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How Poverty Makes Children’s Brains More Susceptible To Depression

Stark and rising socioeconomic inequalities plague many countries, including the United States, and politicians, economists, and—fortunately—scientists, are debating its causes and solutions. But the effects of inequality’s may go beyond simple access to opportunity: a new study finds that socioeconomic disadvantage can actually induce permanent changes in brain connectivity that put poor children at higher … Continue reading

What To Know About The French Clinical Trial That Left One Person Brain-Dead, Five Others Hospitalized

One person is in a coma and five others are in critical condition after a drug trial in France went terribly wrong, the country’s health ministry announced Friday. In a statement, French Health Minister Marisol Touraine reported that a “serious accident” occurred during a Phase 1 clinical trial of an oral drug meant to treat certain … Continue reading

Scientists Break Through Blood-Brain Barrier To Treat Cancer Patient, Making Medical History

For the first time, doctors have broken through the blood-brain barrier in order to treat a brain disease non-invasively, marking an exciting new frontier in medicine. Dr. Todd Mainprize, a neurosurgeon in the Hurvitz Brain Sciences Program at the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, along with a team of other neuroscientists, pioneered the revolutionary … Continue reading

“Body Integrity Identity Disorder”: The Bizarre Condition That Drove A Woman To Blind Herself With Drain Cleaner

A North Carolina woman has purposely blinded herself with the help of a psychologist due to a rare condition that causes a person to long  to be disabled, according to the Huffington Post. Jewel Shuping, 30, had her psychologist pour drain cleaner in her eyes and over the course of several months, she fulfilled a … Continue reading

Brain-To-Brain Communication May Soon Be A Reality

Imagine being able to communicate with others through only your thoughts. No words, no signs are exchanged: only pure information traveling directly from one brain to another. Of course, that is the stuff of dreams and science-fiction flicks: in the real world, the closest that scientists have come to establishing direct communication between brains involves … Continue reading

How Stress Can Raise Your Risk Of Developing Alzheimer’s

Chronic stress has been shown to increase the risk of a number of negative health outcomes, including heart disease, cancer and dementia. The means by which stress contributes to the development of these conditions, however, aren’t as clear. But now, researchers from the University of Florida may have an answer to the question of how … Continue reading

Study Shows 96% Of Former NFL Players Have Degenerative Brain Disease

Player safety concerns have shaken the National Football League in recent years as a growing body of evidence has linked head injuries suffered on the field with major long-term health issues. Even with new rules aimed at reducing the risk of serious head trauma, injuries are still commonplace: It’s only a few weeks into the … Continue reading

Popular Antidepressant Is ‘Ineffective And Unsafe’ For Young People, Study Concludes

An antidepressant often prescribed to teenagers may be “ineffective and unsafe” for the populations it is supposed to help, according to a groundbreaking reanalysis of a 14-year-old study. The research, published this week in The BMJ, contradicts earlier findings that paroxetine — sold under the labels Paxil, Aropax and Seroxat — is safe for people … Continue reading

Scientists Studying Stroke-Related Brain Damage Just Made A Breakthrough Discovery About The Source Of Addiction

Scientists studying stroke-related brain damage may have just stumbled upon a major breakthrough in our understanding of addiction.  While monitoring the recovery of more than 150 stroke patients who were all smokers, researchers found that those who suffered a stroke in a brain region called the insular cortex were far more likely to quit smoking … Continue reading

Sadness Can Literally Change The Way You See The World, Study Finds

Being sad can, quite literally, change the way we see the world around us. New research published in the journal Psychological Science finds that sadness can affect our vision, making the world appear more gray, by impairing the neural processes involved in color perception. “Color is such an important part of our experience,” lead author … Continue reading

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