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“You just do it.”

“You just do it.”

Great quote for people living with fibromyalgia. “Damn! Elizabeth Taylor hit it right on the head…I’m sure she wasn’t talking about fibromyalgia, but this IS everyone’s life at some point. Some of us just face it more often than others”. From BrainImmune on Pinterest, via Kelly Roth Fibromyalgia, is a stress-related disorder that affects approximately […]

Novelty-seeking, the adventurous neophiliacs and well-being

Novelty-seeking, the adventurous neophiliacs and well-being

A recent article by John Tierney in the science section of The New York Times outlines some new trends in research related to novelty-seeking – a personality trait traditionally associated with the brain’s dopamine system, and problems like attention deficit disorder, compulsive spending and gambling, alcoholism, drug abuse and criminal behavior. Novelty-seeking individuals are identified […]

How T cells kill cancer cells at the cytotoxic immune synapse

How T cells kill cancer cells at the cytotoxic immune synapse

A new report published in The Journal of Immunology identifies the spatiotemporal events, and the role of calcium flux and the degranulation of cytotoxic lymphocytes in the process of rapid formation by these cells of immune synapses and the killing of their target cells. The cytotoxic lymphocytes (CLs) destroy virus-infected and malignant cells via an […]

Higher proportion of gray matter linked to altruism

Higher proportion of gray matter linked to altruism

A study published in Neuron, by Ernst Fehr, Director of the Department of Economics, and his team from the University of Zurich, provides the first evidence that there is a connection between a specific neuroanatomical brain structure and human altruism. Ernst Fehr is an Austrian neuroeconomist and according to IDEAS/REPEC, he is the second-most influential […]

Human Brains Are Hardwired for Empathy

Human Brains Are Hardwired for Empathy

A new University of Virginia study, published in the August issue of the journal Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience reveals some fundamental characteristics of human empathy. The study suggests that we are hardwired to empathize because we closely associate people who are close to us – friends, spouses, lovers – with our very selves. James […]

Are you a thought leader?

Are you a thought leader?

Recently, Laura Garnett in an article at deliveringhappiness.com outlined some major characteristics of the ‘thought leader’. According to Forbes magazine a thought leader is “an individual or firm that prospects, clients, referral sources, intermediaries and even competitors recognize as one of the foremost authorities in selected areas of specialization” and that “significantly profits from being […]

Breastfeeding Duration Linked to Child Cognitive Development & Intelligence

Breastfeeding Duration Linked to Child Cognitive Development & Intelligence

A study published in the September 2013 issue of JAMA Pediatrics indicates a causal relationship of breastfeeding duration with receptive language and verbal and nonverbal intelligence later in life. Previous research suggests that there is a link between breastfeeding and health benefits in infancy, but the long-term effects of breastfeeding on cognitive development remain poorly […]

How to Keep Your Brain Innovative

How to Keep Your Brain Innovative

In a recent article at Inc.com Geil Browning, PhD, Founder and CEO, Emergenetics International, outlines some key principles to keep your brain innovative. The problem with being “crazy busy” is that it does not allow freewheeling thought. Tim Kreider wrote recently in The New York Times that there is a default response when you ask […]

Breast cancer survivors consider stress as major factor for their disease

Breast cancer survivors consider stress as major factor for their disease

According to a report and survey published in Psychooncology a substantial part of women who had survived breast cancer believe that there is a link between breast cancer and psychological stress. In this report, Stewart DE et al., from the University Health Network Women’s Health Program, University of Toronto, Canada surveyed 378 women breast cancer […]

The new BRAIN Initiative

The new BRAIN Initiative

The new BRAIN Initiative is launching with approximately $100 million in funding for research supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Bethesda, Maryland, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). The BRAIN Initiative — short for Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies — builds on the President’s State […]