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Sleep may have originated underwater 450 million years ago

No one should have to sleep with the fishes, but new research on zebrafish suggests that we sleep like them.  ...
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Chasing links between mental illness and microbes living in our guts

“If you would have asked a neuroscientist 10 years ago whether they thought the gut microbiota could be linked to ...
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Acne’s Wonder Drug Is a Mental-Health Puzzle

In 2002, a family filed a lawsuit alleging that an acne drug made their teenage son suicidal. Accutane, a since-discontinued ...
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‘Tremendous ethical challenge’: What if lab-grown brains are capable of developing consciousness?

At what point does electro-chemical activity in dissected brain-like tissue become conscious? Yes, I’m talking about the classic sci-fi “brain ...
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Common treatment for prostate cancer may increase risk of Alzheimer’s, dementia

In this case, “do no harm” is more complicated than we had anticipated ...
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Taming immune system after stroke could reduce risk of brain damage

The pathology of a stroke is deceptively complicated. In the simplest sense, strokes occur when the blood supply to a ...
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Tiny electric signals in the brains of comatose patients may help predict who will wake up

Researchers may have found a way to detect inklings of consciousness in comatose and vegetative patients just days after they ...
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‘I’m not me’: Rare depersonalization disorder leaves patients feeling disconnected from their bodies

I would stare at my hands and think, “I’m not me.” No matter where I was, in the middle of ...
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Brain’s ‘instant replay’ system helps us make better decisions

A report published on June 27 in Science reveals how the hippocampus learns and hard wires certain experiences into memory ...
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No, plants don’t have ‘conscious awareness’, scientists argue

The remarkable ability of plants to respond to their environment has led some scientists to believe it’s a sign of ...
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Cloned mini-brains could boost research into autism, other disorders

An army of free-floating minibrain clones are heading your way!  No, that’s not the premise of a classic sci-fi brain-in-jars ...
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Viewpoint: We must embrace ‘risk taking’ in the quest to cure Alzheimer’s

For common neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s, nothing has worked so far to slow the course of the disease in spite ...
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Brain changes can be spotted ‘years before’ Parkinson’s disease emerges

Changes in the brain that can be spotted years before physical symptoms of Parkinson’s disease occur might act as an ...
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Video: Cryogenics could help people ‘cheat death’. But will those bodies ever be thawed?

Until the day he died, in 2011, Robert Ettinger hoped humanity would figure out a way to cheat death. Today, ...
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Brain games: Computer interface lets multiple people play video games telepathically

Telepathic communication might be one step closer to reality thanks to new research from the University of Washington. A team ...
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Are plants conscious? Experts say trendy theory in biology based on misunderstanding of evolution

If a tree falls, and no one's there to hear it, does it feel pain and loneliness? No, experts argue ...
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Virtual reality could transform the way we treat anxiety disorders, chronic pain and Alzheimer’s

Experts used to worry that virtual reality (VR) would damage our brains. These days, however, VR seems more likely to ...
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Viewpoint: Psychiatry still hindered by all the things we don’t understand about the brain

The heart is not a mystery. We know a great deal (not everything) about how it pumps blood around the ...
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Viewpoint: Fake autism treatments driven by fear and ignorance

NBC News recently published an exposé on the dangerous and all-too-common practice of orally and anally administering bleach-based treatments to ...
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UB-311: Could this vaccine protect against Alzheimer’s?

Most vaccines prepare our body’s immune system to fight off so-called exogenous disease, such as measles or flu, caused by ...
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Fasting as a treatment for Alzheimer’s? Preliminary research indicates benefits

[Neuroscientist Mark] Mattson has spent decades researching calorie intake and Alzheimer’s disease. In several studies of mice genetically altered to ...
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Drugs used for depression, epilepsy may increase risk of dementia, study shows

Scientists have long found a possible link between anticholinergic drugs and an increased risk of dementia.  A study published in ...
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Human brains are drawn to the sound of music

In the eternal search for understanding what makes us human, scientists found that our brains are more sensitive to pitch, ...
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Surgically implanted chips could boost memory for people with traumatic brain injuries

Over the past five years, the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa) has invested $77 million to develop devices ...
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Startup wants to combine DNA, machine learning for earlier autism diagnosis

Probably Genetic, which recently graduated from the startup accelerator Y Combinator, wants to test the DNA of children with autism ...
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Viewpoint: No, cell phones aren’t causing people to grow horns

You might have heard recently, from publications like the Washington Post, NBC, and of course, Newsweek, that some people are ...
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Microsleep: What happens to our brains when we’re both awake and asleep?

During microsleep, parts of the brain go offline for a few seconds while the rest of the brain stays awake ...
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Electrical ‘brain ripples’ could boost memory for the elderly, Alzheimer’s patients

Specific patterns of brain activity are thought to underlie specific processes or computations important for various mental faculties, such as ...