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The daily pain of having extreme perception

When a gentle glow feels like a spotlight and everyday sounds hurt your ears, life can get anxious and painful. But there may be an upside to being a highly sensitive person.<p>At the age of six, Jack Craven started telling his mother he wanted to die. “God made a mistake when he made me,” he would …

Autism

Maybe We’re Thinking About Pain All Wrong

Of all the things that scientists still don’t understand about pain, one of the biggest questions is where in the brain it lives. As Science of …

The brain's gardeners: Immune cells 'prune' connections between neurons

A new study out today in the journal <i>Nature Communications</i> shows that cells normally associated with protecting the brain from infection and injury …

This article will help you understand how consciousness works in the brain

Several different scientific theories of consciousness have emerged which get at different aspects of what is going on, but do not yet fit together …

What Causes Autism? What We Know, Don’t Know, And Suspect

We're finally getting closer to understanding.<p><i>This article was originally written by Andrew Whitehouse from the University of Western Australia, and</i> …

The neuroscience of ADHD

<i>Mitch Blunt</i><p>Half of the American preschoolers diagnosed with ADHD are given drugs to treat the symptoms. Is that necessary? Is there another …

New Alzheimer’s Treatment Fully Restores Memory Function

Of the mice that received the treatment, 75 percent got their memory function back.<p>Australian researchers have come up with a non-invasive ultrasound …

Dementia

The blessing and curse of the people who never forget

A handful of people can recall almost every day of their lives in enormous detail – and after years of research, neuroscientists are finally beginning to understand how they do it.<p>For most of us, memory is a kind of scrapbook, a mess of blurred and faded snapshots of our lives. As much as we would …

The Brain

Landmark Study Identifies Key Brain Difference In Autism

Scientists linked differences in neurotransmitter activity to hypersensitivity in individuals with autism.<p>Neuroscientists at Harvard and MIT have identified, for the first time, a link between the activity of the neurotransmitter GABA and symptoms of autism -- a finding that may pave the way for …

Autism

How Cocaine Changes the Brain

<b>The burst of energy and hyperactivity that comes with a cocaine high is a rather accurate reflection of what’s going on in the brain of its users,</b> …

Harvard MRI Study Proves Meditation Literally Rebuilds Brain's Gray Matter In 8 Weeks

A study conducted by a Harvard affiliated team out of Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) came across surprising conclusions regarding the tangible …

The Brain

Newly discovered vessels beneath skull could link brain and immune system

Decades of textbook teaching could be overturned by discovery, which might also explain links between poor health and brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s<p>Scientists have discovered a previously unknown link between the brain and the immune system that could help explain links between poor physical …

Neuroscience

How your eyes betray your thoughts

A series of recent studies suggest that eye movements may both reflect and influence the workings of the brain<p>According to the old saying, the eyes are windows into the soul, revealing deep emotions that we might otherwise want to hide. Although modern science precludes the existence of the soul, …

The Brain

Alzheimer’s Breakthrough: A Treatment That Can Restore Memory

Researchers at the University of Queensland’s Brain Institute (QBI) have discovered a new treatment, based on a non-invasive ultrasound technology, …

MRI shows association between reading to young children and brain activity

Among the advice new parents receive is to read to their babies early and often. The hope is that sharing books together will help children’s …

The Brain

Scientists are skeptical about the secret blood test that has made Elizabeth Holmes a billionaire

Faster, cheaper, better.<p>An innovation that accomplishes those three things has the potential to disrupt an industry. But such innovations are …

Immune System Drugs Melt Tumors In New Study, Leading A Cancer Revolution

The 49-year-old woman had had three melanoma growths removed from her skin, but now the disease was spreading further. A several-centimeter-sized growth under her left breast went deep into her chest wall. Some of the tissue in the tumor was dying because of lack of blood flow.<p>Doctors at Memorial …

Cancer