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Scientists show how brain flexibility emerges in infants

Cognitive flexibility refers to the ability to readily switch between mental processes in response to external stimuli and different task demands. For example, when our brains are processing one task, an external stimulus is present, requiring us to switch our mental processes to attend to this external stimulus. This ability of switching from one to […]

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Researchers shed light on split-second decision making

A little understood region of the cerebellum plays a critical role in making split-second ‘go-no go’ decisions, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. “We wanted to know how this kind of decision making takes place,” said the study’s senior author Diego Restrepo, Ph.D., professor of cell […]

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PCOS is linked to increased risk of neuropsychiatric disorders in offspring

Children born to mothers with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) are at greater risk of a wide range of psychiatric and neurodevelopmental disorders, according to new research published today in Human Reproduction, one of the world’s leading reproductive medicine journals. Researchers in Sweden, China and Finland found that the increased risk existed for children born to […]

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How To Be A Positive Person

eeping a positive outlook doesn’t always come naturally. But optimism is like a muscle — you just have to train it, says Tchiki Davis, a psychologist and founder of The Berkeley Well-Being Institute. And learning to see the glass half full has its perks: It can improve the quality of your life and may even increase lifespan, she […]

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Love hormone also forms important link between stress and digestive problems

New research published today in The Journal of Physiology shows that oxytocin, known as the love hormone, plays an important role in stress’ disruption of digestion such as bloating, discomfort, nausea, and diarrhea. Stress disrupts gastrointestinal functions and causes a delay in gastric emptying (how quickly food leaves the stomach). This delay in gastric emptying […]

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Unique antibody profile sets gluten sensitivity apart from celiac disease

A new study of the antibodies produced by people with gluten sensitivity may lead to a better way to detect the condition and treat it. Until recently, many doctors often dismissed the complaints of people who claimed to be sensitive to foods containing gluten but did not have celiac disease, a well-documented autoimmune disease triggered […]

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Obesity—the deadly disease that nobody dies of

New research presented at the European and International Conference on Obesity (ECO ICO 2020), held online this year (1-4 September), reveals that obesity and the illnesses it causes rarely appear as an official cause of death on the UK Medical Certificate of Cause of Death (MCCD). Obesity is known to be a significant risk factor […]

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Ultra-processed food consumption is associated with chromosomal changes linked to biological ageing

A new study has shed light on the link between the consumption of ultra-processed foods (UPF) and the shortening of telomeres; sections of chromosomes that can be used as a marker of biological age. The work was conducted by Lucia Alonso-Pedrero and colleagues with the supervision of Professor Maira Bes-Rastrollo and Professor Amelia Marti, University […]