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UCLA Study Links Protein Deposits in the Brain to Concussions

December 28, 2015

Chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE as it’s also known as, is a degenerative brain condition prevalent among athletes in contact sports who’ve been exposed to repetitive head injuries. A new UCLA study has found abnormal protein deposits in the brains of test subjects – retired NFL players – who suffered concussions whilst playing. This may […]

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Staving Off Hunger Pangs by Short-Circuiting Neural Networks

December 21, 2015

When the gnawing pangs of hunger kick in, even the best-intentioned dieter may not be able to resist the urge to snack, something many of us know all too well. But what is it about fasting that causes these hunger pangs, or perhaps more importantly, what is it about eating that takes them away? This […]

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Deep-Brain Simulation – The Best Treatment for Parkinson’s Disease?

December 18, 2015

Deep-brain stimulation (DBS) is a treatment widely used for movement disorders like Parkinson’s disease and entails the implanting of surgical devices which deliver electrical pulses to the patient’s inner brain structures that control movement. DBS is believed to be the best form of treatment for movement disorders and test results have consistently shown more dramatic […]

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A Spark of Hope for Psychological Disorders

December 15, 2015

A breakthrough in neuroscience could revolutionise psychological care   In the future, specialists may be able to insert a tiny implant in the body – not much larger than a grain of rice – and with it relieve, cure or otherwise correct a great number of ailments and conditions. It sounds like science fiction, but […]

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How Making ‘Miniature Brains’ from Skin Cells Helps Us Understand Autism

December 1, 2015

Macrocephaly, an abnormally large cranium, is a common physical trait in children with severe autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This physical sign has traditionally been used by doctors to predict the onset of autism, but a new stem cell study conducted by researchers at the Yale School of Medicine may be able to better predict ASD, […]

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Switches’ Mapped that Show the Evolution of the Human Brain

November 24, 2015

Researchers at the Yale School of Medicine have published a study hypothesising that during human evolution (when the cerebral cortex was developing), thousands of regulatory elements, described by the researchers as ‘genetic dimmer switches’, were highly active. The switches show that the human brain developed very differently from those of other animals, in the case […]

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The Genetic Roots of Autism

November 17, 2015

Autism affects the lives of many Australians. Not only does it affect those diagnosed with this common condition, but also the lives of their families and friends. It’s well-known for the randomness and the severity of its symptoms, which can impair the individual’s ability to form social and family relationships through their inability to act, […]

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Study Finds Thousands of Children and Teenagers Experience Mental Health Issues

September 22, 2015

According to a ground-breaking national study conducted recently, hundreds of thousands of Australian children and teenagers are experiencing serious mental health issues, but their parents are ill-equipped to provide them with the support they need, if indeed they know a problem even exists. Many parents are completely unaware as to what’s going on with their […]

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Neurofeedback Therapy Shown to be Effective For ADHD and PTSD

September 21, 2015

In 2013, Chris Gardner had to undergo brain surgery to remove a tumour. The operation impaired his mobility and cognition. Despite nearly nine months of therapy, he was making little progress. This is when he decided to try neurofeedback in the hopes Neurofeedback would alleviate his condition. Gardner’s doctor projected a recovery period of two […]

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The Average Australian Employee: Overweight, Stressed, and Unfit

September 18, 2015

A new report sheds more light on the health profile of Australian employees. The study jointly conducted by the University of Wollongong and the Workplace Health Association Australia (WHAA) analysed health conditions of employees over a five to 10 year period. It found greater rates of inactivity, stress, and higher body mass than national averages. […]

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