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Cannabinoids Hold Promise for Alzheimer’s Disease Treatment

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a neurodegenerative condition and the most common form of dementia worldwide, accounting for around 70% of dementia cases. Deposition of the amyloid-beta (A-beta) peptide in the form of amyloid plaques is one of the hallmarks of the disease, occurring early in the development of this condition. As disease progresses, degenerative changes […]

Nurturing The Brain – Part 10, Ketogenic Diets

Fasting has been used as a form of therapy for epilepsy throughout the history of medicine. But in 1921, Dr Woodyatt at Rush Medical College in Chicago observed that that there were a couple of ketone molecules that appeared in the blood of subjects undergoing starvation or low-carbohydrate/high-fat content diets, while Dr Wilder at the […]

How Does The Brain Organize Memories Across Time?

Research on the organization of our memory has long been a topic of fascination among neuroscientists given that this could lead to treatments for reversing cognitive impairments. Here, we review some recent findings on how memory is organized which show the importance of a coordinated “wave” of neuronal activity in spatial navigation, and the temporal […]

An Ecological Model for Dysfunction

In previous essays, I’ve discussed a way to look at mental disorders, not as discrete medical entities, but as attempts to describe types or patterns of psychosocial problems. I’ve called these dysfunctions that can be placed on dimensions of dysfunction. Dimensions have no breaks between normal and abnormal, between sane and mentally ill; only more […]

Best and Worst in Health and Healthcare – June 2016

In June, the beneficial effects of exercise were on the spotlight again, along with a few potentially effective new therapies. On the down side, there were a number of studies highlighting the negative side-effects of commonly used drugs. Here is the best and worst news of June. THE BEST Consensus on the effect of physical […]

Dimensions of Madness

In my previous essay, I characterized mental disorders as descriptive types that can be placed on dimensions of dysfunction. I called the result a dimensional typology. Now, I’ll discuss what I mean by this. The dimensions are the important things because they describe the broad categories of mental health problems that people can have and […]

New Link Between Autism and the Gut Microbiota

The fact that diet has a huge influence on our health should be common knowledge by now. But what research has been showing us in recent years is just how fundamental the influence of diet on our health can be. Surprising links between diet and a number of previously unsuspected diseases are being continuously established. […]

Best and Worst of Neuroscience and Neurology – June 2016

This month, a large number of very interesting, sometimes even unexpected discoveries were published. It was hard to prioritise for this review just a few articles out of several dozens of very informative high-quality reports that I’ve seen. As usual, the selection below reflects my personal view on their importance. In June, the scientific community […]

A New Look at Mental Disorders

Although I’ve written a long book focused on mental disorders, I don’t really believe in them. At least, I don’t believe that mental disorders are quasi-diseases that cause people’s problems and that doctors can diagnose. Nor are mental disorders discrete biological abnormalities like chemical imbalances that can be cured by the right medications. The language […]

How to Boost Vacation Health Benefits and Avoid Exhaustion

Multiple new research studies indicate that there are many physical and mental health benefits to gain from taking a holiday, some reportedly remaining even two months after we have returned to the daily grind. However, research also shows that certain habits and attitudes can neutralize these benefits, and even leave you more tired, stressed out, […]

Being an Adult Virgin – A Modern Day Relationship Curse?

Irrespective of the reason for being an adult virgin, new research coming from The Kinsey Institute indicates that it can be tough in the modern day, thanks to a ménage à trois of negative stigma and discrimination coming from more experienced adults, other adult virgins, and themselves. Being a virgin until married, not so many […]

New Evidence of Homophobes’ Secret Attraction for Men

Previous research indicates that some homophobic men’s views can be explained as an unconscious or forced self-denial about being attracted to the same sex, although results have been inconsistent. New research just published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine overcomes problems with previous research and adds to the evidence that shows that many homophobic men […]

How City Living Can be Bad for Kids

For some city kids, their connection with the natural world is virtually non-existent. This is a real problem, say researchers in a new perspective piece in the journal Science. The modern city is where a vibrant array of ideas, sights, sounds and smells intermingle to spawn creativity, expression and innovation. Modern society is tuned to the pulse of the […]

Brooding Buddies – Co-Complaining Linked with Depression and Anxiety

Do you have a friend that when you get together you frequently complain and speculate about problems, rehashing them out, egging each other’s complaining on, and dwelling on the negative feelings associated with them? Well, new evidence...Show More Summary

Shift Work Linked with Risk of Severe Stroke

New research with rats suggests that for the 15 million Americans who don’t have the typical nine-to-five workday, working the graveyard shift or rotating shifts may have serious implications for the brain. “The body is synchronized to night and day by circadian rhythms — 24-hour cycles controlled by internal biological clocks that tell our bodies when to sleep, […]

How Do We Improve Our Working Memory?

Our working memory refers to the ability to recall as well as process information, and is a type of memory that plays an important role throughout the course of our life. As such, it is evident that boosting working memory would improve various aspects of our lives, running the spectrum from our days in school […]

Coping with Grief and Loss: The Five Stages

The stages of mourning and grief are universal and are experienced by people from all walks of life. Mourning occurs in response to an individual’s own terminal illness, the loss of a close relationship, or to the death of a valued being, human or animal. There are five stages of normal grief that were first […]

Does Our Heartbeat Influence Our Sensory Awareness?

We don’t usually sense our heartbeat. Clearly, our brain somehow shuts down the perception of our heartbeat. How and why this happens is mostly unknown, but a new study published in The Journal of Neuroscience has unveiled some of the possible mechanisms and purposes underlying the silencing of our heartbeat. The heart takes shape very […]

Can Antibiotics Stop The Growth of New Brain Cells?

The discovery of penicillin in 1928 by Alexander Fleming was one of the greatest revolutions in the history of medicine. Since then, multiple molecules with antibiotic properties have been identified and the use of antibiotics has become generalized. But even though they can certainly save lives, antibiotics can also have serious adverse effects. Most of […]

Ketamine – More Than a Recreational Drug

Ketamine was first introduced in 1962. It was initially presented as a fast acting general anesthetic, being widely used as a battlefield anesthetic in the 1970s. Ketamine is considered a dissociative anesthetic – it creates an altered state of consciousness, distorting the perception of sound and vision, and producing a feeling of detachment from oneself […]

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