Alzheimers Disease

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Taser's 50,000-Volt Jolt Can Mess Up Your Brain
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October 10th, 2014
Can people think straight after getting tased with 50,000 volts? That burst of electricity can impair a person's ability to remember and process information for about an hour after the jolt, new research suggests.
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Memory Making Linked to Gene and Protein, Research Shows
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August 19th, 2014
Discovery of the Arc gene and its like-named protein is leading to breakthroughs in how memories form and are recalled as well as giving hope to developing treatments for memory disorders like Alzheimer’s.
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Learning a New Language at Any Age Helps the Brain
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June 2nd, 2014
Learning a second language -- whether during infancy, childhood or the teen years -- may improve a person's thinking skills, a new study suggests.
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Being Curious Can Boost Your Memory
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October 3rd, 2014
Everyone knows it's easier to learn about a topic you're curious about. Now, a new study reveals what's going on in the brain during that process.
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Emergency Plane Landing Yields PTSD Clues
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August 13th, 2014
Interviews with survivors of an emergency plane landing are helping researchers understand how certain memories may increase the risk for post-traumatic stress disorder, a new study finds.
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4 Unusual Ways Music Can Tune Up the Brain
May 30th, 2014
Music shapes the brain in many ways — it can alter brain structures in musicians, and enhance cognitive skills in children and adults alike, research shows. Still, scientists are continuing to learn much about the way the brain responds to music.
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Justifying Atrocities Alters the Memory
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April 25th, 2014
Trying to justify torture or wartime atrocities literally alters the memory, particularly in conversation with members of one's own group, new research finds. The effect could influence how people treat outsiders.
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Neuroticism and Long-Time Stress Linked to Alzheimer's in Women
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October 1st, 2014
Women with the personality trait of neuroticism may be at an increased risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, a new study suggests.
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Can People Remember Their Birth?
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June 5th, 2014
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'Cosmic Inflation' Pioneers Snag Prestigious Kavli Prize
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May 29th, 2014
Three physicists who helped further the theory that the universe experienced an extremely rapid burst of expansion right after it was born — a process known as cosmic inflation — were awarded the prestigious Kavli Prize in Astrophysics today (May 29).
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