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Best and Worst of Neuroscience and Neurology – October 2015

In this review, I’m presenting a selection of research articles published in October. As usual, many new interesting findings were made public this month, and the small selection in this article reflects mostly my personal opinion of their importance. On the 9th of October, scientific community marked the birthday of Sir Peter Mansfield. Peter Mansfield […]

Is Placebo More Powerful Than Antidepressants and Psychotherapy?

This might be a hard pill to swallow for both those in treatment for depression and those giving treatment to clients: both psychotherapy and antidepressant medications are beginning to be considered to have rather limited contributions to the effectiveness of treating depression. Some researchers and clinicians alike are considering that for some, the placebo effect […]

Phobias Part II, New Social Anxiety Treatments — MDMA, Testosterone & Less Serotonin

Radical new research is not only giving cause to stop prescribing currently popular medications for social anxiety disorder (also known as social phobia), it’s pointing to new treatments, from sex hormones to popular street drugs, with the potential to rapidly speed up and ensure successful recovery. Some of you may have a specific social phobia, […]

Hidden Brain Podcast Review – Harnessing the Power of Our Unconscious Mind

A brand new NPR podcast, Hidden Brain, reveals the unseen patterns in our lives, where our unconscious mind plays a phenomenal role in our day to day behavior. The magic of this podcast is that simply learning about the hidden forces that shape our perceptions, behaviors and thoughts can provide the insight needed to change […]

Personality Changes After Deep Brain Stimulation

Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) is a well-known and accepted treatment for neurological and psychiatric diseases. It consists of the implantation of electrodes into the brain, which send small electric impulses to specific neurons and pathways. Show More Summary

Is It Possible to End the Stigma of ID/DD?

Lazy, burdensome, violent. Dangerous. These are all words used to describe those with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (ID/DD), especially adults. Are they accurate? Perhaps among a small population of those with ID/DD,...Show More Summary

Mobile Phones and Cancer – No Connection?

Mobile phones are pretty much ubiquitous. And so are discussions on the adverse health effects of electromagnetic fields associated with cell phone radiation. To address this concern, the World Health Organization (WHO) established the International Electromagnetic Fields Project in 1996. Show More Summary

Best and Worst in Psychology and Psychiatry – September 2015

Over 5,000 psychology and psychiatry research studies are published in high ranking journals every month. That’s far too many for a single person to read, digest and assimilate and still have some spare time on their hands. As is custom in our monthly roundups, we have sieved through the mass of research to bring you […]

Premature Birth and Lack of Professional Success

The fact that the health of premature babies can be rather fragile is well known. Now it appears that preterm birth can also affect the cognitive abilities, at least on the statistical level. The baby is considered premature is he or she is born before the 37th week of gestation. Preemies are known to have […]

Sudoku and Crossword Puzzles to Manage Drug Addiction

Art therapy. Psychological counseling. Pharmacological intervention. Scientists have devised many different ways to manage drug addiction in individuals. They now propose a novel way to reduce drug dependence in addicts—by engaging them in intellectual activities. Show More Summary

Glioblastoma – Are Cancer Stem Cells The Ultimate Target?

A glioma is a type of tumor that arises from glial cells in the central nervous system. The yearly incidence of primary malignant brain tumors is around 5 or 6 in 100,000 people, of which about 80% are malignant gliomas. Although they may develop at any age, their peak incidence is in the fifth and sixth decades of life. Glioblastoma, […]

How the Brain Recognizes Faces

Face perception has played a central role for social interaction for millions of years, informing us about the identity, age, gender, mood, attractiveness, race and friendliness of a person. Scientists have suggested that facial recognition is a complex process, and it provides important access to the understanding of human brain function. The brain identifies items […]

Why Do High Fat Diets Cause Overeating?

We all can recall the moments when it feels almost impossible to stop eating something tasty but incredibly unhealthy (like potato chips, for instance), even when we feel full. As it turns out, this is not just a curious trend – the phenomenon is interlinked with some fundamental appetite control mechanisms in our brain and […]

Higher Highs and Lower Lows – There’s a Gene for That

Researchers have uncovered a gene that influences how deeply life experiences will effect a person, and the discovery challenges traditional thinking about genes as risk factors for depression. The gene makes some people more susceptible to depressive disorders after traumatic life events, and the same gene can help some people thrive in positive situations. The […]

Shining a Light on How We Remember

For an agents of Men in Black, a neuralyzer is standard issue equipment. The “alien technology”, looking a bit like a silver cigar could be used to “isolate the electronic impulses in your brains, more specifically the ones for memory”. The device allowed Will Smith or Tommy Lee Jones to simply and safely erase […]

Best and Worst of Health and Healthcare – September 2015

Last month was highly prolific in Alzheimer’s disease research – pathological mechanisms were described, detection tools were evaluated, and therapeutic targets were unraveled. But it was not all about Alzheimer’s. Here is the best and worst news I came across within September. THE BEST A new target for morphine addiction prevention Morphine mediates its euphoric […]

The Link Between Diet and a Big Brain

Carbohydrates have been getting a bad reputation for too long. Weight-watchers and health enthusiasts shun carbs like the plague and countless diets harp on banishing carbohydrates altogether from our meals. But now all this is about to change. Scientists say that throughout the history of human evolution, carbohydrates have played a crucial role in making […]

Study Shows Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy May Help in Brain Injury

According to a new study, people suffering from brain injury after stroke may benefit from HBOT (Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy). This therapy is given to scuba divers when suffering from “the bends”. This therapy is a new method for the treatment of brain damage that may help patients who suffer from brain injury after stroke or […]

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 […]

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