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Virtual reality helps autistic children tackle phobias

One tool that is being embraced by therapists, counselors, teachers, parents and their children to help those with autism to better ...
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The MIND diet: Can you eat your way to a healthier brain?

Every 65 seconds, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s. So in the time it takes you to read this ...
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Testing human intelligence by putting our brain genes in monkeys

Human intelligence is one of evolution’s most consequential inventions. It is the result of a sprint that started millions of ...
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Treating OCD and other anxiety disorders with brief, intensive therapy

For nearly 20 years [Thomas] Ollendick has been testing briefer, more intensive forms of [cognitive-behavioral therapy] for childhood anxiety disorders ...
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Restoring sense of smell with a brain implant

After a concussion left [Scott] Moorehead without a sense of smell six years ago, these losses were all he could ...
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Headache or brain tumor: How can we tell the difference?

A news report out [April 1] highlights an unfortunate situation of a young woman in the United Kingdom who claims repeated doctor ...
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How mass shootings and other traumas could impact mental health, suicide risk

Two teenagers who survived the 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., took their own lives ...
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After another failed clinical trial, new Alzheimer’s treatment attacks disease from ‘different angle’

The field of Alzheimer’s research is one filled with disappointment. [Recently], yet another drug failed its Phase 3 clinical trial, ...
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Patients react after failure of promising Alzheimer drug trial: ‘Like the rug was pulled out from under us’

When Biogen and its partner Eisai announced that they were stopping two phase 3 trials of the Alzheimer’s treatment aducanumab because the ...
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Do men and women feel pain differently?

Pain researchers are opening their eyes to the spectrum of responses across sexes. Results are starting to trickle out, and ...
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Can genetic testing pinpoint the right antidepressant, or is it just ‘a shot in the dark’?

For patients who weren’t responding well after trying one or two different antidepressants, [physician Jeremy Bruce] started sending samples of ...
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‘Glioblastoma-on-a-chip’ could boost efforts to treat deadliest human cancer

The most common form of malignant brain cancer—called a glioblastoma—is notoriously wily and considered the deadliest human cancer. … [R]esearchers ...
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Chasing the origin of hallucinations in the brain

People under the influence of hallucinogenic drugs like LSD often experience vivid visual hallucinations. But exactly what is happening within ...
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Low intelligence in autistic children predicts ‘poor life skills and challenging behavior’

Without timely intervention, intellectual disability in autistic children can worsen over time, contributing to poor life skills and challenging behavior, ...
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Can we blame our genetics for overeating?

Are eating habits a matter of choice and discipline? What role do our genetics play in determining how much and ...
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Can traumatic memories be ‘erased’ with anesthesia medications?

Erasing memories has always been the stuff of science fiction and wishful thinking. After all, what happened, happened—your experiences are solidified in your ...
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Podcast: How AI is boosting treatment of PTSD

Only about 10% of the individuals with mental health issues in the US are getting any sort of treatment that ...
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Viewpoint: Autism research is leaving girls behind

Evidence that clinicians are missing girls with autism has been building for years. Because autistic girls tend to exhibit different traits than ...
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Taking a bad trip and why marijuana edibles may be a prescription for psychosis

A study looked at high-potency cannabis and psychosis. The findings were astonishing ...
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Exercise can fight depression, but it doesn’t work for everyone

Is there evidence to support the idea that exercise can have an effect on depression? And if so, how much ...
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Do our brains hamper our response to climate change’s growing threat?

In early phases of human existence we faced an onslaught of daily challenges to our survival and ability to reproduce ...
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Can ‘flashing light and pulsing sounds’ counter the effects of Alzheimer’s?

Bathing patients in flashing light and pulsing sounds both tuned to a frequency of 40 hertz might reverse key signs ...
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Exploring the maleness of autism and how it shapes the empathy of autistic people

Those with autism shift towards masculine brain functions ...
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Is there such a thing as an anti-Alzheimer’s diet?

By 2050, an estimated 15 million people in America will have Alzheimer’s—the equivalent of the combined populations of New York ...
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Why psychiatrists should stop ‘looking the other way’ when confronted with faked mental illness

The act of feigning illness for personal gain, or malingering, is far more widespread than the public might suspect ...
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Can adult brains grow new neurons? New study says yes.

If the memory center of the human brain can grow new cells, it might help people recover from depression and ...
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New Alzheimer’s theory: Could be the result of an infection by ‘viruses, bacteria and fungi’

[I]n some places, Alzheimer’s is the leading cause of death, and the number of Alzheimer’s patients is expected to triple by 2050. However, ...
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Latest results for once-promising behavioral therapy for autism called ‘extremely disappointing’

A much-touted behavioral therapy for autism, the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM), may not be as effective as its creators ...