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Simple clinical tests help differentiate Parkinson’s disease from atypical parkinsonism Two simple tests conducted during the neurological exam can help clinicians differentiate between early-stage Parkinson’s disease (PD) and atypical parkinsonism. By asking patients to perform a tandem gait test and inquiring whether they are still able to ride a bicycle, clinicians can ascertain whether medio-lateral balance is impaired, a defining characteristic of atypical parkinsonism. These [...]The post Simple clinical tests help differentiate Parkinson’s disease from atypical parkinsonism appeared first on PsyPost.
Finding 'lost' languages in the brain: Far-reaching implications for unconscious role of infant experiences An infant's mother tongue creates neural patterns that the unconscious brain retains years later even if the child totally stops using the language, as can happen in cases of international adoption, according to a new joint study. The study offers the first neural evidence that traces of the "lost" language remain in the brain.
Three Things You Should Not Do If You Want Raising kids is hard enough. And given the multitude of things kids are exposed to, just trying to keep them out of harm’s way is tough enough, yet trying to provide the types of experiences that lead to resilient, strong, hard working, and kind individuals can feel like an insurmountable...
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The Family of Schizophrenia This article examines devastion that emerges within the family constellation as a conquence of the schizophrenic diagnosis of one of its family members. It should be noted that the newly diagnosed will experience raging fear and grief as a result of this diagnosis. Both the family and the schizophrenic may view each other as unrecognizable, and this reflects extreme loss.
5 Ways to Reclaim your Dormant Positive Emotions If you believe that negative emotions are the only ones people avoid, consider the following. A psychological study recently confirmed that depression is not caused by the simple presence of a negative state of mind. There is another huge, overlooked factor. That factor is the avoidance of positive emotions that...
5 Important Reminders to Help You Grow Into The “Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with the big dreams is more powerful than the one with all the facts.” – Albert Einstein Whether personal growth is an important value to your or not, it isn’t always easy. In fact, personal growth is pretty...
Single? Here Are 9 Ways to Enrich Your Own Life! Just because you choose to live a single life doesn’t mean you have to feel alone! There are a lot of reasons to remain single these days, and many women are happy to do so. Unfortunately, other people often view single women with pity or misunderstanding. They think single women...
Need Help Restoring Your Faith in Humanity? Unkind words, rude people, inconsideration or just feeling burned out are just a few of the many, many things that can make us feel like the work is a callous, uncaring place.  But it’s not!  Not always, anyway.  Sometimes we need a reminder that there are people who are champions...
Rapid response for inflammation control in songbirds' brains could lead to therapies in humans A biological process in the brains of zebra finches shows that the songbirds respond quickly to trauma and are capable of controlling the natural inflammation that occurs to protect the brain from injury.
New insights link Fragile X Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorders Fragile X syndrome (FXS) is the most common cause of inherited intellectual disability (ID), as well as the most frequent monogenic cause of autism spectrum disorders (ASD). FXS is caused by the absence or incorrect production of the protein FMRP. Scientists have now pinpointed a novel role that FMRP plays during the embryonic development of the brain cortex.
Behavioral flexibility impaired after exposure to oxycodone Brief usage of the painkiller oxycodone may impair behavioral flexibility even after that use ends, suggesting impaired decision-making as an enduring consequence of exposure, according to a study.
Parents Cut Off by Adult Children: Clueless? A recent spat of letters to advice columnists were written by parents who have been cut off by their adult children, and who complain that they have done little or nothing to deserve having been treated in such a manner. Once the full story about the estrangement starts to come out, however, it usually becomes apparent that they really do know better.
Gems of Wisdom for Life on Earth, Part 2 If there were a few kernels of wisdom you think a parent should pass on to his kid, what would they be? Here is my original list of ten gems of wisdom for my young son, but I think they apply to you and me, as well. Let me know if I've missed something.
Who is Responsible for Your Teenager's Behavior? Yes, a teenager is responsible for his actions. But he is still learning, and learns from taking responsibility. He still needs his parents’ vigilance, guidance, boundaries and love, so that he does not go too far astray, as well as being well-enough raised from the very beginning. So in that sense we have responsibility too.
Readying the neural network: Brain discovery opens more questions on role of cell death Researchers illuminate a new purpose for a receptor known to trigger cell death. For years, neuroscientists thought only the synapse could contain receptors, the neurotransmitter catching-mitts on neurons. But when they applied a neurotransmitter called NMDA to the area around the synapse they realized that they could trigger different responses.
Where will big neuroscience take us? The U.S., Europe and Asia have launched big brain research projects. What impact will they have? Scientists integral to three projects share their insights ahead of a special session hosted by the Society for Neuroscience.
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New type of neuron that plays key role in nicotine addiction found The brain’s reward and stress systems are actually linked, scientists have discovered. Their findings show that in the core of the brain’s reward system specific neurons are active both with use of and withdrawal from nicotine.
Sometimes The Best Way To Change People's Minds Is Outright Tyranny You don't always have to be a subtly master manipulator in order to change people's minds and make them your obedient puppets. Sometimes, brute force can be just as persuasive in making people change their own minds for you....