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Sidelined: Sports Concussions

Sidelined: Sports Concussions

Studying the effects of a concussion at its source, inside the brain, is no easy feat. Says Dr. Geoffrey Manley, Chief of Neurosurgery at San Francisco General Hospital, "What we’re dealing with is one of the most complicated injuries in the most complicated organ in the body."

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Meditation May Enhance the Strength of Neural Networks

Meditation May Enhance the Strength of Neural Networks

Meditation is associated with stronger connections between brain regions.

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Better Left Unknown?

Better Left Unknown?

Just because we can find out about some of our genetic information, should we? Even though the results are often not very useful or even very informative, they can sometimes be a real burden.

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DNA Diving for Alzheimer’s

DNA Diving for Alzheimer’s

I was able to figure out my APOE status and so one of my key risk factors for developing late onset Alzheimer's from my 23andMe test even though 23andMe doesn't officially report any results for Alzheimer's.

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Making Bisexual Mice

Making Bisexual Mice

Serotonin plays a big role in sexual preference in mice. Maybe it plays a big role in people too.

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New Images from Inside the Brain

New Images from Inside the Brain

On Wednesday, scientists at Stanford Medical School released new images they’ve produced showing a slice of a mouse’s cerebral cortex.

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Producer's Notes: Illuminating Depression

Producer's Notes: Illuminating Depression

Imagine a medical disease that afflicts eighteen million people in the U.S., for which more than 160 million prescriptions were filled in 2008, that is one of the leading causes of disability in the U.S., but a disease for which no definitive medical model of pathology exists.

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Reporter's Notes: Depression Advancements

Reporter's Notes: Depression Advancements

This radio story tries to cram a lot into five minutes, so if you don't find what you need here, put a comment on the blog, below and I'll see if I can't provide a lead to more information.

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Superstitions and Science

Superstitions and Science

My wife is obsessed, OBSSESSED, with watching John Edward the TV psychic. (Can you hear my eyes rolling?). She truly believes that he can see spirits and offers great solace to his guests.

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Producer's Notes for Artificial Intelligence: Thinking Big

Producer's Notes for Artificial Intelligence: Thinking Big

There's a term – Singularity" – that is being used to describe the moment when technological progress will leapfrog and herald the creation of computers that not only achieve human-like intelligence, but also give rise to a progeny of computers who will be smarter then their digital forbears.

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Reporter's Notes: Beyond Alzheimer's

Reporter's Notes: Beyond Alzheimer's

This is the second of two stories born out of an afternoon at UCSF's Memory and Aging Center, where a team of scientists, led by Dr. Bruce Miller, is trying to tease out the differences between as many as 200 dementias that affect aging brains.

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Better Eating Through Genetic Engineering

Better Eating Through Genetic Engineering

In a new studt out in Nature Neuroscience, scientists tinkered with a single gene in a mouse and made it less likely to get fat. Finally I can eat as many Double Stufs as I want without worrying about gaining weight. If scientists can turn what they've learned into a pill that is.

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Reporter's Notes: Decoding the Emotional Brain

Reporter's Notes: Decoding the Emotional Brain

Being a neurologist in the era of fMRI scanners must feel like being a kid in a candy shop. What's going in there while we're, say, shopping? How about reading? Watching campaign ads? Now that we have a way to take real-time images of the brain at work, the scientific possibilities are endless. On the […]

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Housing the Human Computer

Housing the Human Computer

A look into the science of skin. In an article this week in the New York Times, brainpower was correlated with the complexity of nerve synapses. Leading researcher Dr. Grant, who has studied the interconnectedness of neurons, likened this connection to technology; "From the evolutionary perspective, the big brains of vertebrates not only have more […]

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