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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 ...
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Anger, aches and pains: Anxiety manifests differently in men

Anxiety problems can look different in men. When people think of anxiety, they may picture the excessive worry and avoidance ...
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We’re unlikely to cure Alzheimer’s with CRISPR. But the gene-editing tool could play a crucial role.

Nearly 6 million Americans live with Alzheimer’s disease without solid treatment options ...
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3 ways neuroscience and AI can work together to help us understand how we think

The meteoric success of deep learning showcases how insights from neuroscience—memory, learning, decision-making, vision—can be distilled into algorithms that bestow ...
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Does air pollution contribute to poor attention, memory problems for kids?

Over the past decade or so, in both animals and humans, in the lab and in the real world, scientists ...
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What makes us human? These pieces of donated brain tissue may offer answers

Half an hour earlier, this piece of neural tissue was tucked inside a 41-year-old woman’s head, on her left side, ...
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Early speech exposure could boost language skills for kids with autism

The more words autistic children hear as infants — and the more verbal interactions they have with their caregivers — ...
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Do men and women feel pain differently? The answer could lead to better treatments for chronic pain

According to the CDC, one fifth of American adults live with chronic pain, and women are affected more than men ...
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‘Grave set of circumstances’: Investigating connection between autism and depression

[People with autism] are four times more likely than neurotypicals to experience depression over the course of their lives, although ...
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Dementia patients often have lucid moments. Can these ‘awakenings’ help us treat Alzheimer’s and other diseases?

An elderly woman suffering from late-stage Alzheimer’s disease had neither talked to nor reacted to any of her family members ...
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Experimental ‘preemptive’ therapy fails to improve autism traits in study

An experimental behavioral therapy delivered by parents does not improve autism traits in babies who screen positive for the condition, ...
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Seeking origins of schizophrenia, autism by putting ‘stress’ on mini-placenta, mini-brains

Biologist Jennifer Erwin of the Lieber Institute for Brain Development, however, has no intention of babying her organoids: the world’s ...
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Price of progress: Debating the ethics of charging families to participate in stem cell trials for autism

During four visits to Panama over nine months, Aaron [a 9-year-old boy with autism] received infusions of stem cells harvested ...