It’s pretty much common understanding these days that when it comes to politics, the general public is a tough nut to crack. This is especially relevant today with President Donald Trump’s recent win over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, changing the White House from blue back to red for the first time in eight years. The … Read More

Headers have always been an integral and aesthetically pleasing part of soccer (or football if you’re not from the United States of America), but new research has found that the common action actually negatively affects the user’s brain. A team of researchers has recently discovered that a single session of heading practice results in temporary impairment in memory … Read More

Jennifer Reilly, an active, healthy 27-year-old woman, was surprised to wake in the night with an agonizing headache. The next day, she related the incident to a co-worker, who insisted she see a doctor. At the UCLA Medical Center, Dr. Liebeskind informed her that she’d had a stroke. “I was really skeptical,” said Reilly. She … Read More

Obesity is one of the most prevalent disorders in the US, affecting over a third of adults. A disease resulting largely from over-eating or an unhealthy diet, obesity occurs when excess fatty deposits build up around one’s body. As a risk factor for many other chronic diseases, it is a serious condition and a leading research topic of today. … Read More

Which is smarter–a computer, or one’s brain? Though most people may be compelled to say that a human brain would win in a toss-up, there are some aspects in which the brain falls short. For instance, humans don’t quite measure up in reaction time. While computers can make complex decisions in a thousandth of a second, humans find themselves … Read More

In recent times, a movement against vaccinations has slowly developed. Parents argue that vaccines cause severe side effects and potentially autism spectrum disorders. However, the scientific community defends vaccines since no concrete studies back the claims of the critics. In addition, rejecting vaccines result in dangerous consequences. One particular disease that all adolescents should be vaccinated against is meningococcal disease. … Read More

Cinnamon is most commonly used as a topping, a flavorful addition to everyday treats such as bread, lattes, and cereal. But now, scientists at Rush University Medical Center have discovered an astounding new use for America’s favorite spice. According to the new study, published online in the July issue of the Journal of Neuroimmune Pharmacology, consuming cinnamon … Read More

Sometimes, the unbelievable can happen. He said his mother died 15 years ago, but when he turned around, he swore he saw her for a split second. When he looked back, there was nothing there. This was the experience of Jordan Grafman, a cognitive neuroscientist and the director of brain injury research at the Rehabilitation … Read More

Have you ever wondered whether a bigger brain is a smarter brain? Scientists have pondered this question for ages: why do some species have larger brains compared to their body mass, while others have tiny brains and massive bodies? In the past, scientists believed that bigger brains relative to body size were more intelligent, but there … Read More

Have you ever considered that Veritaserum, the powerful truth serum from Harry Potter, might exist? Chemists and pharmacologists actually had Professor Snape’s potion ingenuity and synthesized amobarbital: a widely used truth serum in psychological therapy. However, amobarbital is merely a member of the barbiturates, a group of drugs famous for their depressing effects on the central nervous … Read More

More than one-third of the US population is considered obese. A condition that is becoming more and more common among Americans, obesity has caused national concern due to its connection to serious illnesses such as diabetes, stroke, and cancer. Recently, researchers from the University of Kentucky have discovered a genetic marker that provides new insight on the disease. … Read More

We all know the various detrimental health effects that obesity can cause to our bodies, but a new study published in the journal Neurobiology of Aging reveals a new potentially serious threat: obesity can cause our brains to age faster than normal. The cross-sectional study, which was conducted by the Cambridge Centre for Aging and Neuroscience, … Read More

The brain is one of the most complex organs in the human body. It acts as the control center and manages the body’s physiological systems via complex networks and pathways. As commonly shown in research, and even in popular media, the brain’s functions tend to decline with age. But what is the reason behind this? How … Read More

A concussion is the least serious, but most common, type of traumatic brain injury. Symptoms of brain concussions can include headaches, disturbed vision, memory loss, trouble with balance and coordination, problems with concentration, and even loss of consciousness. Although a concussion is usually temporary and a full recovery is more than possible, the Canadian Medical Association … Read More

Is it possible to enter a dream state whenever we’d like? Neuroscientists at UC Berkeley can send a sleeping mouse into the land of dreams. Their study showed that an optogenetic switch (on/off switch for neurons) implanted into nerve cells of the brain’s medulla can activate or inactivate neurons. With neuronal activation, the sleeping mice entered REM sleep within seconds. REM sleep is a dream … Read More

According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, about 913,000 people in America were classified with cocaine dependence or as cocaine abusers in 2014. The Drug Abuse Warning Network found that in 2011, cocaine was involved in 505,224 of emergency department visits for drug misuse and abuse. Cocaine is a powerful drug that can have … Read More

Genetics plays a major role in human development and health. Our genes code for just about everything in our bodies; how things will be made, what they will be made with, where they will end up, etc. One of the most important areas in our bodies that our genes code for is the brain and the … Read More

The concept may sound crazy at first. Killing brain cancer cells with skin cells. How could that possibly work? Well, pharmacy researchers at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill have successfully been able to turn skin cells into, essentially, brain cancer cell predators–cells that search and destroy brain tumors. The concept of reprogramming skin cells is not … Read More

Each of us has unique fingerprints and DNA. But now, Yale University researchers have revealed a new identifier: our brains. Co-author Emily Finn, a Yale neuroscience student, says that we intuitively recognize that we have unique personalities that are easy to observe from the outside, but very tough to observe from the inside. Yet, it is … Read More

For the first time, scientists including Michael R. Johnson and his associates were able to identify gene clusters M1 and M3 that they believe have the power to influence cognitive functions, such as memory, attention, processing speed, and reasoning. As a part of their study, the researchers examined the brains of epileptic patients that had recently … Read More

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