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New technique captures the activity of an entire brain in a snapshot When it comes to measuring brain activity, scientists have tools that can take a precise look at a small slice of the brain (less than one cubic millimeter), or a blurred look at a larger area. Now, researchers at Rockefeller University have described a new technique that combines the best of both worlds–it captures a [...]
For millions on long-term opioid medications, change will be a challenge A team of researchers at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and the VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System recently surveyed patients to understand barriers to reducing the use of opioids to manage chronic pain. The results of those interviews are published in the current issue of the journal Pain Medicine. Millions of Americans [...]
Coping with active surveillance anxiety in prostate cancer Men with prostate cancer who are under medical surveillance reported significantly greater resilience and less anxiety after receiving an intervention of mindfulness meditation, a study found. The anxiety and uncertainty that men who choose active surveillance experience when diagnosed with prostate cancer causes one in four to receive definitive therapies within one to three years, even when there is no sign of tumor progression.
How the brain makes, and breaks, a habit Not all habits are bad. Some are even necessary. But inability to switch from acting habitually to acting in a deliberate way can underlie addiction and obsessive compulsive disorders. Working with a mouse model, an international team of researchers demonstrates what happens in the brain for habits to control behavior.
Fasting-like diet reduces multiple sclerosis symptoms Evidence is mounting that a diet mimicking the effects of fasting has health benefits beyond weight loss, with a new USC-led study indicating that it may reduce symptoms of multiple sclerosis. Scientists discovered that the diet triggers a death-and-life process for cells that appears critical for the body’s repair. “During the fasting-mimicking diet, cortisone is [...]
Neuroscience study identifies how endocannabinoids make and break habits in the brain Not all habits are bad. Some are even necessary. It’s a good thing, for example, that we can find our way home on “autopilot” or wash our hands without having to ponder every step. But inability to switch from acting habitually to acting in a deliberate way can underlie addiction and obsessive compulsive disorders. Working [...]
Why everyone wants to help the sick — but not the unemployed New research from Aarhus BSS at Aarhus University explains why healthcare costs are running out of control, while costs to unemployment protection are kept in line. The answer is found deep in our psychology, where powerful intuitions lead us to view illness as the result of bad luck and worthy of help. Illness and unemployment [...]
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Bipolar Disorder and Pregnancy (Part 1 of 2) Today, I am publishing the first of a two-part interview with Dr. Amanda Itzkoff, MD, about bipolar disorder and pregnancy. I am often asked about this subject and, since I … ...
Early-life stress causes digestive problems and anxiety in rats Traumatic events early in life can increase levels of norepinephrine -- the primary hormone responsible for preparing the body to react to stressful situations -- in the gut, increasing the risk of developing chronic indigestion and anxiety during adulthood, a new study reports.
Mimicking deep sleep brain activity improves memory It is not surprising that a good night's sleep improves our ability to remember what we learned during the day. Now, researchers have discovered a brain circuit that governs how certain memories are consolidated in the brain during sleep. The study shows how experimentally manipulating the identified neural connection during non-REM sleep (deep sleep) can prevent or enhance memory retention in mice.
How To Find Love Many of us look for love in the wrong place. It’s the primary reason why we keep having failed relationships. There is a way of getting the love we want, … ...
New technique captures activity of an entire brain in a snapshot With a new imaging tool, scientists are able to measure the activity of all the neurons in a mouse brain with unmatched precision. The method is widely applicable for studying how the brain functions both under normal conditions and in disease.
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Difficult decisions involving perception increase activity in brain's insular cortex, study finds As the difficulty of making a decision based on sensory evidence increases, activity in the brain's insular cortex also increases, according to researchers.