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Chemical biologists unearth cause of a rare brain disorder

In pontocerebellar hypoplasia type 1b, two key biological structures are blocked from binding to one another — which ultimately stunts critical brain growth.

Regular trips out guard against depression in old age

Regular visits to the cinema, theatre or to museums could dramatically reduce the chances of becoming depressed in older age a new study has found. Researchers found a clear link between the frequency of ‘cultural engagement’ and the chances of someone…

Widespread brain alterations in children with callousness

Children with elevated levels of callous traits — such as a lack of remorse and disregard for other people’s feelings — show widespread differences in brain structure compared with children with lower levels of the traits, according to a new study.

Ritalin drives greater connection between brain areas key to memory, attention

Scientists have described increased connections between key parts of the brains of monkeys who have taken methylphenidate (Ritalin).

How bullying affects the structure of the teen brain

The effects of constantly being bullied are more than just psychological. Research now shows that there may be physical structural differences in the brains of adolescents who are regularly victimized, and this could increase the chance that they suffe…

Resting easy: Oxygen promotes deep, restorative sleep

Exposure to high levels of oxygen encourages the brain to remain in deep, restorative sleep, according to a new study.