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Antibiotics that kill gut bacteria also stop growth of new brain cells

Antibiotics strong enough to kill off gut bacteria can also stop the growth of new brain cells in the hippocampus, a section of the brain associated with memory, reports a new study in mice. Researchers also uncovered a clue to why — a type of white b…

Executive powers in the nursery

A baby’s cry not only commands our attention, it also rattles our executive functions — the very neural and cognitive processes we use for making everyday decisions, according to a new study.

Vitamin E a potential biomarker for development of brain tumors

Researchers have studied possible causes behind the development of brain tumors. The results show differences in expression of certain molecules known as metabolites when comparing healthy individuals with people who would eventually develop brain tumo…

Alcohol intervention programs ineffective on fraternity members

Interventions designed to reduce alcohol use among fraternity members are no more effective than no intervention at all, according to an analysis of 25 years of research involving over 6,000…

New brain-training tool to help people cut drinking

An online exercise featured in the first episode of BBC One’s ‘Lose Weight for Love’ is now available to the public for free to help people who want to cut down on alcohol..

How depression and antidepressant drugs work

New research demonstrates the effectiveness of ketamine to treat depression in a mouse model of the disease. The brings together two hypotheses: 1) that depression results from deficits in GABA signaling and 2) that depression results from deficits in …