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( Research breakthrough on birth defect affecting brain size
May 1st 2024, 19:36

A team has identified a molecular cellular mechanism that is linked to microencephaly, a condition in which a baby's head is much smaller than expected.

( Brain imaging study reveals connections critical to human consciousness
May 1st 2024, 15:29

A new study involved high-resolution scans that enabled the researchers to visualize brain connections at submillimeter spatial resolution. Together, these pathways form a 'default ascending arousal network' that sustains wakefulness in the resting, conscious human brain.

( Sleep resets brain connections -- but only for first few hours
May 1st 2024, 12:58

During sleep, the brain weakens the new connections between neurons that had been forged while awake -- but only during the first half of a night's sleep, according to a new study.

( Scientists identify new brain circuit in mice that controls body's inflammatory reactions
May 1st 2024, 12:58

The brain can direct the immune system to an unexpected degree, capable of detecting, ramping up and tamping down inflammation, shows a new study in mice.

( Social-media break has huge impact on young women's body image, study finds
May 1st 2024, 12:57

There's a large and growing body of evidence pointing to potentially negative impacts of social media on mental health, from its addictive nature to disruptions in sleep patterns to effects on body image. Now, a new study has found that young women who took a social media break for as little as one week had a significant boost in self-esteem and body image -- particularly those most vulnerable to thin-ideal internalization.

( Understanding youth nicotine use to prevent initiation and escalation
May 1st 2024, 12:57

Using multiple nicotine products can be associated with higher levels of nicotine dependence among youth and increased mortality in adults, compared with the use of one product alone. Researchers have now uncovered factors that contribute to adolescents using multiple nicotine products. These findings, they say, will help inform efforts to prevent escalation from single to multiple product use.

( New mRNA cancer vaccine triggers fierce immune response to fight malignant brain tumor
May 1st 2024, 12:57

An mRNA cancer vaccine quickly reprogrammed the immune system to attack the most aggressive type of brain tumor in a first-ever human clinical trial.

( Nutrient research reveals pathway for treating brain disorders
May 1st 2024, 12:51

The team discovered that an essential nutrient called choline is transported into the brain, across the blood-brain barrier, by a protein transporter called FLVCR2. This is discovery will inform future design of drugs for diseases such as Alzheimer's and stroke, mimicking choline so they can be smuggled into the brain.

( Losing keys and everyday items 'not always sign of poor memory'
May 1st 2024, 11:16

The mysteries of how memory works are explained in a new book that suggests anyone can boost their powers of recall -- and that losing your keys is normal.

( Virtual reality environment for teens may offer an accessible, affordable way to reduce stress
May 1st 2024, 10:10

Working with teens, researchers designed RESeT: a snowy virtual world with six activities intended to improve mood. In a 3-week study of 44 teens, researchers found that most of the teens used the technology about twice a week without being prompted and reported lower stress levels after using the environment.

( Women are 40% more likely to experience depression during the perimenopause
May 1st 2024, 09:17

Women are 40% more likely to experience depression in the perimenopause than those who aren't experiencing any menopausal symptoms, finds a new study.

( Time zones and tiredness strongly influence NBA results, study of 25,000 matches shows
May 1st 2024, 09:16

The body clock has a significant impact on the performance of NBA players. Data shows vastly better win ratio for home teams from the Western Time Zone Area (PDT) when playing an EDT team, compared to vice versa.

( A blood test for stroke risk? Biomarker for risk of future cerebrovascular disease
May 1st 2024, 09:16

A simple blood test could allow doctors to determine whether a person may be at higher risk for stroke or cognitive decline during their lifetime, according to a new study.

( Breakthrough in complex pain management
Apr 30th 2024, 18:03

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is a chronic and debilitating pain disorder, typically considered lifelong with limited treatment options. Now, groundbreaking research finds that early detection and effective treatment can lead to significant recovery within 18 months, offering hope to millions of people worldwide.

( Student links worm behavior to brain disease
Apr 30th 2024, 18:03

An undergraduate student turns her honor's thesis into a peer-reviewed publication on schizophrenia research.

( Researchers reveal a new approach for treating degenerative diseases
Apr 30th 2024, 14:56

Proteins are the workhorses of life. Organisms use them as building blocks, receptors, processors, couriers and catalysts. A protein's structure is critical to its function. Malformed proteins not only fail to carry out their tasks, they can accumulate and eventually gum up the inner workings of cells. As a result, misfolded proteins cause a variety of degenerative diseases, from Alzheimer's and Parkinson's to the blinding disease retinitis pigmentosa. These disorders are currently incurable.

( An omega-6 fatty acid may reduce the risk for bipolar disorder
Apr 30th 2024, 13:18

A genetic propensity to higher circulating levels of lipids containing arachidonic acid, an omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acid found in eggs, poultry, and seafood, has been found to be linked with a lower risk for bipolar disorder. This new evidence paves the way for potential lifestyle or dietary interventions.

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Michael Reeder LCPC
Baltimore, MD

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