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Humans are cancer prone, but chimps are not


August 24th, 2012 - 5:42 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Aug 24 (IANS) Chimps and humans share a whopping 96 percent genetic similarity -- surprisingly the simians rarely develop cancer, while their human cousins are particulalry vulnerable.Georgia Tech's Soojin ... Read more...

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Brain imaging tells how smart you are


August 2nd, 2012 - 5:00 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Aug 2 (IANS) What factors distinguish the brains of exceptionally smart humans from those of their average counterparts? Brain size does matter somewhat, accounting for about 6.7 percent ... Read more...

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‘Stress may retard brain development in children’


June 7th, 2012 - 1:48 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, June 7 (IANS) Stress may retard brain development in children, altering the growth of a specific part and the abilities tied to it, researchers say. "There has been a ... Read more...

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Magnetic pulse therapy may help treat depression: Study


May 10th, 2012 - 7:59 pm ICT by IANS
London, May 10 (IANS) A non-invasive and drug-free magnetic therapy could help thousands of people - doomed to a life of depression - kiss their blues away.Results from tests on ... Read more...

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Cell phone use in pregnancy affects foetus’ brain


March 16th, 2012 - 4:54 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, March 16 (IANS) Radiation from cell phone use during pregnancy could affect the brain of foetus, potentially leading to hyperactivity after birth."This is the first experimental evidence that foetal ... Read more...

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Chronic stress clouds thinking, memory


March 11th, 2012 - 6:11 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, March 11 (IANS) Being subject to chronic stress not only clouds your thinking but also impairs memory, new research says. It uncovered a neural (brain cell) mechanism that directly ... Read more...

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Poor brain connectivity behind many faces of depression


February 28th, 2012 - 6:15 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Feb 28 (IANS) Brain connectivity may be behind many faces of depression such as anxiety, poor attention and concentration and disturbed sleep, says a report.This is what University of ... Read more...

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Brain’s crossed wires cause depression


December 9th, 2011 - 12:30 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Dec 9 (IANS) New research has used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to show that those suffering from depression had decreased connectivity between several key regions of the brain ... Read more...

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Stress may aggravate Alzheimer’s risk


May 27th, 2011 - 1:05 pm ICT by IANS
London, May 27 (IANS) Don't strees yourself too much, else an increased release of stress hormones could trigger Alzheimer's disease, to go by new research based on mice.Scientists from the ... Read more...

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Brain has built-in mechanisms that trigger our sense of justice


May 4th, 2011 - 4:23 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, May 4 (ANI): A new study has found that the brain has built-in mechanisms that automatically trigger our sense of justice.In the study from the Karolinska Institute and Stockholm School of ... Read more...

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Seeing brain activity helps people improve their ability to control thoughts


April 9th, 2011 - 12:33 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, April 9 (ANI): University of British Columbia scientists have discovered that real-time brain feedback significantly improves people's ability to control their thoughts and effectively 'train their brains.'Their study is the world's ... Read more...

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How marijuana affects the way the brain processes emotional info


April 6th, 2011 - 2:11 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, April 6 (ANI): Scientists have discovered how drugs like marijuana affect the way the brain processes emotional information.Drugs act on naturally occurring receptors in the brain called cannabinoid receptors. However, the ... Read more...

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Prenatal exposure to sex hormone linked with genius


March 13th, 2011 - 2:40 pm ICT by IANS
Toronto, March 13 (IANS) High IQ in some people may be linked to exposure of sex hormone in the womb, says a new study. University of Alberta researcher Marty Mrazik, ... Read more...

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Genius linked to prenatal exposure of higher levels of testosterone


March 12th, 2011 - 12:37 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Mar 12 (ANI): A new study from University of Alberta has said that being bright is linked to prenatal exposure of higher levels of testosterone.According to Marty Mrazik, in the same ... Read more...

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Tobacco smoking negatively affects teens’ brains


March 3rd, 2011 - 2:11 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Mar 3 (ANI): A new study has concluded that tobacco smoking can affect teenagers' brains.While studies have linked cigarette smoking to deficits in attention and memory in adults, UCLA researchers wanted ... Read more...

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A closer look into how addiction hijacks the brain


February 24th, 2011 - 2:50 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Feb 24 (ANI): New research has provided some more answers into how substance abuse hijacks neuronal circuits involved in reward and motivation and causes profound and persistent changes in behaviour.A ... Read more...

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Regular exercise improves overweight kids’ math skills


February 11th, 2011 - 1:32 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Feb 11 (ANI): Georgia Health Sciences University researchers have found that regular exercise improves the ability of overweight, previously inactive children to think, plan and even do math.They hope the findings ... Read more...

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Practice can make you a perfect liar!


February 9th, 2011 - 1:02 pm ICT by ANI
London, Feb 9 (ANI): Like many other things in life, a person's lying skills get better with practice, according to a new study, which suggested that repeated lying overcomes our tendency for ... Read more...

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Some people are born to be pessimistic: Study


February 8th, 2011 - 5:29 pm ICT by ANI
London, Feb 8 (ANI): Some of us are born to be pessimistic, according to a study, which found that the level of a chemical in the brain affects how we see the ... Read more...

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Jotting down anxieties key to success in exams


January 14th, 2011 - 2:06 pm ICT by IANS
London, Jan 14 (IANS) Jotting down anxieties before a stressful situation like an exam or speech boosts your performance. The technique is so powerful that students taking an exam showed a ... Read more...

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Part of brain that suppresses instinct identified


December 23rd, 2010 - 2:05 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Dec 23 (ANI): Scientists have identified regions in the brain that "fire up" when we suppress an automatic behaviour such as the urge to look at other people as we enter ... Read more...

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Our brains have built-in lie detector


December 21st, 2010 - 4:30 pm ICT by IANS
London, Dec 21 (IANS) Scientists have discovered a circuit in our brain that lets us predict when someone is about to lie to us.Humans have the ability to imagine what others are ... Read more...

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Part of our brain that tells us when someone lying discovered


December 21st, 2010 - 1:27 pm ICT by ANI
London, Dec 21 (ANI): Scientists from Oxford University have identified a circuit in our brain that acts as a lie detector.Humans have the ability to imagine what others are thinking and learn ... Read more...

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Brain fully ‘matures’ in middle age: Study


December 16th, 2010 - 5:48 pm ICT by ANI
London, Dec 16 (ANI): Contrary to previous beliefs, a new study has suggested that brain does not stop developing until late 40s.Earlier scientists used to believe that brain stop physically evolving in ... Read more...

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How Zen meditation controls pain


December 9th, 2010 - 2:43 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Dec 9 (ANI): Previous studies have shown that Zen meditation has many health benefits, including a reduced sensitivity to pain. Now researchers at the Universite de Montreal have discovered how meditators ... Read more...

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Now, try a dose of blue light to drive the blues away!


December 8th, 2010 - 1:01 pm ICT by ANI
London, Dec 8 (ANI): Scientists have reversed the effects of stress-induced depression in mice using a new technique.Herbert Covington at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, and colleagues used optogenetics in which ... Read more...

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New study sheds light on cognitive recovery after brain damage


November 4th, 2010 - 4:52 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Nov 04 (ANI): A new study has shed light on mechanisms that underlie recovery after damage to a region of the brain important for memory and attention.The research has highlighted the ... Read more...

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Magnets may help treat major depression


October 12th, 2010 - 5:57 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Oct 12 (ANI): Psychiatric researchers at Rush University Medical Center have found a non-invasive, non-drug therapy to be an effective, long-term treatment for major depression.The study was done to determine the ... Read more...

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Study: Birth control pills alter the structure of women’s brains


October 8th, 2010 - 1:24 am ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt
A new scientific study has found that the female oral birth control pills alter the brain development of women. The United States Food and Drugs Administration approved the sale of oral ... Read more...

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Video gaming prepares brain for bigger tasks


September 27th, 2010 - 12:19 pm ICT by IANS
Toronto, Sep 27 (IANS) Playing video games for hours on end may not be that bad after all. It could perhaps prepare your child to become a skilled surgeon one day. Playing video ... Read more...

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Video games may prepare your kids’ brains for bigger tasks


September 25th, 2010 - 12:09 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Sep 25 (ANI): The next time you see your son hooked on to a video game, tell him to spend an hour extra with the joystick, for it might just turn ... Read more...

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Brain scans may now decide if child can be prosecuted


September 24th, 2010 - 4:19 pm ICT by IANS
London, Sep 24 (IANS) A brain scan, which can show our maturity levels, could in future decide whether a child should be prosecuted for a crime. An MRI scan can tell one's age ... Read more...

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Whistling at work makes you do a better job


September 22nd, 2010 - 4:16 pm ICT by IANS
London, Sep 22 (IANS) Whistling at work helps you do your job better - believe it or not. A leading psychologist suggests whistling or singing distracts the mind from trying too hard and ... Read more...

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Whistling while working makes you do your job better


September 22nd, 2010 - 1:55 pm ICT by ANI
London, Sept 22 (ANI): Whistling while you work could help you do your job better, suggests a new study.According to a leading psychologist, whistling or singing helps distract the mind from trying ... Read more...

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Too much thinking may not be as good as you believed


September 18th, 2010 - 11:50 am ICT by ANI
Washington, Sep 17 (ANI): While introspection is a good thing, but too much "thinking about your thinking" might not be as beneficial as you thought.A new study found that in people who ... Read more...

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