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Anxiety in dementia patients is often ‘overlooked, underestimated and not identified’

It’s not uncommon for people with dementia to roam around a lot and to be very restless, both day and ...
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Pursuit of ‘speech prosthetic’ for people who’ve lost the ability to talk could be boosted by this discovery

One [area of the brain is called] the “hand knob,” which, as the name suggests, is a knobby region of ...
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Lab-grown mini brains ‘perilously close’ to consciousness?

Neuroscientists at more than a hundred laboratories around the world are now cultivating small brains from human cells in glass ...
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Promise of treating Alzheimer’s with sensory stimulation: ‘Everybody can do it at home’

At SfN 2019, we interviewed Li-Huei Tsai, director of the Picower Institute for Learning and Memory in the Department of ...
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Rise of perfectionism and its toll on our mental health

Once an issue that affected a select few, perfectionism is now a growing cultural phenomenon, fueled by modern parenting and ...
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ASMR: Being triggered by ‘ordinary sounds and sights’ may be more than pseudoscience

What do the sounds of whispering, crinkling paper, and tapping fingernails have in common? What about the sight of soft ...
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‘Paradigm-changing’: Artificial nerve cells could lead to treatments for Alzheimer’s, other brain disorders

Scientists have made artificial nerve cells, paving the way for new ways to repair the human body. The tiny "brain ...
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Why finding a blood test for Alzheimer’s could be the key to new treatments

Alzheimer’s patients who were at earlier stages of the disease did better than those with more advanced cognitive decline [in ...
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Brain zapping may be a new type of snake oil. But it might also work—in some instances

According to the advertising hype, you too can enjoy incredible neural and psychological benefits in the comfort of your own ...
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Does the pill cause depression? Why its too soon to be worried

“Does the pill cause depression?” the news headline asked. Prompted by a recent study that described a link between taking birth ...
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Single dose of ketamine could weaken the desire to drink beer

A single dose of ketamine may cut down problematic drinking. Taken in the right context, the hallucinogenic drug may be able ...
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Autism, ADHD linked to mutations in the same genes in new study

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are both known to be heritable, but the details of ...
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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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