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Females seeking a sex partner can tell whether males experienced stress during adolescence
9th January 2017 | Animal Life, Humans

Sexual preference is influenced by males’ adolescent social stress history and social status, according to a research team including Nicole Cameron, assistant professor of psychology at Binghamton University, State University of New York.

Computer uses facial cues to spot if people have autism
7th January 2017 | | Humans, Tech

AN ALGORITHM that analyses facial expressions and head movements could help doctors diagnose autism-like conditions and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

There is no simple test for autism or ADHD, but clinicians usually observe someone’s behaviour as part of the assessment.

Dublin-based scientists find an area of the brain linked to autism
7th January 2017 | | Humans

A team of scientists has discovered that a particular region of the brain is affected in those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). They believe that finding the brain region which causes social deficits in those with the condition could point towards new types of therapies.

Lack of joy from music linked to brain disconnection
7th January 2017 | | Humans

Have you ever met someone who just wasn’t into music? They may have a condition called specific musical anhedonia, which affects three-to-five per cent of the population. Researchers have discovered that people with this condition showed reduced functional connectivity between cortical regions responsible for processing sound and subcortical regions related to reward.

New human organ discovered by Irish surgeon
7th January 2017 | | Humans

An Irish surgeon’s breakthrough overturned more than a century of medical belief and may lead to improvements in digestive surgery and recovery

Alt: The human body may have a new organ—the mesentery

Gunshot wounds are contagious; bullets spread like the flu, study finds
7th January 2017 | Humans

With our news reports speaking of gunfire epidemics, outbreaks, and plagues, firearm violence often sounds like a disease. But according to a new study, it often acts like one, too. In fact, catching a bullet may be a little like catching a cold—albeit a really bad one.

Woman hit by lightning loses synaesthesia – but then it returns
7th January 2017 | | Humans

One woman’s unique experiences are helping us understand the nature of synaesthesia.

We don’t know yet what causes synaesthesia, which links senses and can enable people to taste words or smell sounds, for example. It may be at least partly genetic, as it tends to run in families.

Not Just For Gaming: Virtual Reality Meditation Helps Women Through Labor Pains
6th January 2017 | Humans, Tech

It’s widely acknowledged that the pain experienced during childbirth is pretty rough. Even if you haven’t experienced having a child yourself, seeing women scream in television and films while they give birth to a new baby would make anyone cringe. That’s why doctors have been trying to find ways to help manage, if not completely avoid the pain.

Keep Your Eye on the Balls to Become a Better Athlete
6th January 2017 | | Humans, Tech

The beauty in the design of NeuroTracker — the video game aimed at heightening cognitive agility the way lifting dumbbells develops muscles — is allegedly its simplicity. Just by asking the eyes to track spheres as they bound around a 3D screen, athletes can prepare their brains to perform in a way that no other film room could replicate.

Gaming your brain to treat depression
6th January 2017 | | Humans, Tech

Researchers have found promising results for treating depression with a video game interface that targets underlying cognitive issues associated with depression rather than just managing the symptoms.

‘Psychedelic sanctuary’ will help drug users get over bad trips
6th January 2017 | | Humans

How do you recover from a bad trip? A “psychedelics sanctuary” is set to open in New York this month, the first US therapeutic facility for users of psychedelic drugs.

Instead of focusing on going cold turkey, the centre will use psychotherapy and group support to help users come to terms with any intense and difficult experiences they might have had while taking hallucinogenic drugs.

Psychedelic Drugs Research And Therapy Have Reached A ‘Turning Point’, Campaigners Say
6th January 2017 | | Humans

For tireless drugs campaigner Amanda Feilding, the past 45 years feel almost as though they’ve been frozen. While there were a vast number of research studies into psychedelic substances such as LSD between the 1950s and 60s, the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 imposed such strict regulations that even heavily supervised lab testing became almost impossible.

Not a morning person? You must have been born at night! It’s not an old wives’ tale
6th January 2017 | | Humans

‘Time of birth was significantly related to being a day person or a night person,’ the scientists reported in the Journal Of Social Psychology. ‘The results suggest a critical period for setting the biological clock for alertness may be the moment of birth.’

Vitamin D deficiency increases risk of chronic headache
6th January 2017 | | Humans

Vitamin D deficiency may increase the risk of chronic headache, according to a new study from the University of Eastern Finland. The findings were published in Scientific Reports.

Brain shrinks less in older people who eat Mediterranean diet
6th January 2017 | | Humans

Eating a Mediterranean diet has been linked to less brain shrinkage in older adults.

Human brains naturally shrink with age. But a study that followed 401 people in their 70s found that the brains of those who adhered more closely to a Mediterranean-style diet shrank significantly less over a period of three years.

The Link Between Road Pollution and Dementia Just Got Stronger
6th January 2017 | | Humans

Most of us associate car pollution with coughing and wheezing, but mounting evidence is linking air pollution to a less obvious health effect: Dementia.

Alt: Living near heavy traffic increases dementia risk, say scientists

Possible World’s Oldest Man Celebrates 146th Birthday
6th January 2017 | Humans

He may not be the world’s most interesting man and, other than his government identification card, he has no proof that he’s the world’s oldest man – not even a newspaper announcement or a report card. But that didn’t stop Saparman Sodimejo, also known as Mbah Gotho, from recently celebrating the 146th anniversary of the date he claims he was born on … December 31, 1870.

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