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The Science of Raising a Friendly Psychopath

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 16:00:24 +0000

What makes someone a psycopath? Nature or Nurture? And can we stop at risk children from growing up into dangerous adult psycopaths? One of the oldest queries in psychology — Nature Vs Nurture — asks if what makes us who we are is predisposed by our DNA, or by life experiences. It is a pretty […]

How to Secure Therapy Completion with Meta-Intervention

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 16:00:53 +0000

Keeping messages brief and simple is more effective when trying to encourage patients to complete a health care program, according to new research. In a study that analyzes six years of data, a team of researchers found small “nudges” in the right direction were a simple, inexpensive, and effective way to increase completion of health […]

Your Brain on Alcohol Blackouts

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 16:00:44 +0000

“Uuuuggh…no, no, no, no, noooo!?” Like a scene out of Hangover 3, the moment you remember that you don’t remember the night before…is gut-wrenching! It’s perfectly normal to feel riddled with guilt and shame as you wrack your brain for any evidence you may have made a fool of yourself the night before. Memory seemingly […]

Body Mass, Inflammation, and Cognition – What is the Strongest Link?

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 16:00:01 +0000

Body mass index (BMI) has been linked to inflammation, and systemic inflammation has been linked to decreased cognition. Now, a new study directly links a high BMI to lower cognitive functioning. The current study, published in the journal Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, is the first step in identifying a biologically plausible mechanism for the connection […]

What’s Your Drunk Personality Type – Nutty, Naughty or Nice?

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 16:00:12 +0000

There are certainly different types of drunks. “Sober Dave is boring, you should hang out with Drunk Dave, he’s wild!” or “She is usually a sweetheart, but watch out, she’s a mean drunk”. Having documented the transition to our drunk alter-egos for 100s of years, we are no strangalers to the concept of drunk personality […]

Homosexuality Link to Child Sex Abuse Confirmed — Gender Nonconformity

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 16:00:01 +0000

Can sexual abuse make you gay? The short answer according to new research is, no. Child sexual abuse is not a common cause of being gay. But, new research says that the opposite is true. There is something common in the childhood of homosexual men that makes them a target for pedophilia and sexual abuse […]

Antidepressant May Benefit Traumatic Brain Injury

Wed, 09 Nov 2016 13:09:24 +0000

The prevalence and functional effects of depressive disorder following traumatic brain injury are significant. Now, sertraline may be effective for preventing depressive symptoms after TBI. A group of researchers at Baylor College of Medicine evaluated 94 patients aged 18 to 85 years who had been hospitalized for mild, moderate, or severe traumatic brain injury (TBI). […]

How Prenatal Lead Exposure Results in Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Sun, 06 Nov 2016 13:09:18 +0000

During the prenatal period, the fetus begins to form one of the most complex structures in nature, the human brain. This process is called neural embryogenesis and it represents one of the most complicated processes in prenatal life. The process relies on the tight regulation of behavior of the cells that will make up the […]

Why Sugar is So Addictive?

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 12:09:06 +0000

Addiction is a medical condition in which the person has uncontrollable desire to take a substance or engage in an activity, despite knowing that it may lead to adverse effects. Taking that substance or engaging in that activity will make the person feel good. Does sugar fit the bill? Clearly yes, as so many of […]

Effect of Cancer Chemotherapy on Brain

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 12:08:53 +0000

Cancer is challenging to treat. Despite recent advances in earlier diagnostics and targeted therapy, radiotherapy and chemotherapy remain the mainstream treatments to complement surgery. Chemotherapy is an umbrella term referring to multiple aggressive drugs administered to cancer patients. What unites them is the way they work by targeting fast dividing cells in the body. The […]

Effect of Obesity on Human Brain

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 12:08:45 +0000

The number of overweight and obese people (those with BMI above 25) around the world is approaching the two billion mark. This is more than 20% of estimated 7.4 billion people currently populating the planet. The connection between obesity and various chronic conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and some types of cancer is well […]

Scholarship for College Students Living with a Neurological Disorder

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 12:00:24 +0000

Bella Soul is a charity that empowers college students faced with chronic illness, physical disabilities, and disease through scholarships and emotional support. I have partnered with them to serve on and advise their scholarship committee on a voluntary basis. Their First Annual Luke G. Neurological Scholarship will award $500 to $1,000 to full-time students enrolled […]

Can Our Immune System Drive Social Behavior?

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 15:00:31 +0000

The immune system is our main defense mechanism against disease. Dysfunctions in the immune system are therefore associated with a myriad of complications, including several neurological and mental disorders. Yet, for a long time the brain and the immune system were considered to be isolated from each other – it was believed that the brain […]

Artificial Light and Circadian Rhythm – Are We Messing It Up?

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 10:22:50 +0000

The day-night cycle is one of the most defining patterns of life as we know it. We live in a cyclic environment and circadian rhythms are an essential element in the biology of living organisms. Many physiological processes are synchronized with the day-night cycle, being modulated by environmental timing cues such as sunlight. Our biological […]

Can Stroke be Prevented By Lifestyle Changes?

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 10:22:39 +0000

Stroke is a leading cause of death and disability. But can stroke be prevented? Probably not totally, but it sure is possible to drastically reduce the odds of having a stroke. A huge international study on the risk factors for stroke recently published in The Lancet has shown that the majority are potentially modifiable behaviors. […]