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Dump The Lumps: The World Health Organization Says Eat Less Sugar

Sugar is sweet.<p>But too much of it can expand our waistlines, rot our teeth and increase the risk of Type 2 diabetes and heart disease.<p>So the World Health Organization has new advice: Limit sugars to less than 10 percent of total calories consumed each day. And capping your sugar intake at just 5 …

6 Things Standing Between You and Your Dream Life

<i>photo credit: Dream Forest via photopin (license)</i><p>If you are like many people, you may spend several hours a week dreaming of what your life could be. Maybe you dream of traveling the world, being your own boss, or finally taking the leap to do what you love, but just as your vision starts to get …

Statins May Seriously Increase Diabetes Risk

Doctors may have to weigh a serious potential risk before prescribing statins, the cholesterol-lowering drugs that are among most prescribed drugs in …

We’ve All Been Putting Our Makeup on the Wrong Way

Turns out, the order you apply each product is super important.<p>Believe it or not, when it comes to your makeup, the order you put things on is just as important as the products you use.<p>And surprisingly, face makeup shouldn’t actually be your first step. If your eye makeup somehow always migrates …

Makeup

Childhood Guilt, Adult Depression?

New research shows differences in the brains of kids who show excessive guilty behavior, which may put them at risk for a host of mood disorders later in life.<p>Nicholas Thomas remembers a coat rack. "We were at a family gathering," Thomas said. "I think it was Christmas or something, and we were …

The Brain

The Science Behind Commonly Used Anti-Depressants Appears to Be BackwardsThe science behind many anti-depressant medications appears to b…

The science behind many anti-depressant medications appears to be backwards, say the authors of a paper that challenges the prevailing ideas about the nature of depression and some of the world’s most commonly prescribed medications.<p>The authors of the paper, posted by the journal <i>Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews</i>, combed existing research for evidence to support the theory that has dominated nearly 50 years of depression research: that depression is related to low levels of serotonin in the …

Schizophrenia: Impaired activity of the selective dopamine neuronsSchizophrenia is not only associated with positive symptoms such as…

Schizophrenia is not only associated with positive symptoms such as hallucinations and delusions, but also with negative symptoms e.g. cognitive deficits and impairments of the emotional drive. Until now, the underlying mechanisms for these negative symptoms have not been well characterized. In the current edition of the <i>Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences</i> (PNAS) a German-American team of researchers, with the cooperation of the Goethe University, reports that a selective dopamine …

WATCH: This Is Exactly What Alzheimer’s Does to The Brain

A step-by-step explanation of exactly how Alzheimer’s affects our neural processes.<p>For a disease that affects one in 10 people over the age of 65, …

5 Common Myths about the Brain

<b>MYTH</b> HUMANS USE ONLY 10 PERCENT OF THEIR BRAIN <b><br>FACT</b> The 10 percent myth (sometimes elevated to 20) is mere urban legend, one perpetrated by the plot …

Sometimes When You’re In Love, You’re Not

Lessons in love from the MRI-based carnival art of Brent Hoff<p>Are you in love or are you in lust? Neuroscience would say the difference is in whether or not your brain is producing oxytocin, the bonding chemical that scientists associate with monogamous relationships. To oversimplify, love includes …

How brain waves guide memory formation

Neurons hum at different frequencies to tell the brain which memories it should store.<p>Our brains generate a constant hum of activity: As neurons …

Criminal Minds Are Different From Yours, Brain Scans Reveal

The latest neuroscience research is presenting intriguing evidence that the brains of certain kinds of criminals are different from those of the rest …

Shake it off? Not so easy for people with depression, new brain research suggests

<b>Getting rejected hurts depressed people for longer, U-M/Stony Brook/UIC study finds -- due to the lack of a natural pain & stress-reducing …

The Brain

Alzheimer's Amyloid Clumps Found in Young Adult Brains

<b>Lifelong accumulation of amyloid in neurons may contribute to Alzheimer’s.</b><p>Amyloid — an abnormal protein whose accumulation in the brain is a hallmark …

Neuroscience

Neuron Groups, Not Single Cells, Maintain Brain Stability

<b>TAU researchers find neural networks preserve memories better than individual neurons.</b><p>To compensate for erratic shifts and spikes in its neuronal …

The Eiffel Tower has new wind turbines, and they're beautiful

The Eiffel Tower’s iron-clad frame turned slightly greener last week, with the installation of two new wind turbines along its lower deck. Perched some 400 feet above the ground, atop a ritzy, second-level restaurant, the slender turbines are part of a broader effort to make Paris’ most iconic …

Don’t Stop Daydreaming: Why a Wandering Mind Is Good for You

If you can’t get through this article without checking your Facebook, walking to the fridge, scrolling through your phone, and choosing something on …

39 Commonly Misused Words and How to Use Them Correctly

Where the mechanics of writing are concerned, I’m far from perfect. One example: I always struggle with <i>who</i> and <i>whom.</i> (Sometimes I’ll even rewrite a …

Language

Over 500 Pakistani parents arrested for children's failure to get polio vaccine

<b>Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) —</b> Police have arrested more than 500 parents in and around the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar for not allowing their children to get the polio vaccine, an official said Tuesday.<p>Peshawar Deputy Commissioner Riaz Khan Mehsud told CNN that the 513 arrests took place …

Texas hospital disputes some claims made in nurse's Ebola lawsuit | Reuters

DALLAS (Reuters) - A Texas hospital group on Wednesday said it disputes some claims made by nurse Nina Pham, the first person infected with Ebola in the United States who this week sued it for failing to prevent her from contracting the virus and then invading her privacy.<p>Texas Health Resources …

Italy rescues nearly 1,000 migrants from boats in the Mediterranean

In dramatic sea rescues north of Libya, a flotilla of ships saved more than 1,000 migrants and refugees, while 10 migrants perished in the southern Mediterranean, Italian officials said Wednesday.<p>Rescue vessels, including from Italy's coast guard and navy, and three cargo ships saved 941 people in …

Stare to unlock: This phone scans your iris

BARCELONA -- Fingerprint swiping is so 2014. With fingerprint sensors on phones, you have to make sure your finger isn't wet or dirty and you may have to wait a couple of seconds or slide your finger multiple times to register. What if you could unlock your phone just by opening your eyes?<p>This week …

Rosetta Space Probe Sees Its Own Spooky Shadow On Comet 67P

Punxsutawney Phil wasn't the only one who saw his shadow last month.<p>Just 12 days after the groundhog ogled his umbra on Feb. 2, the European Space Agency's comet-hunting space probe, Rosetta, captured a photo of its shadow on Comet 67P.<p><b>(Story continues below image.)</b><p><i>Close-up view of a</i> …

These Scientists Want Your Dirt, All In The Name Of Drug Research

Sean Brady wants your soil, especially if it’s unusual. He thinks it could contain precursors to important drugs–perhaps something that treats cancer, or overcomes deadly bacteria.<p>“There’s this tremendous wealth of chemistry out there in the environment that could serve as drugs,” says Brady, an …