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Tackling the silent epidemic of loneliness | Letters

Mike Adamson would like to see more services that prevent, reduce and delay loneliness, and Susan Daniels says it is not just a problem for older people

We welcome the focus given by Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard on the toll that …

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Astrocytes Help Neurons Form Successful Connections in the Brain

La Jolla, CA (Scicasts) — To have a good phone conversation, you need a good cellular connection. What’s true for mobile phones also turns out to be true for neurons. [Video]

Salk Institute scientists have discovered that brain cells called

Brain waves reflect different types of learning

Figuring out how to pedal a bike and memorizing the rules of chess require two different types of learning, and now for the first time, researchers have been able to distinguish each type of learning by the brain-wave patterns it …

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Private insurance reforms a mental health ‘work-around’

The private hospital changes fail to provide the community-based services people need, Prof Ian Hickie says

The national mental health commissioner, Prof Ian Hickie, has described private health insurance reforms affecting mental health as a “work-around” that will lead to …

Broadening the debate on mental health | Letters

David Dodd wants employers to assume a degree of responsibility for employees’ mental wellbeing, Justin Harper makes a case for income protection and Gary Fereday says psychoanalytically informed therapies should be more widely available. Plus letters from Keir Harding and…

Children’s tsar savages NHS over paucity of mental healthcare

Anne Longfield says services are ‘unacceptably slow’ to improve, in open letter to chief executive of NHS England

The children’s commissioner has launched a savage attack on the head of the NHS, accusing him of denigrating research that shows an …

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VIDEO: 2-Minute Neuroscience: Receptors & Ligands

In my 2-Minute Neuroscience videos I simplistically explain neuroscience topics in 2 minutes or less. In this video, I discuss receptors and ligands. I explain the differences between the two main types of neurotransmitter receptors: ionotropic and metabotropic (aka...

VIDEO: 2-Minute Neuroscience: Divisions of the Nervous System

In my 2-Minute Neuroscience videos I simplistically explain neuroscience topics in 2 minutes or less. In this video, I discuss the divisions of the nervous system. The nervous system has two major divisions: central and peripheral. But the peripheral nervous system is...

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Multiple Sclerosis Risk in Children Spotted With MRI Neuroimaging

Summary: A new study reveals MRI brain scans can help identify neurological changes associated with multiple sclerosis before symptoms appear in children.

Source: Yale.

By the time multiple sclerosis (MS) is diagnosed in children, it may be difficult to prevent

Human Protein Fights HIV as Monomer and Dimer, Says Study

Boston, MA (Scicasts) — Fifteen years ago, a class of proteins was discovered, which give humans innate immunity to HIV-1. Unfortunately, HIV-1 is a smart virus and has evolved to battle these proteins.

Northeastern researchers, with help from their collaborators,

Can You Hear Me Now? Ensuring Good Cellular Connections in the Brain

Summary: Researchers at Salk Institute report astrocytes initiate communication between pairs of neurons during early development, inducing specific neural changes. Findings may have implications for neurodevelopmental disorders such as ASD and ADHD.

Source: Salk Institute.

To have a good phone