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Hiding in plain sight: Exploring Parkinson’s link to the appendix

Lurking in the layers of the human appendix lie deposits of alpha-synuclein, a protein prone to gumminess, like sticky rice ...
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Like riding a bike: Why do we never forget some things?

So how is it that we can ride a bicycle when we haven’t done so in years? As it turns ...
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How female psychopaths differ from their male counterparts

It is important to keep in mind that psychopathy is a personality disorder. As such it is classified as a mental illness, and ...
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Using molecular trickery to cross the blood-brain barrier

[There are a] number of methods that are being used to break down the [blood-brain] barrier that keeps drugs for ...
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Meet Huda Zoghbi, pediatric neurologist working on rare diseases

Huda Zoghbi has uncovered the molecular mechanisms of normal neurodevelopment and neurodegeneration by probing the complexities of rare neurological diseases ...
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Solitary confinement may cause ‘irreversible’ damage to the brain

There are an estimated 80,000 people, mostly men, in solitary confinement in U.S. prisons. They are confined to windowless cells ...
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MRI in a ski hat? Seeking better ways to hack our brains

[A]t Singularity University’s Exponential Medicine conference in San Diego, technologists presented new non-invasive devices that seek to simplify and democratize brain modulation ...
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As arguments rage over the sources of transgender identity, science weighs in

Discussing gender dysphoria and brain differences in transgender populations ...
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You sound down: Using AI to spot depression in a person’s voice

[T]he notion that artificial intelligence could help predict if a person is suffering from depression is potentially a big step ...
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How we can improve mortality rates for people with mental illnesses

[P]eople with serious mental illness die 10 to 25 years earlier than the general population. It’s not difficult to understand why. Even ...
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Emotions and memory: How your genes impact the way you see and feel the world

How much of our emotion is conjured up by an experience seems to be partly related to our genes. Could it ...
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Brains of fetuses could suffer from exposure to marijuana

Marijuana has been legalized in some capacity in 31 U.S. states, in large part due to a softening stance around ...
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‘It’s not too late’: The quest to reverse autism at any age

[T]he average age of diagnosis for a child with autism is over four years. Because of late diagnoses, many of ...
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Can loneliness and isolation damage the brain?

Mice yanked out of their community and held in solitary isolation show signs of brain damage. After a month of ...
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Meet Grunya Sukhareva, the forgotten woman who defined autism

[In 1924,] a gifted young doctor, Grunya Efimovna Sukhareva, saw [a 12-year-old] boy. Caring and attentive, she observed him with ...
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Exercise as a treatment for Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s?

Researchers have long recognized that exercise sharpens certain cognitive skills. Indeed, [researcher Hiroshi] Maejima and his colleagues have found that ...
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Understanding environmental risk factors for autism: What’s real and what’s not

Here, we explain why it is difficult to link autism to environmental factors, and what scientists know about how the ...
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Cataloguing brain cells to better understand how our minds work

If you stumbled across a radio or a computer and had no idea how it worked, you would likely first ...
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Why marijuana might not be such a great weapon to fight opioid addiction

The opioid crisis is an ongoing national tragedy. One commonly suggested response is cannabis. But emerging state and national statistics ...
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Podcast: Exactly how does the brain do something as simple as storing a phone number?

You hear a new colleague's name. You get directions to the airport. You glance at a phone number you're about ...
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Chasing the biology underlying human intelligence

[H]uman intelligence [has increased] over time. Proposed explanations for the phenomenon, now known as the Flynn effect, include increasing education, ...
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Using virtual reality to treat social anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorders

Researchers have been developing virtual reality systems that help people overcome specific phobias since the 1990s. VR therapy has since ...
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Opioid controversy: FDA approves powerful new drug despite addiction concerns

In a highly controversial move, the Food and Drug Administration approved an especially powerful opioid painkiller despite criticism that the ...
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Severe autism linked to lower serotonin levels in mothers

Women whose children are severely autistic have lower serotonin levels than do those whose children have mild or moderate autism ...
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Good news for young pot-muddled brains. Study shows impairment is reversible

Taking a monthlong break from pot helps clear away young people’s memory fog, a small study suggests. The results show ...
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Why hyping ‘click-worthy’ autism research can do more harm than good

Click-worthy health and science headlines are an essential currency in today’s media world. When they pertain to autism, they might ...
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Nothing to fear from hallucinations linked to macular degeneration, study shows

Hallucinations linked to vision loss from macular degeneration are caused by abnormally heightened activity in the visual cortex of the ...
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The stuff that ‘makes magic mushrooms so magic’ moves closer to FDA approval for treating depression

The active ingredient that makes magic mushrooms so magic—the psychedelic drug psilocybin—is one step closer to becoming a legal treatment for ...