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How a fetus’s developing brain may be shaped by mom’s mental state

Stress and anxiety during pregnancy can mean a higher risk of offspring developing ADHD, depression or other conditions. Medical psychologist ...
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Dark side of brain upgrades: They could give corrupt leaders ‘the ultimate way to ensure good citizenship’

It’s 2045. You stroll into the Center for Mind Design. There you can purchase a brain chip to augment your ...
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Adults with autism are twice as likely to suffer from anxiety

Adults with autism are more than twice as likely as neurotypical people to be diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, a ...
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Podcast: Researchers implanted false memories in birds to figure out how humans learn language

Babies are constantly surrounded by human language, always listening and processing. Eventually they put sounds together to produce a "daddy," or a ...
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How the microbiome may boost the brain’s recovery from stroke damage

Despite a decades-long search, scientists have yet to pinpoint effective ways of protecting the brain from poststroke damage. In recent ...
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Pregnancy, motherhood may give a boost to women’s brains, making them ‘younger’

Tired toddler mums may finally be able to take some comfort in their exhaustion. It turns out they may have ...
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Feel foggy when sick? Mental sluggishness linked to inflammation

Researchers at the University of Birmingham’s Centre for Human Brain Health in collaboration with the University of Amsterdam say they ...
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‘Peculiar brain waves’ during sleep may be key to forming memories, study suggests

Neuroscientists have always presumed that learning and memory depend on strengthening or weakening the connection points between neurons (synapses), increasing ...
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Why do women make up two-thirds of Alzheimer’s patients? The answer may be found in menopause

Two-thirds of all Alzheimer’s patients are women. Why? It has often been posited that this is because women live longer ...
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Treating ‘suicidality’ as its own medical condition could spur research, better treatment options

There is no established method of identifying patients in immediate danger of attempting suicide. Some researchers are trying to change ...
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Staving off dementia through lifestyle changes, including exercise, weight loss

When it comes to battling dementia, the unfortunate news is this: Medications have proven ineffective at curing or stopping the ...
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Our brains as hard drives—could we delete, modify or add memories and skills?

Research suggests it might one day be possible to tweak our brains -- eliminating traumatic memories or granting new skills, ...
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Psychiatric diagnoses scientifically meaningless? Why that criticism ‘seems meaningless’

In this opinion piece, psychiatrist Samei Huda responds to a recent journal article published in Psychiatry Research that labeled psychiatric ...
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Can meditation, hypnosis treat epilepsy and other brain disorders?

Understanding more about how consciousness works could help us find treatments when things go wrong. Dr Prisca Bauer from the ...
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Sleep disturbances may make you susceptible to anxiety disorders

Studies in healthy human volunteers have shown how a sleepless night can increase anxiety levels by 30%. In some participants ...
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Children with autism are twice as likely to suffer from chronic pain

Children with autism are about twice as likely as their typical peers to experience chronic or repeated pain, according to ...
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Why lumping transgender teens into a single group in mental health studies is missing an opportunity to help them

The disparities are staggering: A growing body of research suggests that transgender teens experience suicidal thoughts and attempt to take ...
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Our brains on trial: How new imaging technology could alter the way courts view ‘neurolaw’ defenses when determining guilt

States of mind that the legal system cares about — memory, responsibility and mental maturity — have long been difficult ...
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Why it may not be ‘screen time’ that’s stunting development of kids’ brains

A new study links young children’s screen time with changes in the brain and slower language development. But parents, before ...
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Second psychopharmacology revolution: New drugs could change the way we treat depression

The field of psychopharmacology was born during the 15 years between 1955 and 1970. Now, nearly 60 years later, the field of psychiatry may ...
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Can genetic screening help identify soldiers less likely to suffer post-traumatic stress disorder?

Research offers new support for the idea that genetics can play a key role in determining why some people develop ...
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Privacy concerns: Mental health apps may be selling your data to third parties, including Google, Facebook

Apps spell big business in the healthcare industry: Dozens of apps are marketed to people with conditions including depression, anxiety ...
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Does ‘brain plasticity’ explain why these people can still smell, despite not having olfactory bulbs?

Doctors there say they’ve found people who can smell just as well as anyone else, despite missing the key area ...
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Fear can keep you alive: Why we need ‘negative’ emotions

Are negative emotions all bad? Should we really try to get rid of them? After all, we figure that thumbs ...
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New brain memory model could offer new pathways for Alzheimer’s research

[PhD candidate and physician Thanh Pierre] Doan is investigating the intricacies of the parts of the brain that keep track ...
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What makes a murderer? MRI scans reveal reduced gray matter patterns in convicts

Kent Kiehl and his research team regularly park their long, white trailer just outside the doors of maximum-security prisons across the ...
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People with better memories may have better romantic relationships, study suggests

Common topics of marital disagreement are money, sex and time spent together. None of this will surprise anyone who has ...
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‘Science doesn’t align with folk beliefs’: Study refutes idea that girls don’t have minds for math

There is a widespread, not always tacit assumption that a biological gender divide in aptitude for mathematics may underpin why ...