To experience beauty, we need to think

In a recent study, two of Immanuel Kant’s theories on experiencing beauty were assessed. The conclusion is that beauty might be in the eye of the beholder, but the beholder will need to think about it to appreciate it. Beauty is an ephemeral term. Many of us will find beauty in a tropical beach or…

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What’s coming next ? Scientists identify how the brain predicts speech

An international collaboration of neuroscientists has shed light on how the brain helps us to predict what is coming next in speech. In the study, publishing on April 25 in the open access journal PLOS Biology scientists from Newcastle University, UK, and a neurosurgery group at the University of Iowa, USA, report that they have discovered mechanisms in the…

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Study: Neurotransmitter Dopamine Plays Role in Human Bonding

  “Animal studies have shown the role of dopamine in bonding but this was the first scientific evidence that it is involved in human bonding,” said Northeastern University Professor Lisa Feldman Barrett, corresponding author of the study.   “That suggests that other animal research in this area could be directly applied to humans as well.”…

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Ultra-flexible, nanoelectronic thread (NET) brain probes have been designed that can achieve more reliable long-term neural recording than existing probes and don’t elicit scar formation when implanted. These smaller-than-a-capillary-sized probes could provide the reliable brain interface needed to control prosthetics, or follow the progression of neurodegenerative diseases. A rendering of the ultra-flexible probe in neural…

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MRIs predict which high-risk babies will develop autism as toddlers

  This first-of-its-kind study used MRIs to image the brains of infants, and then researchers used brain measurements and a computer algorithm to accurately predict autism before symptoms set in   Using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in infants with older siblings with autism, researchers from around the country were able to correctly predict 80 percent…

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Natural Remedies for Fibromyalgia

  Fibromyalgia is a complex disorder that causes pain and fatigue in the muscles. This pain tends to be on specific tender points on the body, including on the neck, shoulders, back, hips, arms, and legs, and occurs when pressure is put on them.   Doctors don’t really know what causes fibromyalgia. People of all…

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8 Herbs and Supplements to Help Treat Depression

Depression isn’t just feeling sad or “blue.” It is a serious mood disorder with symptoms that range from mild to debilitating, and potentially life-threatening.   Depression is a relatively common disorder in that it affects millions of people each year. People of all ages and ethnicities experience depression, including children and adolescents.   Depression does…

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Scientists recondition brain to fight fear

Fear-related anxiety disorders – such as phobias and post-traumatic stress disorder – affect millions of Americans. Although treatment options such as psychotherapy, medication, and alternative therapies are widely available, their success rates vary. A team of international neuroscientists may have found a way to “remove” specific fears from the brain.   Neuroscientists may have found…

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Stress ‘changes brains of boys and girls differently’

Very stressful events affect the brains of girls and boys in different ways, a Stanford University study suggests. A part of the brain linked to emotions and empathy, called the insula, was found to be particularly small in girls who had suffered trauma. But in traumatised boys, the insula was larger than usual. This could…

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Is there a new human species waiting to be discovered?

It may be time to add more branches to the human family tree. Researchers have come up with a estimation tool to determine the traits we have in common with early humans, Neanderthals and Denisovans, and how our histories crossed paths. In the process of comparing these ancient populations from 50,000 to 70,000 years ago…

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Researchers discover mass migration of inhibitory neurons into the brain’s frontal cortex after birth

Researchers at UC San Francisco have discovered a previously unknown mass migration of inhibitory neurons into the brain’s frontal cortex during the first few months after birth, revealing a stage of brain development that had previously gone unrecognized. The authors hypothesize that this late-stage migration may play a role in establishing fundamentally human cognitive abilities…

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Hippocampus: What is its Function?

  When learning about the human brain, it’s helpful to remember that even the most powerful computer in the world is no match for this part of the human body. With its billions of nerve cells, and the thousands and thousands of connections each nerve cell makes, the brain gives new meaning to the word…

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Depression: Discovery of new brain pathway could yield new treatments

  Scientists have discovered a new brain pathway that could be targeted to ease depression, paving the way for new treatments for patients who do not benefit from current antidepressant medications. [Antidepressants and a definition of depression] Researchers say their brain pathway discovery could lead to new treatments for depression. The research team, from the…

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Cerebellum: What is its Function?

  While the brain is complex and has billions of nerve cells, the basic anatomy is easy to understand. One part of the brain, the cerebellum, is involved in virtually all movement. That part of the brain helps a person drive, throw a ball, or walk across the room.   Problems with the cerebellum are…

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MRI Scans Of Human Brain Show Impact Of Alcohol And Tobacco

  Results from a brain imaging study at the Imperial College of London have brought us one step closer to comprehending how the of the mind works. In particular, scientists have gained some insight into brain diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, which required them to scan healthy subjects before they developed symptoms.   The new study…

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Graphene nanoribbons show promise for healing spinal injuries

  The combination of graphene nanoribbons made with a newly developed process and a common polymer could someday be of critical importance to healing damaged spinal cords in people, according to scientists.   X-ray of spine (stock image).   The combination of graphene nanoribbons made with a process developed at Rice University and a common…

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First results from world’s biggest body scanning project

Data from the first 5,000 UK Biobank participants taking part in the world’s largest health imaging study has been released for health researchers worldwide to use in their own research. Researchers unearthed some rather complicated patterns of correlation. For example, one pattern links brain imaging to intelligence, level of education, and a set of lifestyle…

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A New Sound Therapy Shows Promise in Easing High Blood Pressure and Migraines

  A new sound-based therapy appears to reduce blood pressure and ease migraine symptoms, according to a pair of small studies. The therapy initially reads brain activity through scalp sensors. That activity is then converted into a series of audible tones. The tones are then reflected back to the brain through earbuds in a matter…

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Childhood Cancer Deaths: Brain Cancer Overtakes Leukemia as Top Cause

  Leukemia is no longer the No. 1 cause of cancer deaths in children, but brain cancer has taken it’s place, according to a new report.   All pediatric cancer death rates have been dropping since the mid-1970s, according to the report released today (Sept. 16) from the National Center for Health Statistics. The report…

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Nanorobotic agents designed to travel in the human body to treat cancer

50 years after the release of the film ‘Fantastic Voyage,’ science upstages fiction Fifty years to the day after the film ‘Fantastic Voyage’ was first shown in theaters, researchers are unveiling a unique medical interventional infrastructure devoted to the fight against cancer. Their work enables microscopic nanorobotic agents to be guided through the vascular systems…

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Scientist Discovers A Virus That Could Cure Alzhiemer’s, Parkinson’s, And More

There is currently no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, and while available treatments can temporarily slow the worsening of dementia symptoms and improve quality of life for those suffering from it, they cannot stop the disease from progressing altogether. advertisement – learn more But Israeli scientist Beka Solomon may have made a major breakthrough for Alzheimer’s…

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Embryonic Gene reversing Ageing in Humans

The fountain of youth may reside in an embryonic stem cell gene named Nanog, suggests new research that may lead to treatments for conditions due to reduced bone strength, Alzheimer’s and other age-related disorders.   In a series of experiments at the University at Buffalo in New York, the gene kicked into action dormant cellular…

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Type 2 Diabetes in Teens reduces gray matter in brain

Diabetes Mellitus is a major lifestyle disease affecting millions of people around the world. The risk factors include obesity, stress, physical inactivity, familial causes, race and age. The patients may develop complications like nephropathy, neuropathy, cardiovascular disease, neurological disease, retinopathy, hearing impairment and cognitive impairment. Many studies showed the decline in the different domains of…

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The first human head transplant-Coming Soon

In 2017, Italian neurosurgeon Sergio Canavero attempts to perform the first human head transplant. This follows a series of earlier experiments with animals and human cadavers. In 2015, he announced plans to operate on a live human patient within two years. His goal appeared outlandish at first, but gained some credibility the following year, when…

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Simple Tips for Developing a Positive Attitude

Choose to be happy. Yes, it is a matter of choice. When negative thoughts enter your mind, just refuse to look at them, doing your best to substitute them with happy thoughts Look at the bright side of life. It’s a matter of choice and repeated attempts. Choose to be optimistic. Find reasons to smile…

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No Link Found Between Anesthesia and Mild Cognitive Impairment

A Mayo Clinic study of people who received anesthesia for surgery after age 40 found no association between the anesthesia and development of mild cognitive impairment later in life. Mild cognitive impairment is a stage between the normal cognitive decline of aging and dementia. The findings are published in the February issue of the medical…

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