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Cannabis Extract, Radiation Shrink Brain Tumors in Mice

November 15th, 2014
Cannabis extract and radiation therapy have been found to be an extremely effective combination in treating brain cancer, virtually shrinking the tumors to nothing, according to a new mouse study by researchers at St. George’s, University of London. For the study, researchers experimented ...

Learning a New Language is an Excellent Mental Workout

November 14th, 2014
New research suggests learning a new language is a healthy mental challenge as brain networks are stimulated both structurally and functionally. Pennsylvania State researchers believe the brain improves with the correct amount of stress in a similar manner by which muscles improve with ...

Avatars Can Improve Self-Compassion

November 13th, 2014
A new UK study discovers self-compassion can be learned and enhanced by using avatars in an immersive virtual reality environment. Researchers believe this inventive approach can help to reduce self-criticism and increase self-compassion and feelings of contentment in naturally self-critical individuals. Investigators believe ...

Brain’s Threat Response Calmed by Seeing Love & Support

November 10th, 2014
New research suggests that being reminded of being loved and cared for can reduce the brain's hypervigilant response to stress. University of Exeter (U.K.) investigators found that observing pictures of others being loved and cared for reduces the brain's response to threat. The findings ...

Study Shows No Influence of Media Violence on Societal Violence

November 6th, 2014
A new report suggests societal violence is not influenced by violence depicted over media and movies or video games. The finding is sure to spark controversy as some scholars and politicians have long blamed violence in movies and other media as a contributing ...

Difficult for ‘Regular Folks’ to Gain Popularity on Twitter

November 3rd, 2014
A new study from Spain provides rather sobering recommendations for Twitter users who desire to increase their popularity. Investigators found that the imbalanced structure of Twitter, where some users have many followers and the vast majority barely have a few dozen followers, means ...

Changes in Speech Patterns Could Be Used to Monitor Mental Health

November 2nd, 2014
New research may lead to a smartphone app that analyzes your speech to monitor your mental health. It’s based on research from the University of Maryland that shows that certain vocal features change as feelings of depression worsen. Researchers envision the day when those ...

Sleep Apnea Affects REM Sleep and Memory

October 31st, 2014
New research suggests sleep apnea may disrupt the formation of new spatial memories. Spatial memories are used every day and act as our internal compass to keep us from getting lost, remember where we left the keys, or parked the car. Sleep ...

Brain Response to Repulsive Images Predicts Political Affiliation

October 31st, 2014
A new study suggests the way a person's brain responds to a single disgusting image can be used to predict whether he or she identifies as a liberal or conservative. Still, investigators say that while a particular reaction or leaning may be ...

Brain Study Suggests Biomarker for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

October 30th, 2014
Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a perplexing condition characterized by extreme fatigue that can worsen with physical or mental activity, but doesn't improve with rest. While the cause remains unknown, a new imaging study has found distinct differences between the brains of CFS patients ...