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Dogs don’t seem to care much about human faces, counterintuitive study finds

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Dogs’ brains aren’t especially impressed by faces, either those of other dogs, or of people, a new study suggests. People’s brains ...
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Redrawing the line between life and brain death

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Brain death has been a recognized concept in medicine for decades. But there’s a lot of variation in how people ...

‘The Idea of the Brain’: Book explores the struggle to understand the human brain

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Neuroscientists love a good metaphor. Through the years, plumbing, telegraph wires and computers have all been enlisted to help explain ...
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Experiments on living brain tissue unearth ‘ethical quandaries’

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Live bits of brain look like any other piece of meat —  pinkish, solid chunks of neural tissue. But unlike ...
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This robotic face will wince if you hit it. How does it process pain?

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Sensors embedded in soft, artificial skin that can detect both a gentle touch and a painful thump have been hooked ...
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Dementia’s ‘biological weak spot’: A single mutation helped this woman evade Alzheimer’s for decades

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A cruel twist of genetic fate brought Alzheimer’s disease to a sprawling Colombian family. But thanks to a second twist, ...
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Does the pill cause depression? Why its too soon to be worried

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“Does the pill cause depression?” the news headline asked. Prompted by a recent study that described a link between taking birth ...
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Single dose of ketamine could weaken the desire to drink beer

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A single dose of ketamine may cut down problematic drinking. Taken in the right context, the hallucinogenic drug may be able ...
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Measles wreaks havoc on body’s immune system, making it susceptible to other infections, study shows

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Measles wages war on cells of the immune system. Now two tallies of the carnage, described in the Nov. 1 Science and Science ...
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Potential problem with lab-grown mini-brains: They’re ‘stressed-out and confused’

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Brain cells grown into clumps in flasks are totally stressed-out and confused. Cells in these clumps have ambiguous identities and ...
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Alzheimer’s disease and drowsiness: Link could help us determine where the disease first attacks the brain

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Alzheimer’s disease destroys command centers in the brain that keep people awake. That finding could explain why the disease often ...
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What makes us human? These pieces of donated brain tissue may offer answers

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Half an hour earlier, this piece of neural tissue was tucked inside a 41-year-old woman’s head, on her left side, ...
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‘Immune amnesia’: Why measles makes you more vulnerable to infections that cause pneumonia, ear infections, diarrhea

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The most iconic thing about measles is the rash — red, livid splotches that make infection painfully visible. But that ...
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Viewpoint: Esketamine promises to boost depression treatments—but we don’t know enough about long-term effects

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With great fanfare, a new antidepressant entered the U.S. market in March [2019], the first fundamentally new medicine for depression ...
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Brain implants could soon join fight against severe depression

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With powerful computational methods, scientists have recently zeroed in on some key features of depressed brains. Those hallmarks include certain ...
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Does gum disease causes Alzheimer’s? We are a long way from an answer, researcher says

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Do you floss regularly? A study published January 23 in Science Advances — and the news stories that it inspired — might ...
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Peering into the brain: New technology allows unprecedented access to brain cells

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By mixing and matching powerful advances in microscopy and cell biology, researchers have imaged intricate details of individual nerve cells ...

Can loneliness and isolation damage the brain?

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Mice yanked out of their community and held in solitary isolation show signs of brain damage. After a month of ...

Good news for young pot-muddled brains. Study shows impairment is reversible

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Taking a monthlong break from pot helps clear away young people’s memory fog, a small study suggests. The results show ...

Mystery of the mind: How autism got its start in the developing brain

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Here are some of the key points [neuroscientist Kevin] Pelphrey made on how autism may get its start in the ...
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Stressed out? It could alter your sperm

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Sperm from stressed-out dads can carry that stress from one generation to another. “But one question that really hasn’t been ...

Brain ‘flexibility’ could help explain why people learn differently

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As a person learns, connections between brain regions can change. Some neural partners connect, then split apart […]; others form ...

Depression gene search disappoints

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A massive effort to uncover genes involved in depression has largely failed. By combing through the DNA of 34,549 volunteers, ...
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