Psychostimulants play a major role in fatal strokes among young adults
April 3, 2019
An estimated 76 million people use psychostimulants, which include illicit drugs such as methamphetamine, cocaine, and 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine, as well as prescription stimulants. A new study from Australia is the first to present national data of psychostimulant use in young adults wh...
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Brain Science Backs Up Role of 'Mindset' in Motivating Students for Math
April 3, 2019



A challenging math problem can make some students break into a cold sweat and others excited to wrap their brains around a puzzle. 
A wealt...
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Study debunks 'depression genes' hypotheses
April 2, 2019
Over the past quarter-century, researchers have published hundreds of studies suggesting a small set of particular genes or gene-variants plays a substantial role in boosting susceptibility to depression. Such papers fueled hopes that clinicians could soon use genetic testing to simply identify t...
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3D-printed transparent skull provides a window to the brain
April 2, 2019
Researchers at the University of Minnesota have developed a unique 3D-printed transparent skull implant for mice that provides an opportunity to watch activity of the entire brain surface in real time. The device allows fundamental brain research that could provide new insight for human brain con...
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Global Thanks Congress, President and the White House for Maintaining Special Olympics Funding
April 2, 2019

At Global, we were shocked about the suggestions to cut the already scarce funding for students with special needs (12% of our students BTW!) and to completely defund Special Olympics. This past week, we saw our congressional heroes fiercely support maintaining funding, including leadersh...
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Circadian clock plays unexpected role in neurodegenerative diseases
April 2, 2019
While your body might bemoan the many uncomfortable effects of jet lag, your brain may be thanking you for that cross-time zone travel.
In a new study, Northwestern University researchers induced jet lag in a fruit fly model of Huntington disease and found that jet lag protected the f...
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Alzheimer's diagnosis, management improved by brain scans
April 2, 2019
A first-of-its-kind national study has found that a form of brain imaging that detects Alzheimer's-related "plaques" significantly influenced clinical management of patients with mild cognitive impairment and dementia.
The study revealed that providing clinicians with the results of p...
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Dopamine conducts prefrontal cortex ensembles
April 2, 2019
Anyone who has savored a bite of chocolate or glanced at each new blinking notification on their smart phone is familiar with dopamine.
But that is not all dopamine does. This chemical neurotransmitter also plays a fundamental role in the prefrontal cortex of the brain, which controls...
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Psychological interventions in post-conflict Pakistan evaluated
April 2, 2019
A new University of Liverpool led study, published in , highlights the effectiveness of a brief group psychological intervention for women affected by anxiety and depression in a post-conflict setting in Pakistan.
Many women are affected by anxiety and depression after armed conflict ...
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Mental health can impact memory decades later
April 2, 2019
A new longitudinal cohort study has confirmed a link between experiencing mental health problems throughout adulthood and having poorer memory in midlife.
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