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Study shows differences in brain activity between men, women who are obese

A new study of obese people suggests that changes in their brains’ reward regions make them more prone to overeating, and that women and men exhibit different brain activity related to overeating. Researchers from UCLA found that women who are ...

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In children with severe heart defect, more brain abnormalities appear as staged surgeries progress

As children with single-ventricle disease, a complex and severe heart defect, undergo a series of three reconstructive surgeries, pediatric researchers have detected higher rates of brain abnormalities at each stage. The scientists also found associated changes in the infants’ cerebral ...

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The Simple Reason Exercise Enhances Your Brain

This article originally appeared on Time.com.  Evidence keeps mounting that exercise is good for the brain. It can lower a person’s risk for Alzheimer’s disease and may even slow brain aging by about 10 years. Now, new research helps illuminate ...

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New appetite control mechanism found in brain

Over recent decades, our understanding of hunger has greatly increased, but this new discovery turns things on their head. Up until now, scientists knew that leptin — a hormone released by fatty tissue, reduces appetite, while ghrelin — a hormone ...

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Is soda bad for your brain? (And is diet soda worse?)

Americans love sugar. Together we consumed nearly 11 million metric tons of it in 2016, according to the US Department of Agriculture, much of it in the form of sugar-sweetened beverages like sports drinks and soda. Now, new research suggests ...

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Brain signals after a meal respond to food pictures more in obese than lean kids

Brain signals that should help tell us we are full after eating appear to be dulled in obese children, according to preliminary results of a new study being presented Monday at ENDO 2017, the Endocrine Society’s 99th annual meeting in ...

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Three Proven Ways to Train Your Brain

1. Switch focus. Anxiety before a race or a tough workout can stem from being stuck in a loop of panicky thoughts. To channel awareness and let go of negative images, concentrate on something concrete. For example, think, “Where are ...

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Sleep apnea in children may stunt brain development

Sleep apnea, a common condition in which breathing briefly stops during the night, may reduce the amount of gray matter in a child’s brain, finds a recent study. Although further research is needed, the results are worrying. Sleep apnea’s effect ...

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Defect in non-coding DNA could cause brain disorders like severe language impairment

Genetic variation in the non-coding DNA may contribute to language impairments in children and other neurodevelopmental disorders including schizophrenia, autism, and bipolar disorder, scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics and Radboud University in Nijmegen found. Molecular Psychiatry publishes ...

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Brain scans could help doctors predict adolescents' problem drug use before it starts

There’s an idea out there of what a drug-addled teen is supposed to look like: impulsive, unconscientious, smart, perhaps – but not the most engaged. While personality traits like that could signal danger, not every adolescent who fits that description ...

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