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Human Head Transplants – Fantasy to Fact?

When English author Mary Shelley penned Frankenstein in 1818, little did she know that her vision might come true, albeit in a slightly different way and as a boon to mankind. Shelley’s Victor Frankenstein created the Monster by sewing together body parts from human corpses. In a way, Frankenstein created Life. Doctors and surgeons today […]

I’m Just Not That Into Me

Ask most women and they will gladly tell you that men are more egotistical, power-hungry, and arrogant than women. Now, science backs up these claims. A team of researchers analyzed three decades of research involving nearly 500,000 people and concluded that men are, in fact, more narcissistic than women. But, are men born narcissistic or […]

Sexnology – Sex Technology That Gets You Off

While the more serious in tone are opting for “sextech”, personally I find the term “sexnology” irresistible. While not strictly erotic, it certainly rolls of the tongue in an odd, fun, arguably even kinky manner. Certainly as technology continues to race ahead, the degree to which it relates to our daily lives, physical selves and […]

Ultrasound to Slow Alzheimer’s Disease?

The media is buzzing after recent publication of an article in the journal Science: Translational Medicine, which suggests that we can treat Alzheimer’s disease non-invasively with ultrasound. As usual though, they may be making more hype than is warranted given a thorough look at the data; or if they would have read the last paragraph, where the […]

20 Useful Sites for Medical Students In 2015

Whether you are a graduate, an undergraduate or a continuing student, the web is one resource material that you can’t do without, and there is a plethora of dedicated student websites available. This piece will attempt to highlight 20 of the most useful websites that medical students can use to make their life easier. Medical […]

Cartoon – 3 to 4 Cups of Coffee A Day Cardioprotective?

A team of researchers from Korea asked over 25,000 individuals without heart disease how many cups of coffee they consume per day and measured their coronary artery calcium by a heart CT scan as a marker of coronary atherosclerosis. They found that those who consumed 3 to 4 cups daily had significantly less coronary atherosclerosis […]

Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs – Much Promise But Limited Progress

The Problems of Opioids During roughly the past two decades there have been significant increases in the prescription of opioid analgesics for helping millions of patients with pain disorders. At the same time, the United States is in the midst of an epidemic of misuse of these drugs and related abuse, addiction, overdose, and deaths. […]

Proactive Intervention for the Emergence of Psychosis

It is known that mental illness – and serious psychotic disorders in particular – tend to afflict young adults who are socially, vocationally and academically disadvantaged individuals. While this is not always the case, it is true that those people who emerge with psychotic disorders tend to be isolative individuals who have social difficulties in […]

The Physiology and Psychology of Pain

Pick up any newspaper and pore over it. Not only are nations at war but communities in the same country are fighting amongst themselves. People are killing each other for a piece of land, money, or just because they hate a person who looks different from them or worships another God. In the midst of […]

What Have Your Glia Done For You Today?

How should we approach solving the most fundamental questions in neuroscience? Some would say that our current endeavors into mapping the complement of neuronal connections (the connectome) within the human brain will bring us the most fruitful gains; and they could be right. This is the main focus of several (expensive) big data initiatives such as […]

Cartoon – Predicting Middle-Age Fitness by Childhood Intelligence

A team of researchers from Duke followed over 1,000 children with tests of intelligence and cognitive functioning. As part of the Dunedin Longitudinal Study, they were again tested in midlife at the age of 38 with cognitive and physical fitness testing. They found “no evidence for a neuroprotective effect of cardiorespiratory fitness as of midlife.” […]

Klotho and the Thread of Life – Can We Delay Aging?

In Greek mythology, the Fates, or Moirae, were the goddesses who controlled humans’ destiny, from the time they were born to the time they died. The three sisters, Clotho, Lachesis and Atropos, daughters of Zeus and Themis, controlled the thread of human life. Each Fate had a task: Lachesis was the apportioner, she measured the […]

Riding on the Brain Train

Brain training has been around for a long time, long before communication technology, let alone smartphones. Still, the updated versions of brain training available through free apps are certainly becoming fairly advanced. Apps such as Luminosity break up the training into several domains, including memory, focus, problem solving and speed and flexibility of thinking. The […]

The Disposition to Kill in a Combat Zone

I am a faculty member in the psychology department and the community counseling program at Mount Aloysius College in Cresson, PA. I’ve taught courses in Death and Dying, and I teach a grad course on Loss, Grief and Counseling. I also served as a medic in the U.S. Air Force from 1969 to 1973, during […]

Exercise Boosts Brain Power

Everyone knows that exercise – pretty much any kind – is good for the body. And, most people agree that it is good for the soul and improves overall well-being. But, what does exercise do for the brain? A recent study shows that just one 20 minute session of exercise can improve memory. Many studies […]

Differences in Addiction Patterns Between the Sexes

He loves football, she settles for a sitcom. He loves beer and steak, she loves chocolates. He claims she can’t read maps, she complains he drives too fast. Popular culture has created these gender stereotypes that both men and women laugh at. But science has shown that men and women are indeed wired differently. Men […]

Parents Make Nasty Little Narcissists?

Nothing worse than a vain, self-involved, mega-ego in your face, is there? Hot off the press is research that implies the Earth may have a few less narcissistic, self-centered personalities populating it if parents ditch overvaluingShow More Summary

Predicting Your Brain From Birth?

Genetic sequencing is already changing the way we see ourselves. In February, the FDA announced approval for commercial “consumer genetics” company 23andMe to market a test for Bloom Syndrome. Whole genome sequencing is becoming faster and cheaper. But what might we do with this knowledge and how will it alter both society and us as […]

Cartoon – Energy Drinks Linked to Childhood Hyperactivity and Inattention

A team of researchers from Yale surveyed over 1,500 middle school students on the quantity and types of sweetened beverages (including energy drinks) they consumed in the past 24 hours and on hyperactivity/inattention symptoms. TheyShow More Summary

The Hollywood Medical Reporter – The Mind Behind “Brain Games”

Brain Blogger sits down with Executive Producer, Michael J. Kovnat to discuss the National Geographic, Emmy-nominated series, BRAIN GAMES.

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