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Viewpoint: Targeting amyloid deposits isn’t working. It’s time for a new approach for Alzheimer’s treatments

If insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results, then the last decade or ...
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Building artificial brains to help us understand our own

You’d think that overseeing an entire issue of The Scientist focused on artificial intelligence would cause my mind to wander far into ...
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Autism diagnosis for children as young as 14 months could boost treatment potential

When screening for autism spectrum disorder, a new study suggests that children can be reliably diagnosed with autism at an ...
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Fathers who exercise may also improve the genetics of their children, study suggests

A positive perception of regular exercise may be one of the more lasting gifts a parent can give their children. But there’s ...
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Podcast: Why do we like sweet foods? How taste and smell color our sense of the world

University of Florida researcher Linda Bartoshuk has been recognized as an expert on interactions between smell, taste and psychology for ...
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Name recognition could be key to an early diagnosis tool for autism

Every pediatrician knows that it’s important to diagnose autism when a child is as young as possible, because when younger ...
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Understanding how ketamine helps the brain deal with depression

The promise of ketamine, an anesthetic drug primarily used at sub-anesthetic doses to either manage severe pain or send recreational ...
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Pot-smoking study suggests CBD plays key role in protecting a stoned brain

Cannabidiol—the ingredient of cannabis that doesn’t make you high, commonly called CBD—might be the angel to THC’s devil, a new ...
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Newly identified type of dementia could be ‘more common than Alzheimer’s’

Doctors have newly outlined a type of dementia that could be more common than Alzheimer's among the oldest adults, according ...
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Gene mutation could explain why children with autism have trouble falling asleep

Up to 80 percent of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) experience sleep problems. The source of these problems has ...
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Can virtual reality treat depression symptoms through ‘pleasant scenarios’?

Michelle Craske is asking patients to dive into coral reefs, ride on bullet trains rushing past pine trees, and cheer ...
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Searching for genetic links to suicidal thoughts and behavior

New genetic research could help identify those most at risk of suicide ...
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Why loss of sleep is ‘having a catastrophic impact on our health’

According to neuroscientist Matthew Walker, I'm doing serious damage to my health—and life—by not sleeping enough. "The decimation of sleep ...
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Turning brain signals into speech using artificial intelligence moves closer to reality

In an effort to provide a voice for people who can’t speak, neuroscientists have designed a device that can transform ...
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This funny-looking helmet could treat depression by ‘rewiring’ the brain

[Recent] weeks have been frenetic for Bre Hushaw, who is now known to millions of people as the girl in ...
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An hour of exercise a week might be enough to stave off brain shrinkage, study shows

Staying fit could help keep your brain from shrinking and aging in your older years, suggests a new study out ...
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‘Massive step forward’: Lab-grown mini-brain twitches a muscle

Floating inside a petri dish in a lab at Cambridge University, a single disjointed muscle twitched. Normally that’s not news ...
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PTSD and other psychological traumas may increase risk of cardiovascular disease

People coping with psychological trauma have a heightened risk of developing cardiovascular disease, a large-scale study finds. Researchers used national ...
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Psychopaths are among us—and why that isn’t necessarily a bad thing

Can psychopathic people perform certain roles better than non-psychopaths? ...
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Too much of a good thing? Why empathy has a ‘dark side’

Empathy seems like a good quality in human beings. Pure and simple. It allows us to consider the perspective of ...
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Does LSD microdosing change how people see the world?

You’ve probably heard about microdosing, the “productivity hack” popular among Silicon Valley engineers and business leaders. Microdosers take regular small doses of LSD ...
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‘Stranger than doctors could have imagined’: Boy born without one type of brain cells

Even before he was born, it was clear that the boy’s brain was unusual—so much so that his expecting parents ...
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Can ‘golden child’ anti-aging drugs rescue Alzheimer’s memories?

Alzheimer’s disease defeated another promising near-market drug that tried to prevent or remove amyloid deposits, adding to the disease’s therapeutic “graveyard of ...
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Viewpoint: We can’t fight sexism by denying the science behind male-female brain differences

Seeking to understand female and male brain differences from a scientific point of view is often dismissed as 'neurosexism.' ...
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Brain sync studies could lead to better connections between patients and therapists

A growing cadre of neuroscientists is using sophisticated technology ... to capture what happens in one brain, two brains, or ...
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Revived pig brains may unleash uncomfortable questions for how we define death

The researchers hypothesized an “under-appreciated capacity” of an oxygen-starved mammalian brain to survive ...
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Why genetic testing for autism cannot offer definitive answers

Here’s a primer on how genetic tests work, their value for autism and what to expect from the results. Is ...
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What colored blobs in the brain can tell us about environmental decision making

The fast-growing field of neuroeconomics is shedding new light on how we make choices related to protecting the environment ...