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Depressed brains are less 'plastic'

Related Stories<p>Mole-rats varied life boosts the brain, Science Online, 08 Jun 2012<br>• Brain rapidly rewires to help us use tools, Science Online, 30 May …

Drug Cures Mice Of Down Syndrome With A Single Dose

But it's not a cure for humans yet.<p>Cure Down syndrome with a single injection? Well, maybe--if you're a mouse. A team of scientists from John Hopkins University and the National Institutes of Health have cured newborn mice of Down syndrome by injecting them with a drug that stimulates what's called …

Neurobiologists Create New Memories by Directly Altering the Brain

<i>In a newly published study, neurobiologists demonstrate the ability to create specific memories by directly altering brain cells in the cerebral</i> …

Robo-Maggots Will Munch Through Brain Tumors

Gross, but great for minimally invasive surgery.<p>Creepy, crawly maggots might be making their way into people's brains. Robot maggots, that is. Inspired by a TV show where plastic surgeons use maggots to eat away dead tissue, neurosurgeon J. Marc Simard of the University of Maryland School of …

The Secret World of Sleep: 4 Weird Things About Catching Zs

What happens after we head to bed each night? Do we simply snooze, or do we enter into a dimly lit place of wonders, terrors and peculiar science? …

Strange Case of ‘Hyper...)

<b>Strange Case of ‘Hyper Empathy’ after Brain Surgery</b><p>In a strange case, a woman developed “hyper empathy” after having a part of her brain called the …

Research Uncovers How And Where Imagination Occurs In The Brain

"I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination," Albert Einstein once said. "Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”<p>The elusive quality of mind has long been mused about by artists, philosophers and psychologists who have …

Smarter Kids Are Smart Enough to Avoid Alcohol and Drugs, Right?

Maybe not. The latest study of twins shows that early bloomers may become heavier drinkers who start chugging earlier in life.<p>The research is part of …

Gut feelings: the future of psychiatry may be inside your stomach

Her parents were running out of hope. Their teenage daughter, Mary, had been diagnosed with a severe case of obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD), as well as ADHD. They had dragged her to clinics around the country in an effort to thwart the scary, intrusive thoughts and the repetitive behaviors …

A Shot of Anxiety and the World Stinks

<b>In evolutionary terms, smell is among the oldest of the senses. In animals ranging from invertebrates to humans, olfaction exerts a primal influence</b> …

Maths Experts are “Made, Not Born”

<b>A new study of the brain of a maths supremo supports Darwin’s belief that intellectual excellence is largely due to “zeal and hard work” rather than</b> …

Sleep Learning May Be Possible: Study

Sleep is already known to boost our brains' ability to learn and remember -- and now, a new study actually <i>demonstrates</i> this ability.<p>Researchers at the Weizmann Institute of Science played a number of tones to study participants as they slept during the night. After playing each tone, the …

Porn on the Brain – TV review

Britain has come a long way since 1986 when TV's red triangle would warn of (what sounds to my Australian ear as) "sex wheel imagery". Nowadays the most extreme hardcore pornography is just a few clicks away on the internet, freely available to adults, children, and cats walking across keyboards. …

Researchers Identify Neural Circuits That Modulate REM Sleep

<b>A team of scientists led by Dr. Antoine Adamantidis, a researcher at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute and an assistant professor at</b> …

The mechanisms for pattern completion and pattern separation in the hippocampus

Introduction<p>There is great interest in how pattern separation and pattern completion in the hippocampus contribute to its functions in memory and …

Prepubescent Mice Shed Tears To Fend Off Adults' Romantic Advances

A protective pheromone released in their tears keeps adult males from getting frisky with the too-young.<p>Unlike humans, mice don't have laws or social customs to govern who they mate with. Nor can a mouse ask a potential partner about her age. So how do mice know that their potential mate is …

Break Out The Chains, BDSM Fetishists Have A Stronger Sense Of Well-Being

Let's be honest here, we're all a little kinky. While some of us aren't zipping up latex body suits and hanging from a swing, it's safe to say a …

Alzheimer's breakthrough hailed as 'turning point'

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/health/1017000/1017804_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1534430433_48d4659c94062547194ba9136ab79455<p><b>The discovery of the first chemical to prevent the death of brain tissue in a neurodegenerative disease has been hailed as the "turning point" in the</b> …

Drug restores cells that are missing in MS patients

New cells can restore the missing insulation around nerve cells.<p>Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system destroys …

Scientists discover life after brain death

The brain may live on after what's long been considered brain death. New research from the University of Montreal finds that there's a deeper state of coma beyond what doctors have been considering to be the final line. Traditionally, when an EEG recording — a measurement of electrical activity …

Aging Well: Keeping Blood Sugar Low May Protect Memory

There's a growing body of evidence linking elevated blood sugar to memory problems.<p>For instance, earlier this year, a study published in the <i>New England Journal of Medicine</i> concluded that higher glucose may be a risk factor for dementia, even among people without type 2 diabetes.<p>So the question is, …

Scientists Can Now Genetically Modify Facial Features

This image is a CT scan of a mouse's face — but not just any mouse. Scientists at Berkeley have identified thousands of small DNA regions responsible …

Men stroked in their pants to shed light on chemistry that bonds relationships

Researchers have shed light on the chemistry that bonds one person to another by taking brain scans of men being stroked while in their underpants.<p>The Finnish study found that gentle stroking – which was not in sexually arousing areas – changed levels of opioid brain chemicals which work behind the …

What Neuroscience Says About The Link Between Creativity And Madness

New research sheds more light on the strong ties between an original mind and a troubled one.<p>The idea that very creative people are also a little crazy has been around since humanity’s earliest days. In ancient Greece, Plato noted the eccentricities of poets and playwrights, and Aristotle saw that …

Neural Basis of Emotional Decision Making in Trait Anxiety

Resting-State Glutamate and GABA Concentrations Predict Task-Induced Deactivation in the Default Mode Network

Forget Prozac, Psychobiotics Are the Future of Psychiatry

For millennia, the human race has sought to combat psychological disorders through the intervention of natural – and eventually synthetic – chemicals. Originally, the sources for these psychoactive substances were the various fruits and flowers, including the Areca tree (betel nut), the poppy …

Drug Hopes to Delay Onset of Alzheimer's Symptoms With a Monthly Shot in the Arm

Alzheimer’s disease is on the rise, even as doctors continue to struggle to find potential treatments for it. Researchers expect the number of those …

This headband promises to help you take control of your dreams

Andrew Smiley was sitting inside a huge, ornate dining hall when he began to notice the lights pulsing overhead. That’s weird, he thought. He stood up to get a better look, drawing the eyes of those around him. Suddenly, he knew what was happening, and what to do next: he bolted, diving through a …