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Alcohol, drugs and the brain

They rewire your brain by changing how your genes work ANALYSIS | KARLA KAUN | Many people are wired to seek and respond to rewards. Your brain interprets food as rewarding when you are hungry and water as rewarding when you are thirsty. But addictive substances like alcohol and drugs of …

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Birth of child changes dad’s brain

Researchers say changes occur in the cortex of the brains of first-time fathers Kampala, Uganda | AGENCIES | Robin Young has autism spectrum disorder, which, in his case, means he struggles to empathise and show love for someone else. The resident of Bodicote, England, is also a father. “This is something …

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Daytime napping has benefits

It may help to preserve your brain health Kampala, Uganda | AGENCIES | Daytime napping may help to preserve brain health by slowing the rate at which our brains shrink as we age, suggests a new study led by researchers at UCL and the University of the Republic in Uruguay. The …

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Is exercise really good for the brain?

Here’s what the science says about `a healthy mind in a healthy body’ SPECIAL FEATURE | THE INDEPENDENT | The health benefits of physical activity are undeniable. Yet, a recent study based on data published over the past 30 years challenges the famous adage Mens sana in corpore sano (a healthy mind …

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Promoting brain health

Staying married to one person for many years may help Kampala, Uganda | AGENCIES | People who stayed married to one person for many years in mid-life had a lower risk of developing dementia in old age, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Aging and Health. “Being …

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How human memory works

Researchers uncover how the human brain separates, stores, and retrieves memories Researchers have identified two types of cells in our brains that are involved in organising discrete memories based on when they occurred. This finding improves our understanding of how the human brain forms memories and could have implications in …

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Your brain dictates how many friends you have

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Think about your closest friends—the people you call daily, share your secrets with, and text at 2 a.m. when you need a favour or some emotional support. How many people are you picturing? One? Three? Eight? If you’re like most people, you probably answered between …

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Latest on brain cancer treatment

Why killing the fastest growing cells may not be the only treatment Kampala, Uganda | FLORIAN SIEBZEHNRUBL | Brain cancers are fortunately rare tumours in adults. Nevertheless, the most common type of brain cancer, glioblastoma, is incurable and almost always lethal. Because of the lack of effective therapies, the average survival …

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Sitting harms brain health

And it doesn’t matter how much exercise you put in Kampala, Uganda | CATHERINE PADDOCK | Too much sitting may not be good for the brain, according to a preliminary study of adults who have reached middle age and beyond. Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) discovered that …

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