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World Yoga Day: Finding the OM in GenOMics
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A recent climb in the number of people taking up a regular yoga or meditation practise has seen the terms “downward dog” and “tree pose” enter the everyday vocabulary of many. Today, on World Yoga Day, people come together across the world to celebrate the unity that yoga brings. However, from a scientific perspective, what evidence exists that supports the benefits of a regular yoga and meditation practise?

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Frontal Lobe Paradox: Where People Have Brain Damage But Don't Know It
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Humans have big brains and our frontal lobes, just behind the forehead, are particularly huge. Injuries to this part of the brain often happen after blows to the head or a stroke. Paradoxically, some people with frontal lobe injuries can seem unaffected – until they’ve been carefully evaluated.

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Lipidomics: A Rising Star in “OMICS” Research
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From medicine to make-up: until recently, a common misconception was that lipids are simply fat molecules, however, recent advances in technologies used to dissect and study lipid profiles prove that this is not the whole truth.

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Pluripotent Stem Cells in Drug Discovery: Can We Stem the Tide of Unsuccessful Drugs?
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Stem cells were first discovered in human cord blood in 1978. Why would we think they can be of more help now? This article delves into reasons behind the sudden interest in stem cells, and highlights how they can be used to advance drug discovery.

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The Science of Why so Many People Believe in Psychic Powers
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You would think that instances of proven psychic fraud over the years would weaken the credibility of psychic claims.

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Addressing Controversy in ADHD: An Interview with Russell A. Barkley, PhD
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We interviewed Russell A. Barkley, PhD, an internationally recognized expert on attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), to gain an insight into the disorder, its portrayal in the media and the future of ADHD research.

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ROCKbusting Huntington’s and Probing Parkinson’s
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At the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) conference last held in November 2018 in San Diego, a truly frightening number of posters were presented over nine sessions. In this article we look in-depth at posters shared by Charles River Laboratories, highlighting research into Huntington's Disease and Parkinson's Disease.

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Case Study: Dr. Kaelberer Validates a Neuroepithelial Circuit using Milo
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How does the gut talk to the brain? In this new case study from ProteinSimple, we find out how Melanie Maya Kaelberer, a Postdoctoral Associate at Duke University, is using Single-Cell Western platform Milo to answer the question of how the gut can rapidly communicate with cranial nerves.

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Microglia Transmit Pain to the Brain During Stress
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Chronic pain is a multifaceted disorder that causes profound disability worldwide. It has long been known that psychological stress contributes to adverse chronic pain outcomes in patients, but it is unclear how this is initiated or amplified by stress. Now, researchers have published results showing that activation of microglia in the mouse spinal cord is responsible for increased pain sensitivity in response to stress.

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