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People with more active brains have shorter lifespans, study suggests

There are many factors that influence how long somebody lives. Some, like their genes, are out of their control. Others, ...
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Can we slow the progression of Alzheimer’s by seeding our guts with ‘better’ bacteria?

Male — but not female — mice had reduced amyloid beta plaques in the brain after antibiotic treatment ...
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Are there subtypes of autism? Language regression study supports controversial hypothesis

Autistic children who lose words reach key milestones earlier than autistic children without language regression, according to a new study ...
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Battling insomnia with a host of high-tech hacks. Do they work?

In the US alone, [there’s] 82 million people who struggle with sleep. Given those figures, it’s no wonder there are ...
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‘If you get better, you stay better’: Deep brain stimulation could offer long-lasting depression treatment

Deep brain stimulation can durably improve depression symptoms in people who don’t respond well to other treatments, according to a ...
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Can death be reversed? Scientists partially revive brains of dead pigs

Despite technological advances, biology and medicine still lack a coherent and principled understanding of what precisely defines birth and death—the ...
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Rethinking what causes Parkinson’s: Studies suggest we may be looking in the wrong place

During her time as a postdoc at the University of Basel in Switzerland, Sarah Shahmoradian decided to study the abnormal aggregates of ...
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Video: Here’s what sugar does to our brains

When you eat something loaded with sugar, your taste buds, your gut and your brain all take notice. This activation ...
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Here’s a neural implant that doesn’t require open brain surgery

Facebook and Neuralink’s plans to merge people with their devices will likely take several years to materialize. Wearables like what ...
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Can someone be held responsible when donor sperm leads to a genetic disorder?

After Danielle Rizzo’s first son and then her second were diagnosed with autism, she has struggled with the how and ...
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AI has a problem with generalization. Human brains may offer a solution.

Unconstrained by evolution, AI has the potential to churn through vast amounts of data to surpass our puny, fatty central ...
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No such thing as a harmless lie? How dishonesty hurts our ability to connect with other people

Have you ever told a friend a made-up story to entertain that person or spare his or her feelings? … ...
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Animals enhanced with human brain cells—and robust levels of consciousness—create new ethical dilemmas

Neuroscientist Isaac Chen from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, along with his colleagues, has written ...
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Genetic registry SPARK scores first victory by pinpointing new autism-linked genes

An analysis of genetic sequences from nearly 500 people with autism and their relatives has linked 13 new genes to ...
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Mental health apps are reading your texts—some of them are selling your data, raising privacy concerns

An app for monitoring people with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia is so precise it can track when a patient steps ...
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Why your brain filters out things you don’t need to see

Scientists have long known that our sensory processing must automatically screen out extraneous inputs — otherwise, we couldn’t experience the ...
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Paralyzed man walks, using exoskeleton suit controlled by brain implants

The news: A paralyzed man has walked again thanks to a brain-controlled exoskeleton suit. Within the safety of a lab setting, ...
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‘It’s not impossible’: Study claims yoga breathing techniques could ‘cleanse the brain’

Our brains are washed by a constant flow of cerebrospinal fluid, which plays the important role of carrying away waste ...
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60% of children with autism missed by this widely used screening tool

The most widely used screening tool for autism misses a large proportion of toddlers who are later diagnosed with the ...
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‘It’s unsettling’: Cancer cells use the body’s nerves to attack the brain, studies suggest

Tumour cells can plug into—and feed off—the brain’s complex network of neurons, according to a trio of studies. This nefarious ...
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‘Live life to the fullest’: Should autism research shift away from the search for a cure and focus on wellness?

“There’s no cure for autism and anybody who tries to sell you a cure is lying,” [Lizzie] Acevedo, a single ...
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What’s behind human brain disorders? Mouse Genetics Project expects to yield many answers

The Sanger Institute Mouse Genetics Project is part of the international effort to discover the function of every gene in ...
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Brain implants may one day boost our abilities to text, drive, communicate and think

An injection of Silicon Valley chutzpah has energised the field of brain-computer or brain-machine interfaces in recent years. Buoyed by ...
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Examining toddlers’ brain waves may offer early diagnosis of autism

Certain patterns of electrical activity in the brain may signal autism in children with tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC), a related genetic condition ...
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World War I gave us our first personality test—to assess soldiers for risk of shell shock

Shell shock ultimately sent 15 percent of British soldiers home. Their symptoms included uncontrollable weeping, amnesia, tics, paralysis, nightmares, insomnia, heart ...
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Could blood from babies’ umbilical cords rejuvenate our grandparents’ brains?

Protein in umbilical cord blood rejuvenates cells in the brain’s memory center, improving learning and memory in aging mice. Could ...
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Can we treat Alzheimer’s by ‘seeding our guts’ with beneficial bateria?

In a study published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine earlier this year, microbiologist Hemraj Dodiya of the University of Chicago and ...
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Searching for a mathematical model of consciousness

What is consciousness? In a sense, this is one of the greatest mysteries in the universe. ... Science has produced ...