Luis Alcala

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Why “go with your gut” is terrible advice

When it comes to making decisions at work, we’re better off trusting our heads than our feelings.<p>Let’s say you’re interviewing a new applicant for a job and you feel something is off. You can’t quite put your finger on it, but you’re a bit uncomfortable with this person. She says all the right …

Ohio State University

Why you’re more likely to make an immoral decision when speaking a foreign language

If you had the option of saving five lives by pushing one person into an oncoming train, what would you do?<p>If asked this question in your native language, you’d likely refuse to make the shove, studies have shown. But if the question was posed in a foreign tongue, you’d more easily conclude that …

Language Learning

Metastases – the real cancer risk

Metastases are often more dangerous than the primary tumor that gives rise to them. They are responsible for 90% of all cancer deaths. Here are the …

Living and Coping with Anxiety and Depression

You have the power to change your life for the better.<p>October 15, 2017<p>Anxiety and depression affect more than 18 percent of the national population. …

Anxiety

An Oxford psychologist says treating insomnia could help with anxiety and depression

But clinical insomnia—defined as persistent difficulty falling and staying asleep, with additional negative effects for daytime functioning—affects 5 to 10 percent of adults.<p>We know that people with insomnia are more likely to develop a wide range of mental health problems.<p>The risk of developing …

Mental Health

Schizophrenia breakthrough: Halting protein degradation is key

New research published in <i>Molecular Psychiatry</i> has examined the potential role of novel proteins in the future treatment of schizophrenia. Disrupting …

Treating Depression by Training Your Amygdala

<i>This post was written by Eugene Rubin, MD, Ph.D. and Charles Zorumski, MD.</i><p>In a remarkable study published in the <i>American Journal of Psychiatry</i>, …

The Brain

Lucy in the sky with protein: Did we find the key to LSD’s psychoactive potency?

<b>(agsandrew via Shutterstock)</b><p>The discovery of how LSD changes a protein’s structure may explain why the drug is so powerful<p>Angus Chen<p>January 29, 2017 10:59am (UTC)<p>This article was originally published by Scientific American.<p>One drop of LSD can erase your entire sense of being until — interminable …

Consciousness

Medical school can be brutal, and it’s making many of us suicidal

In August, a medical student at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York jumped out of an eighth-story window to her death.<p>Stories like this are too common among budding doctors across the United States. In May, a medical student at the University of Southern California took his own …

The Science of Memory: Top 10 Proven Techniques to Remember More and Learn Faster

I've always been envious of people with exceptional memories. You know, the kind of people who amass encyclopedic knowledge with seemingly little …

The Brain

16-year-old devises way to make deadly breast cancer more treatable

A teenager believes he has solved the problem of how to make a deadly form of breast cancer more treatable.<p>Around 7,500 women each year are diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer, a type of disease which does not respond to today's most effective drugs.<p>Many breast cancers are driven by …

Cancer

Can You Ever Be Too Nice? You Sure Can.

It’s almost impossible to exaggerate the aggravation of dealing with someone who’s not very nice. Mean people are annoying at best and destructive at …

Psychology

Imaging Study Shows Promising Results for People With Schizophrenia

<i>Summary: According to a new study, the brains of people with schizophrenia may be able to reorganize and fight the illness.</i><p>Source: Lawson Health …

Bacteria resistant to last-resort antibiotic appears in U.S.

A last-ditch weapon against drug-resistant bacteria has met its match in Pennsylvania.<p>A 49-year-old woman has tested positive for a strain of</i> …

Microbiology

Dead could be brought 'back to life' in groundbreaking project

A groundbreaking trial to see if it is possible to regenerate the brains of dead people, has won approval from health watchdogs.<p>Indian specialist Dr Himanshu Bansal, working with Biotech companies Revita Life Sciences and Bioquark Inc, has been granted ethical permission to recruit 20 patients who …

Stem Cells

5 research-backed ways to tell if someone is lying

We're going to see what the research has to say on detecting lies, avoiding deception and more. And this is the industrial strength package. We'll look at how to avoid being deceived by the pros in this arena: con artists.<p>To get the real answers, I called an expert. Maria Konnikova is a …

University of Michigan

People with anxiety show fundamental differences in perception

People with anxiety fundamentally perceive the world differently, according to a new study. They aren't simply making the choice to 'play it safe.'

The ultimate comeback: Bringing the dead back to life

A radical procedure that involves replacing a patient's blood with cold salt water could retrieve people from the brink of death, says David Robson.<p>“When you are at 10C, with no brain activity, no heartbeat, no blood – everyone would agree that you’re dead,” says Peter Rhee at the University of …

Plant-based gel can stop traumatic bleeding in seconds

When bleeding from a traumatic injury begins, time is of the essence. VetiGel, a new plant-based gel that can be applied either to skin or soft organs, halts bleeding rapidly and could thus save lives on the battlefield and elsewhere. For now, it's starting to roll out to veterinary clinics.<p>Joe …

Anorexia may be caused by bacterial infection, say scientists

Anorexia may be caused by bacteria which confuse the immune system, leading it to attack the brain and trigger feelings of personal disgust, scientists have suggested<p>The theory is the first time that the eating disorder has been linked to a physical infection, in contrast to the traditional view …

How We've Succeeded In Breaching The Blood-Brain Barrier At Last

For the first time, researchers have made a drug that can cross this barrier. Just how big a deal is that?<p>Last week, a team of Canadian doctors tried an experimental new procedure on a patient in dire straits. Bonny Hall has a brain tumor that she had been managing for years with medication, but it …

Alzheimer's Disease

Deleting genes could boost lifespan by 60 per cent, say scientists

The secret of extending life by decades may lie in switching off certain genes, scientists believe, after showing that small genetic tweaks can make organisms live 60 per cent longer.<p>Ten years of research by the Buck Institute for Research on Ageing and the University of Washington has identified …

47 Mind-Blowing Psychological Facts You Need To Know About Yourself

Or maybe just 100 things that everyone should know about humans!<p>The order that I'll present these 100 things is going to be pretty random. So the fact that this first one is first doesn't mean that it's the most important ... just that it came to mind first.<p><i>Dr. Susan Weinschenk is the author of</i> …

Yes, It's Possible To Be Both An Introvert And An Extravert

We love to proudly label ourselves as introverts or extraverts. If the Internet has anything to say about it, introverts particularly enjoy categorizing themselves as such and connecting with fellow introverts (virtually, not in person of course) over their mutual distaste for parties and small …

Drugs Disguised As Blood Cells Could Kill Cancer

Like guerrilla warriors making a sneak attack on tumors<p>It’s notoriously difficult to direct cancer drugs to only the cells you want to target—they often kill many healthy cells in the process, making the patient feel sicker, or the body attacks them assuming that they are invaders. For the past few …

Cancer Cells

Judith Woods: Where do we draw the line between playing Darwin and playing God?

The fact that Chinese geneticists have taken the first steps to creating designer babies should fill us with horror<p>TWO contrasting stories this week have thrown into sharp relief the complex relationship between humanity and science. The first was the harrowing yet inspirational story of how …

Explainer: what is cognitive behaviour therapy?

If you or someone you care about experience an emotional problem it won’t be long before you hear that cognitive behaviour therapy, or CBT, is …

The contagious thought that could kill you

To die, sometimes you need only believe you are ill, and as David Robson discovers, we can unwittingly ‘catch’ such fears, often with terrifying consequences.<p>Beware the scaremongers. Like a witch doctor’s spell, their words might be spreading modern plagues.<p>It’s a consistent phenomenon, but …

Medicine

How extreme fear shapes what we remember

Many of us will experience a significant trauma in our lives, says Lesley Evans Ogden. Yet could there be ways to avoid reliving the memories?<p>It was no ordinary honeymoon. After boarding their flight in Canada on the evening of 23 August 2001, newlyweds Margaret McKinnon and her husband were …

The Brain