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Gene therapy could offer ‘one-time genetic tune-up’ for Alzheimer’s patients

No one knows for certain what causes Alzheimer’s disease. But one fact about the condition has gained nearly irrefutable status ...
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Building a better mini brain: How these tiny organoids can boost fight against Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s

It’s your favorite organ, self-assembling, ready to go ...
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Could transplanting ‘young’ gut bacteria boost brain function in the elderly?

A study in mice has indicated that the make-up of bacteria in the gut is linked with learning abilities and ...
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Keen sense of smell? You’re probably good at not getting lost, study suggests

Watch a bacterium chase down the source of an enticing molecular trail using chemo-taxis, and it’s clear that its sensory ...
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‘Human-controlled rat cyborgs’ are real

Scientists have created human-controlled rat cyborgs. Lest you think this is some media sensationalism at work, here’s the actual title ...
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Nearly half of major depression episodes could be prevented, studies show

While there are many effective treatments for depression, including medications and psychological therapies, the rate of depression is not going ...
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Viewpoint: What is ‘consciousness’ and what role does it play in evolution?

One of the biggest challenges in evolutionary science is to explain the evolution of consciousness. While that is widely recognized, ...
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We know how the brain perceives shapes and colors. But what about time?

Marc Howard, a cognitive neuroscientist now at Boston University, and Karthik Shankar, who was then one of his postdoctoral students, wanted ...
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Esketamine could soon be approved for depression, prompting ‘excitement and hesitation’

The Food and Drug Administration is expected to decide in the coming weeks whether to approve esketamine, which would become the ...
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Brain implants could soon join fight against severe depression

With powerful computational methods, scientists have recently zeroed in on some key features of depressed brains. Those hallmarks include certain ...
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Autism linked to the nerves that regulate heart rate

The part of the nervous system that regulates heart rate and breathing is involved in autism, a new study suggests ...
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Are we closer to determining what a ‘conscious brain’ looks like?

Most of the time, it’s easy to tell when someone is consciously aware. But there are many tragic cases when ...
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The thicker your cerebral cortex, the easier it is to learn new languages

Researchers have long known that the brain changes when people learn a new language. But the relationship between the ability ...
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Personality research: A bright spot in the midst of psychology’s ‘replication crisis’

While psychology has been mired in a “replication crisis” recently – based on the failure of contemporary researchers to recreate ...
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Fighting depression: Nasal-based ketamine spray clears key FDA hurdle

One of the largest hurdles to ketamine becoming a mainstream depression treatment may have just been cleared. On [February 12], ...
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6 things we don’t understand about psychopaths

Journalists and fiction writers and even psychologists and criminologists have gone to great lengths to both mystify and make monsters out of ...
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Early diagnosis of children with anxiety, depression key to better treatment

Researchers wanted to see if the movements during a scary situation differed between children diagnosed with depression or anxiety and ...
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‘Unsettling’ news: Alzheimer’s could be transmissible

[A] new paper appeared in Nature that seemed to take the evidence for the transmissibility of Alzheimer’s peptides from “circumstantial” to ...
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Is depression affected by bacteria in the gut?

The human microbiome—a collection of bacteria, archaea, fungi and viruses commingling in the gut and intestines—has been linked to a ...
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Drug use linked to impulsiveness in genetic study

Some of the same genes that influence a person’s propensity toward impulsiveness also affect whether or not he or she ...
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‘Not just eye candy’: New mapping technique could help unlock brain’s mysteries

[In mid January], 18 institutions teamed up and devised a method to image entire brains 1,000 times faster than anything ...
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Searching for a link between skin problems and mental health

While some studies have shown a link between isotretinoin use and suicidal thoughts and depression, it’s not clear whether those mental health effects are ...
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Women have ‘younger’ brains than similarly aged men

A new study has revealed that women have a more youthful brain compared to similar aged male counterparts when it ...
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Researchers launch quest to understand why mental health treatments do or don’t work

Successful mental health treatments can function like a conversation: The brain hears some kind of message — whether it’s from ...
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Learn while sleeping? Listening to foreign words could ‘enhance’ language abilities

[L]istening to French on tape while you sleep is unlikely to instantly give you the ability to order a vanilla ...
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Using genetic tests to tailor antipsychotic treatments to individual patients

Scientists are tapping individuals’ genetic profiles to learn which patients will respond to antipsychotic medication for schizophrenia. The pursuit is ...
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Does gum disease causes Alzheimer’s? We are a long way from an answer, researcher says

Do you floss regularly? A study published January 23 in Science Advances — and the news stories that it inspired — might ...
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Genetic tests for autistic people could ‘substantially alter the course of treatments’

Almost as soon as James was born in April 2003, it was clear that he was not well. When he ...