Uncategorized Napping reduces high blood pressure

Napping reduces high blood pressure

It seems that napping may do more than just reboot our energy level and improve our mood. New research being presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 68th Annual Scientific Session found that people who took advantage of a midday snooze were more likely to have a noticeable drop in blood pressure compared with those …

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Uncategorized MAO-B a target for developing depression treatments

MAO-B a target for developing depression treatments

A new CAMH study shows for the first time that people experiencing clinical depression have higher levels of a brain protein called MAO-B. The finding – published online today in JAMA Psychiatry – opens the door to a new area of exploration for developing depression treatments. Depression affects an estimated 15 per cent of people …

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Uncategorized Past climate fluctuations now visible through laser imaging of shells

Past climate fluctuations now visible through laser imaging of shells

An international team has developed newly refined techniques for obtaining past climate data from mollusc shells. Mollusc shells are abundant in archaeological sites spanning the last 160,000 years. Using laser imaging, researchers have now found new ways of reconstructing how climate changed during a mollusc’s lifetime, down to the seasonal level. Their technique makes it …

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Uncategorized Ketamine ‘cousin’ approved for depression treatment

Ketamine ‘cousin’ approved for depression treatment

Earlier today, the FDA approved esketamine (brand name Spravato), a relative of the dissociative psychedelic/anaesthetic ketamine (Special K), as a treatment for depression. Spravato comes in nasal spray form meant to be administered weekly or every other week depending on the severity of the patient’s depression. “There has been a longstanding need for additional effective …

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Uncategorized How the arts can help students who struggle most

How the arts can help students who struggle most

Incorporating the arts–rapping, dancing, drawing–into science lessons can help low-achieving students retain more knowledge and possibly help students of all ability levels be more creative in their learning, finds a new study by Johns Hopkins University. The findings were published on Feb. 7 in Trends in Neuroscience and Education and support broader arts integration in …

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Uncategorized New primate brain atlas could lead to insights

New primate brain atlas could lead to insights

The ability to comprehensively map the architecture of connections between neurons in primate brains has long proven elusive for scientists. But a new study, conducted in Japan with contributing neuroscientists from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL), has resulted in a 3D reconstruction of a marmoset brain, as well as information about neuronal connectivity across the …

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Uncategorized Processing concrete and abstract words 

Processing concrete and abstract words 

The words that make up our language can be divided into two categories of concepts: concrete and abstract. Concrete words refer to things that exist in reality (e.g., animals, books, food) and that are experienced through the five senses. Abstract words (e.g., love, fear) tend to be more emotionally charged, not experienced through the senses …

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Uncategorized Resistance training benefits for older individuals

Resistance training benefits for older individuals

According to a recent research, resistance training improves the health of over 65-year-olds, and the benefits occur even when some people train as little as once per week. The benefits show in improvements in blood values, muscle strength and mental well-being. “We found that individuals who were close to having high blood pressure, high cholesterol, …

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Uncategorized THC important for therapeutic effects in cannabis

THC important for therapeutic effects in cannabis

Researchers at the University of New Mexico (UNM) recently solved a major gap in scientific literature by using mobile software technology to measure the real-time effects of actual cannabis-based products used by millions of people every day. Contrary to popular media-reports and scientific dogma, the psychoactive chemical, tetrahydrocannabinol or “THC,” showed the strongest correlation with …

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Uncategorized Belief in conspiracy theories makes people more likely to engage in low-level crime

Belief in conspiracy theories makes people more likely to engage in low-level crime

People who believe in conspiracy theories – such as the theory that Princess Diana was murdered by the British establishment – are more likely to accept or engage in everyday criminal activity. That’s the main finding from new research by psychologists at the universities of Kent and Staffordshire into the wider impact that conspiracy beliefs …

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