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DNA Data From California Newborn Blood Samples Stored, Sold To 3rd Parties

(KPIX 5) — This might come as a surprise to California natives in their 20s and early 30s: The state owns your DNA.<p>Every year about four million …

Study Finds Surprising Effect of Victoria’s Secret Perfume

Wearers of a particular Victoria’s Secret fragrance might be getting an added benefit beyond just a nice scent.<p>According to a new study by researchers at New Mexico State University, Victoria’s Secret Bombshell Eau de Parfum performs better than some commercially sold mosquito repellents.<p>Photo …

A Venomous Fight Among Reptile Scientists

A heated debate about the origins of snake and lizard venom is a reminder that science is always a work in progress.<p>Reptilian venoms are among nature's deadliest innovations. Every year, these chemical weapons, delivered through the fangs of vipers, cobras, kraits, and more, kill up to 200,000 …

Zoology

Genes play an important but overlooked role in how our brains work

The brain is a body's decision-maker, the pilot of its actions and the engineer that keeps all systems going. The brain suits the body's actions to its surroundings, taking in sensory details and sending out appropriate and timely responses.<p>We've long attributed the marvelous workings of the brain …

Alzheimer's Huntington's Lou Gehrig's ALS Neurodegenerative MANF Drug Treatment Therapy

<b>Diagnostics - Parkinson’s Disease</b><p>Arrayit has leveraged the company’s patented and proprietary microarray discovery platform to decipher the molecular …

Oxytocin Nasal Spray Boosts Social Skills in Kids With Autism

Young children with autism who completed a five-week treatment with a nasal spray of the hormone oxytocin experienced significant improvements in …

Autism

Strength Training Is the True Fountain of Youth, According to Science

Fountain of YouthRegular strength training helps improve brain health later in life.If you want to keep your brain power into old age then you should …

This Is Your Brain on Love

Research shows love is as addictive to the brain as cocaine or heroin.<p>Psychologist JoAnn Deak opened her talk at a recent 92Y event by noting the …

The music you listen to may be affecting your mental health

We all know that music has an effect on our mood. It's why we put on Adele when we've been dumped, or Drake when we want to “dance”, or Lana Del Rey when our lovers have died under tragic circumstances. However, according to new research, music's mood-altering power may actually be a whole lot more …

Lifting Weights Can Beneficially Change Structure of Brain, Canadian Study Finds

Most people in the technology industry are already working their brains, but intellectual exercise alone may not be enough to fight off the affects …

5 Nightmarish Side Effects Of Sleep Deprivation

Sleep deprivation can lead to "tremendous emotional problems."<p>It's no surprise that a night without enough Zzzs can lead to a groggy morning. But bleary eyes and gaping yawns aren't the only things that can happen when your body needs more shut-eye.<p>Indeed, there are more nightmarish side effects to …

How Alzheimer's Protein Tangles Spread Through the Brain

<b>Rare, pathologic version of tau protein can pass directly from neuron to neuron.</b><p>Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators have discovered a …

We Still Don't Know Jack About 'Cognitive Enhancement'

Cognitive neuroscientist Martha Farah offers a warning.<p>Humans in 2015 have a small arsenal of tools available to at least temporarily upgrade our brains via the increasingly popular paradigm of "cognitive enhancement."<p>This is a different boost than that offered by sketchy as-seen-on-NPR brain …

How to Never Get Angry: 3 New Secrets From Neuroscience

They’re one inch from your face, boiling with rage, screaming and yelling at you.<p>And all you want to do is scream and yell back. But you know that’s …

Some Cat Colors Linked To Aggression, But Don't Base Your Pet Choice On It

The individual cat is what matters.<p>A new study suggests a possible link between feline aggression and certain coat colors and patterns, but the lead researcher warns that people looking to adopt a cat shouldn't be basing their decision on how the animal looks.<p>"It's not that your average white cat …