Deleting cocaine use memory to decrease drug seeking

Jan 23, 2019 Kshitij Jadhav

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Drug addiction is very much a memory condition since as soon as the person is exposed to cues associated with the drug, the brain fires the same neurons associated with drug-seeking behavior.

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Fentanyl test strips could be effective in reducing overdose

Jan 22, 2019 Kshitij Jadhav

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Fentanyl is a highly potent opioid and even an extremely small amount of the drug can lead to fatal overdose. It presents a major health hazard because it is used to lace heroin and cocaine and drug users ... Read more

Main theory about what goes wrong in the autistic brain is not correct

Jan 21, 2019 Erwin van den Burg

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Scientists think that brain cells of autistic patients receive too little inhibition, or much excitation, leading to hyperactivity in the brain. This is supposed to create “noise”, leading to s... Read more

Early childhood neglect linked to poor memory

Jan 18, 2019 Kshitij Jadhav

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Children who have not experienced the warmth of a family life and have faced neglect in institutionalized settings have poor memory and executive functions at 8-16 years compared to children who have been ... Read more

Genes linked to early onset obesity discovered

Jan 18, 2019 Kshitij Jadhav

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It has been known that the brain region hypothalamus plays an important role in regulating food intake. Now, researchers have found out molecules that are associated with this brain circuit.

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Do you crave some delicious food? Smelling it should be enough

Jan 17, 2019 Kshitij Jadhav

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We all know that feeling when just a whiff of French fries triggers us in having a high-calorie meal. However, now researchers have found out that just the food scent could directly satisfy this craving. ... Read more

A new sleep pill that won’t suppress your ability to wake up in presence of threat

Jan 14, 2019 Kshitij Jadhav

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Benzodiazepines, which are the most commonly prescribed sleep pills impair the brains ability to arose in presence of threat and several study participants sleep through loud noises like vacuuming close to... Read more

Got love handles? This is linked to smaller brain size

Jan 10, 2019 Kshitij Jadhav

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If you are carrying some extra body fat, especially around your mid waist, then it might be linked to brain shrinkage.

Researchers used the MRI machine to determine brain volumes for whit... Read more

Social media use doubles the risk of depression in girls

Jan 09, 2019 Kshitij Jadhav

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At 14 years of age, girls are twice more likely to show signs of depression compared to boys. Researchers have found out that at this age, girls are heavy social media users with on an average 3 hours more use per day as compared to boys.

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Are you left or right handed? Maybe it depends on if you were breastfed

Jan 08, 2019 Kshitij Jadhav

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Researchers have proposed that the prevalence of being left handed is lower in infants who were breastfed than those infants who were bottle-fed. The study included 60,000 mother-child pairs and it took i... Read more

Botox injections for treating migraine? Why Not.

Jan 07, 2019 Kshitij Jadhav

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A recent review and meta-analysis of several clinical trial data has shown that botulinum toxin is effective in reducing chronic migraine headaches.

Data from 17 previous studies was poole... Read more

Brain scans in moving animals now possible

Jan 04, 2019 Alexandru Ciobanu

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PET (positron-emission tomography) scans have long been used in research for imaging the brain of small animals. However, the classical approach requires the animals to be anesthetized, which perturbs many... Read more

A wireless Pacemaker for treating Epilepsy and Parkinson’s disease

Jan 03, 2019 Kshitij Jadhav

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Researchers have a developed a device named ‘WAND’, which monitors the brain’s electrical activity and then delivers an electrical stimulation if it finds something wrong.

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Teenage girls at increased risk of depression if their fathers suffered from it after their birth

Jan 02, 2019 Kshitij Jadhav

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At least 1 in 20 new fathers suffer from depression in the weeks after the birth of their child. Now, researchers have found out that if the child happens to be a girl, there is an increased risk of the girl herself to suffer from depression in h... Read more

Increased risk of Depression with Junk food consumption

Dec 21, 2018 Kshitij Jadhav

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Those fries and that burger looks delicious. But there is a down side to junk food. Researchers have found out that junk food promotes inflammation, and this increases the risk of depression by over 40%. T... Read more

All the visions of a near death experience...are they hallucinations?

Dec 21, 2018 Kshitij Jadhav

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The most common near-death experiences are a sense of contentment, out of body experiences, a rapid jump through a dark tunnel and a bright light at the end. While most real death experiences are positive some are negative such as lack of control, hellish... Read more

What happens in the brain of compulsive drug users?

Dec 20, 2018 Kshitij Jadhav

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Researchers have discovered that the brain circuit connecting the decision-making circuit and the reward system is stronger in compulsive drug seeking animals.

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Tau protein reduces neuronal activity in mouse models of Alzheimer’s disease

Dec 19, 2018 Erwin van den Burg

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The proteins amyloid-beta and tau form plaques and tangles in the brain of Alzheimer’s disease patients, but exactly how they damage the brain is still not completely known. In a new study, scientist... Read more

Pain processing is reduced in babies by gently stroking them

Dec 18, 2018 Kshitij Jadhav

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Researchers have found that brushing infants lightly, approximately 3 cm per second provides pain relief if done just before a medical procedure. It seems that doing this reduces the activity in the infan... Read more

Marijuana might damage some adolescent brains

Dec 18, 2018 Kshitij Jadhav

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Researchers studied the effects of marijuana on adolescent mice which had the faulty gene DISC1 which is originally seen in a Scottish family with several members suffering from depression, bipolar disorde... Read more