Have you ever heard the phrase “suspense is in the air?” For the first time, scientists are discovering that there is actually truth to this old saying. A new study conducted by the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry and the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz studied the air in various movie theaters as people watched … Read More

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

It’s indisputable that cancer, especially when terminal, causes deep emotional pain. This pain is often hard to cope with and hard to treat. Recently, some scientists and doctors have been relying on the use of a familiar but unconventional drug to treat emotional pain: “magic mushrooms.” A new article published by Newsweek details a patient named Dinah Bazer, … 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

MiR-182 is a newly discovered RNA molecule that has potentially momentous influence on the way we treat glioblastoma mulitforme, the deadliest known variant of brain cancer. According to a study conducted at the Feinberg School of Medicine in Northwestern University, this small molecule has the ability to suppress cancer at the source by repressing certain genes … 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

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

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

We all know the saying that dogs are our best friends. However, a new study suggests that this bond may transcend mere friendship: studying dogs might help us cure glioblastoma, the most deadly variant of brain cancer. This study, conducted at the Swedish University of Agricultural Science and Uppsala University, suggests that analyzing the underlying … Read More

Ebola continues to be a subject of interest among medical professionals. With a fatality rate of around 50% and a terrifying manner of death–making its victims bleed out from every orifice after days, or even weeks, of suffering–the disease is one of the most talked about and deadliest in the world. In this study, 82 survivors of … 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

In an earlier article, we discussed schizophrenia, a commonly misunderstood disease with negative connotations being placed on it due to various fallacies–so let’s get the facts straight. Impacting nearly 1% of the total human population, schizophrenia is a devastating mental illness that originates from impaired brain development that eventually leads to imbalanced signaling in the … 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

Animals are born with many natural instincts and reflexes. Yet, we as humans possess a unique ability that is “trust”. We have faith in whom we trust, and we place our confidence accordingly. This ability is a key part of being a human, and it is essential to our physical and mental well-being to have someone … Read More

Here’s a frightening statistic: every day, 22 American heroes commit suicide because of the stress they experienced on the battlefield in the past. Furthermore, many avoid treatment for their Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and find their lives spiraling out of control. But what is PTSD, and how does it impact these veterans in such a devastating … Read More

When we think about mental illness, one of the first conditions that comes to mind is schizophrenia. Strictly defined, schizophrenia is a chronic, severe, and disabling brain disorder where patients hear voices others do not. Understandably, this is terrifying for the patients since they commonly believe that these voices are attempting to dictate their thoughts. However, … Read More

A research team, including senior author David Glanzman of the Integrative Biology and Physiology and Neurobiology departments at UCLA, has found that early Alzheimer’s patients may be able to restore lost memories by reestablishing connections between neurons in the brain. Neurons are long cells that are essentially weaved together in a neural network. Messages are sent from … Read More

Can being preoccupied or absorbed affect our senses? A new study published in the Journal of Neuroscience by UCL reports that deep attention on a visual task can momentarily make one “deaf” to normal level sound. Brain scans of 13 volunteers revealed that people engaged in a challenging visual task exhibited reduced brain responses to sound … Read More

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