Opioid vaccine could rein in addictions? Shot in development targets fentanyl, blocks drug from reaching the brain

Opioid vaccine could rein in addictions? Shot in development targets fentanyl, blocks drug from reaching the brain

Research is underway to develop a twice-per-year vaccine that may help people overcome opioid addiction. The vaccine, which is being ...
How our brain balances and blends past experiences with current perceptions

How our brain balances and blends past experiences with current perceptions

Our ability to make sense of our surroundings, to learn, to act and to think all depend on constant, nimble ...
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Sex differences: Stress during pregnancy affects babies’ physical and mental health — but males and females are impacted differently

Sex differences: Stress during pregnancy affects babies’ physical and mental health — but males and females are impacted differently

In a new longitudinal study where individuals are followed over a course of 45 years, [researcher Jill] Goldstein and her ...
‘Brain glue’: A new way to help people with traumatic brain injuries

‘Brain glue’: A new way to help people with traumatic brain injuries

Severe traumatic brain injuries, the sort caused by life-threatening accidents or assault that can send people into comas, are very ...
Brain fMRIs can provide critical information — but they reflect human bias more than biological fact

Brain fMRIs can provide critical information — but they reflect human bias more than biological fact

Functional magnetic resonance imaging has transformed medicine. It allows non-invasive mapping of a patient’s brain regions to enable more accurate, ...
Psilocybin ‘magic mushrooms’ shown to be as effective as pharmaceuticals in treating depression

Psilocybin ‘magic mushrooms’ shown to be as effective as pharmaceuticals in treating depression

The psychedelic drug psilocybin – found in “magic mushrooms” performed just as well as a widely used antidepressant in easing ...
What are the biological roots of psychosis? Studying mice offers a window into understanding human hallucinations

What are the biological roots of psychosis? Studying mice offers a window into understanding human hallucinations

Psychosis occurs when a person loses touch with reality. During a psychotic episode people may become delusional — acquire false ...
Only 5 senses? There’s actually 6 more, and here’s how they work

Only 5 senses? There’s actually 6 more, and here’s how they work

Aristotle’s desperately outdated five sense model may still be popular, but it vastly under-estimates our extraordinary human capacity for sensing ...
1/3 of American adults can now legally smoke marijuana. Here is how weed affects your brain and body, for good and bad

1/3 of American adults can now legally smoke marijuana. Here is how weed affects your brain and body, for good and bad

Marijuana can make you feel good.  One of weed's active ingredients, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) interacts with the brain's reward system, the ...
‘Great ape-like brains’: Early humans who first ventured out of Africa 1.5 million years ago had 'monkey brains'

‘Great ape-like brains’: Early humans who first ventured out of Africa 1.5 million years ago had ‘monkey brains’

Early humans still had great ape-like brains, according to a new study that found modern humans evolved to have our ...
‘Tearing up the receipts for the previous day's stresses’: How nightmares have helped us emotionally navigate COVID

‘Tearing up the receipts for the previous day’s stresses’: How nightmares have helped us emotionally navigate COVID

For people on the frontline [of the COVID pandemic,] dreams became nightmares. Of 114 doctors and 414 nurses working in ...
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Our food has never been safer, so why are we so scared of it?

Why you shouldn't trust your brain ...
How do you spot a liar? (Hint: Non-verbal cues don’t matter much)

How do you spot a liar? (Hint: Non-verbal cues don’t matter much)

Police thought that 17-year-old Marty Tankleff seemed too calm after finding his mother stabbed to death and his father mortally bludgeoned ...
Why are women at higher risk for depression while more men suffer from schizophrenia? It’s in our genes

Why are women at higher risk for depression while more men suffer from schizophrenia? It’s in our genes

[M]ore than 100 investigators and research groups... combed through the genomes of 33,403 people with schizophrenia, 19,924 with bipolar disorder, ...
Can AI robots replace human therapists?

Can AI robots replace human therapists?

Websites, smartphone apps and social-media sites are dispensing mental-health advice, often using artificial intelligence. Meanwhile, clinicians and researchers are looking ...
Podcast: ‘A History of the Human Brain’

Podcast: ‘A History of the Human Brain’

Our guest on [Studio Tulsa] is Bret Stetka, an editorial director at Medscape.com, which is the professional division of WebMD.com ...
Message to social media 'prophets of doom' Drs. Whistle Blower, Anti-Vaxx and Dangerfield: No, COVID vaccines aren't dangerous and are incredibly effective

Message to social media ‘prophets of doom’ Drs. Whistle Blower, Anti-Vaxx and Dangerfield: No, COVID vaccines aren’t dangerous and are incredibly effective

It’s hard to ignore the wave of anti-vaccine videos circulating on social media. Curiosity makes us click, and we watch ...
Playing victim: People who claim grievances more likely to lie and cheat, but victim status comes with evolutionary benefits

Playing victim: People who claim grievances more likely to lie and cheat, but victim status comes with evolutionary benefits

Victimhood is defined in negative terms: “the condition of having been hurt, damaged, or made to suffer.” Yet humans have ...
Fake memories: They can be implanted — but they can also be rooted out

Fake memories: They can be implanted — but they can also be rooted out

[S]cientists used interviews to convince some study subjects they had undergone childhood events that didn’t happen to them, such as ...
Viewpoint: Do some of us carry ‘warrior genes’ that pry the door open to more violent behavior? Courts and scientists debate

Viewpoint: Do some of us carry ‘warrior genes’ that pry the door open to more violent behavior? Courts and scientists debate

Should a criminal defendant be allowed to argue that a specific gene rendered him unable to control his violent behavior? ...
Viewpoint: Psychology is more mythology than hard science

Viewpoint: Psychology is more mythology than hard science

In our secular age, many people no longer turn to sacred books to understand who and what they are. Psychology ...
Regrowing brain tissue? With the help of gene therapy, stroke victims can recover motor function

Regrowing brain tissue? With the help of gene therapy, stroke victims can recover motor function

Most stroke victims don’t receive treatment fast enough to prevent brain damage, but scientists at the Ohio State University Wexner ...
‘Broken heart syndrome’: High stress, emotional situations can kill you

‘Broken heart syndrome’: High stress, emotional situations can kill you

[Takotsubo syndrome, or TTS,] is characterised by a sudden temporary weakening of the heart muscles that causes the left ventricle ...
Brain fog, fatigue and depression: Solving the mystery of Long Covid and what can be done about it

Brain fog, fatigue and depression: Solving the mystery of Long Covid and what can be done about it

COVID-19 entered my home a year ago today when my 16-year-old daughter Molly first developed the tell-tale cough. By March ...
Viewpoint: Why the effort to find a ‘biological basis’ for being transgender is misguided and unhelpful

Viewpoint: Why the effort to find a ‘biological basis’ for being transgender is misguided and unhelpful

The search for a biological cause of transness—also known as “biological essentialism”—may be well-intentioned, but it is a dangerous path ...
Why do we find puppies more adorable than babies? The neuroscience of cuteness

Why do we find puppies more adorable than babies? The neuroscience of cuteness

[W]hat exactly happens in the brain when we gaze at a baby? And why do we respond the same way ...
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