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Placebo boosts brain activity in Parkinson’s patients

New study finds placebo is as good for boosting learning-related brain activity in Parkinson’s patients as a dopamine-enhancing drug – demonstrating the power of expectation.

Prison policies vary on treating transgender inmates, which could put inmates and institutions at risk

Gina Gibbs, a University of Cincinnati criminal justice doctoral student, presented a synopsis of the legal issues posed by such inmates at the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology.

Excess protein during brain development causes abnormalities and faulty connections in laboratory studies, may trigger schizophrenia

A gene associated with schizophrenia plays a role in brain development and may help to explain the biological process of the disease, according to new Rutgers research.

Full-day preschool associated with increased readiness for kindergarten

Children who attend full-day preschool have increased school readiness skills and attendance compared with children who attend part-day preschool, according to a new study in JAMA.

Protein Elevated in Blood Predicts Post-Concussion Symptom Severity in Professional Athletes

Elevated levels in the blood of the brain-enriched protein calpain-cleaved ┬▒II-spectrin N-terminal fragment, known as SNTF, shortly after sports-related concussion can predict the severity of post-concussion symptoms in professional athletes, new rese…

Mere expectation of treatment can improve brain activity in Parkinson’s patients

Learning-related brain activity in Parkinson’s patients improves as much in response to a placebo treatment as to real medication, according to a new study. “The findings highlight the power of expectations to drive changes in the brain,” said a co-aut…

Asymptomatic atherosclerosis linked to cognitive impairment

In a study of nearly 2,000 adults, researchers found that a buildup of plaque in the body’s major arteries was associated with mild cognitive impairment. Atherosclerosis is a condition in which fat, cholesterol and other substances collect in the arter…

Gene discovered that reduces risk of stroke

A gene that protects people against one of the major causes of stroke in young and middle-aged adults has been discovered, and researchers say that it could hold the key to new treatments.

Rejecting unsuitable suitors goes against the grain

You’re at a slumber party with your friends. One friend asks “if a guy at school asked you out, but you weren’t really attracted to him, would you go?

School readiness of at-risk children can be boosted by self-regulation intervention

An intervention that uses music and games to help preschoolers learn self-regulation skills is helping prepare at-risk children for kindergarten, a new study from Oregon State University shows.