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Child’s later-life intelligence ‘not influenced by parenting’

Contrary to some previous studies, new research from Florida State University finds that parental behavior is not a significant contributor to a child’s later-life intelligence.

What is an ‘unusual’ sexual fantasy?

In the week that news in North America has fiercely debated the ‘normality’ of atypical sexual fantasies, a new study attempts to define ‘deviant’ sexual fantasies, or paraphilias.

Study investigates why sadness is the longest-lasting emotion

Sadness seems to linger longer than feelings of shame, surprise or even boredom. Now, a new study suggests this is down to our tendency to ruminate over events that evoke sadness.

Breakdown in gut barriers to bacteria may promote inflammation and craving in alcoholics

Bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract fulfill many vital functions and are critical for digestion.

Fairness is in the brain

Ever wondered how people figure out what is fair? Look to the brain for the answer.

Even mild depressive symptoms result in poorer lumbar spinal stenosis surgery outcome

Even mild depressive symptoms can weaken the outcome of lumbar spinal stenosis surgery, according to a recent study completed at the University of Eastern Finland and Kuopio University Hospital.

Why scratching makes you itch more

Turns out your mom was right: scratching an itch only makes it worse. New research reveals that scratching causes the brain to release serotonin, which intensifies the itch sensation. Scientists uncovered serotonin’s role in controlling pain decades ag…

New molecule sneaks medicines across blood/brain barrier

Delivering life-saving drugs across the blood-brain barrier (BBB) might become a little easier thanks to a new study. In the new report, scientists describe an antibody, called ‘FC5,’ is one-tenth the size of a traditional antibody and able to cross th…

Possible cause of common dementia found, opening avenues for treatment

A major cause of dementia has been potentially discovered, scientists report. In the type of dementia studied, there is damage to the white matter (nerve fibres) of the brain apparent on computerized tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)…

Older brains benefit from all types of exercise

All physical activity benefits the brain. This is the main message of a new study that compared the effects of different kinds of exercise on cognition in older adults.