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Excerpt: Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea and the Deep Origins of Consciousness by Peter Godfrey-Smith explores what the octopus “brain” tells...

Toxic brain cells may drive many neurodegenerative disorders, study finds

While most of us haven't heard of astrocytes, these cells are four times as plentiful in the human brain as nerve cells. Now, a team led by researchers has found that astrocytes, which perform many indispensable functions in the brain, can take on a villainous character, destroying nerve cells and likely driving many neurodegenerative diseases.

21 Interesting Facts That Will Slaughter Your Boredom

12 minutes agoHumor : eBaum's World

Random bits of fascinating info to entertain your brain.

1 Mom and Her Toddler Are Both Fighting Cancer at the Same Time

In a rare and devastating stroke of bad luck, 31-year-old Heather Wilson is fighting an inoperable stage two brain tumor at the same time her 14-month-old daughter, London, is fighting a yolk sac tumor near her ovaries. The pair areShow More Summary

Talking To A Therapist Can Literally Rewire Your Brain

5 hours agoNews : Huffington Post

If you can change the way you think, you can change your brain. That’s the conclusion of a new study, which finds that challenging unhealthy thought patterns with the help of a therapist can lead to measurable changes in brain activity. In...Show More Summary

Understanding head injuries

Treatment for a head injury depends on the nature of the injury, whether or not there is bleeding in the brain, whether the bleeding is coming from an artery or a vein, and several other factors. Imaging may or may not be needed and doctors rely on well-established guidelines to determine when a CT or other scan is necessary. Show More Summary

‘The Walking Dead’ Cast May Be Better Off Hooking Up With The ‘Gilmore Girls’? [Opinion]

The cast of The Walking Dead might be better off giggling alongside The Gilmore Girls or joining the cast of The Big Bang Theory when it comes to money. Rather than piercing the brains of zombies, they can join the cast in sipping coffee or chatting on screen, which appears to be much more lucrative... Show More Summary

A new prognostic classification may help clinical decision-making in glioblastoma

(Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center) New research shows that taking molecular variables into account will improve the prognostic classification of the lethal brain cancer called glioblastoma (GBM). Published in the journal JAMA...Show More Summary

New avenue for anti-depressant therapy discovered

(Academy of Finland) Researchers have made a ground-breaking discovery revealing new molecular information on how the brain regulates depression and anxiety. In so doing, they identified a new molecule that alleviates anxiety and depressive behavior in rodents.

Heavy alcohol use in adolescence alters brain electrical activity

(University of Eastern Finland) Long-term heavy use of alcohol in adolescence alters cortical excitability and functional connectivity in the brain, according to a new study from the University of Eastern Finland and Kuopio University Hospital. Show More Summary

Why the Mind Is More Than the Brain

The brain and the mind exist in a symbiotic relationship in which they both affect each other, but in which neither is entirely the other.

'Molecular scissors' could point the way to genetic cures

Guan-En Graham is determined to find out exactly what happened to her father. When she was a child, he developed brain cancer. Since then, she has worked to understand the intricate genetic mechanisms that trigger brain diseases so that one day, perhaps, she can shut them down for good.

Multiple sclerosis patients may improve working memory and brain connectivity through magnetic stimulation

Researchers are reporting that multiple sclerosis (MS) patients may see an improvement in working memory and brain connectivity through magnetic stimulation. This magnetic stimulation is known as repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation...Show More Summary

High stress activity in the brain may indicate heart attack, stroke risk in future

10 hours agoHealth : Bel Marra Health

High stress activity in the brain may indicate a future risk of heart attack and stroke, according to new research. Ahmed Tawakol of Massachusetts General Hospital coauthored the recent study, which found that those with a higher level...Show More Summary

Sorry, But Your Brain Only Knows One Way To Multitask Effectively

Your brain can multitask really well when one of the tasks is a habit you've developed in that particular context. Your brain can multitask really well when one of the tasks is a habit you've developed in that particular context. The news that multitasking is bad isn't even news anymore. Show More Summary

When the brain scrambles names, it's because you love them

Mixing up family names is not related to a bad memory or to aging, but rather to how the brain categorizes names.

Testosterone Rex by Cordelia Fine review – men’s and women’s brains are not different

The psychologist provides more evidence that the inequality of the sexes in society is cultural not natural Cordelia Fine is an optimistic writer. In her two earlier books of popular neuroscience (A Mind of Its Own and Delusions of Gender),...Show More Summary

This New Designer Activewear Collection Is So Expensive Your Brain Might Melt

While $100-plus workout pants may not faze you anymore, this collection from Jonathan Simkhai at Carbon38 might stop you in your tracks. Self-described as "extravagant and show-stopping," you'll find $500 sporty jackets, eye-catching waistband designs, and tops unlike anything you've ever seen at the gym (just trust us... Show More Summary

Hair, Brain, and Bone Found Inside Teenager’s Ovary

16 hours agoHumor / odd : Weird Asia News

Life has a funny way of working out. In Vietnam, surgeons are under fire after leaving scissors inside a patient... The post Hair, Brain, and Bone Found Inside Teenager’s Ovary appeared first on Weird Asia News. Related posts: Controlling Robots With Your Brain Closer Than You Think Japanese Teenager Bullied into Suicide Fashionable “Cat Ears” from Japan Responds to Brain Waves

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