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Drugs used to treat diabetes could cure Alzheimer's, experts say

Drugs prescribed to treat diabetes could cure Alzheimer's disease, a pioneering new study has found.<p>Scientists believe that the two conditions are so similar that medications already used to control levels of glucose and regulate diabetes could also halt the onset of dementia.<p>A new study using a …

If You Want to Remember This, Go for a Run 4 Hours From Now

For lots of different reasons — like that you sit at your desk all day or that the psychological discourse has a sneakily pervasive insistence that …

“Transient smartphone blindness” is officially a thing, two cases detailed already

Shutterstock<p>Two separate women in the UK have presented to hospital suffering what has now become known as temporary smartphone blindness. Fearing a stroke or other serious condition, the unrelated women underwent a series of complicated and expensive tests before being referred to an eye …

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A Major Assumption About How The Brain Processes Depression Could Be in Question

We might be studying depression all wrong.<p>A tiny brain region, called the habenula, has been proposed to drive the symptoms of depression, which can …

The problem of pain

DEVIN LYALL had experimented with drugs recreationally as a teenager before a doctor in her hometown of North Wilkesboro, North Carolina prescribed …

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Study: MRI scans prove schizophrenic brains attempt self-repair

WASHINGTON, May 28 (UPI) -- A team of researchers from around the world have come across an early sign of hope for patients diagnosed with …

Neuroscience Pinpoints How the Brain Makes and Breaks Habits

Every day, millions of people navigate the minefields and booby traps of decision-making while trying to break bad habits and reinforce healthier …

We're the Only Animals With Chins, and No One Knows Why

Despite much chin-stroking.<p>“Little pig, little pig, let me come in,” says the big, bad wolf. “No, no, not by the hair on my chinny chin chin,” say the three little pigs. This scene is deeply unrealistic and not just because of the pigs' architectural competence, the wolf's implausible lung …

"Schizophrenia Gene" Discovery Sheds Light on Possible Cause

Researchers have identified a gene that increases the risk of schizophrenia, and they say they have a plausible theory as to how this gene may cause …

Has the stethoscope had its day?

After two centuries of service, the iconic diagnostic device has acquired its fair share of detractors<p>The stethoscope is having a crossroads moment. Perhaps more than at any time in its two-century history, this ubiquitous tool of the medical profession is at the centre of debate over how medicine …

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A commonly used supplement may be doing more harm than good

Doctors, patients, and the media have been enamored with vitamin D supplements for decades.<p>As well as their clear benefit in curing severe vitamin D deficiencies, endless headlines hail their magical ability to reduce a vast range of conditions from dementia to cancer.<p>Medical specialists such as …

Alzheimer's treatment closer as brain inflammation shown to be key

Study shows inflammation-reducing chemical prevents memory and behavioural problems in diseased mice, raising hopes for human treatment<p>Scientists have fresh hopes for an Alzheimer’s treatment after experiments to reduce inflammation in diseased mouse brains prevented memory and behavioural problems …

By the end of my first year as a doctor, I was ready to kill myself

Doctor suicide is the medical profession’s grubby secret – but it’s unclear why some of those dedicated to preserving life silently plot their own deaths<p>On my morning drives to the hospital, the tears fell like rain. The prospect of the next 14 hours – 8am to 10pm with not a second’s respite from …

Year in review: Epigenome makes its debut

In a landmark event more than a decade ago, geneticists unveiled the human genetic instruction book. This year, the book was turned into a movie …

Scientists Have Discovered Brain Networks Linked to Intelligence For The First Time

And we may even be able to manipulate them.<p>For the first time ever, scientists have identified clusters of genes in the brain that are believed to be …

PubMed

PubMed comprises more than 28 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may …

How This Scientist Discovered Coffee Was Reorganizing His Brain

His 18-month study uncovered a lot about how his brain -- and others -- works.<p>Stanford University neuroscientist Russell Poldrack is the proud owner of the most studied brain in the world.<p>During an 18-month period, Poldrack underwent a 10-minute fMRI scan every Tuesday and Thursday morning, and …

The 9 Toughest Ultramarathons

The Toughest Ultras/Marathon des Sables 2011<p>Used to be that running a 50- or 100-mile race earned you bragging rights for life. No more. Today, the word “ultra” has been slapped on laundry detergent, lite beer, and any marathon that takes a step beyond 26.2 miles. It seems like every endurance …