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Brain scans, like DNA, can say a lot about who you are. That creates ethical, privacy concerns.

Many people are aware—and properly protective—of the vast stores of information contained in their DNA. When DNA samples were collected ...
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Experimental blood tests for Alzheimer’s could boost research, treatment of the disease

Narrowing in on diagnostic biomarkers could make an illusive disease easier to catch early ...
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Left-handed, right-handed? Researchers zeroing in on genetic factors, development in the womb

For the first time, scientists have pinpointed regions of human DNA that closely relate to whether people are right- or ...
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‘Wearable sensors’ could provide early warning system for aggressive autism traits

In one corner of the classroom, rocking back and forth, sits Julio, 16. Julio was not always aggressive. He was ...
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Evolution, the human diet and the meat vs. plant conundrum

Evidence suggests our hominin ancestors turned to meat when climate change reduced resource-rich vegetation. The signatures of these changes may ...
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Scientists dive deep into how the brain processes vision

How is the retina formed? And how do neurons differentiate to become individual components of the visual system? By focusing ...
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Humans can categorize colors they don’t have words for, research on stroke victims shows

After patient RDS (identified only by his initials for privacy) suffered a stroke, he experienced a rare and unusual side ...
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If pain is subjective, how do we measure it in a meaningful way?

You can’t exactly ask a rat to point to where it hurts ...
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Taking psychoactive drugs can mirror near death experiences, study shows

In a fascinating new study, [near-death experience] stories were compared linguistically with anecdotes of drug experience in order to identify a ...
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Polydactylism: Six fingers and toes may be better than five

In a thrilling paper published recently in Nature Communications, researchers set out to study the abilities of people with extra fingers. This condition, known ...
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Just one head injury could ‘tangle’ proteins in the brain, leading to Alzheimer’s

A single serious knock to the skull could be all it takes to develop the nerve damage thought to be ...
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Left-handed? Genes link handedness to language facility but also schizophrenia and anorexia

Despite its ubiquity to the human experience, there are lots of unresolved questions related to handedness, such as how lefty ...
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‘Artificial’ memory and identity’: Scientists create memories ‘indistinguishable’ from natural ones—in mice

Experience and memory are inexorably linked, or at least they seemed to be before a recent report on the formation of completely ...
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This ‘simple blood test’ could catch concussions missed by CT scans

Many patients with concussion have normal CT scans and are discharged from the hospital without follow-up. But a blood test ...
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Behavior goes ‘haywire’: How strep throat may trigger OCD, anxiety in children

[Pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorder associated with streptococcal infections, or PANDAS] is as puzzling for researchers as it is for the ...
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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:  ...