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Birth control pills won’t kill your sexual desire, research finds Taking the pill doesn’t lower your sexual desire, contrary to popular belief, according to research published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine. The authors of the research, from the University of Kentucky and Indiana University in the US, say the evidence explaining what affects women’s sexual desire is mixed and more research is needed. Contraceptives [...]
Researchers make autism breakthrough: One protein’s sweeping influence revealed As many as a third of autism cases could be explained by a scarcity of a single protein in the brain, Toronto scientists have revealed. The findings provide a unique opportunity to develop treatments for a disorder that is rooted in a motley crew of genetic faults. Researchers induced autistic-like behaviour in mice by lowering [...]
Analyzing brain patterns may help scientists increase people’s confidence, reduce fear A new technique of analyzing brain patterns appears to help people overcome fear and build self-confidence. The approach, developed by a UCLA-led team of neuroscientists, is described in two new papers, published in the journals Nature Communications and Nature Human Behaviour. Their method could have implications for treating people with depression, dementia and anxiety disorders, [...]
Social media shots affect body image because we only show our best side Many modern celebrities are known for being excessive sharers on social media. For instance, the Kardashians are notorious for posting daily glamorous and often lingerie clad images on Instagram that attract several million likes. But it’s not just images of attractive celebrities that flood social media. Friends, acquaintances and strangers post images of themselves too, [...]
Research locates absence epilepsy seizure ‘choke point’ in brain A particular structure in the brain is a “choke point” for a type of epileptic seizure that affects mostly children, Stanford University School of Medicine investigators have found. The researchers used an advanced technology called optogenetics to show, in rodent models of one of the most common forms of childhood epilepsy, that inducing synchronized, rhythmic [...]
The science of why sex gets better in older age Aging is generally associated with improvements in our quality of life: We become more proficient in our work, learn how to manage our finances better and our bonds with loved ones deepen. With time and practice, most of the core domains of our lives improve as we develop skills and strategies to manage our lives [...]
Timing may be key to understanding cognitive problems in Parkinson’s disease When a cheetah chases a gazelle, it’s not raw speed that predicts the outcome of the contest. Instead, it’s the animal that times its movements better that has the advantage. That ability to consciously guide movements over a timeframe of a few seconds is a simple but universal thinking skill in mammals. It also is [...]
How brain tissue recovers after injury A research team led by Associate Professor Mitsuharu ENDO and Professor Yasuhiro MINAMI (both from the Department of Physiology and Cell Biology, Graduate School of Medicine, Kobe University) has pinpointed the mechanism underlying astrocyte-mediated restoration of brain tissue after an injury. This could lead to new treatments that encourage regeneration by limiting damage to neurons [...]
People’s energy in the workplace is key to staff retention A research study has found that people’s energy towards colleagues has a major influence on how likely they are to leave their job voluntarily. The in-depth study was undertaken with IT workers over a four-year period by academics at the Grenoble Ecole de Management (France) and the Surrey Business School at University of Surrey. Retaining [...]
Mind-controlled toys: The next generation of Christmas presents? The next generation of toys could be controlled by the power of the mind, thanks to research by the University of Warwick. Led by Professor Christopher James, Director of Warwick Engineering in Biomedicine at the School of Engineering, technology has been developed which allows electronic devices to be activated using electrical impulses from brain waves, [...]
Neurons anticipate body’s response to food and water Using leading-edge technology, neuroscientists at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) gained new insight into the brain circuitry that regulates water and food intake. In a new study, the team of researchers monitored the activity of the neurons that secrete a hormone in response to ingesting food and water. In their paper, published online today [...]
This is what mental illness feels like One of the best ways to cope with mental illness is to express it creatively. Some people do this by crafting, colouring, drawing or knitting. To cope with her anxiety, illustrator (and self-proclaimed lover of pugs) Gemma Correll draws. From witty drawings of what it means to be in a relationship, to expressions of what […]
Productive Fidgets: 8 Ways to Deal with Anxiety and... As a person with active and severe mental illness, for six months I worked with a service animal. When I weaned off of his care, I transitioned to things that would keep my hands busy, things that would keep me from absentmindedly scratching myself or … ...
"I'm Right and You're Wrong About Everything" Infallibility battles: The absurd battles that can make any of us act like know-it-alls, right about everything having proven our opponent wrong about everything.
Research locates absence epilepsy seizure 'choke point' in brain Researchers used a rodent model to discover that shifting the firing pattern of a particular set of brain cells is all it takes to initiate, or to terminate, an absence seizure.
Timing may be key to understanding cognitive problems in Parkinson's disease People with Parkinson's disease (PD) and mice that lack dopamine both are missing a critical brain wave needed for timing actions -- a cognitive process that's consistently impaired in patients with PD, new research shows. Brain stimulation at the same frequency as the missing brain wave restores timing ability in mice lacking dopamine, suggesting that it might be possible to use brain stimulation to improve cognitive problems in PD.
Alzheimer's: Proteomics gives clues toward alternatives to amyloid In Alzheimer's research, one particular protein looms large: plaque-forming amyloid-beta. Yet plaques can accumulate decades before symptoms appear, and clinical trials aimed at controlling amyloid-beta have mostly flopped so far. Scientists are using proteomics to look for alternative mechanisms and treatment strategies.
You Have Permission to Say “No” All Holiday Season You don’t really need my permission to say “no” to any of the things that add stress or decrease happiness, but I’m going to give it to you just in … ...
Why Men and Women Miscommunicate at Work The next time you're sitting in a boring meeting, look out for these characteristics of men-talk and women-talk.
How To Limit Rumination With Bipolar Disorder Introduction Ruminating with Bipolar Disorder can be a powerful cycle that can cause a lot of stress and anxiety to individuals with Bipolar Disorder.  This article will provide readers with … ...