Magic mushroom health promise: Psilocybin’s antidepressant brain-rewiring capabilities come into focus

Magic mushroom health promise: Psilocybin’s antidepressant brain-rewiring capabilities come into focus

Ruairi Mackenzie | 
Psilocybin, a psychedelic compound that can be derived from over 200 species of mushroom, can remodel connections in the mouse ...
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Having O blood type could offer protection against COVID-19, study suggests

Molly Campbell | 
However, after the COVID-19 outbreak was declared a global pandemic, the company [23andMe] switched gears and looked to see how ...

A right to know? Should children be told when a parent’s genetic test reveals hereditary risks?

Holly Large | 
What are the legal, professional and ethical, duties or responsibilities of researchers and clinicians in handling genetic testing and the ...
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Video: Exploring the natural events that created the coronavirus pandemic

Benjamin tenOever | 
The coronavirus pandemic has changed our day-to-day life as we know it – but how did the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) ...
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Video: Why do people lose their hair? And can we bring it back?

What do Charles Darwin, Michael Jordan, and Yoda have in common? They, like many other historical and fictional individuals, are ...
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Is being obese similar to being old? Both make the body vulnerable to life-threatening diseases, researchers say

Globally, an estimated 1.9 billion adults and 380 million children are overweight or obese. According to the World Health Organization, ...
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Fertility breakthrough: First baby born from eggs matured in lab before being frozen

Fertility doctors in France have announced the birth of the first baby to be born to a cancer patient from ...
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Using AI to predict life expectancy—and identify candidates for experimental trials—among glioblastoma patients

Glioblastoma is an aggressive, killer disease. While victims of this fast-moving brain tumor comprise only about 15% of all people ...
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Powerful killer T-cell discovery could enable ‘one-size-fits-all’ cancer therapy

Researchers have discovered a new type of killer T-cell that, after testing in a mouse model, could help to forge ...
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Can a DNA test determine if your biological age matches your chronological age?

Molly Campbell | 
I consider myself to be a fairly healthy person, to my own standards at least. But does my DNA tell ...
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Promise of treating Alzheimer’s with sensory stimulation: ‘Everybody can do it at home’

Li-Huei Tsai, Ruairi Mackenzie | 
At SfN 2019, we interviewed Li-Huei Tsai, director of the Picower Institute for Learning and Memory in the Department of ...

Why DNA is the thumb drive of the future

DNA is designed to keep lots of data in a tiny space for an extremely long time. But the best ...
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Psychiatric diagnoses scientifically meaningless? Why that criticism ‘seems meaningless’

Samei Huda | 
In this opinion piece, psychiatrist Samei Huda responds to a recent journal article published in Psychiatry Research that labeled psychiatric ...
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Video: Here’s what sugar does to our brains

Nicole Avena | 
When you eat something loaded with sugar, your taste buds, your gut and your brain all take notice. This activation ...
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Video: Targeting glioblastoma and other deadly cancers with nanoparticles, chemotherapy

Stephen Frederico | 
Nanoparticles are capable of carrying chemotherapy to areas of the body afflicted by cancer. However, what if these nanoparticles were ...
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UK pushes to cut cancer rates by expanding HPV vaccinations to preteen boys

From September 2019, boys in school year 8 will be offered the free Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine for the ...
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Can stress be measured through a single drop of blood?

Ruairi Mackenzie | 
[T]he holy grail of stress diagnostics would be a reliable biomarker; a biological measuring stick that would sum up all ...
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Human brains are drawn to the sound of music

In the eternal search for understanding what makes us human, scientists found that our brains are more sensitive to pitch, ...
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Video: Exploring the riddle of consciousness

Consciousness is perhaps the biggest riddle in nature. In the first part of this three part video series, we explore ...
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Understanding how ketamine helps the brain deal with depression

Ruairi Mackenzie | 
The promise of ketamine, an anesthetic drug primarily used at sub-anesthetic doses to either manage severe pain or send recreational ...
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Searching for a ‘fountain of youth’ in our genes

Explorers have dreamt for centuries of a Fountain of Youth, with healing waters that rejuvenate the old and extend life ...
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Do our genes determine which faces are ‘prettier’ than others?

Molly Campbell | 
Despite the importance humans and society appear to place on beauty, from a scientific perspective, we don't actually know a ...
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Video: Understanding the mystery of hidden or ‘dark DNA’

Julian Huguet | 
Scientists are beginning to understand mysterious parts of our DNA. Here’s what they’ve found so far. Read full, original post: “Dark ...

Targeting rare diseases with RNA treatments

Daniel de Boer, Laura Mason | 
There are approximately 7,000 known rare diseases, however, less than 6% of these have a treatment. It is estimated that between 25–35 ...

Proteogenomics: Forging a new path in precision medicine

Victoria Ware | 
Integrating its parent fields of proteomics and genomics with transcriptomics, proteogenomics is the latest in a series of ‘omics technologies ...

How to avert an ‘antibiotic apocalypse’

Ruairi J Mackenzie | 
The “Antibiotic Apocalypse” scenario, where drug-resistant bacteria end humanity, often seems to be somewhat inevitable, a process driven so strongly ...
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