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Three-minute test detects common form of dementia that’s hard to diagnose Although Lewy Body disease (LBD) is the second-most-common degenerative disease after Alzheimer’s disease, it’s not exactly a household name. It affects more than 1.3 million Americans, is poorly recognized, and diagnosis is often significantly delayed. Patients with LBD simultaneously experience losses in cognitive function, mobility and behavior. The late Robin Williams had this form of [...]
Use of benzodiazepines and related drugs common around Alzheimer’s diagnosis Benzodiazepines and related drugs are initiated frequently in persons with Alzheimer’s disease already before the diagnosis, and their use becomes even more common after the diagnosis, shows a recent study from the University of Eastern Finland. Benzodiazepines and related drugs are used as a sleep medication and for anxiolytic purposes. These drugs were initiated more [...]
Researchers solve longtime puzzle about how we learn More than a century ago, Pavlov figured out that dogs fed after hearing a bell eventually began to salivate when they heard the ring. A Johns Hopkins University-led research team has now figured out a key aspect of why. In the current issue of the journal Neuron, neuroscientist Alfredo Kirkwood settles a long-running debate in [...]
Wives take problems to heart, husbands get frustrated Husbands and wives married for a long time don’t look at marital problems in the same way. When a marriage has troubles, women worry. They become sad. They get frustrated. For men, it’s sheer frustration and not much more. In a new Rutgers and University of Michigan study, published in the Journal of Gerontology: Social [...]
Study finds how Alzheimer’s-associated protein tangles spread through the brain Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators have discovered a mechanism behind the spread of neurofibrillary tangles – one of the two hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease – through the brains of affected individuals. In a report that has been released online in the journal Nature Communications, the research team describes finding that a particular version of the [...]
Study shows angry men gain influence and angry women lose influence Anyone who knows the history of the jury trial or has seen “12 Angry Men” is aware that U.S. juries were originally exclusively white and male. There have been many efforts toward making juries more diverse and representative of the population. Now that we have more women and racial minorities represented on juries the question [...]
Study of inner ear development hints at way to restore hearing and balance Loud noise, trauma, infections, plain old aging–many things can destroy hair cells, the delicate sensors of balance and sound within the inner ear. And once these sensors are gone, that’s it; the delicate hair cells don’t grow back in humans, leading to hearing loss and problems with balance. But scientists hope to find a way [...]
Mindful Parenting in a Cyclone Birds that survive cyclones fly right into the heart of it. The energy of it lifts them above the turmoil. My teacher at meditation class recently was talking about our human tendency to get caught up in a cyclone of thought, of suffering and of … ...
Survival Guide For Highly Sensitive, Introverted & Shy Writers... Some traits writers (and most creative individuals) seem to share are; introversion, shyness, a tendency toward solitude, a studious nature, a strong goal orientation, ability to empathize, an intuitive thought … ...
'Love hormone' helps produce 'bliss molecules' to boost pleasure of social interactions The hormone oxytocin, which has been associated with interpersonal bonding, may enhance the pleasure of social interactions by stimulating production of marijuana-like neurotransmitters in the brain, according to a new study. The research provides the first link between oxytocin -- dubbed the 'love hormone' -- and anandamide, which has been called the 'bliss molecule' for its role in activating cannabinoid receptors in brain cells to heighten motivation and happiness.
Sheet music for creating the artificial sense of touch A new study led by neuroscientists brings us one step closer to building prosthetic limbs for humans that re-create a sense of touch through a direct interface with the brain.
Neurological notes found that help identify how we process music Researchers have identified how brain rhythms are used to process music, a finding that also shows how our perception of notes and melodies can be used as a method to better understand the auditory system.
Discovery could lead to better recovery after stroke Researchers have identified a molecule that, after a stroke, signals brain tissue to form new connections to compensate for the damage and initiate repairs to the brain.
Why Halloween Can Bring Out The Best In Us Halloween is all about trusting those you don’t know well, whether you are knocking on their doors or opening your own to them. How remarkable in today's world.
Ethan Embry Battled Addiction, Depression to Make Comeback... In his youth, Ethan Embry (also known as Ethan Randall), grew from a talented child actor into a teen heartthrob. In films such as Dutch (his debut), Empire Records and … ...
Play as Antidote to Depression and Anxiety? Yes, Really! A recent party invitation sparks interest in researching the tremendous benefit of spontaneous and unstructured play in treating human ills.
The Common Happiness Trap: How to Avoid This Pitfall... It’s like a thief  – and it only steals the most precious things in your life. It’s able to distort your reality and trick you into eternal misery… This may sound like some … ...
How Alzheimer's-associated protein tangles spread through brain Investigators have discovered a mechanism behind the spread of neurofibrillary tangles -- one of the two hallmarks of Alzheimer's disease -- through the brains of affected individuals.
Discovering Your Next Creative Endeavor I think what we create (or want to create) can give us a glimpse into who we are. Into what we want to explore further and further. Into what we … ...
Climate change poses major health threat to children A leading group of pediatricians warns that climate change poses a rising global public health and safety threat, especially for children.