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Novel Breakthroughs in Parkinson’s Disease Treatment

Around 7 million people around the world are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease every year. This is a progressively degenerative disease that has no cure. There have been, however, a number of very encouraging findings published in the last few weeks, some of which are briefly reviewed in this article. Drugs to manage the symptoms of […]

Tell Me Sweet Little Lies

We all know that telling lies is wrong. But, we still do it. Now, some researchers think that lying may not be all bad. New reports claim that children who tell lies have better memory than those who don’t. In an experiment designed to tempt kids to cheat, researchers invited 114 children to a lab […]

Practice Being Grateful and Reap the Benefits

The benefits of gratitude are many and profound. Being grateful is shown to improve both physical and mental health, psychological wellbeing and attitude, and our relationships with others. Practicing gratitude has even been shown to rewire our brains for the better—it is a truly powerful life-changing tool. Reducing physiological stress and improving sleep Just this […]

Our Mental Abilities Are Not Entirely Exceptional

We rightfully consider ourselves the smartest species on Earth. Our smartness, however, is not entirely unique. Our mental abilities have not suddenly appeared from nowhere – they must have gradually evolved. So it does not come as a really big surprise to find out that many animals possess certain mental abilities that we traditionally considered […]

Fittening App

It is well established that regulations in the weight loss industry are slack enough to allow potential harm to consumers, and many advocate for the government to strengthen existing laws. The vested interests in the market are a serious concern, with the weight loss industry in the US alone generating around $60.5 billion in revenue […]

Nurturing The Brain – Part 6, Resveratrol

Resveratrol is a polyphenol found in the skin of fruit such as red grapes and berries. You may have noticed that resveratrol is all over the place right now. The hype around it is massive and it is advertised as a “wonder compound” with a myriad of benefits in disease protection, including cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes, neurodegeneration, […]

From Abuse to Addiction – The Withdrawal Period Makes the Difference

Drug addiction is hard to beat. Scientists have been on a hunt for the answers for a long time, and it seems they have finally cracked the addiction code. Contrary to popular notion, addiction does form not during the substance abuse phase but during the withdrawal period. The withdrawal period after a prolonged period of […]

Cats And Mental Illness – The Role Of Toxoplasma gondii

The association between cats and lunacy is a common one in pop culture. Think of James Bond’s villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Number 1) and his cat, or Inspector Gadget’s Doctor Claw and M.A.D. Cat; or think of Dr. Eleanor Abernathy, the Crazy Cat Lady from The Simpsons. Is it somehow stored in our collective unconscious that cats go […]

HBO Documentary Film “My Depression” – A Scientific Review

My Depression (The Up and Down and Up of It) is a new animated musical HBO documentary co-directed by famed Broadway writer, director and composer, Elizabeth Swados. It tells the true life tale of the struggles and triumphs of living with and managing depression. That is right you heard correctly, an animated musical documentary… on […]

High-Intensity Interval Training And Brain Health

A lot has been said about the effects of exercise on brain health. Just like diets, exercise patterns are highly susceptible to pop culture’s trends and fads. A huge trend from the last few years is High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). You can find these exercise protocols in most gyms and all over the internet. And […]

Human Bodies – Part of the Internet of Things

We live these days surrounded by a network of connected electronic devices which is continually expanding. Some call it the Internet of Things (IoT), in which the Internet integrates every single “smart” virtual and physical object in the world in possession of an identifiable computing system into one network. Quite what this means, and what […]

The Placebo Effect – Beyond Analgesia

Placebos are drugs or other sources of treatment that are physically and pharmacologically inert, without any direct therapeutic effects. The neurobiological mechanisms of the placebo effect remain a matter of great research interest. Show More Summary

How Do We Choose Our Political Leaders?

Wherever you might live in the world, you know what it’s like when it’s election time. The airwaves and the billboards are taken over by the electoral candidates. Your mailbox is flooded with brochures and mailers every other day while the newspapers ignore most events other than those related to the elections and the candidates. […]

The Most Popular Psychiatric Drugs Alter Decisions to Cause Harm

Citalopram (Celexa®) and levodopa (Larodopa®), considered to be the most commonly prescribed antidepressant and Parkinson’s drug respectively, have been shown in a new study to alter how healthy individuals make moral decisions to harm both oneself and other people. Show More Summary

Best and Worst in Psychology and Psychiatry — June 2015

While reviewing the thousands of studies published in psychology and psychiatry this June 2015 a clearly dominant theme emerged — it’s all about the kids! From treating mental illness and problems with child development, to understanding both child and parent thinking and behavior, school might be out, but child psychology takes center stage in this […]

Best And Worst of Health and Healthcare – June 2015

June has brought us some interesting findings: new therapeutic targets and drugs, tips on how to prevent cognitive decline, and great technological innovations. But it also brought us some bad news. I share the best and worst news with which I came across in June. These are personal opinions, presented in no particular order and […]

Best and Worst of Neuroscience and Neurology – June 2015

Significant numbers of interesting findings in both theoretical neurobiology and in more practical applications aimed at studying various brain conditions and diseases have been published this month. Choosing the most interesting articles to include in this monthly review is a highly subjective exercise. Show More Summary

Never Say Die – SELF/LESS from Science-Fiction to -Fact

In SELF/LESS, a dying old man (Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley) transfers his consciousness to the body of a healthy young man (Ryan Reynolds). If you’re into immortality, that’s pretty good product placement, no?

Can Madness Save the World?

Over the years of my explorations into psychosis and human evolution, a very interesting irony became increasingly apparent. It is well known that people who fall into those deeply transformative and chaotic states typically referred to as “psychosis” often feel at different points throughout their journeys that they have received a special calling to save […]

All You Need Is Love?

Freud stated that one component of happiness is love. Correspondingly, one aspect of wellbeing is appropriate emotional attachment. Relationships, especially when they reflect the needs of the mentally ill individual, can counteract the problems of alienation and a lack of relational success, which typify mental illness, to a significant extent. Essential to success in the […]

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