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Study: Birth Control Impairs Women’s Recognition of Complex Emotions

The pill could be blurring your social judgement — but perhaps not enough so you’d notice. By challenging women to identify complex emotional expressions like pride or contempt, rather than basic ones like happiness or fear, scientists have revealed subtle changes in emotion recognition associated with oral contraceptive pill (OCP) use. Published in Frontiers in Neuroscience, their study found that

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Learn as you sleep: study shows sleepers can learn language from scratch in the depths of slumber

People can learn a new language in their sleep, a new study suggests. A groundbreaking experiment established it was possible to learn new words and their semantic associations from scratch while in the depths of sleep. Scientists already know that the fragile neurological connections that form the basis of memory are strengthened during deep sleep, and previous studies have shown

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Childhood Arthritis Linked to Vaccines

For people who think of arthritis as a disease of the elderly, learning that children also suffer from arthritic conditions may come as a shock. Across age groups, various forms of arthritis are a growing public health problem in the United States. New cases of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis and other types of autoimmune arthritis in young Americans are two to

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Neuron Breakthrough a Boon for Huntington’s Disease Treatment

A hallmark of neurodegenerative diseases like Huntington’s is the progressive death of nerve cells in the brain. The cells don’t die quickly, though. They first start to disconnect from each other because their neurites—long finger-like extensions that make connections all through the brain—become smaller. Now, using animal models and nerve cells grown in the lab, researchers from the University of

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Alzheimer’s Linked to Blood Transfusions

A now-banned type of blood transfusion which was used globally until the 1980s may have given people Alzheimer’s, a new study claims. Between 1958 and 1985, abnormally short children in the US and the UK were given hormones harvested from cadavers to help spur their growth. But in the early 1980s, there was a global outbreak of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD),

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Parents’ Brain Activity “Echoes” Their Infant’s Brain Activity When They Play Together

When infants are playing with objects, their early attempts to pay attention to things are accompanied by bursts of high-frequency activity in their brain. But what happens when parents play together with them? New research, publishing December 13 in the open-access journal PLOS Biology, by Dr. Sam Wass of the University of East London in collaboration with Dr. Victoria Leong

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