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Could this brain stimulation technique reverse memory decline?
New research examines the effect of a noninvasive brain stimulation technique called transcranial magnetic stimulation on age-related memory decline. (Medical News Today)

Some brain functions may be restored after death, pig study suggests
Scientists have restored some brain function in a pig's brain 4 hours after the mammal has died. The findings open new avenues for researching the brain. (Medical News Today)

Essential oils for neuropathic pain relief
Neuropathy refers to conditions that damage or otherwise affect the nerves. A common symptom is pain. Some research suggests that aromatherapy with certain essential oils may help relieve neuropathic pain. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

Stimulating brain with ultrasound can influence decisions
A study in macaques reveals that targeting a brain region with noninvasive, low-intensity ultrasound can alter a specific decision-making process. (Medical News Today)

Alzheimer's: Synthetic protein blocks toxic beta-amyloid
Scientists have designed a protein that folds into alpha sheets that can block toxic beta-amyloid in brain cells before it forms into large clumps. (Medical News Today)

What can cause pain in the palm of the hand?
Pain in the palm of the hand is often the result of a minor injury, and a person can safely treat it at home. However, more serious causes of hand pain can include bone fractures, wound infections, and conditions that affect the nerves, blood vessels, or tissues inside the hands. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

Could 'mirror neurons' explain brain mechanisms of empathy?
When rats see other rats in pain, their brains activate the same group of nerve cells that become active when they themselves are in pain, research shows. (Medical News Today)

How marijuana affects the body
Marijuana has several potential physical and psychological effects on the body, such as lung irritation and increased appetite. Learn more about the effects of marijuana on the body here. (Medical News Today)

This is how sleep loss alters emotional perception
Five new studies conducted as part of a doctoral thesis show how sleep loss affects a person's emotional perception and emotional response control. (Medical News Today)

5-minute breathing 'workout' may benefit heart and brain health
New research finds that using a breathing device that strengthens breathing muscles for 5 minutes can lower blood pressure and boost cognition. (Medical News Today)

Could this protein explain why migraine is more common in women?
An animal study shows that certain nervous system responses to a protein that scientists have long known to play a role in migraine occur only in females. (Medical News Today)

What is the difference between a headache and a migraine?
While most people experience a headache occasionally, migraine is a condition that causes severe head pain and other symptoms. Learn more about the differences here. (Medical News Today)

Syncing brain waves may fight age-related memory problems
Working memory tends to decline with age, and this problem is characterized by poor synchronicity between brain regions. Can researchers 'fix' this issue? (Medical News Today)

Simply seeing reminders of coffee can perk up the brain
Coffee-related cues may increase focus and alertness in the same way that actual coffee does, according to the findings of a new study. (Medical News Today)

Alcohol use disorder: Brain damage may progress despite sobriety
Scientists have compared the brains of people with alcohol use disorder with those of people without the disorder. They also studied rodents. (Medical News Today)

Can scientists 'hack' memory?
Is it possible to manipulate memory formation and consolidation? And why would we want to do it? We explore these questions in this Spotlight feature. (Medical News Today)

How use of digital devices may influence obesity risk
People who tend to frequently switch between digital media devices appear to have a greater risk of obesity, according to the findings of a new study. (Medical News Today)

Dementia: Amyloid PET scans can improve diagnosis and care
Using brain scans that can detect hallmarks of Alzheimer's could improve diagnosis and clinical care of people with dementia and mild cognitive impairment. (Medical News Today)

Mental health can impact memory decades later
A new longitudinal cohort study has confirmed a link between experiencing mental health problems throughout adulthood and having poorer memory in midlife. (Medical News Today)

Scientists locate brain circuit that curbs overeating
Scientists have identified a group of memory-related neurons in the hippocampus whose activation can cause mice to reduce their food intake. (Medical News Today)

Music may enhance the effect of pain relievers
Can music soothe pain? A new study in mice finds that listening to Mozart alongside taking standard pain medication works better than drugs alone. (Medical News Today)

What does science say about the effects of meditation?
In this Spotlight feature, we look at the benefits of practicing meditation or mindfulness, and we weigh up some of the potential unwanted effects. (Medical News Today)

This drug failed to treat cancer, but it could improve dementia
Scientists have found that an experimental drug that failed against cancer may treat dementia instead. However, can they test it in clinical trials? (Medical News Today)

Depression: Brain stimulation may be a good alternative treatment
A new review of clinical trials delves deeper into the benefits of various forms of non-invasive brain stimulation for treating severe depression. (Medical News Today)

Is this a better way to deliver drugs to the brain?
According to a new study in mice, shorter-wave ultrasound pulses could help scientists deliver drugs straight into the brain more safely and efficiently. (Medical News Today)

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