in ...
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Why girls with ADHD aren’t being diagnosed

Anxiety. Depression. School failure. Self-harm. Unemployment. Unplanned pregnancies. Even an increased risk of early death. The risks and toll of ...
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‘Cartoonishly oversimplistic’: Researchers rethinking amyloid hypothesis for Alzheimer’s

[Experts are] divided about whether treating amyloid buildup—long thought to be the best target for an Alzheimer's therapy—is still a ...
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Is this brain-controlled prosthetic arm—with the sensation of touch—the future of prosthetics?

[T]hree years ago, [electrician Rickard] Normark received a new kind of brain-controlled prosthetic that was surgically attached to the bone, ...
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Biological marker for autism in babies could lead to earlier therapy and better development

A small study by researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine has identified a biological marker in the cerebrospinal fluid ...
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Do rising carbon dioxide levels dampen our ability to think and make decisions?

As the 21st century progresses, rising atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations will cause urban and indoor levels of the gas ...
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How to use your brain to keep food cravings from turning into eating

Many believe that cravings are caused by low blood sugar, or that the body lacks certain other nutrients. In the ...
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Shedding light on ‘bizarre’ 1930s procedure in which doctors injected malaria into human brains

A new paper in a neurosurgery journal sheds light on one of the most bizarre and shocking medical procedures ever ...