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4-30-2019 sleep explainer

Gene mutation could explain why children with autism have trouble falling asleep

Up to 80 percent of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) experience sleep problems. The source of these problems has ...
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Can virtual reality treat depression symptoms through ‘pleasant scenarios’?

Michelle Craske is asking patients to dive into coral reefs, ride on bullet trains rushing past pine trees, and cheer ...
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Searching for genetic links to suicidal thoughts and behavior

New genetic research could help identify those most at risk of suicide ...
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Why loss of sleep is ‘having a catastrophic impact on our health’

According to neuroscientist Matthew Walker, I'm doing serious damage to my health—and life—by not sleeping enough. "The decimation of sleep ...
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Turning brain signals into speech using artificial intelligence moves closer to reality

In an effort to provide a voice for people who can’t speak, neuroscientists have designed a device that can transform ...
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This funny-looking helmet could treat depression by ‘rewiring’ the brain

[Recent] weeks have been frenetic for Bre Hushaw, who is now known to millions of people as the girl in ...
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An hour of exercise a week might be enough to stave off brain shrinkage, study shows

Staying fit could help keep your brain from shrinking and aging in your older years, suggests a new study out ...
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‘Massive step forward’: Lab-grown mini-brain twitches a muscle

Floating inside a petri dish in a lab at Cambridge University, a single disjointed muscle twitched. Normally that’s not news ...
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PTSD and other psychological traumas may increase risk of cardiovascular disease

People coping with psychological trauma have a heightened risk of developing cardiovascular disease, a large-scale study finds. Researchers used national ...
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Psychopaths are among us—and why that isn’t necessarily a bad thing

Can psychopathic people perform certain roles better than non-psychopaths? ...
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Too much of a good thing? Why empathy has a ‘dark side’

Empathy seems like a good quality in human beings. Pure and simple. It allows us to consider the perspective of ...
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Does LSD microdosing change how people see the world?

You’ve probably heard about microdosing, the “productivity hack” popular among Silicon Valley engineers and business leaders. Microdosers take regular small doses of LSD ...
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‘Stranger than doctors could have imagined’: Boy born without one type of brain cells

Even before he was born, it was clear that the boy’s brain was unusual—so much so that his expecting parents ...
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Can ‘golden child’ anti-aging drugs rescue Alzheimer’s memories?

Alzheimer’s disease defeated another promising near-market drug that tried to prevent or remove amyloid deposits, adding to the disease’s therapeutic “graveyard of ...
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Viewpoint: We can’t fight sexism by denying the science behind male-female brain differences

Seeking to understand female and male brain differences from a scientific point of view is often dismissed as 'neurosexism.' ...
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Brain sync studies could lead to better connections between patients and therapists

A growing cadre of neuroscientists is using sophisticated technology ... to capture what happens in one brain, two brains, or ...
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Revived pig brains may unleash uncomfortable questions for how we define death

The researchers hypothesized an “under-appreciated capacity” of an oxygen-starved mammalian brain to survive ...
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Why genetic testing for autism cannot offer definitive answers

Here’s a primer on how genetic tests work, their value for autism and what to expect from the results. Is ...
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What colored blobs in the brain can tell us about environmental decision making

The fast-growing field of neuroeconomics is shedding new light on how we make choices related to protecting the environment ...
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Ketamine for depression—what we know about how it changes the brain

The FDA's approval [of ketamine for depression] marks the first genuinely new type of psychiatric drug—for any condition—to be brought ...
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Prenatal sequencing for autism genes could be here soon—along with some ethical questions

Sequencing can identify mutations linked to autism even before a child’s birth – especially in cases where doctors suspect problems, ...
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Human brains have been shrinking since the Stone Age. We don’t know why

It’s something of a well-known secret among anthropologists: Based on measurements of skulls, the average brain volume of Homo sapiens has reportedly decreased by roughly ...
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Viewpoint: What it means for the world to have a collective IQ of 82

David Becker has released a new version of the World’s IQ. Each country has a score showing the cognitive abilities ...
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CDC says autism is on the rise—and why it may be worse than we think

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s new report on autism spectrum disorder (ASD) ... offers little good news. It ...
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Restoration of brain activity in dead pigs could lead to new treatments for stroke, drug overdose

Scientists restored some activity within the brains of pigs that had been slaughtered hours before, raising hopes for some medical ...
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Electrical brain zaps show promise at improving memory in older adults

Shooting electrical current into the brain for just 25 minutes reversed the decline in working memory that comes with aging, ...
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Longevity science: Pioneer biotech startup wants to slow aging at ‘the cellular level’

What sets [Harvard geneticist David] Sinclair apart from many of his colleagues...is his willingness to test his work on himself ...
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Why esketamine will force doctors to rethink office visits for depressed patients

The Food and Drug Administration approved esketamine (Spravato) for treatment-resistant depression to be administered under physician supervision. It’s a derivative of ...