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Using young blood to battle Alzheimer’s could be ‘an exciting new start in a frustrating field’

The idea of therapeutic benefits from 'young blood' has been around a long time ...
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‘Genealogical anxiety’ and why questioning the genesis of your core beliefs ‘can liberate you’

I recently encountered a term for a syndrome that has bugged me since childhood: genealogical anxiety. The phrase was coined by ...
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Long-term antidepressant use linked to higher risk of heart attack, stroke and death

More Americans are taking antidepressant medications like Prozac and Zoloft for extended periods of time: One-quarter of people on the ...
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‘It seems so obvious’: How parasites influenced the evolution of human brains

It seems so obvious that someone should have thought of it decades ago: Since parasites have plagued eukaryotic life for ...
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Sensory overload: Some people genetically wired to detest bright lights, big sounds

'This world is not built for sensitive people. In fact, our world is designed perfectly for those who are detached.' ...
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Increased dementia risk linked to high blood pressure during middle age

Controlling high blood pressure during middle age may help stave off dementia later in life. In a long-term study, researchers ...
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How the brains of different dog breeds have evolved to meet our needs

As humans have gone, so have their canine companions. But a new study shows the subtle ways our long-lasting partnership ...
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How animal memories can be harnessed in the quest to treat Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer's trials are notoriously disappointing. The discovery that rats have episodic memory means researchers can test drugs before they move ...
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Lab-grown ‘mini brains’ with neural activity of pre-term infants could boost brain, disease research

Scientists have been trying to grow human organs—including kidneys, livers, skin and guts—from scratch well over a decade. These “organoids” are not ...
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Viewpoint: There’s a problem with autism studies. They rarely use the same set of tools to measure results.

Clinical trials of autism treatments rarely use a consistent set of tools to measure efficacy, a new study suggests. Instead, ...
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Chasing true understanding of the brain: Why progress may be dependent on ‘trial and error, and some luck’

Billions of dollars are flowing into research and neurotechnology projects like the U.S. Brain Initiative, Europe’s Human Brain Project, and ...
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‘Please forgive me’: Founder of Hope for Wholeness conversion therapy group now says he is gay

The founder of one of the nation’s largest conversion therapy programs, who spent decades leading the organization, now says he ...
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Viewpoint: If you want your children to have healthier brains, don’t let them play tackle football

If U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams asked for our advice (he hasn’t), we’d recommend that he issue the following statement:  ...
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We can cure Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia, glioblastoma in mice. Why not humans?

Lab mice endure a lot for science, but there’s often one (temporary) compensation: near-miraculous recovery from diseases that kill people ...
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How math could explain the ‘great mystery of human vision’

This is the great mystery of human vision: Vivid pictures of the world appear before our mind’s eye, yet the ...
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Online brain games can ‘beef up’ the elderly brain’s ability to multitask, study shows

A University of California, Irvine-led study has found that online brain game exercises can enable people in their 70s and ...
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‘The Intelligence Trap’: Book examines why smart people make irrational decisions

While decades of psychological research have documented humanity’s more irrational tendencies, it is only relatively recently that scientists have started ...
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7 misconceptions about evolutionary psychology, including the idea that behavior is genetically determined

Evolutionary approaches to psychology hold the promise of revolutionizing the field and unifying it with the biological sciences. But among ...
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Alzheimer’s disease and drowsiness: Link could help us determine where the disease first attacks the brain

Alzheimer’s disease destroys command centers in the brain that keep people awake. That finding could explain why the disease often ...
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Experiencing self-awareness: How children discover who they are

[I remember] when I first became self-conscious, aware of myself as something weird, distinct from the rest of the world, ...
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Infographic: ‘Why not print cancer?’ Here’s what we learn from building glioblastoma on a chip

If arranging cells in a particular formation was a good way to build cancer models that mimic what’s going on ...
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Electrical stimulation can ‘starve’ brain cancers, early study shows

Researchers have shown that electrical stimulation to the skull can starve brain cancers of vital nutrient-rich blood, opening the door ...
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Have scientists discovered a new pain-processing organ under our skin?

It’s not common that researchers discover what could be an entirely new part of the human body. But a team ...
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Viewpoint: Elon Musk’s Neuralink dreams are a mix of reality and ‘science fiction’

So, how precisely is Neuralink pushing the envelope?  ... A lot of Neuralink's vision may sound difficult to believe, but ...
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‘It’s very encouraging’: Experimental gene therapy shows promise for glioblastoma patients in clinical trial

An inducible, tumor-localized gene therapy has been tested for the first time in glioblastoma patients. The two-part approach, which involves ...
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New theory on the origins Alzheimer’s opens alternate research, treatment avenues

Alzheimer’s disease, the most common cause of dementia among the elderly, is characterized by plaques and tangles in the brain, ...
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5 things we get wrong about psychopaths

There are a number of myths that pervade pop culture regarding psychopaths. Here is my take on some of the ...
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What’s that smell? How our brains detect and cope with all the odors we encounter

Olfactory neurons in your nose have evolved some 400 odor receptors, and each neuron contains only one. Receptors are tuned ...