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Neurological diseases share common blood-brain barrier defects Although stroke, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and traumatic brain injury each affect the central nervous system differently, a new study finds that they share common defects in the blood-brain barrier that can be traced to a single set of genes. The findings could yield new approaches for treating brain diseases.
Parents rarely spot child obesity Doctors warn that parental lack of recognition to spot a child's obesity has damaging consequences.
Profiling the distracted driver: Young, female and solo Researchers say lone drivers are more likely to be talking on the phone than drivers carrying passengers, and women are more likely to be texting than men.
Should pilots be outed for their psychological problems? Stigma can make pilots fear job loss and thus hide diagnoses and not seek treatment.
Fat Check: Med Control Part II The weekend did not pan out as I had planned, and my “new” diet pretty much blew up in my face. Like my usual manic self, I over did my expectations and made too many goals (3) that were too extreme to manage in my life right now. And all...
Want To Be More Resilient? Add Some Play       According to Jeff Mogil, at McGill University, when people experience pain, while also witnessing their friends experiencing pain, their feelings are intensified. Interestingly, when the test is run with strangers, people’s perception of pain is the same as when they are alone.   But Mogil also notes...
Get on the Train I'm going to give you some advice your parents and teachers might not: Drop out of high school.
Adoption in the Life of Steve Jobs Steve Jobs' adoption provided an environment that helped him become the co-founder and major influence of Apple Computers, but his genetic inheritance was also crucial.
'Wikipedia' for neurons created To help scientists make sense of 'brain big data,' researchers have used data mining to create www.neuroelectro.org, a publicly available website that acts like Wikipedia, indexing physiological information about neurons. The site will help to accelerate the advance of neuroscience research by providing a centralized resource for collecting and comparing data on neuronal function.
Publication bias and 'spin' raise questions about drugs for anxiety disorders A new analysis raises serious questions about the increasingly common use of second-generation antidepressant drugs to treat anxiety disorders. It concludes that studies supporting the value of these medications for that purpose have been distorted by publication bias, outcome reporting bias and 'spin,' and suggests that their effectiveness has been exaggerated.
Electroconvulsive therapy changes key areas of the human brain that play a role in memory, emotion Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), sometimes referred to as shock treatment, changes certain areas of the brain that play a role in how people feel, learn and respond to positive and negative environmental factors, concludes a first-f-its-kind study in a large cohort of patients.
Cancer-targeting mechanism under development Researchers are developing molecules that bind to more than 60 types of cancer. Several are being tested in early-stage clinical trials, including one for brain cancer. These custom-made molecules can carry either a "flag" that shines brightly in standard medical scanners or a bit of radiation to kill the targeted cancer cells.
Do You Suffer From 'Exploding Head Syndrome'? You're Not Alone. New findings indicate nearly one in five college-age students has been startled awake by an abrupt, loud noise that doesn't actually exist. Known as "exploding head syndrome," the psychological condition appears to be more common and disruptive than previously thought....
Four Mind Games To Stop Playing with Yourself     You’ll probably recognize the following mind games that all of us tend to play. What might be new for you is why these are, in fact, self-sabotaging mind games. You may also find the remedies provided to be helpful. 1.  Telling yourself that you can’t Using words like...
“I’m so OCD”: Why This Phrase is Actually Good These days it’s really common to hear mental health diagnoses used to describe really common experiences and feelings. My mind always wanders in class—I’m so ADD. I have to make my bed every morning, I’m so OCD. The Bachelor is over, I’m so depressed. I’m so bipolar when I’m PMSing....
What Would Being In A Bunker For 15 Years Really Do To Your Head? So a woman emerges from a bunker after 15 years. She's cheerful and ready to embrace life. It's the premise of the recent Netflix series The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, but what is the reality? What do years of isolation and confinement actually do to a person's brain?...
Positive Thinking: A Brief User's Guide The challenge is a seeming paradox: generate positivity and then control that same positivity. The art of smart optimism is a careful balancing act, a measure of enthusiasm and restraint--a flash of a dream with a dose of reality.
Blueberries show promise as treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder Roughly 8 percent of people in the US suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). SSRIs, such as Zoloft and Paxil, are the only currently-approved therapy, but their effectiveness is marginal. Researchers have found that blueberries could be an effective treatment.
Component of red grapes, wine could help ease depression A link between inflammation and depression, which affects approximately 148 million people in the United States, has been identified by researchers. A new study finds that resveratrol -- a natural anti-inflammatory agent found in the skin of red grapes -- can prevent inflammation as well as depression-related behaviors in rodents exposed to a social stress.
Getting to Yes with Yourself In his latest book, William Ury, one of the world's best-known experts on negotiation, shows us how we can understand and influence ourselves first, before we engage in difficult conversations and negotiations with others--thus improving our chances for a successful agreement.