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Best and Worst of Neuroscience and Neurology – September 2015

As usual, lots of interesting findings in neuroscience and neurology were revealed in September. The choice of articles for this review represents mostly my personal opinion on their importance and interest to general public. The studies in the “worst” section should not be seen as bad: rather, they challenge the existing views and allow to […]

Join the World Mental Health Day 2015 Movement #IAmStigmaFree

Did you know that approximately 1 in 4 people live with a mental illness worldwide? And that simply by learning and talking more about mental health you could help millions of people around the world? This is the message behind this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW, October 5th-11th), which also encompasses this Saturday’s World […]

Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy – The Mental Health Trip of the Future?

If I told you we could condense years of successful therapy, safely, down to a few hours using currently illegal psychedelic drugs would you believe me? This is the view of advocates, such as Brain Game’s Jason Silva, supporting a new research-backed psychedelic therapy movement, where accumulating evidence from psychedelic research is revealing remarkable results […]

Hypnotic Susceptibility in the Brain

A new and innovative neuroimaging study published in NeuroImage has helped foster a deeper understanding of what makes some of us ready-made putty in a hypnotist’s hands, and others, a stubborn thorn in their sides that may require a different approach. Hypnosis is a poorly understood and often controversial technique that induces a special state […]

Sex Addiction – Defining the Subtypes of Hypersexuality Disorder

A leading-edge study to be published in the Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy later this winter presents evidence claiming confirmation of the existence of several clinically distinct subtypes of hypersexuality. This may finally leadShow More Summary

Music And Epilepsy, Part 2 – Music As Therapy

Approximately one-third of patients with epilepsy have a drug-resistant form of the disease. But even in cases where the pharmacological treatment is effective, it is common for side-effects of anti-epileptic drugs to arise, including...Show More Summary

Music And Epilepsy, Part 1 – Music As a Trigger

Epilepsy is a common neurological condition affecting around 1% of the world’s population. It is characterized by the recurrent occurrence of seizures, which are disturbances of the electrical activity in the brain. The type and frequency of seizures vary widely and affect different people in different ways. The causes of epilepsy are in many instances unknown […]

Celiac Disease And Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis – Is There a Link?

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder triggered by gluten in genetically predisposed individuals. Gluten sensitivity induces a inflammatory reaction in the small intestine mucosa, but it can also cause neurologic manifestations, such...Show More Summary

Your Memory and Google

As I was searching for some very old emails last week, I sadly realised that many of them had been erased. Almost two decades of communication with friends and family, lost forever. I remember just a few phrases of the most precious emails which I had probably read more than a hundred times and sadly […]

Do You Suffer From Techno-Stress?

Rapid advancements in technology and the spread of its use are double-edged phenomena in our modern world. In fact, some studies suggest that there is an increase of stress and health problems relating to information overload in the use of communication and information technologies (ICT). While many argue that digital technologies have impacted communication and […]

The Hollywood Medical Reporter – The Martial Arts Kid

The Martial Arts Kid began as a Kickstarter campaign announced in 2014. After learning that two of the most iconic martial artists in the industry—11 time World Kickboxing Champion Don “The Dragon” Wilson and the “Queen of Marital Arts Films”, Cynthia Rothrock—would be teaming up, over 430 people pledged $173,486 to help bring this project […]

Your Companions – Top Social Robots

Personal robots are already amongst us. They can dance, play music, chat and respond to our touch. However, personal robots that could ably assist us with the housework are still far from being properly developed. Some are still very slow, or have problems recognising speech, their movements can be clumsy, their bodies might be carried […]

Phobias Part 1, Gelotophobia – The Fear of Laughter

“Laughter is the best medicine” is a common expression used long before research supported laughter’s role in health and wellbeing. We tend to consider a day filled with laughter as a day well spent. But laughter isn’t all smiles and giggles. For some people, laughter is a life-crippling, shame and fear-inducing weapon that is to […]

Best and Worst of Neuroscience and Neurology – August 2015

For this article, I’ve made a selection of interesting publications that came out in August. There were many interesting developments, both in fundamental neuroscience and neurology, and in practical aspects of dealing with brain-related diseases and disorders. On August 20, the scientific community marked the birthday of Roger Sperry, who received the 1981 Nobel Prize […]

Best and Worst of Health and Healthcare – August 2015

August was undeniably marked by the loss of Oliver Sacks. There is nothing I can say about him that hasn’t already been said. He was a wonderful example of how to engagingly communicate science and medicine. He was a wonderful example of many, many things. Here is the best and worst news I came across […]

The Gut-Brain Axis, Part 4 – Autism

Many genetic factors have been linked to autism spectrum disorder (ASD), but these only apply to a minor fraction of patients. Other factors that have been pointed out as possible causes of autism include early exposure to viruses and drugs, autoimmunity, and more recently, abnormal gastrointestinal (GI) microbiota composition. The causes of autism are mostly […]

Top Pregnancy and Labor Apps

There are apps for everything nowadays, so it is only natural that many have been created to assist in that most important of times in our lives, pregnancy and labor. Arguably this emergent technology is playing quite a significant role in shaping the ways expectant mums keep track of their physical and mental condition. This […]

Best & Worst In Psychology & Psychiatry – August 2015

This month’s picks are a bit of a mixed bag. A number of interesting studies coming from two domains in psychology could lead to big changes for society, the study of sexism and of psychosis. The sexism research suggests why we should not fall prey to the idea that sexism is “old news”. Meanwhile, just […]

Why Do We Dilly-Dally?

There are some people who make decisions—such as choosing a car or an apartment to buy from a multitude of options—in a jiffy. And there are other people who spend agonizing hours and minutes trying to find the right shade of lipstick or what to order when eating out. What lies behind their indecisiveness? Even […]

The Flow of Creative Juices

Creativity is the development of a new or novel understanding, and this process is essential for individual wellbeing and social survival. But, just how creativity works has been elusive to those who study the brain – both its form and its function. Now, researchers have uncovered a neural basis for creativity and have discovered clues […]

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