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Sadness, But Not Other Emotions, Linked to Cigarette Craving and Relapse

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In set of four integrated studies, Harvard researchers find that sadness, but not all negative emotions, heightens craving to smoke and likelihood of relapse.

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Sleep Deprivation Leads To Increase in Tau Protein in Bloodstream

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A preliminary study has found that when young, healthy men were deprived of just one night of sleep, they had higher levels of tau, a biomarker for Alzheimer's disease, in their blood than when they had a full, uninterrupted night of rest.

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The Neuroscience of Psychedelics: Can LSD Microdosing Make You Happier? With Johannes Ramaekers

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In this interview we speak to Maastricht University's Professor Johannes Ramaekers, who recently collaborated with the UK-based Beckley foundation to examine the effects of microdosing LSD. In this interview, we discuss how LSD affects our mood, how mushrooms could boost creativity and and why a Mexican toad has been an important part of psychedelic research.

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The Neuroscience of Psychedelic Drugs: Your Brain on Psilocybin With Frederick Streeter Barrett

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Fred Barrett is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. In this interview, we discuss his work with the active component of magic mushrooms, psilocybin. Fred explains how this compound affects the brain, its potential to combat visceral pain, and its links to so-called mystical experiences.

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Could Essential Tremor Be Caused by Overactive Brain Waves?

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The source of essential tremor – a movement disorder that causes involuntary trembling of the hands, arms, and head – has been enigmatic, impeding the development of effective treatments. Now a new study suggests the tremors are caused by overactive brain waves at the base of the brain, raising the possibility of treating the disorder with neuromodulation to calm the oscillations.

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Widely Consumed Oil Is Linked With Genetic Changes in the Brain
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New UC Riverside research shows soybean oil not only leads to obesity and diabetes, but could also affect neurological conditions like autism, Alzheimer's disease, anxiety, and depression.

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Why Have Multiple Sclerosis Drug Costs Tripled in Seven Years?
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The cost of prescriptions for multiple sclerosis (MS) in the US drugs nearly tripled over seven years, and the introduction of a generic version of one of the most common drugs had little overall effect on prices, according to a new study .

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Can Blue Light Help Heal Traumatic Brain Injury?
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Early morning blue light exposure therapy can aid the healing process of people impact by mild traumatic brain injury, suggests new research from the University of Arizona.

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Exploring the Medicinal Benefits of Cannabis Within UK Pharmaceuticals
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In this article, we explore how the use of cannabis within UK pharmaceuticals is expected to change, as well as the medicinal benefits offered by cannabis, and cannabinoids.

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The Importance of Understanding Target–Protein Interactions in Drug Discovery
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You’re unwell, you see a doctor, they prescribe you a medicine… and you take it. But how exactly is that drug having an effect? What is its mechanism of action? Drugs exhibit their effects through specific protein–target interactions. Andrew Lynn, Chief Executive Officer at Fluidic Analytics discusses why understanding protein–target interactions is so important.

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New Year’s Anxiety Hangover? Here’s What’s Happening in Your Brain
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As a neuroscientist researching how food and drink affect brain function, let me explain how drinking alcohol can trigger hangxiety the next day.

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The Psychological Benefits of Working Less
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Working fewer hours isn’t only associated with improved health and psychological benefits; it can also help us to become more productive.

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Mind Over Magnet: Cryptochrome Proteins Enable Magnetic Brain Repair
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A new study conducted by researchers at Paris’s Sorbonne University, alongside colleagues from the US and Australia has now suggested that magnetic stimulation may be able to help the brain repair itself. What’s more, the team has gone one step further by identifying a molecule that they suggest may mediate this healing effect.

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What is Super-Resolution Microscopy? STED, SIM and STORM Explained
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Scientists can now use super-resolution microscopy to directly observe living subcellular structures and activities. In this piece, we explore the basics of three popular super-resolution techniques.

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