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Autism and depression: Study shows why ‘gold standard treatment’ sometimes fails

The 'gold standard' therapy does not always work and can lead to a worsening of symptoms ...
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Using stem cells to trace autism’s development to earliest days of pregnancy

Figuring out how autism starts is complicated. … [A] large international team obtained skin cells from eight autistic people and ...
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Why do so many of us dream about flying, falling or being chased?

Most of us experience these so-called "typical dreams" during our lifetime. Around three-quarters of people dream of falling, for instance, and that ...
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Can we reduce schizophrenia risk with prenatal supplements?

Schizophrenia has a clear genetic basis, but genes don't tell the whole story. The other factors that determine whether or ...
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Is conscious thought just an illusion?

Philosopher Peter Carruthers insists that conscious thought, judgment and volition are illusions. … [Carruthers:] Thoughts such as decisions and judgments ...
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Short days, dark moods: Can a brain short circuit explain SAD (seasonal affective disorder)?

Just in time for the winter solstice, scientists may have figured out how short days can lead to dark moods ...
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Does a higher IQ lead to a better, happier life?

[In] a new study conducted by Ana Dimitrijevic and colleagues, [the researchers] attempted to assess the relationship between multiple indicators of ...
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Absence of a ‘smoking gun’ pathogen has stymied efforts to solve AFM mystery illness paralyzing children

What some are calling an "unprecedented mystery respiratory illness" is being reported in the Rockies and across the Midwest. Contributing ...
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Mapping autism’s genetic origins through massive analysis offers new research tool

The largest genetic analysis of postmortem brain tissue to date has yielded maps of when and where genes are turned ...
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‘Cute aggression’: Why our brains love puppies and kittens

I harass my dog [constantly]. She’s a little loaf of a thing, with big eyes and satellite-dish ears and a ...
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Childhood antibiotics use linked to higher risk of mental illness in study

[Antibiotic] overuse can help create bacterial superbugs resistant to future antibiotics. But a new study published [December 5] in JAMA Psychiatry suggests ...
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Augmented memory: This researcher wants to record every minute of his life

If we are nothing more than the sum of our memories and our experiences, how much of ourselves do we ...
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Key to treating autism could be hiding in the gut

Autism affects people’s social behaviour and communication, and may impair their ability to learn things. All this is well known. Less ...
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How autistic children overcome the challenge of understanding how others view the world

To understand another person’s point of view, children with autism need to actively suppress their own, a new study suggests ...
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Gut-brain axis: How a high-salt diet could affect the brain

It is well known that a high salt diet leads to high blood pressure, a risk factor for an array of health ...
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Speaking a second language could help your aging brain

[D]oes mastering a second language hone our multitasking skills or merely muddle us up? … In the Annual Review of Linguistics, ...
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Reversing OCD with intensive 4-day ‘head-on’ therapy

[A]round nine years after [Katherine] Mydland-aas’s cleaning rituals began, a psychologist diagnosed her with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and referred her ...
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Can we control our dreams through gene therapy?

What drives our dreams? For most of human history, people thought dreams were supernatural--messages from the gods or visions of ...
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Alien limb syndrome: Understanding how brain injuries can rob the sense of free will

When Ryan Darby was a neurology resident, he was familiar with something called alien limb syndrome, but that did not ...
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Podcast: How deep brain stimulation relieves depression symptoms

There's new evidence that mild pulses of electricity can relieve depression — if they reach the right target in the ...
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Delayed diagnosis? In some children, autism traits become ‘significantly more pronounced over time’

Some autistic children don’t show traits of the condition until age 5 or later, new research suggests. Others show a ...
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Treating depression with brain-stimulating implants

[A] new study out of the University of California, San Francisco, published [November 29] in Current Biology, seems to offer an intriguing ...
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Brains of young football players can be changed in one season, study says

A single season playing football might be all it takes to change a young athlete's brain. … Researchers used special ...
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Searching for the genetic links to ADHD risk

If you have ADHD, chances are higher that your siblings do, too. Estimates differ as to how strong the connection ...
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Can we restore ‘sight’ with brain implants, electrical currents?

In a sense, our eyes are sophisticated cameras; the brain’s visual cortex runs the software that tells us what we’re seeing. … What about ...
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Converting thought to speech: Brain implants could help paralyzed patients communicate

[Neurosurgeon Ashesh Mehta] was operating on [an] epilepsy patient to determine the source of seizures. But the patient agreed to ...
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Why you could be genetically programmed to respond to placebos

Confounding drug research, some people appear genetically programmed to believe the placebo they take during drug trials actually works ...