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Brain teaser: 3-D printed ’tissue’ to help combat disease

A bench-top brain that accurately reflects actual brain tissue would be significant for researching not only the effect of drugs, but brain disorders like schizophrenia, and degenerative brain disease. Researchers have now completed 3-D printing a six-…

If you’re using drugs, scientists want to help you avoid addiction

Abstinence is the best way to avoid drug addiction. But in many societies, drug use is the norm, not the exception, especially by youth. What keeps the majority of users from becoming addicted? How drugs are taken has something to do with it, according…

Study sheds surprising light on the causes of cerebral palsy

Cerebral palsy is the most common cause of physical disability in children. It has historically been considered to be caused by factors such as birth asphyxia, stroke and infections in the developing brain of babies. In a new game-changing study, a res…

‘Brain training’ app could help people with schizophrenia

A new computer game has been developed by scientists that could improve the episodic memory and everyday functioning of people with schizophrenia.

Modern nuclear disasters: biggest risk is mental, not physical illness

Fukushima has had no physical impact on human health but will have lasting social and psychological ones, say leading radiological protection experts.

Young adults with autism show improved social function following UCLA skills program

Gains from ‘PEERS’ training persist 16 weeks laterResearchers at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA have found that a social skills program for high-functioning young…

Discovery about brain protein causes rethink on development of Alzheimer’s disease

A protein involved in the progression of Alzheimer’s disease also has properties that could be helpful for human health, a research study has found. The discovery helps researchers better understand the complicated brain chemistry behind the developmen…

Parents inclined to misjudge child happiness based on personal feelings

Parents’ estimations of their children’s happiness differ significantly from the child’s own assessment of their feelings, according to a new study. Research showed parents of 10 and 11-year-olds consistently overestimated their child’s happiness, whil…

The body and the brain: The impact of mental and physical exertion on fatigue development

Do you ever notice how stress and mental frustration can affect your physical abilities? When you are worried about something at work, do you find yourself more exhausted at the end of the day?

Depressed females have over-active glutamate receptor gene

Numerous genes that regulate the activity of a neurotransmitter in the brain have been found to be abundant in brain tissue of depressed females.