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Can autism be measured in a sniff?

Imagine the way you might smell a rose. You’d take a nice big sniff to breathe in the sweet but subtle floral scent. Upon walking into a public restroom, you’d likely do just the opposite — abruptly limiting the flow of air through your nose. Now, res…

Can autism be measured in a sniff?

Imagine the way you might smell a rose. You’d take a nice big sniff to breathe in the sweet but subtle floral scent. Upon walking into a public restroom, you’d likely do just the opposite — abruptly limiting the flow of air through your nose. Now, res…

Water to understand the brain

To observe the brain in action, scientists and physicians use imaging techniques, among which functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) is the best known. These techniques are not based on direct observations of electric impulses from activated neur…

Intrusiveness of old emotional memories can be reduced by computer game play procedure

Unwanted, intrusive visual memories are a core feature of stress- and trauma-related clinical disorders such as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), but they can also crop up in everyday life. New research shows that even once intrusive memories have …

Major depression tied to smaller hippocampus

The hippocampus – an area of the brain involved in forming new memories – is significantly smaller in people with major depression, says a large international study.

New epigenetic mechanism revealed in brain cells

For decades, researchers in the genetics field have theorized that the protein spools around which DNA is wound, histones, remain constant in the brain, never changing after development in the womb.

Sleep deprivation could reduce intrusive memories of traumatic scenes

A good night’s sleep could be the wrong response to traumaA good night’s sleep has long been recommended to those who have experienced a traumatic event.

Statins ‘lower aggression in men but increase it in women’

Women who take the cholesterol-lowering drugs statins may experience increased aggression, a new study suggests, while men who take them may have reduced aggression.

St John’s Wort side effects warning

The popular herbal medicine St. John’s Wort, commonly used in the treatment of depression, has been found to cause the same adverse reactions as prescription antidepressants in a new study…

Rise in numbers of teenagers given antipsychotics

Teenagers between 13 and 18 are being treated more with antipsychotics, and mostly for conditions that do not involve psychosis, study suggests.