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Can simply naming vegetables differently increase healthful eating?
New research examines how using more appetizing words to describe healthful foods affects eating choices and finds that the wording can go a long way. (Medical News Today)

What are neurotransmitters?
Neurotransmitters are chemical messengers in the nervous system. They influence mood, muscle movement, heart rate, and many other functions. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

What are the 12 cranial nerves?
The cranial nerves are a set of twelve nerves that originate in the brain. Each has a different function for sense or movement. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

What are the links between alcohol and anxiety?
Many people use alcohol to reduce anxiety, but it can end up making anxiety worse in the long term. Learn about the link between alcohol and anxiety, and tips for coping here. (Medical News Today)

Apes may 'read' others' mental states, just like humans
A new investigation into the so-called theory of mind suggests that apes, just like humans, have the ability to 'read' another agent's intentions. (Medical News Today)

What are migraine auras?
Migraine auras are sensory symptoms, including visual disturbances and physical sensations, that occur during or before a migraine episode. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

Deep brain stimulation can be effective for severe depression
A study that gathered data for at least 8 years has shown that deep brain stimulation can have a robust, sustained effect in people with severe depression. (Medical News Today)

Narcissism declines as we grow older
Researchers revisit two surveys that looked at narcissism in a group of students and then 23 years later. It finds that narcissism declines over the years. (Medical News Today)

Too much exercise may affect our ability to make decisions
A new study concludes that intensive exercise not only causes muscle fatigue but may also affect the brain and the ability to make good decisions. (Medical News Today)

What tone of voice do teenagers prefer to hear?
Parenting teenagers can be challenging. A recent study investigates the importance of tone of voice when interacting with 14- and 15-year-olds. (Medical News Today)

What to know about Xanax overdose
Taking too much Xanax can cause mild to serious side effects, and taking other drugs along with Xanax can increase the risk of overdose. Learn about the symptoms, risks, and treatments of a Xanax overdose here. (Medical News Today)

What does Xanax feel like?
Xanax is a benzodiazepine, a class of drug that treats anxiety and panic disorders. It usually takes less than an hour to kick in and has a calming, relaxing effect. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

Brain scans could help predict whether antidepressants will work
New research reveals how MRI scans and artificial intelligence can help identify brain patterns that predict responsiveness to certain antidepressants. (Medical News Today)

Cats bond with caregivers just as much as babies and dogs
A study finds that felines bond with their caregivers just as much as babies and dogs, in spite of their reputation for being aloof. (Medical News Today)

How long does Xanax last?
Xanax is a benzodiazepine that treats anxiety and panic disorders. This article looks at how long its effects last, when the drug expires, what withdrawal is like, and other factors to consider. (Medical News Today)

The science behind lucid dreaming
This special feature explores the science behind lucid dreaming, an experience in which a person realizes they are dreaming as they continue to dream. (Medical News Today)

A guide to EFT tapping
Emotional freedom technique (EFT) is a method to reduce anxiety, stress, PTSD, and depression. It involves tapping specific points on the face and body. Here, we discuss the uses and effectiveness of EFT tapping and provide instructions on how to do it. (Medical News Today)

What to know about alexithymia
Alexithymia is where a person has trouble recognizing and describing their emotions. Here, we give an overview of alexithymia and its links with mental health conditions and autism. (Medical News Today)

What to know about generalized anxiety disorder
Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is a common mental health condition in the United States. Learn about the symptoms, causes, and treatment options here. (Medical News Today)

Why are harsh sounds so unbearable for the human brain?
New research identifies which sounds are unbearable for the human brain and explains why we perceive them as such, uncovering complex neural connections. (Medical News Today)

Why do we forget our dreams? Study sheds light
New research in mice singles out a group of neurons that may be responsible for our forgetting unnecessary information during the dreaming stage of sleep. (Medical News Today)

Can distractions 'change' your reality?
New research finds that distractions can change people's perceptions of reality, raising interesting questions about what we remember. (Medical News Today)

What is the mechanism behind compulsive sexual behavior?
A new study searches for the molecular mechanism at the core of compulsive sexual behavior. Changes in the regulation of two genes may be key, it suggests. (Medical News Today)

Employer kindness can improve performance and mental health
New research examines the impact of a single, small gesture of kindness on the mental health and efficacy of 86 bus drivers living in China. (Medical News Today)

What are nootropics (smart drugs)?
Nootropics, or smart drugs, aim to enhance cognitive performance. Prescription stimulants and nonprescription substances, including caffeine, are considered nootropic. Here, we discuss research into the effects and risks. (Medical News Today)

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