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February 12, 2016

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February 12, 2016

Sleep Apnea Takes a Toll on Brain Function

Feb. 12, 2016 — People with sleep apnea show significant changes in the levels of two important brain chemicals, which could be a reason that many have symptoms that impact their day-to-day lives, new research ... read more

Giving Support to Others, Not Just Receiving It, Has Beneficial Effects

Feb. 11, 2016 — Social support has well-known benefits for physical and mental health. But giving support -- rather than receiving it -- may have unique positive effects on key brain areas involved in stress and ... read more

What 'Tainted' Engagement Rings Reveal About Consumer Expectations

Feb. 11, 2016 — We're told diamonds -- and their value -- are forever. But new research into the re-sale of diamond engagement rings shows a diamond's value is affected by the story people attach to it and ... read more

Breakable Genes May Promote Disease, Brain Cell Diversity

Feb. 11, 2016 — Researchers have identified 27 genes in brain stem cells that are prone to a type of DNA damage. The fragility of those genes could explain why they are often mutated or deleted in cancers and ... read more

Learning About Struggles of Famous Scientists May Help Students Succeed in Science

Feb. 11, 2016 — High school students may improve their science grades by learning about the personal struggles and failed experiments of great scientists such as Albert Einstein and Marie Curie, according to new ... read more

Scientists Identify a Memory Suppressor That May Play a Role in Autism

Feb. 11, 2016 — A specific microRNA has strong links to a number of neuropsychiatric disorders, including autism spectrum disorder, scientists report. The microRNA, known miR-980, serves as a memory suppressor in ... read more

'Grit' Adds Little to Prediction of Academic Achievement

Feb. 11, 2016 — Personality characteristics -- especially conscientiousness -- have previously been shown to have a significant but moderate influence on academic achievement. However, a new study suggests that ... read more

Feb. 11, 2016 — A versatile chip offers multiple applications in various electronic devices, report researchers, suggested that there is now hope that a low-powered, wireless neural implant may soon be a reality. ... read more

Narcissists Not Necessarily Satisfied With Themselves

Feb. 11, 2016 — Narcissists feel superior to others but aren’t necessarily satisfied with themselves. After reviewing the research literature, researchers conclude that narcissism and self-esteem are much more ... read more

New Approach Offered to Treating Cocaine Addiction

Feb. 11, 2016 — An FDA-approved drug used for diabetes and obesity may also reduce cocaine dependence, new research indicates. The drug, trade name Byetta, derives from a naturally occurring hormone called ... read more

Incidence of Dementia May Be Declining, New Study Reveals

Feb. 11, 2016 — Despite the concern of an explosion of dementia cases in an aging population over the next few decades, a new study suggests that the rate of new cases of dementia actually may be ... read more

Reverse US Funding Freeze on Research Into Gun Violence, Say Experts

Feb. 11, 2016 — A ban on federal funding of research into gun violence initiated by Congress in 1997 must be overturned to improve understanding of gun use and how best to control it, argue ... read more

New Alcohol Guidelines Unlikely to Have a Direct Impact on Drinking

Feb. 11, 2016 — The UK's new alcohol guidelines are unlikely to have a direct impact on drinking, but they do raise awareness of harm and so may alter social attitudes towards alcohol, suggests an expert in a ... read more

Hold On! The Ability to Hold a Grip Predicts Who Has the Willpower Finish Their Schoolwork

Feb. 10, 2016 — A connection between a person’s ability to maintain a firm grip and having the self-control to finish their schoolwork has been made by a team of ... read more

Remember Where You're Going? How Scent Helps

Feb. 10, 2016 — In bloodhounds and neutrophils, getting the scent is not enough. Dogs and immune cells have to remember the chemoattractant they are pursuing, even when it momentarily fades out or threatens to ... read more

Your Brain May Be What Interests That Guy Checking You out

Feb. 10, 2016 — Modern men increasingly value brains over beauty when choosing long-term mates, say researchers. While the common view is that our mate choices are evolutionarily "hardwired" in our brains ... read more

New Link Found Between Brain, Fat-Burning Circuit

Feb. 10, 2016 — Oxygen sensing in the brain has a role in metabolism and sensing an organism's internal state, a new study in animal models is the first to show. The findings raise the possibility of a similar ... read more

Couch Potatoes May Have Smaller Brains Later in Life

Feb. 10, 2016 — Poor physical fitness in middle age may be linked to a smaller brain size 20 years later, according to a new ... read more

Feb. 10, 2016 — Researchers have devised several lipid-based diets aimed at slowing down progression and relieving symptoms of Alzheimer's disease (AD). It is generally accepted that lifestyle and particularly ... read more

Study Sheds Light on Source of Drug Addicts Risk-Taking Behavior

Feb. 10, 2016 — New insight has been gained into how the brains of drug addicts may be wired differently. The findings show that while drug users have very strong motivation to seek out 'rewards,' they ... read more

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