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Is there a link between food allergies and autism?

A new study from researchers at the University of Iowa reveals a link between food allergies and autism, though many ...
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Viewpoint: Science hype doomed startup that promised to upload brains ‘to the cloud’

This past March, headlines suddenly flooded the Internet about a startup company called Nectome. Founded by two graduates of the ...
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Why don’t men have longer, healthier lives? Blame it on the Y chromosome

New evidence indicates that the Y chromosome participates in an array of essential, general-interest tasks in men, like stanching cancerous ...
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Genetically engineered monkeys? China is using them for autism research

[MIT genetics researcher Guoping] Feng now travels to China several times a year, because there, he can pursue research he ...
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2 brain tests could lead to better autism treatments

For the first time, new research from the University of Missouri provides evidence that there may be a correlation between ...
6-11-2018 summit-innards

Mapping the human brain requires a supercomputer like Aurora 21

In an effort to understand, on the finest level, what makes us human, [Bobby Kasthuri has] set out to create ...
6-5-2018 Brain

Bringing a common language to Alzheimer’s research

The research into the underlying causes and treatment [of Alzheimer's] have been intensifying but have been a bit undisciplined; it ...
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Three genes that changed the course of human brain evolution

Three nearly identical genes could help explain how 0.5 liters of gray matter in early human ancestors became the 1.4-liter ...
6-5-2018 Waking-in-the-night

Why dreams are so hard to remember and what you can do about it

In waking life, [quickly] forgetting recent experiences would surely land you in a doctor's office. With dreams, however, forgetting is ...
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How dreams may help us declutter our brains and solve problems

Do you remember your dreams from last night? In how much detail? Were they related to anything you experienced during ...
6-5-2018 sugar

Could we ‘rewire our brains’ to stop sugar cravings?

Imagine if we could rewire our brains so that tastes we usually crave became unpleasant—or even nullify responses to taste ...
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Do you have second ‘brain’ in your colon?

You're reading these words because you have a brain in your head. But did you know you also have a ...
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Can a mutation protect against Alzheimer’s?

Researchers at the RIKEN Center for Brain Science in Japan have discovered a mutation that can protect against Alzheimer’s disease ...
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Looking for a memory boost? Forget crossword puzzles and get more sleep

People try numerous methods to stave off the memory decline associated with old age, but how many of them actually ...
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‘Absolutely no evidence’ that power leads to brain damage

An Atlantic article from July 2017 has been widely discussed on Twitter over the past few days. It’s called Power Causes Brain Damage ...
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Preventing Alzheimer’s: Is Lisa Mosconi’s ‘brain food’ diet anything more than pseudoscience?

Lisa Mosconi has a web and media presence and a book Brain Food: The Surprising Science of Eating for Cognitive Power ...
5-30-2018 pregnant-women-1

Genes linked to schizophrenia significantly increase risk if there are pregnancy complications

Far be it from us to tell 23andMe how to run its business, but if it or any other DNA company wants ...
5-29-2018 Clock_lede1300

Have we discovered a key switch for our biological clocks?

Our circadian clocks can be misaligned by a variety of reasons. Some of us are morning larks, other night owls ...
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Does language change the way our brains see the world?

Picture a sunlit Grecian sea or the deep hues of Santorini’s rooftops. They’re both called “blue” in English. But to ...
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Chess grandmasters live longer—just like elite athletes

It’s well established that elite athletes have a longer life expectancy than the general public. A recent review of over 50 studies ...
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Is genius an attribute or a ‘circumstance’?

[T]he notion of genius as a capability a person can possess has come under attack recently in several ways. Megan ...
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Genetics of socialization revealed through study of rare Williams Syndrome

One of the things that makes us human is how we socialize with one another. What drives our social behavior ...
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Does sunshine make us smarter? UV exposure boosts mouse brainpower

The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation is a major cause of skin cancer, but it offers some health benefits too, such ...
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Taking a peek inside the brains of dogs to see how they work

If dogs could talk, what would they say about us and the way they see the world? Just how do dogs think? ...
5-20-2018 sleeping

Sleeping helps us find ‘out of the box’ solutions to difficult problems

[M]any experiments have shown that sleep promotes creative problem-solving. Now, Penny Lewis from Cardiff University and two of her colleagues have collated and ...
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Boosting memory by combining electrical brain stimulation and learning

Low dose transcranial direct current stimulation have been the subject of much debate. Now, the technology is combined with cognitive ...
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Why do humans find classifying animal intelligence so difficult?

[D]oes a chimpanzee deserve more rights than, say, a pigeon? The logic that leads to “yes” is clear enough, but ...
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Viewpoint: Slug ‘memory transfer’ study may be too good to be true

A study claiming that a “memory” could be transferred from one animal to another in form of an injection has ...

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