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Could Some People be Hardwired to Prefer High Calorie Food?

Chocolate cake

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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Low-dose Lithium Able to Decrease Involuntary Motor Movements in Parkinson’s Patients

Giving low doses of lithium has been shown to reduce the amount of involuntary motor movements in a mouse model of Parkinson’s disease. Involuntary movements are one of the most troubling side effects of the most common types of medication given to people with Parkinson’s disease. Now scientists have found a way to reduce these movements by administering low-dose lithium. ...

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Brain Structures Involved in Delayed Gratification Identified

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Researchers at McGill University have been able to identify the specific areas of the brain which are involved in delayed gratification. The study, which was published recently in the European Journal of Neuroscience, was able to demonstrate that the area of the brain associated with memory, the hippocampus, and the area associated with pleasure, the nucleus accumbens, work collectively when ...

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The Effects of Recreational Drugs on your Brain

The Effects of Recreational Drugs on your Brain

We’re all well aware that taking recreational drugs can alter your perception of the world, but what are they doing to our brains to engender these feelings? Tripping on magic mushrooms The main psychoactive ingredient in magic mushrooms, psilocybin, alters the mind by calming the normal brain activity and stimulating new connections between areas of the brain that don’t usually ...

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The Brain of an Addict

The Brain of an Addict

Studies have shown that prolonged drug abuse can actually alter the physical and chemical structures of the brain, and even produce a brain disorder, called addiction or dependence. Drug addiction is distinguished by a pathological longing for drugs to the point where a want becomes a need. Seeking out drugs and taking drugs evolve into activities that take up a ...

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The Link Between Creativity and Mental Illness

Great comedians not only make us laugh, they reveal bizarre observations and unusual connections that they’ve drawn from the world around them. Connections that most every day people wouldn’t normally dream of. Who else among our population has this ability? Highly creative people such as artists, poets, and novelists, and as it turns out, those with certain mental illnesses, such ...

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Stem Cell Breakthrough – Hope for Parkinson’s

TGF-beta Molecule

Results published in Cell Stem Cell from researchers based at a university in Sweden have taken a key step forward in using stem cells to replace the nerve cells lost in Parkinson’s. Stem cells are ‘unspecialised’ cells which can develop into almost any cell in the body. They are found in early embryos, foetuses, umbilical cords and also in some adult tissues. The ...

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