Toxic metal may play a role in autism development

In a recent study, researchers find that environmental metal and metalloid pollution (lead, mercury, aluminum, and arsenic) may induce autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). The finding...
Common household cleaning products may cause overweight in kids

Common household cleaning products may cause overweight in kids

Commonly used household cleaners could be making children overweight by altering their gut microbiota, suggests a Canadian study published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association...
The connections among obesity, brain and gene

The connections among obesity, brain and gene

Clinicians should consider how the way we think can make us vulnerable to obesity, and how obesity is genetically intertwined with brain structure and...
7 ways to prevent and manage childhood obesity

7 ways to prevent and manage childhood obesity

World Obesity Day was established to promote practical solutions to end the global obesity crisis. Leading up to 11 October, a review of current evidence...
Boys and girls share similar math abilities at young ages, study finds

Boys and girls share similar math abilities at young ages, study finds

A new study shows boys and girls don't have an innately different ability to understand numbers. There has been much speculation about whether lower female...
Scientists discover four new personality types

Scientists discover four new personality types

Northwestern University researchers have sifted through data from more than 1.5 million questionnaire respondents and found at least four distinct clusters of personality types...

Hurricanes can affect our mental health: How to cope with it

Alan E. Stewart is a weather and climate psychology professor at the University of Georgia who studies the effect severe weather has on our...

Ketamine could fight depression in a surprising way, Stanford study shows

Ketamine works as an antidepressant at least in part by activating the brain’s opioid system, new Stanford research reports. The finding overturns previously held beliefs...

Got a picky eater? Here are 11 tips you can try

You finally get home from a long day of work, prepare a nutritious meal and your child refuses to eat it. You try bribing, bargaining...
Genes are key to academic success, says new study

Genes are key to academic success, says new study

Parents always worry about whether their children will do well in school, but their kids probably were born with much of what they will...
Business genius can be taught, study says

Business genius can be taught, study says

How did Steve Jobs do it? What about Whole Foods Market and Starbucks? These kinds of "breakout" success stories show what is possible when business leaders...
Stress may play a big role in mental illness

Stress may play a big role in mental illness

We all face stress in our lives. Even researchers seeking to understand why some people shrug it off while others face battles against disorders...

Depression and anxiety may increase risk of heart attack and stroke

In a recent study, researchers find that people ages 45 or older who experience depression and anxiety may have a higher risk of cardiovascular...
This new tool could tell which online healthy ads is lying

This new tool could tell which online healthy ads are lying

The internet is rife with ads for health products, from weight-loss systems to arthritis cures -- but whether they actually work can be difficult...
Why nighttime light could harm young children

Why nighttime light could harm young children

Exposing preschoolers to an hour of bright light before bedtime could shut down the sleep-promoting hormone melatonin. In addition, nighttime light keeps melatonin suppressed for...

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Our Brain Can Detect Disease in Others Before It Breaks Out

Our brain can detect disease in others before it breaks out

Throughout human evolution, infectious diseases have become a primary cause of death. The human immune system plays a major role to reduce the harm of...
Alzheimer's disease could be treated with gene therapy

Alzheimer’s disease could be treated with gene therapy

Researchers have prevented the development of Alzheimer’s disease in mice by using a virus to deliver a specific gene into the brain. The early-stage findings,...
Smell test may predict early stages of Alzheimer’s disease

Smell test may predict early stages of Alzheimer’s disease

Researchers from Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC), New York State Psychiatric Institute, and NewYork-Presbyterian reported that an odor identification test may prove useful in...
5 foods that boost your brainpower

5 foods that can boost your brain power

Just as there is no magic pill to prevent cognitive decline, no single food can ensure a sharp brain as you age. Nutritionists emphasize that...
What causes depression

What causes depression? What we know, don’t know and suspect

The term and even diagnosis of "depression" can have different meanings and consequences. Depression can be a normal mood state, a clinical disorder, and...
Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and Huntington's Diseases share a common crucial feature

Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and Huntington’s diseases share a common crucial feature

A Loyola University Chicago study has found that abnormal proteins found in Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and Huntington’s disease all share a similar ability...
Counseling and antidepressants change personality (for the better)

Counseling and antidepressants change personality (for the better)

A review of 207 studies involving more than 20,000 people found that those who engaged in therapeutic interventions were, on average, significantly less neurotic...
An easy way to beat stress and build a healthier life

An easy way to beat stress and build a healthier life

Ten minutes of conscious breathing every day can transform your ‘fight or flight’ reactions. Here’s what to do. Stress is something that we can’t entirely...
These medications may help treat depression

These medications may help treat depression

Depression is a serious medical illness. It is also called “major depressive disorder,” or “unipolar depression”. The disorder affects about 350 million people worldwide and...
First evidence for higher state of consciousness

First evidence for higher state of consciousness

Scientific evidence of a ‘higher’ state of consciousness has been found in a study led by the University of Sussex. Neuroscientists observed a sustained increase...