Sleepy during the day? Struggle with sleep apnea? Both are genetically linked to telomeres, parts of your chromosomes that reflect biological age

Sleepy during the day? Struggle with sleep apnea? Both are genetically linked to telomeres, parts of your chromosomes that reflect biological age

A predilection for afternoon naps does not necessarily mean you need to worry about your own mortality, but the scientific ...
Brains make the difference: Here's the root of human self-reflection and self awareness

Brains make the difference: Here’s the root of human self-reflection and self awareness

Editor’s note: This is an excerpt from Know Thyself: The Science of Self-Awareness by Stephen M. Fleming. What is it ...
Video: Discovery of Homo naledi suggests ‘maybe brain size isn’t all it’s cracked up to be’ when it comes to human evolution

Video: Discovery of Homo naledi suggests ‘maybe brain size isn’t all it’s cracked up to be’ when it comes to human evolution

The small brains of Homo naledi raise new questions about the evolution of human brain size. Big brains were costly ...
Anti-aging pill for women? Neutraceutical in development shows significant promise in improving muscle health

Anti-aging pill for women? Neutraceutical in development shows significant promise in improving muscle health

A small clinical trial of postmenopausal women with prediabetes shows that the compound NMN (nicotinamide mononucleotide) improved the ability of ...
Viewpoint: What’s causing an explosion in incidents of Parkinson’s disease? Do household products play a role?

Viewpoint: What’s causing an explosion in incidents of Parkinson’s disease? Do household products play a role?

[Ray] Dorsey, a neurologist at the University of Rochester Medical Center and author of Ending Parkinson’s Disease, believes a Parkinson’s ...
Viewpoint: A case for moderate exercise — We get the most cognitive benefits by ‘performing activities that we evolved to perform’

Viewpoint: A case for moderate exercise — We get the most cognitive benefits by ‘performing activities that we evolved to perform’

Your body clearly benefits from a daily moderate level of exercising. Does your brain care?  Yes, your brain does pay ...
Still-unnamed rare genetic disease linked to abnormal brain development in children

Still-unnamed rare genetic disease linked to abnormal brain development in children

Scientists have discovered a new genetic disease, which causes some children’s brains to develop abnormally, resulting in delayed intellectual development ...
Does your child snore? Links found to brain changes and behavioral problems as they grow older

Does your child snore? Links found to brain changes and behavioral problems as they grow older

[R]esearchers examined MRI images collected from more than 10,000 children aged 9 to 10 years enrolled in the Adolescent Brain ...
Infographic: Gene therapy drugs that silence the effects of faulty genes could help tackle Huntington’s and other neurodegenerative diseases

Infographic: Gene therapy drugs that silence the effects of faulty genes could help tackle Huntington’s and other neurodegenerative diseases

Huntington’s disease (HD) is an inherited condition that causes widespread deterioration in the brain and disrupts thinking, behaviour, emotion and ...
Opioid vaccine could rein in addictions? Shot in development targets fentanyl, blocks drug from reaching the brain

Opioid vaccine could rein in addictions? Shot in development targets fentanyl, blocks drug from reaching the brain

Research is underway to develop a twice-per-year vaccine that may help people overcome opioid addiction. The vaccine, which is being ...
How our brain balances and blends past experiences with current perceptions

How our brain balances and blends past experiences with current perceptions

Our ability to make sense of our surroundings, to learn, to act and to think all depend on constant, nimble ...
Sex differences: Stress during pregnancy affects babies’ physical and mental health — but males and females are impacted differently

Sex differences: Stress during pregnancy affects babies’ physical and mental health — but males and females are impacted differently

In a new longitudinal study where individuals are followed over a course of 45 years, [researcher Jill] Goldstein and her ...
‘Brain glue’: A new way to help people with traumatic brain injuries

‘Brain glue’: A new way to help people with traumatic brain injuries

Severe traumatic brain injuries, the sort caused by life-threatening accidents or assault that can send people into comas, are very ...
Brain fMRIs can provide critical information — but they reflect human bias more than biological fact

Brain fMRIs can provide critical information — but they reflect human bias more than biological fact

Functional magnetic resonance imaging has transformed medicine. It allows non-invasive mapping of a patient’s brain regions to enable more accurate, ...
Psilocybin ‘magic mushrooms’ shown to be as effective as pharmaceuticals in treating depression

Psilocybin ‘magic mushrooms’ shown to be as effective as pharmaceuticals in treating depression

The psychedelic drug psilocybin – found in “magic mushrooms” performed just as well as a widely used antidepressant in easing ...
What are the biological roots of psychosis? Studying mice offers a window into understanding human hallucinations

What are the biological roots of psychosis? Studying mice offers a window into understanding human hallucinations

Psychosis occurs when a person loses touch with reality. During a psychotic episode people may become delusional — acquire false ...
Only 5 senses? There’s actually 6 more, and here’s how they work

Only 5 senses? There’s actually 6 more, and here’s how they work

Aristotle’s desperately outdated five sense model may still be popular, but it vastly under-estimates our extraordinary human capacity for sensing ...
1/3 of American adults can now legally smoke marijuana. Here is how weed affects your brain and body, for good and bad

1/3 of American adults can now legally smoke marijuana. Here is how weed affects your brain and body, for good and bad

Marijuana can make you feel good.  One of weed's active ingredients, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) interacts with the brain's reward system, the ...
‘Great ape-like brains’: Early humans who first ventured out of Africa 1.5 million years ago had 'monkey brains'

‘Great ape-like brains’: Early humans who first ventured out of Africa 1.5 million years ago had ‘monkey brains’

Early humans still had great ape-like brains, according to a new study that found modern humans evolved to have our ...
‘Tearing up the receipts for the previous day's stresses’: How nightmares have helped us emotionally navigate COVID

‘Tearing up the receipts for the previous day’s stresses’: How nightmares have helped us emotionally navigate COVID

For people on the frontline [of the COVID pandemic,] dreams became nightmares. Of 114 doctors and 414 nurses working in ...
foodfear

Our food has never been safer, so why are we so scared of it?

Why you shouldn't trust your brain ...
How do you spot a liar? (Hint: Non-verbal cues don’t matter much)

How do you spot a liar? (Hint: Non-verbal cues don’t matter much)

Police thought that 17-year-old Marty Tankleff seemed too calm after finding his mother stabbed to death and his father mortally bludgeoned ...
Why are women at higher risk for depression while more men suffer from schizophrenia? It’s in our genes

Why are women at higher risk for depression while more men suffer from schizophrenia? It’s in our genes

[M]ore than 100 investigators and research groups... combed through the genomes of 33,403 people with schizophrenia, 19,924 with bipolar disorder, ...
Can AI robots replace human therapists?

Can AI robots replace human therapists?

Websites, smartphone apps and social-media sites are dispensing mental-health advice, often using artificial intelligence. Meanwhile, clinicians and researchers are looking ...
Podcast: ‘A History of the Human Brain’

Podcast: ‘A History of the Human Brain’

Our guest on [Studio Tulsa] is Bret Stetka, an editorial director at Medscape.com, which is the professional division of WebMD.com ...
Message to social media 'prophets of doom' Drs. Whistle Blower, Anti-Vaxx and Dangerfield: No, COVID vaccines aren't dangerous and are incredibly effective

Message to social media ‘prophets of doom’ Drs. Whistle Blower, Anti-Vaxx and Dangerfield: No, COVID vaccines aren’t dangerous and are incredibly effective

It’s hard to ignore the wave of anti-vaccine videos circulating on social media. Curiosity makes us click, and we watch ...
Playing victim: People who claim grievances more likely to lie and cheat, but victim status comes with evolutionary benefits

Playing victim: People who claim grievances more likely to lie and cheat, but victim status comes with evolutionary benefits

Victimhood is defined in negative terms: “the condition of having been hurt, damaged, or made to suffer.” Yet humans have ...
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