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New brain stimulation target identified for Tourette's syndrome Specifically-targeted deep brain stimulation improves symptoms in patients with severe Tourette's, according to new research. Gilles de la Tourette syndrome, often just called Tourette’s, is best known for the vocal and motor tics that are the most common symptoms of the disorder. Usually, these symptoms respond to a growing array of medications. However, some patients experience severe tics that do not respond to medications and may be disabling or even life-threatening. In these rare cases, deep brain stimulation may provide relief.
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Can some birds be just as smart as apes? At first glance, the brains of birds and mammals show many significant differences. In spite of that, the cognitive skills of some groups of birds match those of apes, according to a new article.
Drug Interactions in Child Psychiatry Drug interactions are a common issue in psychopharmacology. The advent of drug interaction software has made it easier to keep track of drug interactions, but it is still important to have a sound understanding of the principles in order to apply the results of drug … ...
Key brain receptor sheds light on neurological conditions, researchers say Researchers have found that a key receptor in the brain, once thought to only strengthen synapses, can also weaken them, offering new insights into the mechanisms driving depression, drug addiction and even Alzheimer's disease.
Today I Love That My Country Is 25,000 People Richer Today I love that Canada, my country, is 25,000 people richer since the Canadian Government pledged to home that many Syrian refugees and, though taking longer than they said they … ...
Are Friends the New Family? As the number of single people continues to grow, many are worried. They fear that America is becoming a nation of isolates. In the US today, there are more households … ...
Want to Forget Something? Keep Your Mind Active! Forgetting gets a bad rap. We think of remembering as inherently better than forgetting. After all, no one aspires to be forgetful, right? But forgetting is actually one of the most important skills there is. It’s the way we move on from traumatic events and stay focused on the positive....
10 Simple Steps to Stop Procrastination Everyone puts off things. Sometimes this becomes a habit that’s difficult to overcome. When not doing what needs to be done gets in the way of everyday living, prevents you from achieving your goals or contributes to a sense of unhappiness, loss of self-esteem or … ...
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Porn viewers more likely to see women as equals than non-viewers People who watch pornography hold views of women as more equal to men than people who do not watch pornography, and are no less likely to describe themselves as feminists, according the results of a study published in the Journal of Sex Research. The role of pornography in shaping societal attitudes towards women has been [...]
Left vs. right? Spatial cues can sway ideological opinions, experiments show Metaphorical conflict can play a role in just how differently we rate two opposite ideologies, according to 2016 research. The series of studies, published in Psychological Science, examined the relationship between physical directions—specifically left and right—and individuals’ opinions about the differences between the political left and right (Democrats and Republicans, respectively). “Previous research suggests that [...]
Children who are emotionally abused may be more likely to experience migraine as adults Children who are emotionally abused may be more likely to experience migraines as young adults, according to a preliminary study released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 68th Annual Meeting in Vancouver, Canada, April 15 to 21, 2016. The link between migraine and abuse was stronger for emotional abuse than [...]
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PET scans reveal key details of Alzheimer’s protein growth in aging brains New research led by scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, shows for the first time that PET scans can track the progressive stages of Alzheimer’s disease in cognitively normal adults, a key advance in the early diagnosis and staging of the neurodegenerative disorder. In the process, the scientists also obtained important clues about two [...]
People who perceive dementia symptoms as an illness feel more negative People who perceive dementia symptoms as an illness feel more negative than those who see it as an inevitable part of getting older, a new study indicates. Research led by the University of Exeter looked at people who had recently been diagnosed with dementia, and encountered symptoms such as memory loss, difficulty concentrating or carrying [...]
New approaches for Parkinson’s treatment? Researchers study metabolic changes Researchers at the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine (LCSB) of the University of Luxembourg and partners in Constance, Munich and Bochum are studying the causes of premature ageing of neurons in Parkinson’s patients with a defective DJ1 (PARK7) gene. The genetic defect causes changes in the cellular metabolism meaning that neurons are subjected to oxidative [...]
Researchers publish first empirical study on evolution of musical aptitude Geneticists at the University of Helsinki and the National University of Singapore have teamed up to explore the evolution of musical aptitude in the first-ever empirical study of the evolution of music. The Finnish scientists in the project were supported by funding from the Academy of Finland. The study was published in Scientific Reports, a [...]