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State-of-the-art integrated imaging system allows mapping of brain cells responsible for memory Scientists from Kyoto University’s Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (iCeMS) in Japan have developed an advanced imaging system to identify cells responsible for storing memory within a tiny worm. Their study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, not only offers a new way to identify molecular substrates of memory but [...]The post State-of-the-art integrated imaging system allows mapping of brain cells responsible for memory appeared first on PsyPost.
Study: Vitamin B may not reduce risk of memory loss Taking vitamin B12 and folic acid supplements may not reduce the risk of memory and thinking problems after all, according to a new study published in the November 12, 2014, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The study is one of the largest to date to test long-term [...]The post Study: Vitamin B may not reduce risk of memory loss appeared first on PsyPost.
Weight and eating habits in Parkinson’s disease Patients affected by Parkinson’s disease often show marked changes in body weight: they may gain or lose a lot of weight depending on the stage of the disease, or they may put on up to ten kilos after deep brain stimulation (a treatment to alleviate the symptoms). This situation considerably worsens the quality of life [...]The post Weight and eating habits in Parkinson’s disease appeared first on PsyPost.
LSD, de-patterning, and death: Terminally ill patients reenvision the end after psychedelic therapy After escaping from the lab in the 1960s, acid is again being evaluated by scientists. The first therapeutic study of lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) in decades has found that the mind-altering drug can help people with a life-threatening disease cope with their own death. The double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized clinical trial of twelve participants found that [...]The post LSD, de-patterning, and death: Terminally ill patients reenvision the end after psychedelic therapy appeared first on PsyPost.
My Father Is Dying Somewhere around 2004 or so—I no longer remember the exact year—my father was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. We'd been wondering why his legs had been feeling weak, and at first had thought he might have cervical spinal stenosis (a condition in which the spinal cord becomes compressed in the neck). But when the tell-tale cogwheel rigidity appeared
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Powers of Two: The Creative and Healing Energy of One autumn morning in 2005, I dropped my kids off at preschool and immediately broke down in tears. Pushing an empty double stroller down a few houses to avoid the other preschool moms, I dialed up the number of my writing (and life) mentor and dear friend, Mike Leach. I...
So a 4 Year Old Elephant Paints a Picture Here’s a video of an elephant painting an elephant.  He is 4 years old.  His name is Suda. Amazing, right? But is it?! We (“humans”) are just modern-day apes: if a monkey can paint itself (and we can), why wouldn’t an elephant?! We are a neural tribe: a neuron is...
7 Keys to Voicing Hurtless Anger How can we express anger in a way that resolves conflicts rather than making them worse? That is one of the hardest skills for humans to master. Biologically we seem programmed to be aggressive. Studies with baboons and chimpanzees reveal that that they, like us, are also prone to acts...
The “Old Lady” Signature I have taken a lot of psychiatric meds over the years and I will be the first one in line to tout their benefits. For me, they work. Not always at first. Sometimes not at all. Sometimes they just need some adjusting. But they keep me sane and functioning and...
Return to Oneness Troy Wilson Organ says: “Man is the point at which the cosmos ceases to pluralize and starts the return to Oneness.” A flattering thought but I think this process already plays out with ants and their colonies, and, maybe, dates as evolutionarily far back as metazoan/multicellular organization. In sum, each...
Snap Out of It What is the matter with you? Why can’t you just snap out of it? What good does it do you to be so negative? So depressed? So worried? Why can’t you enjoy life? You have much to be grateful for. You have much to live for. And there you are...
The Slow Art Movement: It's More than Meets the Eye Seeing, learning, and feeling—these should be the features of our art experience be it at a museum, outside, or on the web.
Four Contradictions Mentally Strong People Live By Mentally strong people seem to have it all together — as if they have life figured out before life happens. They seem to flow through things effortlessly, seldom rattled by life’s ups and downs. And when they are down, they seem to always bounce right back. Their lives seem to...
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