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Brain Structure Adapts To Changes In Environment (Deprived Versus Enriched)

Scientists have known for years that neurogenesis takes place throughout adulthood in the hippocampus of the mammalian brain. Now Columbia researchers have found that under stressful conditions, neural stem cells in the adult hippocampus can produce not only neurons, but also new stem cells. The brain stockpiles the neural stem cells, which later may produce […]

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Older Caregivers Face Increased Risk Of Cognitive Problems Due To Stress And Shared Lifestyle

An older individual who cares for a spouse with dementia may be at an increased risk of developing cognitive problems because of the lifestyle that was shared with the spouse and because of the stress of caring for a loved one who is ill. These findings, which are published today in the Journal of the […]

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Researchers Identify A Potential Breakthrough Treatment For Impaired Sociability In Autism

Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) researchers have identified a potential novel treatment strategy for the social impairment of people with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), an aspect of the condition that has a profound impact on quality of life. Stephen I. Deutsch, MD, PhD, the Ann Robinson Chair and professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, will […]

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Extroverts Are More Vulnerable To The Effects Of Sleep Deprivation After Social Interaction

A study in the Nov. 1 issue of the journal SLEEP found that vulnerability to sleep deprivation is influenced by the interaction between waking social activity and individual personality traits. Results show that extraverts who were exposed to 12 hours of social interaction were more vulnerable to subsequent sleep deprivation than those who were exposed […]

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More Than Half Of Stroke Survivors Suffer An Added Burden Of A Little Known Neurological Condition (Pseudobulbar Affect)

A survey released today by National Stroke Association shows that 53 percent of stroke survivor respondents suffer from symptoms of another neurologic condition called pseudobulbar affect (PBA), a condition thought to be caused by structural damage in the brain due to injury or disease. PBA causes involuntary and unpredictable outbursts of laughing or crying, often […]

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Education Program Developed For Preventing Antisocial Behavior In 3-Year-Old Children

University of Granada researchers have developed a pioneer intervention program aimed at 3 year-old children, that helps to prevent antisocial behavior in adulthood. In its first year of implementation, the program – named “Aprender a convivir” (Learning to live together) – achieved that 90% of participating children interacted more actively with their peers, and that […]

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Adversity In Childhood Can Increase Risk Of Cardiovascular Disease In Adulthood

Early life adversity through poverty, social isolation, or abuse in childhood is linked to heightened reactivity, which can lead to heart disease later on, a leading expert on stress and disease said Saturday. “Many diseases first diagnosed in mid-life can be traced back to childhood,” Karen A. Matthews, PhD, said at the 118th Annual Convention […]

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