When the brain refuses ownership of a limb: Amputee wannabes

To most of us the thought of an amputation of one of our healthy limbs is horrid. To a selected few, otherwise healthy and undelusional people, an amputation of a certain limb, at a specific level, is a dream come true. Robert Vickers, in an ABC television program on body identity: “Before I ... read more ...
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Why is cognitive decline a taboo?

Cognitive decline is a taboo. And not only among laypeople. Health professional are also intimidated by this topic and avoid discussing it with their patients. Cognitive symptoms of common diseases are also often understated on professional webpages. For example, cognitive impairment is present to some ... read more ...
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Does playing soccer cause brain injury?

The skull forms a cavity for the brain and protects it from outside harm. The cerebrospinal fluid surrounds the brain and acts as a shock absorber, preventing damage to the brain when colliding with the skull. If an external force is applied to the head the brain may strike the inside of the skull and ... read more ...
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Hormone replacement therapy and hippocampal volume

Historically, women´s health has been neglected in medical research. Much has improved in the past three decades (e.g., The Women´s Health Initiative Study) although we still can do better. One area of research that is bound to be female-oriented is research on hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Estrogen ... read more ...
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Education protects against age-related decline in brain size

Like I told you in this post here, our brain begins to shrink in our thirties and continues to do so progressively faster throughout our lifespan. One brain-structure that seems to be especially sensitive to the impact of aging is the hippocampus. Hippocampus The hippocampus is a part of the cerebral ... read more ...
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Neurofeedback: Can children with ADHD learn to train their brain?

About one-third of children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) do not fully benefit from drug treatment with stimulants. One large study even showed that the success rate was only 56%. Moreover, some families refuse stimulant medication, sometimes for fear of possible side effects. ... read more ...
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Some people have absolutely no sense of direction: Topographical agnosia

There are people who have absolutely no sense of direction. Their disorientation can be so comprehensive that they may not be able to navigate around their own home and can get utterly lost in their own street. This neurologically based impairment in finding one's way around is called topographic ... read more ...
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The green-eyed monster: Othello syndrome

In his play Othello, Shakespeare refers to jealousy as a green-eyed monster. It is an apt description for such a potentially destructive emotion. In the play, Othello kills his wife Desdemona because he believes she has been unfaithful. Unfounded and extreme jealousy has therefore been called Othello ... read more ...
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