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Adil Ali
Passionate Healthcare Worker, Mental Health Administrator, Clinical Psychologist, Blogger & Bookworm
Passionate Healthcare Worker, Mental Health Administrator, Clinical Psychologist, Blogger & Bookworm

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Freud’s Hysteria Theory Backed by Patients’ Brain Scans
Sigmund Freud may have been right about repressed memories causing hysteria. Scientists at King’s College London and the University of Melbourne have found, using brain scans, that psychological stress may be to blame for unexplained physical symptoms, incl...

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Schizophrenia: Time to Flush the Meds?
Schizophrenia and related mental illnesses can have a devastating effect on people who suffer from them, often making it impossible for them to work or maintain normal social relationships. Antipsychotic drugs are usually the first line of defense, but they...

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Feeling down? Try a tuna sandwich: Eating the fish found to reduce risk of depression by 25% - but only if you are a woman
The secret to happiness could lie in something as simple as a tuna sandwich or cod and chips. Eating fish can keep the blues at bay, according to a new study – but only in women. Researchers discovered that having seafood on the menu at least twice a week r...

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Brain scans could save kids from ADHD misdiagnoses
A study has shown that ADHD sufferers may have altered brain function and structure that can be picked up by scans and appropriately diagnosed. It could mean the prevention of countless misdiagnoses and earlier intervention. The number of children diagnosed...

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Meaningful Activities Protect the Brain From Depression
A new study of adolescents found that those who derive joy from selfless deeds were less likely to be depressed over time. Our entire lives, when you think about it, are built around rewards—the pursuit of money, fun, love, and tacos. How we seek and respon...

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Scientists Can’t Read Your Mind With Brain Scans (Yet)
As a journalist who writes about neuroscience, I’ve gotten a lot of super enthusiastic press releases touting a new breakthrough in using brain scans to read people’s minds. They usually come from a major university or a prestigious journal. They make it so...

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How Your Season of Birth Is Etched in Your Brain
The season we’re born in can have far-reaching consequences. For instance, Spring babies are more likely than others to develop schizophrenia later in life, whereas Summer babies tend to grow up to be more sensation seeking. There are many more of these so-...

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Babies just 15 months old show racial bias when picking playmates
Toddlers show racial bias when picking playmates, a study reveals.  They also take account of how fairly others behave.  Researchers tested the reaction of white 15-month-old kids as toys were distributed. Two white adults divided the toys, one equally and ...

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Memory accuracy and strength can be manipulated during sleep
The sense of smell might seem intuitive, almost something you take for granted. But researchers from NYU Langone Medical Center have found that memory of specific odors depends on the ability of the brain to learn, process and recall accurately and effectiv...

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First test to predict Alzheimer's years in advance
The world's first blood test to predict Alzheimer's disease before symptoms occur has been developed. The test identifies 10 chemicals in the blood associated with the disease two to three years before symptoms start, but it might be able to predict Alzheim...
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