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Are You Addicted To Your Mobile? You Could Be At Increased Risk Of Depression and Anxiety

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Many people have expressed concerns about the possibility of mobile phones damaging our brains, but now scientists have found that it’s not the use of the devices themselves, but our addiction to them, which may lead to anxiety and depression. It’s not uncommon for the public to fear new technologies; it happened with the invention of televisions, video games, and ...

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The Reason Why We Remember Some Events, Places and Things More Easily Than Others

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Have you ever wondered why we’re able to remember some things more easily than others? If so, you’ll be interested in the latest research from the Center for Neuroscience at the University of California, which concludes that our brains are able to prioritise rewarding memories over other kinds of memories, and that they reinforce these particular memories by replaying them ...

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Plaques Associated With Alzheimer’s Found in The Brains of People With Head Injuries

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Scientists from the Department of Medicine at Imperial College London have just released the results of a study which show that the protein clumps or amyloid plaques associated with Alzheimer’s disease have also been found in the brains of middle-aged people who have suffered a head injury. While previous studies have shown that these plaques are present shortly after a ...

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Why Women Have an Increased Risk of Stroke After Menopause

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A new study by scientists at the University of Pittsburgh goes a long way to explain why women have an increased risk of stroke following the menopause. The researchers found that it may be due to a compound produced by the body known as 2-methoxyestradiol (2-ME), which comes from estrogen. The research was published in a recent edition of the ...

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How Music and Language Shape Our Brains

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A researcher from Northwestern University in the United States has found a way to measure how our brains make sense of sound, and has suggested that the ability of our brain to process sound is influenced by a variety of things, including learning new languages, playing music, hearing loss and hearing disorders, and even aging. Professor Nina Kraus, director of ...

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Could Some People be Hardwired to Prefer High Calorie Food?

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Have you ever wondered why you’re more inclined to choose a bar of chocolate rather than a piece of fruit? While you may have put it down to willpower, it now appears that some of us may have brains that are ‘hardwired’ to have cravings for foods which have a high fat and sugar content. Researchers at Imperial College London ...

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A Dormant Retrovirus May Be Responsible Neuronal Damage in ALS Patients

Neuronal Damage

Researchers at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) have discovered that a dormant retrovirus may have been responsible for causing neuronal damage in a number of patients with ALS – amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Their findings raise hope that finding a way to block the virus with antiretroviral drugs may be of benefit to some ALS patients. The ...

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