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      November 19, 2020

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      A new study identifies a region of the thalamus as a key source of signals encoding past experiences in ...
      A 'molecular volume knob' regulating electrical signals in the brain helps with learning and memory, according to a new ...
      A new study finds that people who feel enthusiastic and cheerful -- what psychologists call 'positive affect' -- are less likely to experience memory decline as they age. ...
      In the nearly two centuries since 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit (37.0 degrees Celsius) was established as the standard 'normal' body temperature, it has been used as the measure by ...
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      Long-Acting Antipsychotic Therapy Plus Cognitive Training Show Promise for Schizophrenia

      Scientists have found that the use of long-acting antipsychotic medication combined with the use of cognitive training in group settings led to improved cognition and increased ...

      Loneliness in Youth Could Impact Mental Health Over the Long Term

      A new review reports on the available evidence about children and young people specifically, stating that loneliness is associated with mental health problems, including depression and ...

      Artificial Intelligence-Based Tool May Help Diagnose Opioid Addiction Earlier

      Researchers have used machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence, to develop a prediction model for the early diagnosis of opioid use ...

      Smartphone Screen Time Linked to Preference for Quicker but Smaller Rewards

      In a new study, people who spent more time on their phones -- particularly on gaming or social media apps -- were more likely to reject larger, delayed rewards in favor of smaller, immediate ...

      Racial Attitudes in a Community Affect COVID-19 Numbers

      Implicit racial attitudes within a community can effectively explain racial disparities seen in rates of COVID-19 in the United States, according to a new ...

      A Genetic Link to Molecular Events That Precede Symptoms in Alzheimer's Disease

      Researchers find a key mutation causing abnormal transport of BACE1, the enzyme responsible for processing the Alzheimer's disease-linked amyloid protein. Identification of this mutation, which ...

      Web Searches for Insomnia Surged at Height of COVID-19 Stay-at-Home Orders

      A study found a significant increase in the number of online search queries for 'insomnia' between April and May 2020, when governments across the U.S. and around the world implemented ...

      For Neural Research, Wireless Chip Shines Light on the Brain

      Researchers have developed a chip that is powered wirelessly and can be surgically implanted to read neural signals and stimulate the brain with both light and electrical current. The technology has ...

      Diabetes, Hypertension May Increase Risk of COVID-19 Brain Complications

      Some patients with COVID-19 are at higher risk of neurological complications like bleeding in the brain and stroke, according to a new study. The researchers said these potentially life-threatening ...

      Does Air Pollution Affect Mental Health Later in Life?

      In a study of women aged 80 years and older, living in locations with higher exposures to air pollution was associated with increased depressive ...

      A Regular Dose of Nature May Improve Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic

      A new study suggests that nature around one's home may help mitigate some of the negative mental health effects of the COVID-19 ...

      Retinas: New Potential Clues in Diagnosing, Treating Alzheimer's

      A study has identified certain regions in the retina - the lining found in the back of the eye - that are more affected by Alzheimer's disease than other areas. The findings may help physicians ...

      Learning a New Language Changes the Brain's Division of Labor

      Learning a language later in life changes how the two halves of the brain contribute. As skills improve, language comprehension changes hemisphere specialization, but production does not, according ...

      Researcher Examines Benefits of Supportive Communities for Older Adults

      To find out just how well the aging-in-community strategy is working, a University of Central Florida health management and informatics researcher examined three aging-in-community programs in ...

      The Long Road to Dementia

      Alzheimer's disease develops over decades. It begins with a fatal chain reaction in which masses of misfolded beta-amyloid proteins are produced that in the end literally flood the brain. ...

      Records from Six Growth Studies Analyzed to Provide Milestone Data

      For the first time ever, craniofacial growth in children can be studied comprehensively using data from six historic adolescent growth studies. Researchers analyzed more than 15,000 cranial ...

      Existing Antidepressant Helps to Inhibit Growth of Cancer Cells in Lab Animals

      New research has shown that the antidepressant sertraline helps to inhibit the growth of cancer cells. The substance acts on a metabolic addiction that allows different types of cancer to grow. This ...

      Mobility Behavior May Be the Key to Predicting, Promoting Individual Well-Being

      A researcher uses smartphone sensor data to study human ...

      Sharp Rise in Sedentary Time Among Newly Retired Women Evident 2 Plus Years Later

      The sharp rise of more than 20 minutes a day in average sedentary time among newly retired women seems to be maintained 2 or more years later, reveals new ...

      Changes to the Brain's Reward System May Drive Overeating in Mice

      A combination of innate differences and diet-induced changes to the reward system may predispose some mice to overeat, according to research recently published in ...

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