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Gut bacteria regulate nerve fibre insulation

Far from being silent partners that merely help to digest food, the bacteria in your gut may also be exerting subtle influences on your thoughts, moods, and behaviour. And according to a new study from researchers at University College Cork, your gut microbes might affect the structure and function …

Neuroscience

On the Brink of Breakthroughs in Diagnosing and Treating Autism

There’s a popular saying in the autism community: “<p>If you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism.” Although this phrase is …

Small Brain Area Plays Key Role in Making Everyday Decisions

<b>Area’s neurons then can re-map to make different decisions when circumstances change.</b><p>Choosing what shirt to buy, what to order for lunch or whether …

Neuroscience

Gene therapy stops rare childhood brain disease

Gene therapy is living up to its promise of halting a rare, deadly brain disease in young boys. In a new study presented in Washington, D.C., …

Medicine

Understanding the Gut-Brain Connection May Give New Insights into Multiple Sclerosis

<b>BWH researchers find evidence that diet and gut microbes can remotely influence brain inflammation.</b><p>New research by investigators at Brigham and …

Grow your own happiness: how meditation physically changes the brain

People can boost their happiness by growing a part of the brain which increases positive thinking, scientists believe<p>Aristotle said that ‘happiness depends upon ourselves’ and a new study suggests it is possible to physically grow a happier brain through practices like meditation.<p>Although …

Happiness

In A Turkish Village, A Conversation With Whistles, Not Words

In a remote mountain village high above Turkey's Black Sea coast, there are villagers who still communicate across valleys by whistling. Not just whistling as in a non-verbal, "Hey, you!" But actually using what they call their "bird language," Turkish words expressed as a series of piercing …

Language

Chinese scientists row over long-sought protein that senses magnetism

Two universities ask journal to retract paper that allegedly violated a collaboration agreement.<p>A dispute has broken out at two of China’s most …

Drug mentioned by Hippocrates may reverse Alzheimer's memory loss

Salsalate is already used for arthritis but it could bring back memories of people suffering from Alzheimer's disease<p>One of the world’s oldest drugs which was first mentioned by Hippocrates in the 5th Century BC could help restore memory in Alzheimer’s patients, scientists hope.<p>Salsalate, which …

Dementia