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  • Genius, Suicide and Mental Illness: Insights into a Deep Connection

    Genius, Suicide and Mental Illness: Insights into a Deep Connection

    The death of actor Robin Williams has raised questions about creativity, bipolar disorder and possible new treatments against profound despair

    August 12, 2014

  • An Unusual Cure for Not Enough Sleep

    An Unusual Cure for Not Enough Sleep

    Sleep deprived people are told they got a good night’s sleep — and then perform as if they did

    August 12, 2014

  • Robin Williams: Depression Alone Rarely Causes Suicide

    Robin Williams: Depression Alone Rarely Causes Suicide

    Several factors, such as severity of symptoms, family history, substance abuse and a “mixed” depressive and manic state may combine to increase the risk for suicide

    August 13, 2014

  • Dozens of Genes Implicated in PTSD Risk

    Dozens of Genes Implicated in PTSD Risk

    The new identification of possible genetic markers for post-traumatic stress disorder supports treatment with a steroid hormone a few hours after trauma

    August 12, 2014

  • Lucy Film Hinges on Brain Capacity Myth

    Lucy Film Hinges on Brain Capacity Myth

    On July 25, French film writer/director Luc Besson's action thriller Lucy opens in theaters nationwide. The premise is that the title character, played by Scarlett Johansson, is exposed to a drug that unlocks her mind, giving her superhuman powers of cognition.

    July 25, 2014

  • DIY Brain Zapping Meets the World of Internet Marketing

    DIY Brain Zapping Meets the World of Internet Marketing

    Going back a couple of millenia, Scribonius Largus, Pliny the Elder and Galen of Pergamum were all avid proponents of using the electric currents produced by torpedo fish to treat headaches.

    July 28, 2014

  • How to Let Go of Materialism

    How to Let Go of Materialism

    Enhance your well-being by focusing on deeper goals

    July 1, 2014

  • What Processes in the Brain Allow You to Remember Dreams?

    What Processes in the Brain Allow You to Remember Dreams?

    July 1, 2014

  • Practice Alone Does Not Make Perfect, Studies Find

    Practice Alone Does Not Make Perfect, Studies Find

    When I was a little kid, my mom and grandmom were having a heated argument in the front of the car. At one point I interrupted them, and with exasperation said: “You know, Mom, Grandmom is really right.” Then I turned to my grandmom and said, “I think my Mom is right too.” They were shocked, because [...]

    July 15, 2014

  • Why Alzheimer's Drugs Keep Failing

    Why Alzheimer's Drugs Keep Failing

    Drug candidates have a 99.6 percent failure rate, and poor early detection methods make clinical trials difficult and costly

    July 14, 2014

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