Behind the Headlines

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Tiny area of the brain linked to fear of the future

Tuesday Jul 29 2014

Tiny brain part linked to pessimism and dread

"Pea-sized brain hub could shed light on depression," BBC News reports. UK scientists think they have identified part of the brain responsible for feelings of foreboding. This part of the brain, called the habenula, may also be associated with depression…

Sleep deprivation may affect memory

Wednesday Jul 23 2014

Sleep deprivation may affect memory

"Sleep deprived people are more likely to … hold 'false' memories of the past," The Daily Telegraph reports. New results suggest that lack of sleep may make more people more vulnerable to develop certain types of memory problems…

Study offers insight into genetics of schizophrenia

Tuesday Jul 22 2014

Fresh insights into the genetics of schizophrenia

"More than 100 schizophrenia genes have been pinpointed," reports the Daily Mail. In one of the largest studies of its kind, researchers have gained further insights into the genetics of the condition, which it is hoped could lead to new treatments…

Sex addiction affects brain in 'same way as drugs'

Monday Jul 14 2014

Sex addiction effects brain in 'same way as drugs'

"Is compulsive sexual behaviour comparable to drug addiction?" The Guardian asks. UK researchers, using brain scans, found that men with a sex addiction exhibited changes to the brain, when exposed to pornography, similar to those seen in drug addicts…

'Exercise may help prevent Alzheimer's disease'

Monday Jul 14 2014

Alzheimer's 'preventable' through exercise

"Cut Alzheimer's risk by walking," the Daily Mail recommends. This advice is prompted by a statistical modelling study looking at population attributable risks (PARS) – factors known to influence the prevalence of a disease, such as Alzheimer's…

New Alzheimer’s test may help future clinical trials

Tuesday Jul 8 2014

Blood test for Alzheimer’s '87% accurate'

"Research in more than 1,000 people has identified a set of proteins in the blood which can predict the start of the dementia with 87% accuracy," BBC News reports. But media claims that "Alzheimer's disease could be prevented" are premature…

Headbanging could damage your (Motör)head

Friday Jul 4 2014

How headbanging could be bad for your head

“German doctors are highlighting the dangers of headbanging after a 50-year-old man developed bleeding in the brain following a Motörhead concert,” BBC News reports. The news is based on a case report in The Lancet…

Parents of autistic kids 'have autistic traits too'

Wednesday Jul 2 2014

Parents of autistic kids 'also have autistic traits'

"Parents of children with autism are more likely to have autistic traits," the Mail Online reports. The news comes from research comparing the families of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) with those that are unaffected…

'Hangover guilt' part of brain 'identified'

Monday Jun 30 2014

'Hangover guilt' part of the brain identified

"Scientists pinpoint the part of the brain that tells us 'never again'," the Mail Online reports. New research in rats suggests part of the brain called the lateral habenula (LHb) helps us learn lessons from bad experiences…

Possible pesticide link to autistic disorders

Monday Jun 23 2014

Pesticides linked to autistic disorders

"Pregnant women who live near fields sprayed with pesticides can run more than three times the risk of having a child with autism," the Mail Online reports. New research raises concerns that exposure to pesticides may impact on a pregnancy…

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