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Extra Virgin Olive Oil Protects Brain Tissue Against Alzheimer's In New Study

This has been a fantastic month for olive oil. A recent study showed that it stops brain cancer tumors in lab tests, and now a new study shows that it protects brain tissue from the toxic substances thought to cause Alzheimer’s disease.<p>The experiment used a well-verified Alzheimer’s mouse model to …

Neuroscience

WATCH: Can the mind heal the body? Tackling chronic pain outside the medical establishment

Documentary "All the Rage" investigates the mind-body connection through the controversial career of Dr. John Sarno<p>Directors Michael Galinsky and Suki Hawley have released “All The Rage,” a film that discusses the theories of Dr. John E. Sarno — that emotions can cause physical pain and the mind is …

Pain

Genes, Ions, and Other New Frontiers in Psychiatry

Source: Wikimedia CommonsBack in 2008, the National Institute of Mental Health said, in a nutshell, to heck with the old-fashioned DSM, we want to …

Mental Disorders

Patients Are Experimenting With Ketamine to Treat Depression

Sean Spencer was ready to give up. For two years, since suffering a major panic attack, the entrepreneur had been living under a cloud of depression. …

Neuroscientists figure out how to wipe individual memories from the brain — of a snail

Why it matters to you<p>Research on selectively wiping snails' memories could make it possible to develop drugs that can delete traumatic memories, …

The Brain

It's important to remember that forgetting is important

If files on your computer suddenly vanished after a while, you'd be in line for a new one pretty quickly – and yet, that's basically what our brains …

The Effect of High Antioxidant Cacao on Behaviors in Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder - Full Text View

Primary Outcome Measures:<p>Aberrant Behavior Checklist [ Time Frame: Change between baseline and end of week 2. ]<p>This is a valid and reliable tool that …

Forget 3D or 4D. Your Brain Processes Information in Up to 11 Different Dimensions

Thanks to some fancy math, we literally can see the patterns in our thinking.<p>Experts have been comparing the brain to computers for years, but how the brain encodes information and makes decisions is still a huge mystery. But neuroscientists are getting incredibly close to having a literal picture …

The Brain

Drug shows promise against vision-robbing disease in seniors

WASHINGTON (AP) — An experimental drug is showing promise against an untreatable eye disease that blinds older adults — and intriguingly, it seems to work in patients who carry a particular gene flaw that fuels the damage to their vision.<p>Age-related macular degeneration, or AMD, is the leading …

Medicine

Hints of some steps that may boost brain health in old age

WASHINGTON (AP) — Are you seeking steps to keep your brain healthy in old age?<p>There are no proven ways to stave off mental decline or dementia, but a new report says there are hints that exercise, controlling blood pressure and some forms of brain training might offer help.<p>Without proof, the …

The Brain

OCD linked to inflammation in the brain

<i>A common symptom of OCD is an obsession with cleanliness.</i><p>Obsessive-compulsive disorder is an intrusive condition that remains difficult to treat. …

Neuroscience

The life-changing magic of getting a person to change their mind—even yourself

How do we get others to change their minds? That is the question many of us are asking in this polarizing social and political climate, where the gulf between some people’s beliefs appears almost insurmountable. But there is a way, based in the academic field of adult learning, that has helped …

Cognitive Science

Here's Einstein's Advice to His Son on How to Accelerate Learning

The genius offered simple, enjoyable advice to his young son on how to learn more quickly.<p>Geniuses might be distinguished by their ability to grasp incredible complexity, but that doesn't mean if you somehow managed to corner one the greatest minds in history for a chat you'd be perplexed by what …

Albert Einstein

A Confused Immune System Could Be Behind Parkinson's Disease

Evidence is mounting.<p>Researchers have found solid evidence in support of a century old hypothesis claiming the body's own immune system plays a …

Neuroscience

Forgetting Can Make You Smarter

<i>Summary: Researchers say the goal of memory is not to transmit the most accurate information over time, but to optimize intelligent decision making</i> …

Neuroscience

Serotonin Improves Sociability in Autism: Mouse Study

Researchers link early serotonin deficiency to several symptoms associated with autism spectrum disorder.The post Serotonin Improves Sociability in …

Neuroscience

Henry Markram Talks Brain Simulation

The preliminary work for simulating the human brain is already under way 3. Engineering Cognition <b>Artificial intelligence is progressing</b> rapidly, and …

Artificial Intelligence

The Brain Mechanism Behind Multitasking

<i>Summary: Reactivating a learned memory is key to our ability to multitask, researchers report.</i><p>Source: AFTAU.<p><b>The brief reactivation of a learned</b> …

Neuroscience

The key messages from the book Bill Gates called 'the most inspiring book I've ever read'

<i>AmazonThis post is part of Blinkist's books-in-blinks series.</i><p><i>The series provides key messages from books that you might not have time to read in their entirety.</i><p><i>Here are the key messages from The Better Angels of Our Nature:Why Violence Has Declined</i> <i>by Steven Pinker.</i><p><i>Earlier this year,</i> <i>Bill Gates</i> …

Bill Gates

Aphasia Definitions - National Aphasia Association

This is the most severe form of aphasia, and is applied to patients who can produce few recognizable words and understand little or no spoken …

Wernicke's Aphasia - National Aphasia Association

In this form of aphasia the ability to grasp the meaning of spoken words and sentences is impaired, while the ease of producing connected speech is …

Plant Reveals Anti-Alzheimer’s Compounds

Researchers have identified several active compounds from Drynaria Rhizome that appear to be able to improve memory and reduce disease …

Neuroscience

The brain may learn by building 11-dimensional "sandcastles"

We're all familiar with four dimensions – height, width, depth and time – but according to theoretical physics, the universe could be composed of as …

Are you forgetful? That's just your brain erasing useless memories

The purpose of memory might not be to record everything<p>Most of us think “perfect” memory means never forgetting, but maybe forgetting actually helps us navigate a world that is random and ever-changing.<p>So say two neuroscientists in a review published today in the journal <i>Neuron</i>. The argument is that …

The Brain

For Those With Autism, Eye Contact Isn't Just Weird, It's Distressing

"It burns."<p>For many people with autism, avoiding eye contact isn't a sign that they don't care – instead, it's a response to a deeply uncomfortable …

Neuroscience Tells Us How to Hack Our Brains for Success

Tricks like visualization and writing down your goals have a strong basis in science.<p>What’s the secret to success? Some would argue that insanely successful people possess traits like having a vision, showing gratitude, being honest, learning from failure and having a high emotional …

The Brain

Genetic Gains and Losses in Tourette Discovered

<i>Summary: Researchers discover structural changes in two genes that increase the risk for Tourette syndrome.</i><p>Source: NIH/NINDS.<p><b>Researchers have</b> …

Neuroscience

Extra virgin olive oil staves off Alzheimer's, preserves memory, new study shows

Temple University research shows extra-virgin olive oil protects against memory loss, preserves the ability to learn and reduces conditions associated with Alzheimer's disease.<p>Researchers at the college's Lewis Katz School of Medicine found mice with EVOO-enriched diets had better memories and …

Extra-Virgin Olive Oil

When Lovers Touch, Their Breathing and Heartbeat Syncs While Pain Wanes

<i>Summary: Study explores how interpersonal synchronization could help to decrease pain.</i><p>Source: University of Colorado at Boulder.<p><b>Fathers-to-be, take</b> …

Neuroscience