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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)

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 does bereavement impact the immune system?
Losing a loved one increases the risk of mortality. A recent review investigates whether changes to the immune system might help explain this effect. (Medical News Today)

Does a common pain reliever reduce empathy?
A recent study concludes that acetaminophen might reduce our ability to empathize with someone who is having a positive experience. (Medical News Today)

IBS: Telephone- and web-based CBT relieve symptoms
A trial finds that both web- and telephone-based cognitive behavioral therapy relieve symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome better than standard care alone. (Medical News Today)

Large study ties PTSD, acute stress to cardiovascular disease
A large Swedish population study finds a robust link between stress-induced illness due to traumatic events and several types of cardiovascular disease. (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)

Can genetic variants predict depression risk in young people?
A new way of determining the genetic risk of depression may help predict which children and adolescents are most likely to face mental health problems. (Medical News Today)

Why do we empathize? Researchers take on new perspective
Do we only empathize with and mirror others' behaviors in contexts calling for social cooperation? New research suggests taking the question further. (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)

Looking for beauty in your DNA
Newly published research explores the genetic variations that are associated with facial attractiveness and finds that they vary by sex. (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)

Scientists quash claims about single 'depression genes'
After reviewing data on 620,000-plus people, scientists quash claims that a single or handful of genes can have a strong influence on risk of depression. (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)

Wishing others well may boost your own well-being
New research has found a simple psychological technique that could reduce stress and anxiety and make people happier in just 12 minutes. (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)

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)

Musical training may improve attention
New research finds that people who have had musical training are better at controlling their attention and blocking out distractions. (Medical News Today)

What really happens in the brain during a hallucination?
A new study reveals a surprising brain mechanism tied to the experience of drug-induced hallucinations. These findings may even have wider implications. (Medical News Today)

What are the symptoms of ADHD in adults?
The symptoms of ADHD in adults vary depending on the type of ADHD, but they may include disorganization and restlessness. Learn more about adult ADHD symptoms here. (Medical News Today)

Why too much vitamin D can be a bad thing
Vitamin D is essential for good health. However, a new study has found that too much can have a negative effect on some members of the population. (Medical News Today)

Can scientists learn to remove bad memories?
New research in human participants explores a novel intervention that aims to weaken traumatic memories and lessen their psychological impact. (Medical News Today)

Could cannabis use contribute to psychosis?
Researchers have found strong associations between the frequent use of highly potent cannabis and reports of first-time psychotic episodes. (Medical News Today)

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