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Multitasking: is it Overrated?

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 15:25:19 +0000

The ability to multitask is usually viewed positively. But does it help in improving productivity? New research indicates that this is highly unlikely. For years we have been hearing and being allured by the term multitasking, with many of us unwittingly believing that it is something supernatural and too good to neglect, and we ought […]

Nootropic Effects of Psychedelic and Addictive Substances

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 15:30:47 +0000

In my previous article on the subject of nootropics, I was writing about brain enhancing effects of some medicines and natural compounds. There is, however, a large number of nootropics that received little recognition from official science and remain rather poorly studied. There is a good reason for this too – these compounds tend to […]

Do We Sense Each Other’s Sickness?

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 15:00:08 +0000

Social behavior is important for our survival as a species. But social interaction also gives pathogens a chance to spread, and it thereby increases our exposure to infection. Our immune system is a complex defense system that has evolved to protect us from infections. Therefore, it makes sense to assume that our immune system must […]

Nurturing the Brain – Part 11, Magnesium

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 15:00:50 +0000

Magnesium is everywhere – it does not occur free in nature, only in combination with other elements, but it is the eighth most abundant chemical element in the Earth’s crust and the third most abundant element in seawater; it is even the ninth most abundant in the Milky Way. In the human body, magnesium is […]

Nootropics: How Smart Can You Get on Smart Drugs?

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 15:00:51 +0000

The use of smart drugs is becoming “trendy”. Lots of people are taking various substances regularly, many others try them from time to time. The idea of enhancing the brain’s ability, or tapping into its unused reservoir is definitely sexy, and many people are actively looking for information on this subject. The shortage of scientifically […]

New Breakthroughs in Concussion Diagnostics

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 15:00:31 +0000

Concussion is the most common form of traumatic brain injury. While serious concussions present with overt symptoms, the diagnosis of mild concussions remains a clinical difficulty. Researchers recently developed two novel methods for the diagnosis of concussion that may aid in the identification of less severe traumatic brain injuries. A concussion is a relatively common […]

Prevention Is the Best Medicine for Dementia

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 15:00:29 +0000

Population aging is bringing about a substantial increase in the prevalence of neurocognitive disorders. Current projections estimate that, by 2050, more that 130 million people will be affected by dementia worldwide. As experts assemble to devise strategies to face this incoming challenge, one conclusion stands out: prevention is crucial. The goal of prevention is obvious: […]

Are Sleep Apps Effective Tools For Behavioral Change?

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 15:00:04 +0000

Smartphones are technological Swiss Army knives – easy to carry and, thanks to apps, able to do almost anything. All you need is a smartphone and an internet connection to unfold a thousand tools. Apps make communication, traveling, working, and entertainment easier. And they can also allow us to monitor and manage our health, fitness […]

HIV Reservoirs: Does The Virus Hide in the Brain?

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 15:00:16 +0000

Treatment advances over the last several decades have dramatically extended the lifespan of patients with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). However, a continuing problem in HIV treatment is the ability of the virus to remain dormant in a small number of cells throughout the body, including some areas of the brain. Researchers at the University of […]

Mental Health, Drug Approval, and Biomedical Research in the 21st Century

Wed, 05 Jul 2017 15:00:58 +0000

A few weeks before the end of 2016, which was also a few weeks before the end of a congressional session and the end of President Barack Obama’s time in office, the 21st Century Cures Act became law. It had been passed with overwhelming support in the House of Representatives and the Senate and it […]

RNA Storage in Neurons Contributes to Brain Plasticity

Mon, 03 Jul 2017 18:52:03 +0000

The brain shows a remarkable ability to adapt to environmental stimuli that is critical to the process of learning and memory. This flexibility is attributable in part to rapid modifications of neuronal structure and function. A recent study has illuminated how these rapid changes take place, involving the storage of a readily releasable pool of […]

Best and Worst in Health and Healthcare – May 2017

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 15:30:59 +0000

In May, next generation therapies took the spotlight: brain-computer interfaces, brain training, tDCS, DNA vaccines, probiotics… Yet, they weren’t all successful. Here’s the best and worst news of May. The best Brain–computer interface therapy for post-stroke motor rehabilitation Functional recovery from motor disabilities can be a major challenge following stroke. A new study tested a […]

Best and Worst of Neuroscience and Neurology – May 2017

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 15:30:39 +0000

What is genetic basis of our intelligence? How to stimulate deep areas of the brain? How to prevent Alzheimer’s disease?  How to slash the cost of treatment of multiple sclerosis? These are some of the questions highlighted in this monthly review of research literature. As usual, while we answer some questions, research studies also dispel […]

The Neuroanatomy of Gossips

Mon, 29 May 2017 15:30:32 +0000

We talk a lot. We are the only species on the planet that exchange information predominantly through talking. Other species, such as dolphins or primates, have their own languages, but they do not rely on verbal communication to the same degree, almost to the exclusion of other communication channels, as we do. Verbal communication is […]

Best and Worst of Neuroscience and Neurology – April 2017

Wed, 17 May 2017 15:30:56 +0000

The number of neuroscience publications steadily grows over the years. In 2006, around 27,000 paper on this subject were published, while in 2015 this number went up to almost 37,000. This is a seriously big increase that reflects the importance of brain science and the growing interest in this field of research. The selection of […]