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A Discovery That “Literally Changes the Textbook”

The network of nerves connecting our eyes to our brains is sophisticated and researchers have now shown that it evolved much earlier than previously thought, thanks to an unexpected source: the gar fish. Michigan State University’s Ingo Braasch has helped... Continue Reading →

‘Zombie’ genes? Research shows some genes come to life in the brain after death

In the hours after we die, certain cells in the human brain are still active. Some cells even increase their activity and grow to gargantuan proportions, according to new research from the University of Illinois Chicago. In a newly published... Continue Reading →

Sugar not so nice for your child’s brain development, study suggests

Sugar practically screams from the shelves of your grocery store, especially those products marketed to kids. Children are the highest consumers of added sugar, even as high-sugar diets have been linked to health effects like obesity and heart disease and... Continue Reading →

Brain Cells Decide on Their Own When to Release Pleasure Hormone

In addition to smoothing out wrinkles, researchers have found that the drug Botox can reveal the inner workings of the brain. A new study used it to show that feedback from individual nerve cells controls the release of dopamine, a... Continue Reading →

Accelerated Cellular Aging Associated With Mortality Seen in Depressed Individuals

Cells from individuals with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) were found to have higher than expected rates of methylation at specific sites on their DNA, when compared to cells from healthy individuals without MDD, according to a study by a multidisciplinary... Continue Reading →

Unwanted Weight Gain or Weight Loss During the Pandemic? Blame Your Stress Hormones

If you have experienced unwanted weight gain or weight loss during the pandemic, you are not alone. According to a poll by the American Psychological Association, 61% of U.S. adults reported undesired weight change since the pandemic began. The results, released in... Continue Reading →

Thirteen New Alzheimer’s Genes Identified

In the first study to use whole genome sequencing (WGS) to discover rare genomic variants associated with Alzheimer’s disease (AD), researchers have identified 13 such variants (or mutations). In another novel finding, this study establishes new genetic links between AD... Continue Reading →

Vitamins for Your Neurons

The brain has an enormous capacity to adapt to its environment. This ability to continuously learn and form new memories thanks to its malleability, is known as brain plasticity. One of the most important mechanisms behind brain plasticity is the... Continue Reading →

The Preferred Jobs of Serial Killers and Psychopaths

The startling arrest of the elusive Golden State Killer, aka the East Area Rapist/Original Night Stalker/Diamond Knot Killer/Visalia Ransacker in what was arguably the most vexing and disturbing constellation of interlinked cold cases in American history, has raised more questions than... Continue Reading →

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