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May 22, 2015

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fMRI: New Window Into the Brain

May 18, 2015 — Neuroscientists have made an important advance in studying the human brain with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). This imaging technique is used in research to investigate the ... read more

'Insufficient Evidence' on Degenerative Brain Disease in Athletes

May 20, 2015 — Available research does not support the contention that athletes are uniquely at risk of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) or other neurodegenerative disorders, according to a review. Other ... read more

Do You See 'the Self' in Your Brain or Your Heart? Decision-Making Differs

May 20, 2015 — Whether people locate their sense of self in the brain or the heart can have a major influence on people's decision-making, according to a new study by management and business ... read more

The Dark Side of the 'Love Hormone:' Similarities With the Effects of Alcohol

May 19, 2015 — Significant similarities have been highlighted by researchers between the behavioral effects of oxytocin and alcohol. The research team warns that the oft-used nickname hides the darker side of ... read more

May 19, 2015 — Researchers suggest that the portion of the brain devoted to hearing can become reorganized even with early-stage hearing loss, and may play a role in cognitive decline. They have applied fundamental ... read more

Cognitive Process Speed in Teen Years Affects Depression Risk in Adulthood

May 19, 2015 — Teens with slower performance on a test of "cognitive processing speed" are more likely to have depression and anxiety symptoms as adults, reports a new paper. Previous studies have shown ... read more

Stuttering Linked to Rhythm Perception Deficiency

May 19, 2015 — Stuttering may be more than a speech problem. For the first time, researchers have found that children who stutter have difficulty perceiving a beat in music-like rhythms, which could account for ... read more

Stress Levels Linked to Risk of Liver Disease Death, Study Shows

May 19, 2015 — Suffering from anxiety or depression could carry an increased risk of death from liver disease, a study suggests. The study is the first to identify a possible link between high levels of ... read more

Omega-3 Fatty Acids Enhance Cognitive Flexibility in at-Risk Older Adults

May 19, 2015 — A study of older adults at risk of late-onset Alzheimer's disease found that those who consumed more omega-3 fatty acids did better than their peers on tests of cognitive flexibility -- the ... read more

Obesity May Exacerbate Inactivity, Due to Poor Motor Skills

May 18, 2015 — Obese adults have very poor motor skills which makes fine movements difficult for them, according to a new study. The findings suggest inactivity may not be a cause of obesity, but instead a result ... read more

New Alzheimer's Drug to Enter Clinical Trials

May 18, 2015 — A new drug that may help to prevent the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease is to enter clinical trials. The number of people with dementia is steadily increasing. The most common cause of dementia ... read more

May 18, 2015 — The hottest hairstyle, the latest extreme sport, the newest viral stunt -- trends happen for a reason and now scientists have a better understanding of why. In a study using functional magnetic ... read more

Blood Thinner Safe for Cancer Patients With Brain Metastases

May 18, 2015 — Cancer patients with brain metastases who develop blood clots may safely receive blood thinners without increased risk of dangerous bleeding, according to a study. Cancer increases a patient's ... read more

May 18, 2015 — Researchers wanted to know whether the flexibility of the juvenile brain could be restored to the adult brain. Apparently, it can: They've successfully re-created a critical juvenile period in ... read more

May 18, 2015 — In the first study of its kind, former National Football League (NFL) players who lost consciousness due to concussion during their playing days showed key differences in brain structure later in ... read more

Imagination Beats Practice in Boosting Visual Search Performance

May 18, 2015 — Practice may not make perfect, but visualization might. New research shows that people who imagined a visual target before having to pick it out of a group of distracting items were faster at finding ... read more

May 18, 2015 — Many parents of children age 5-17 don’t discuss behavioral or emotional issues that could be signs of potential health problems with their doctors. The most common reason for not sharing these ... read more

Antiviral Compound May Protect Brain from Pathogens, West Nile Virus, Study Shows

May 15, 2015 — An antiviral compound may protect the brain from invading pathogens, researchers have found. Studying West Nile virus infection in mice, scientists showed that interferon-lambda tightens the ... read more

Smaller Volumes in Certain Regions of the Brain Could Lead to Increased Likelihood of Drug Addiction

May 15, 2015 — Individual differences in brain structure could help to determine the risk for future drug addiction, new research suggests. The study found that occasional users who subsequently increased their ... read more

Omega-3: Intervention for Childhood Behavioral Problems?

May 15, 2015 — Omega-3, a fatty acid commonly found in fish oil, may have long-term neurodevelopmental effects that ultimately reduce antisocial and aggressive behavior problems in children, a new study ... read more

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