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Scientists in Singapore grow functioning 'mini' midbrain tissue

SINGAPORE — Scientists in Singapore claim to have successfully grown functioning midbrain tissue — a feat that may bring researchers a step closer to finding a cure for brain diseases like Parkinson's disease.<p>The group of researchers from the A*Star Genome Institute of Singapore, the Duke-NUS …

Medicine

​I Spent Seven Years in Gay Conversion Therapy Programs Before Breaking Free

​As the GOP seems to promote a renounced practice, one man speaks up.​​<p>It began his junior year at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah: Michael Ferguson wanted desperately to rid himself of the sexual feelings he had toward men. His Mormon faith and his loving family would never understand. So …

Psychology

Neuroscience Finds 1 Thing That Improves Your Ability to Read People

People who do this have a better ability to perceive what those around them are thinking or feeling.<p>Design thinking is on the rise. This human-centered approach to solving problems, designing products, and innovating is all about empathizing with users. Design thinking leads with a deeper …

Life Sciences

Scientists could have discovered a breakthrough Alzheimer’s drug

A new drug appears to have slowed the deterioration of the brain caused by Alzheimer’s disease for the first time, offering what one expert said were …

Science

What Your Brain Looks Like When It Solves a Math Problem

Solving a hairy math problem might send a shudder of exultation along your spinal cord. But scientists have historically struggled to deconstruct the exact mental alchemy that occurs when the brain successfully leaps the gap from “Say what?” to “Aha!”<p>Now, using an innovative combination of …

Mathematics

Indicators of Parkinson’s Found in Unexpected Places

<i>Summary: Genetic changes associated with Parkinson’s disease have been found in liver, fat, immune and developmental cells, a new study …

Science

Adult Autism/Asperger Syndrome Assessment in Females

<b>Adult Autism Assessment in Females</b>Updated 14/07/2015 <br>Autism spectrum conditions, including Asperger’s syndrome, are challenging to identify in …

Scientific Research

All the ways psychological prejudices help Trump but hurt Hillary

It would be nice to think that voters elect their representatives based on careful consideration of candidates’ policy proposals, qualifications and prior voting records. But the truth is that we often choose who to vote for based on immeasurable personal qualities like authenticity and charisma. …

Elections

Common brain changes found in children with autism, ADHD and OCD: MRI study shows shared brain biology is linked to symptoms that occur across different conditions

The study, published this month in the <i>American Journal of Psychiatry</i>, involved brain imaging of white matter in 200 children with autism, ADHD, OCD …

Autism

Resveratrol May Restore Integrity of Blood-Brain Barrier in Alzheimer’s

<i>Summary: Researchers report resveratrol, a naturally occurring compound found in red wine and dark chocolate, appears to improve the integrity of the</i> …

Life Sciences

Alzheimer's breakthrough as new pill taken twice a day STOPS disease from shrinking brain

The drug, known as LMTX or LMTM, showed remarkable effects on patients over an 18-month period<p>Alzheimer's could be stopped for the first time after a …

Alzheimer's Disease

How White, Pink, and Brown Noise Help You Sleep and Focus

You might find it hard to focus when it’s too quiet. As this video from SciShow explains, that’s because when it’s quiet, a single sound is …

Cool

This Instagram account fully understands what it’s like to have a mental illness

This Instagram account fully understands what it’s like to have a mental illness As someone who suffers from a depression and anxiety, it’s …

Mental Health

If "Facilitated Communication" Is a Canard, Why Teach It?

This past April 2, on World Autism Awareness Day, Apple released a heartstrings-tugging commercial depicting an autistic boy typing, in part with the …

Autism

Trump versus Clinton: Worlds Apart on Science

Science is slowly coming into focus in the US presidential campaign. Although neither Republican Donald Trump nor Democrat Hillary Clinton has …

Elections

Millions Of Adult Women Have ADHD. So Why Does It Feel So Lonely?

It's not just a childhood condition.<p>Life as a 31-year-old with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) presents certain challenges for Erin Soto, a stay-at-home mom with 7- and 9-year-old boys. She was diagnosed as a teenager and prescribed medication, but it made her feel like a “zombie.” …

Women's News

The eyes are the window into the brain

Our eyes are constantly moving, whether we notice or not. They jump from one focus point to another and even when we seem to be focused on one point, …

The Brain

Smell Test Could Identify Alzheimer’s

"Passing the smell test" may not just be a casual idiom anymore. New research suggests that the decreased ability to identify certain odors may …

The Brain

How to use writing to overcome anxiety, tragedy, or heartache

"You don't remember me, but I was in your experiment a year ago. I just wanted to thank you. It changed my life."<p>James Pennebaker has had a number of …

Writing

There’s a scientific reason that being a woman isn’t Hillary Clinton’s trump card in the election

At a recent rally on Roosevelt Island in New York City, Hillary Clinton remarked that she wanted the United States to be a place “where a father can tell his daughter yes, you can be anything you want to be, even president of the United States.”<p>According to some polls, parents can already tell …

Elections

5 of Albert Einstein’s thought experiments that revolutionized science

Albert Einstein, one of the greatest minds of the 20th century, forever changed the landscape of science by introducing revolutionary concepts that shook our understanding of the physical world.<p>One of Einstein's most defining qualities was his remarkable ability to conceptualize complex scientific …

Space Science

4 Ways to Hack Your Brain Chemicals to Become More Productive

You might not have a money tree, but you can have the next best thing: a happiness tree. Happy people are more motivated and productive. Dopamine, Serotonin, Oxytocin and Endorphins are the quartet responsible for your happiness. Many situations can trigger these neurotransmitters, but instead of …

The Brain

Common brain changes found in children with autism, ADHD and OCD

TORONTO, July 27, 2016 – A team of Toronto scientists has found similarities in brain impairments in children with autism spectrum disorder, …

The Brain

Do Popular Heartburn Meds Really Cause Dementia?

THE CLAIM<p>Routine use of proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs)—drugs such as Nexium and Prilosec, used to treat heartburn, gastroesophageal reflux disease or …

Science

Introverts Are Born To Connect More Deeply With Others, Here’s Why

<i>“Extroverts sparkle, introverts glow. If you appreciate your own quiet glow, other people will see it too.”</i> – Sophia DemblingIntroverted people are …

Psychology

The Human Connectome Project zeroes in on the firmware of the brain

Is the mind an emergent property of the brain, or is it something… else? Cartesian dualism is a polarizing topic, but like many other ideas that we …

Humanity

The brain's super-sensitivity to curbs

Humans rely on boundaries like walls and curbs for navigation, and Johns Hopkins University researchers have pinpointed the areas of the brain most …

The Brain

How You Argue Could Make You Sick

If you rage with frustration during a marital spat, watch your blood pressure. If you keep a stiff upper lip, watch your back.<p>New research from UC …

Emotions