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Which neuron is more mature? Single cell transcriptome knows The human brain is extremely complex, containing billions of neurons forming trillions of synapses where thoughts, behavior and emotion arise. However, when an individual is performing a particular task, not many but only a few neural circuits are in action. The enormous cellular heterogeneity of the brain structure has made dissections of the molecular basis for neural circuitry function particularly challenging.
New imaging technique may give physicians clearer picture of stroke damage Ischemic strokes account for nearly 90 percent of all strokes. They occur when a blocked artery prevents blood from getting to the brain and usually result in long-term disability or death. Now, a team of researchers has developed a new, real-time method of imaging molecular events after strokes -- a finding that may lead to improved care for patients.
Games for rehabilitation of children with cerebral palsy Researchers have created a platform made up of diverse games that will allow children with neurological disorders to rehabilitate orofacial disorders.
Decrypting a collagen's role in schizophrenia A small peptide generated from a collagen protein may protect the brain from schizophrenia by promoting the formation of neuronal synapses, according to a new paper. Scientists suggest that these new findings may lead to new approaches to treating the mental disorder.
Genetic cause of neurological disease identified Using the genetic information of two different families with three generations of disease, researchers have identified a new mutation responsible for a degenerative and ultimately fatal movement disorder. Through induced pluripotent stem cell techniques, researchers also grew neurons from one patient in the laboratory to be used in future experiments.
Today I Love This Soggy Wet Day Today I love this soggy, wet day with its sudden cloud bursts and cool damp air. Here is Spring as a working woman, doing the hard and dirty parts of … ...
Confidence and Practice: Natural Stimulants for ADHD Over the past few months I have began a new job as an educational outreach program coordinator. Working from home has been a challenge due to ADHD, three kids and … ...
Perceiving in motion: How the brain infers causal structure for visual awareness Our brain must deal with a lot of uncertainty. Incoming sensory information is noisy and incomplete; our environment is continuously changing and unpredictable. Researchers now show that the brain creates a coherent story by considering multiple probabilities about the state of the body and the environment.
The Paranoid Partner When there is more than suspicion in a relationship—the dangers of the paranoid personality in a relationship
How Postpartum Depression is Different from Baby Blues Today, even though we’ve made much progress, postpartum depression (PPD) still gets confused with baby blues. It still gets minimized and dismissed. Oh, don’t worry. Being sad and sobbing are totally normal. So is feeling frustrated. You just gave birth, after all. You just need … ...
Nine types of Drugs That Can Lead to Depression     Two weeks before Andreas Lubitz, 27, deliberately steered the Airbus 320 into a mountainside, a doctor recommended psychiatric hospitalization. Because of Germany’s strict privacy laws, the physician never … ...
ADHD Summed Up In 9 Points On Saturday morning I was sitting in a café chatting with my usual Saturday morning crowd. I haven’t been hanging out with these folks forever. And the group is large … ...
Padma Lakshmi Owns Her History, Reveals Paternity Confusion... Padma Lakshmi has long been considered one of the most beautiful women in the world. In addition to being blessed with incredibly good looks, she’s shown how smart, strong and … ...
Self-Justification in Politics and Life–More Dangerous Than Lying... In this political climate, there is probably no line that better captures the sense of foreboding that most people are feeling than the title of Carol Travis and Elliott Aronson’s … ...
When Our Partners Embarrass Themselves, They Embarrass Us Have you ever felt embarrassed by your romantic partner? If so, it turns out you’re not alone. New studies have uncovered what researchers call the “vicarious spotlight effect."
Psychological Androgyny and Creative People “A writer should be woman-manly or man-womanly…” Virgina Woolf Creativity researcher Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi explains that psychological androgyny refers to “a person’s ability to be at the same time aggressive and … ...
This is What Creativity Is All About This week I came across the new children’s book Cry, Heart, But Never Break on one of my favorite blogs, Brain Pickings, written by Maria Popova. (Here’s her piece.) The book … ...
Nancy Reagan and Posthumous Idealization and Misremembering Nancy Reagan was a complicated personality unworthy of lionizing, just as none of us should be idealized upon our deaths. What do estrangements from her children indicate?
What is Codependency?   You water down your Mom’s drink when she’s not looking. You get out of bed at 2 AM to pick your ex-boyfriend up from the bar and drive him home. … ...
Top 10 Secrets of the Happiest People You can tell just by their lifestyle choices. Happiness is meant to be shared, but sometimes the happiest people are too busy living to tell the rest of the world how they got there. Talking about how great life is can also quickly go past … ...