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Presidential candidate John Hickenlooper can’t remember people by their appearance. How he copes with ‘face blindness’

John Hickenlooper knows he knows you from somewhere. The former Colorado governor now running for president just doesn't know if ...
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Autism often accompanied by ADHD, anxiety and other conditions

Behavioral conditions such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) crop up in about one in three autistic people within 15 ...
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Viewpoint: To cure Alzheimer’s we need to think big—like the Manhattan Project

Figuring out the pieces to the Alzheimer’s puzzle ...
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Why people with ADHD may be more creative

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is typically described by the problems it presents. It is known as a neurological disorder, marked by ...
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Is narcolepsy caused by a ‘treacherous’ immune system?

New research could lead to easier diagnoses of this rare sleep disorder ...
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Why bleak, frightening dreams may make us better people

What are dreams for? A handful of theories predominate. Sigmund Freud famously contended that they reveal hidden truths and wishes. More recent ...
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‘Forest fire’ in the brain: How inflammation may spark Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s

[B]oth Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s may be the results of neuroinflammation—in which the brain’s immune system has gotten out of whack ...
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Why masculinity is in turmoil

The American Psychological Association released new guidelines for men and boys last month. Critics went mad — and they missed the ...
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Amidst measles outbreaks, ‘massive’ new study proves again that vaccines don’t cause autism

A massive new study from Denmark found no association between being vaccinated against measles, mumps, and rubella and developing autism. In science ...
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Viewpoint: We can’t ignore scientific evidence about male, female brain differences

It's obvious to just about anyone who is paying attention — and to most biologists, in particular — that there ...
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Using ketamine for depression or recreation: What’s the difference?

[G]iven ketamine’s long-standing reputation as a recreational drug—so notorious that users talk about entering a “K-hole” after taking it—you might ...
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Making the case for potential benefits of microdosing LSD and ‘magic’ mushrooms

[A]necdotal endorsements of [psychedelic] microdosing claim that the routine can lead to a whole variety of benefits, including heightened emotional ...
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Can the flu cause Parkinson’s and other brain disorders?

One of the earliest links between influenza and neural dysfunction was a correlation between the 1918 Spanish flu, caused by ...
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Alzheimer’s disease targeted with gene therapy trial

There’s a test for Alzheimer’s risk that genetic counselors don’t like to talk about. It’s not that they’re hiding the ...
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Autism or OCD? Why it can be challenging to tell the difference

At first glance, autism and OCD appear to have little in common. Yet clinicians and researchers have found an overlap ...
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Drugs developed as cancer treatments show promise against autism

An experimental compound that blocks two enzymes involved in gene expression improves social behavior in young mice, according to a ...
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‘Good Reasons for Bad Feelings’: Understanding evolution’s role in anxiety, depression and making us human

[In] the thought-provoking Good Reasons for Bad Feelings, [evolutionary] psychiatrist Randolph Nesse offers insights that radically reframe psychiatric conditions. In his ...
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‘Suicide’ headaches? Magic mushrooms or LSD could offer relief

Hallucinogenic drugs, particularly lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) and psilocybin, are classified as Schedule 1, but scientists and physicians believe they ...
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Esketamine touted as ‘game changer’ for depression—but who gets to use it?

[Recently,] the Food and Drug Administration approved Johnson & Johnson’s Spravato, the nasal spray version of a ketamine-like sedative, for ...
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Do you crave sweets when you’re stressed? Blame it on your brain

Although our brain accounts for just 2 percent of our body weight, the organ consumes half of our daily carbohydrate ...
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Popular autism ‘signaling imbalance theory’ challenged, suggesting new drugs ‘may have little value’

An analysis of four mouse models negates certain assumptions underlying the “signaling imbalance theory,” a popular hypothesis about autism’s origins ...
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Why growing up poor could hurt your brain in old age

In 2004, a study titled “The Long Arm of Childhood” found that whether children were rich or poor could influence their health ...
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‘Deadly dreams’? Modern genetics unravels mystery surrounding strange disease

Following decades of unexplained deaths, mostly among young men, modern genetics and epidemiological detective work helped to establish a link ...
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Esketamine nasal spray, touted as biggest advance in years for treating depression, gets FDA approval

The Food and Drug Administration approved a novel antidepressant late Tuesday [March 5] for people with depression that does not ...
2-26-2019 thoughtful teenager

70% of teens see mental health, depression as a ‘major struggle’ for their generation in Pew survey

In the past decade, young people in the United States have borne the brunt of some of the most highly ...
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‘Creative misbehavior’: When ingenuity takes a dark turn

Misbehavior is a form of creative thinking ...
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Genetic study sheds light on heritability of autism risk

A new analysis of DNA from more than 20,000 people with autism identifies 12 regions in the genome that harbor ...
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US government’s BOLD initiative seeks to close the African-American Alzheimer’s gap

Alzheimer’s is a public health crisis for which Congress has thankfully put aside its differences long enough to pass the ...