How the Brain Keeps the Urge to Act in Check

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Summary: Researchers identified a brain region responsible for driving action, and another that suppresses action. The study reports impulsive behaviors can be triggered or suppressed by...

Sleep Problems Can Lead To Teen Depression

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Summary: Delayed circadian rhythms and sleep disruptions may be a cause of teen depression, rather than a symptom that develops as a result of the mental...

Can an Electric Zap Trick Our Brains Into Reducing Our Salt Intake?

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Summary: Researchers have developed a chop stick-like device that uses a weak electrical current to stimulate the tongue and enhance the taste of salt. The device...

Digitaal onderwijsrijbewijs voor docenten kunstonderwijs – Onderwijs & studenten

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De - hopelijk - net afgelopen coronacrisis vormt een duidelijke wake up call voor...

Alcohol Changes Brain Activity Differently in Male and Female Mice

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Summary: Alcohol consumption affects amygdala oscillations differently in male and female mice, especially after repeated exposure.Source: SfNAlcohol alters synchronized brain activity in the amygdala of mice,...

Miniature, Implantable Nerve Coolers for Targeted Pain Relief

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Summary: Researchers have developed a new implantable device that can “cool” nerves and provide on-demand pain relief for those suffering from neuropathic or chronic pain.Source: AAASAn...

Optimaliseren van de doorstroom van levenslang lerenden (+25) in Odisee – Onderwijs & studenten

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Eén van de handelingsprincipes van Odisee is het vormgeven van een inclusieve leer- en...

For Dreamers, Optimism Rules – Neuroscience News

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Summary: While popular culture encourages us all to “dream big”, researchers say it is important to ground those dreams with a dose of reality.Source: Rutgers University“Social...

Struggling With Positive Thinking? Research Shows Grumpy Moods Can Actually Be Useful

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Summary: Defensive pessimism can help individuals, especially those who are more anxious, to improve positive thinking and decision-making.Source: The ConversationAs psychiatry, which uses medical and biological...

Het duurzaam begeleiden van wendbare curriculumbouw in opleidingen (WeCurBo) – Onderwijs & studenten

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Opleidingen binnen UCLL staan voor grote uitdagingen. In de snel transformerende maatschappij en arbeidsmarkt...

CPTSD: A New Diagnosis Category in Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

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Summary: Researchers provide a new summary of symptoms for the diagnosis of CPTSD, a sibling disorder of PTSD that has recently been officially recognized by the...

When ASD Occurs With Intellectual Disability, a Convergent Mechanism for Two Top-Ranking Risk Genes...

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Summary: Mutations in the ASD/intellectual disability genes ADNP and POGZ result in abnormal activation and overexpression of immune response genes and genes for microglia. This results...

Het leerproces zichtbaar maken om studenten te helpen groeien als zelfsturende professionals: een verkenning...

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Hoe kunnen we studenten ondersteunen in hun groei tot zelfsturende professional door in te...

Youngest Children Within Their School Year Are More Likely to Be Treated for ADHD

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Summary: Study reports the youngest children in a class are more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD, suggesting immaturity in a peer group may influence diagnosis.Source:...

Stress During Pregnancy Can Affect Child’s Diet

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Summary: Stress during pregnancy negatively impacts a child’s dietary preferences and overall diet, a new study reports.Source: Columbia UniversityMothers’ exposure to stress during pregnancy could have...

Research Sheds Light on Mechanism by Which Long-Term Anti-Anxiety Drug Use Affects the Brain

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Summary: Study reveals a possible mechanism by which anxiolytic medications act on the brain, leading to cognitive impairment.Source: ANSTOANSTO health researchers have contributed to an international...

How Do We Explore Our Knowledge to Be Creative?

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Summary: Researchers say creativity is linked to two different semantic memory processes.Source: Paris Brain InstituteComing up with a creative idea requires us to draw on all...

Black People in the Us Twice as Likely to Face Coercion, Unconsented Procedures During...

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Summary: Black women in the US are twice as likely to be coerced into procedures during perinatal and birth, and to undergo them without explicit consent...

Gender Differences in Behaviors Linked to Faster Cognitive Decline

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Summary: Behavioral changes in men later in life including apathy and having false beliefs was associated with a risk of faster cognitive decline.Source: University of ...

Scent of a Friend: Similarities in Body Odor May Contribute to Social Bonding

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Summary: People have a tendency to form friendships with others who have a similar natural body odor, a new study reports. Using an electronic eNose to...

Higher Protein Intake While Dieting Leads to Healthier Eating

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Summary: Incorporating a high-protein eating plan while dieting leads to healthier overall eating choices and helps reduce the loss of lean body mass. Reduced loss of...

The Mathematics of Human Behavior: New Model Can Spot Liars and Counter Disinformation

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Summary: A new mathematical model has the potential to accurately distinguish a misunderstanding from false information and lies.Source: The ConversationUnderstanding the human mind and behavior lies...

Eye Movements Could Be the Missing Link in Our Understanding of Memory

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Summary: Visual scanpaths during memory retrieval tasks were associated with the quality of the memory. Researchers say the replay of a sequence of eye movements helps...

Theta Waves: A Marker of Emotional Regulation

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Summary: Emotional regulation was linked to theta wave activity in the frontal cortex of the brain.Source: University of MontrealWithout realizing it, we all rely on emotional...

Study Argues Developmental Dyslexia Essential to Human Adaptive Success

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Summary: Researchers argue those with dyslexia are specialized to explore the unknown. This explorative bias has an evolutionary basis that plays a crucial role in human...

McGovern Fellows recognized with life sciences innovation award

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McGovern Institute Fellows Omar Abudayyeh and Jonathan Gootenberg have been named the inaugural recipients of the Termeer Scholars Awards, which recognize “emerging biomedical researchers that represent...

Researchers Uncover Brain Waves Related to Social Behavior

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Summary: Study reveals brain wave activity in the medial prefrontal cortex and amygdala associated with social behavior in mice.Source: Tohoku UniversityResearchers at Tohoku University and the...

Brain Bleeds in Babies’ First Year Can Lead to Long-Term Vision Problems

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Summary: Babies who experience severe brain bleeds during their first year of life are more likely to have long-term visual problems, a new study reports.Source: University...

‘Travel Therapy’: Could a Vacation Help Mental Health and Well-Being?

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Summary: Vacations may not just be an opportunity for recreation, they may also provide mental and overall health benefits.Source: Edith Cowen UniversityMany of us will have...

Researchers Discover Solutions to Gender Bias in Autism Diagnoses

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Summary: Study reports girls and boys show similar rates of concern for ASD and identifies several biases contributing to the inflated sex ratio for autism diagnosis....

Understanding and Reframing the Fear of Rejection

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Summary: At some point, we all face social rejection. Researchers say that while rejection affects us all differently, it’s how respond to the setback that determines...

Scientists Identify Sensor Underlying Mechanical Itch Stimulus

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Summary: Study identifies a specific protein in sensory neurons that detects mechanical itch stimuli such as an insect crawling on the skin or when one touches...

A Link Between Intimate Partner Violence, Self-Harm and Suicidality in Both Men and Women

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Summary: Women and men who have suffered abuse at the hands of an intimate partner are twice as likely to self-harm, twice as likely to have...

New Drugs With High Abuse Potential More Likely to Be Approved and Go to...

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Summary: Study reveals 27.8% of pain medications with high abuse potential make it all the way through the development process, compared to only 4.7% of medications...

Using a Supercomputer to Understand Synaptic Transmission

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Summary: Researchers present an all-atom molecular dynamic simulation of synaptic vesicle fusion.Source: Texas Advanced Computing CenterLet’s think for a second about thought—specifically, the physics of neurons...

Ageism and Health: Study Shows Close Links

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Summary: Nearly all adults aged between 50 and 80 report experiencing ageism in their everyday lives, however, those with health conditions experience “everyday ageism” at higher...

AI Detects Autism Speech Patterns Across Different Languages

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Summary: Machine learning algorithms help researchers identify speech patterns in children on the autism spectrum that are consistent between different languages.Source: Northwestern UniversityA new study led...

People Who Think Luck Decides Their Fate Are at Elevated Risk of Severe Gum...

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Summary: People who believe their fate is determined by luck are more likely to develop gum disease, a new study reports.Source: EFPPeople who believe that luck...

Discovery of Gene Involved in Chronic Pain Creates New Treatment Target

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Summary: The absence of the NCX3 gene amplifies pain signals within the spinal cord, a new mouse study reveals. Increasing levels of NCX3 in the spinal...

Willingness to Give Away Money Among Older Adults Linked to Cognitive Profile of Early...

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Summary: Willingness in older people to give more money away appears to correlate with cognitive decline associated with dementia. The findings may explain why many older...

Socially Isolated People Have Differently Wired Brains and Poorer Cognition

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Summary: Social isolation is linked to alterations in brain structure and cognitive deficits. Additionally, social isolation can increase the risk of developing dementia as a person...

Associatie KU Leuven viert 20e verjaardag met ambitie – Nieuws & events

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Sinds 2002 vormen KU Leuven, LUCA School of Arts, Odisee, Thomas More, UCLL en Vives samen...

Us Versus Them: Harming the ‘Outgroup’ Is Linked to Elevated Activity in the Brain’s...

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Summary: Aggression toward members in an “outgroup” was associated with increased activity in areas of the brain associated with reward. Activity in the ventromedial prefrontal cortex...

COVID-19 on the Brain: Neurological Symptoms Persist in Majority of Long-Haulers

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Summary: Six months following COVID-19 infection, two-thirds of patients still experienced neurological symptoms including headaches, memory impairment, and decreased concentration that impacted their quality of life.Source:...

Artificial neural networks model face processing in autism

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Many of us easily recognize emotions expressed in others’ faces. A smile may mean happiness, while a frown may indicate anger. Autistic people often have a...

Dog-Assisted Interventions Lead To Lower Stress Levels in Children

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Summary: A new study reports that dog-assisted interventions lower cortisol levels and overall stress in young children.Source: PLOSDog-assisted interventions can lead to significantly lower stress in...

Do Our Genes Determine What We Eat?

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Summary: Taste-related genes may play a significant role in determining personal food and diet choices, and could also have an impact on cardiometabolic health.Source: American Society...

Substantial Differences in Brain Structure in People With Anorexia

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Summary: Neuroimaging study reveals those with anorexia have noticeable reductions in cortical thickness, subcortical volume, and cortical surface area. The reductions are between 2 to 4...

High Prevalence of Recently Defined Non-Alzheimer’s Dementia

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Summary: The prevalence of brain changes associated with LATE, a form of dementia first identified in 2019, may be as high as 40% in older adults...

Staring at Yourself During Virtual Chats May Worsen Your Mood

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Summary: The more a person stares at themselves while in a virtual meeting, the more their mood decreases, a new study reports.Source: University of IllinoisA new...

Does Media Exposure Influence an Individual’s Risk of Radicalization?

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Summary: Exposure to radicalized content online, both active and passive, was associated with a more meaningful relationship with radicalization.Source: WileyA recent analysis in Campbell Systematic Reviews...

Does Grief Depend on How the Loved One Died?

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Summary: Researchers found no difference in the intensity of grief or the levels of distress between those who lost loved ones to medically assisted death or...

Older Adults May Be Better at Listening in Noisy Social Settings Than Has Long...

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Summary: Older adults may have better listening skills in busy social settings than previously believed, researchers say.Source: BaycrestEver grumble about your grandpa’s tendency to cheat during...

Binge Drinking Raises Risk of Developing Alcohol Problems, Even for Moderate Drinkers

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Summary: Moderate drinkers who have a pattern of binge drinking are five times more likely to develop alcohol use disorders than moderate drinkers who do not...

Posture Assessed in Health Exam Detects Cognitive Decline

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Summary: An older person’s posture may give clues to hidden cognitive decline, a new study reports.Source: Shinshu UniversityA mass survey of citizens aged 50 to 89...

Well, I See It Differently! Why People Don’t View the World the Same Way...

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Summary: Researchers have identified an area of the brain that appears to play a role in native realism and how we construct our own versions of...

Does Shingles Increase a Person’s Risk of Dementia?

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Summary: Despite speculation that inflammation associated with the shingles virus can increase dementia risk, researchers found little evidence to substantiate the claim.Source: AANShingles, a viral infection...

How do illusions trick the brain?

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As part of our Ask the Brain series, Jarrod Hicks, a graduate student in Josh McDermott‘s lab and Dana Boebinger, a postdoctoral researcher at the University...

Good Bacteria to Tackle Depression

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Summary: Probiotics can support the effects of antidepressants to help relieve symptoms of depression.Source: University of BaselIntestinal flora plays an important role in health – including...

In Low-Income Families, Fathers’ Depression Hurts Couples

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Summary: Fathers experiencing economic hardship who exhibit depressive symptoms have higher levels of emotional conflict and verbal aggression than mothers.Source: Ohio State UniversityWhen fathers in economically...

Three distinct brain circuits in the thalamus contribute to Parkinson’s symptoms

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Parkinson’s disease is best-known as a disorder of movement. Patients often experience tremors, loss of balance, and difficulty initiating movement. The disease also has lesser-known symptoms...

New Theory of Decision-Making Seeks to Explain Why Humans Don’t Make Optimal Choices

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Summary: A new theory of decision-making helps explain why humans often make decisions that are simply adequate, not optimal. According to the theory, people often use...

Molecular Insights Into Primate Hippocampal Aging

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Summary: The aged non-human primate hippocampus showed signs of increased inflammation, genomic and epigenomic instability, and a loss of proteostasis.Source: Chinese Academy of ScienceDeep inside our...

Guiding Trainees Through Ambiguity and Change

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CNS 2022 Guest post by Alexandra (Lesya) Gaynor and Alexander (AJ) Simon (CNSTA) Two years into the pandemic, many of us are carefully re-evaluating what’s most important to...

COVID-19 Increases Risk of Psychiatric Diagnoses in the Months After Infection

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Summary: Those infected with COVID-19 have a 25% increased risk of being diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder in the four months following contracting the disease. The...

Cannabis-Related Products Demonstrate Short-Term Reduction in Chronic Pain

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Summary: Cannabis products and synthetic, medical cannabis can help to relieve neuropathic pain, a new study reports.Source: Oregon Health and Science UniversityEvidence behind the effectiveness of...

Black Girls Commonly Have Negative Experiences Related to Their Natural Hair

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Summary: Many young Black girls face bullying, teasing, and unwanted touching of their natural hair by other youngsters. This has a negative effect on body image....

Alzheimer’s Disease Causes Cells to Overheat and ‘Fry Like Eggs’

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Summary: The heat produced by amyloid-beta aggregation may cause other, healthy amyloid-beta to aggregate, causing more and more aggregates to form. However, with the addition of...

Addressing Childhood Anxiety as Early as Kindergarten Could Reduce Its Harmful Impacts

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Summary: Early childhood anxiety has been linked with continuing anxiety, depression, and other mental health difficulties throughout later life. Researchers say addressing anxiety in kindergarten-aged children...

Decisive People Don’t Make Better Decisions

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Summary: Decisive people may be more confident in their choices, but that does not mean they are better at making decisions than the rest of us.Source:...

The Perils of Perfectionism – Neuroscience News

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Summary: While there’s nothing wrong with having high personal standards, perfectionists often feel as though their achievements and successes are never good enough. Perfectionism increases the...

Children Who Attend Schools With More Traffic Noise Show Slower Cognitive Development

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Summary: Children who attend school close to busy roads and traffic are more likely to experience deficits in working memory and attention, a new study reports.Source:...

Brain Scans Remarkably Good at Predicting Political Ideology

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Summary: Brain scans taken while people perform tasks and while resting accurately were able to predict a person’s political persuasions. The findings provide evidence that partisan...

Broad Spectrum of Autism Depends on Spectrum of Genetic Factors

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Summary: Genetic factors influence the severity of symptoms in children on the autism spectrum, and different genetic factors were associated with different symptoms of ASD.Source: UCSDAutism...

Team Sports Linked to Fewer Mental Health Difficulties for Kids

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Summary: Children who participate in team sports have better mental health outcomes than those who play individual sports or take part in no sports at all....

Finding the Biological Roots for the Pathological Social Withdrawal Known as ‘Hikikomori’

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Summary: Hikikomori is a mental health disorder identified as a pathological social withdrawal. Researchers have discovered a number of biomarkers in the blood associated with hikikomori.Source:...

Depression in Pregnancy Increases Risk of Behavioral Problems in Children

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Summary: An increase in a woman’s symptoms of depression from the preconception to the postpartum period raises the risk of behavioral and emotional problems in her...

Signal Detection Theory May Be Useful for Characterizing Cognitive Fatigue in Multiple Sclerosis

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Summary: Study reveals an association between signal detection theory, brain activation patterns, and subjective state fatigue. In those with multiple sclerosis, greater effects of fatigue were...

Pain and Anxiety Should Be Dealt With Soon After Multiple Sclerosis Diagnosis

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Summary: In the first year after a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis, 60% of patients experience fatigue, 50% experience pain, 47% have symptoms of depression, and 39%...

Sweetened and Unsweetened Coffee Consumption Associated With Lower Death Risk

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Summary: Those who drink sweetened coffee daily are up to 31% less likely to die within a 7-year follow-up than non-coffee drinkers. Those who drank unsweetened...

Social Media Data Show Language Related to Depression Didn’t Spike After Initial Pandemic Wave

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Summary: Using AI to analyze language associated with depression on social media during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers found people were more resilient...

Seeing How Odor Is Processed in the Brain

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Summary: Odor information in the brain is unrelated to perception during the early stages of being processed, but when perception later occurred, unpleasant odors were processed...

In Long COVID, Blood Markers Are Linked to Neuropsychiatric Symptoms

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Summary: Researchers have identified elevated levels of a biomarker in the blood that persists for months in long COVID patients who experience neuropsychiatric symptoms.Source: UCSFIn a...

Link Between Exercise Intensity and Risk of Infection

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Summary: Researchers identify the exertion level where aerosol particle emission increases exponentially, offering an explanation as to why exercise intensity may be linked to the transmission...

Many Attendees of Gatherings Like Burning Man Report “Transformative Experiences”

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Summary: Attendees of social gatherings like Burning Man who report the event was a transformative experience in their lives report feeling more connected with all of...

Pandemic Distress May Affect Fetal Brain Development

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Summary: Depression, stress, and anxiety in pregnant women that occurred as a result of the COVID-29 pandemic may have an impact on fetal brain development.Source: NatureSelf-reported...

Convenience-sized RNA editing – MIT McGovern Institute

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Last year, researchers at MIT’s McGovern Institute discovered and characterized Cas7-11, the first CRISPR enzyme capable of making precise, guided cuts to strands of RNA without...

Using Ketamine to Find an Undiscovered Pathway in Depression

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Summary: Ketamine treatment leads to an increase in IGF-1, which, in turn, produces an antidepressant effect.Source: Osaka Metropolitan UniversityFor the 280 million people suffering from depression...

Synaptic Connectivity of a Novel Cell Population in the Striatum

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Summary: Researchers characterize a novel neural population within the striatum that appears to be responsible for the interplay between acetylcholine and GABA.Source: Karolinska InstituteA new study...

The Cinderella Project: The Right to See Yourself in the Mirror and Like What...

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Summary: The Cinderella Project aims to restore positive body image for survivors of breast cancer following mastectomy and reconstructive surgeries.Source: Champalimaud Centre for the UnknownA woman...

Researchers May Have Found the Missing Link Between Alzheimer’s and Vascular Disease

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Summary: The FMNL2 gene links cerebrovascular disease and Alzheimer’s disease, a new study reports. Changes of activity in the FMNL2 caused by cerebrovascular disease prevent the...

New research center focused on brain-body relationship established at MIT

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The inextricable link between our brains and our bodies has been gaining increasing recognition among researchers and clinicians over recent years. Studies have shown that the...

High Social Vulnerability Predicts Worse Long-Term Outcomes After Traumatic Injury

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Summary: People living in areas with higher social vulnerabilities are more likely to face worse mental and physical outcomes following a traumatic injury.Source: Brigham and Women’s...

Mechanism Shared by Mutations in Different Genes Associated With Autism, Schizophrenia, and Other Conditions...

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Summary: Researchers have identified a mechanism shared by mutations in the SHANK3 and ADNP genes. The genes have been associated with the development of ASD and...

A voice for change — in Spanish

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Jessica Chomik-Morales had a bicultural childhood. She was born in Boca Raton, Florida, where her parents had come seeking a better education for their daughter than...

Gender-Affirming Hormone Therapy Has a Positive Impact on Well-Being

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Summary: Researchers report that gender-affirming hormone therapy improves both physical and psychological satisfaction for those who use the treatment to attain their true gender identity.Source: European...

How Fast Are You Aging? Researchers Discuss Their ‘Pace of Aging’ Score

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Summary: The “pace of aging” score converts several health variables into a single measure that reflects a person’s biological aging rate.Source: Duke UniversityFive decades ago, Duke...

Black Adults Raised in the South Have Greater Risk of Lower Cognitive Performance in...

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Summary: Black adults who grew up socially disadvantaged and poor in the American South are more likely to experience cognitive decline as they age than white...

Is Hypersensitivity a Strength or a Weakness?

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Summary: While often associated with being a vulnerability, hypersensitivity can be a beneficial strength, researchers report.Source: The ConversationThe word sensitivity is thrown around a lot in relation to...

Psychedelics: How They Act on the Brain to Relieve Depression

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Summary: Researchers explore the effect psychedelics have on the brain and how they are effective at treating depression.Source: The ConversationUp to 30% of people with depression don’t...

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