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Sweetened and Unsweetened Coffee Consumption Associated With Lower Death Risk

A cohort study has found that compared to non-coffee drinkers, adults who drank moderate amounts (1.5 to 3.5 cups per day) of unsweetened coffee or coffee sweetened with sugar were less likely to die during a 7-year follow up period.... Continue Reading →

Johns Hopkins Medicine Researchers Link Sugar-Studded Protein to Alzheimer’s Disease

In a bit of “reverse engineering” research using brain tissues from five people who died with Alzheimer’s disease, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers say they discovered that a special sugar molecule could play a key role in the development of Alzheimer’s... Continue Reading →

New study shows odor unpleasantness processed more quickly than perceived quality

A specially created odor delivery device, along with machine learning-based analysis of scalp-recorded electroencephalogram, has enabled researchers at the University of Tokyo to see when and where odors are processed in the brain. The study found that odor information in... Continue Reading →

A ‘factory reset’ for the brain cures anxiety, drinking behavior

Gene editing may be a potential treatment for anxiety and alcohol use disorder in adults who were exposed to binge drinking in their adolescence, according to the results of an animal study published in the journal Science Advances. The study... Continue Reading →

Is Hypersensitivity a Strength or a Weakness?

The word sensitivity is thrown around a lot in relation to a number of different things. It can refer both to the senses – that is, our ability to perceive the world around us – or to our tendency to be affected... Continue Reading →

Neural pathway key to sensation of pleasant touch identified

Studying mice, scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have identified a neural circuit and a neuropeptide -- a chemical messenger that carries signals between nerve cells -- that transmit the sensation known as pleasant touch from... Continue Reading →

Half of Older Adults Now Die With a Dementia Diagnosis, up Sharply From Two Decades Ago

Nearly half of all older adults now die with a diagnosis of dementia listed on their medical record, up 36% from two decades ago, a new study shows. But that sharp rise may have more to do with better public... Continue Reading →

Singing in the brain

For the first time, MIT neuroscientists have identified a population of neurons in the human brain that lights up when we hear singing, but not other types of music. These neurons, found in the auditory cortex, appear to respond to... Continue Reading →

Anxiety and Neuroticism Linked to Ability to Experience ASMR

New research from Northumbria University suggests a link between personality traits and the ability to experience the relaxing sensory phenomenon known as ASMR. The findings also show that it reduces anxiety in those who experience the sensation. A study has... Continue Reading →

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