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'Brainy TV' set to triumph over reality's race to the bottom

The grip trashy reality shows hold on television may be about to be broken by a new wave of intelligent documentaries.

'Brainy TV' set to triumph over reality's race to the bottom
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Brain research gets $100 million boost

Research into brain diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and traumatic injury got a boost with a $100 million pledge from a US foundation and seven universities.

Brain research gets $100 million boost
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Scientists study rare tapeworm living in man's brain

Scientists in Britain removed and studied a rare tapeworm that lived in a man's brain for four years, researchers saidю

Scientists study rare tapeworm living in man's brain
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Lost languages leave a mark on the brain

Babies adopted across international borders may not remember the language they heard in their first days, but the words leave a lasting mark on their minds.

Lost languages leave a mark on the brain
New study suggests treatment possibility for autism
New study suggests treatment possibility for autism

People with autism have too many synapses according to a new study that may point to a treatment for the complex disorder.

New study suggests treatment possibility for autism
3D tissue lets US scientists study brain injury
3D tissue lets US scientists study brain injury

US scientists described new advances in making 3D brain-like tissue that allows real-time research on brain trauma, disease and recovery.

3D tissue lets US scientists study brain injury
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Tiny chip mimics brain, delivers supercomputer speed

Researchers unveiled a powerful new postage-stamp size chip delivering supercomputer performance using a process that mimics the human brain.

Tiny chip mimics brain, delivers supercomputer speed
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Not just baby talk: chatting spurs brain development

Baby talk is more than just bonding: chatting with your infant spurs important brain development that sets the stage for lifelong learning.

Not just baby talk: chatting spurs brain development
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Canadian blogs of battle to save baby as wife dies

A Canadian whose brain-dead pregnant wife is being kept on life support until the birth of their baby is giving the public a glimpse of his very personal tragedy.

Canadian blogs of battle to save baby as wife dies
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Brain-dead Texas woman's fetus 'abnormal,' lawyers say

The fetus being carried by a pregnant American woman already declared brain dead is "distinctly abnormal".

Brain-dead Texas woman's fetus 'abnormal,' lawyers say
Scientists discover hormone that blocks marijuana buzz
Scientists discover hormone that blocks marijuana buzz

A naturally occurring hormone acts as spontaneous defense in the brain against the high caused by marijuana and could be useful in preventing addiction, researchers said Thursday.

Scientists discover hormone that blocks marijuana buzz
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Men and women's brains are wired differently: study

Women aren't very good at reading maps, and men are incapable of multi-tasking.

Men and women's brains are wired differently: study
Skull discovery suggests early man was single species
Skull discovery suggests early man was single species

A stunningly well-preserved skull from 1.8 million years ago offers new evidence that early man was a single species with a vast array of different looks.

Skull discovery suggests early man was single species
Ballerina brain holds secret to balance: study
Ballerina brain holds secret to balance: study

Years of training cause structural changes in a ballerina's brain that help her stay balanced in the pirouette, said a report Friday that may aid the treatment of chronic dizziness.

Ballerina brain holds secret to balance: study
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Study suggests brain protein as Alzheimer drug target

Scientists have a new lead on a possible treatment to slow Alzheimer's disease by targeting a protein involved in limiting flexibility in the aging brain.

Study suggests brain protein as Alzheimer drug target
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Study finds brain lesions in spy plane pilots

Tiny brain lesions are vastly more common in US Air Force pilots who fly at high altitudes than in non-pilots.

Study finds brain lesions in spy plane pilots
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Some blood pressure drugs found to slow dementia

A class of drugs designed to lower blood pressure also slightly brakes the progression of dementia among the elderly and may even boost brain power marginally.

Some blood pressure drugs found to slow dementia
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Animal studies often biased: US scientists

Medical research that uses animals to test therapies for human brain disorders is often biased, claiming positive results and then failing in human trials.

Animal studies often biased: US scientists
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US approves first brain wave test for ADHD

US regulators on Monday approved the first brain wave test for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, saying it may improve the accuracy of diagnoses by medical experts.

US approves first brain wave test for ADHD
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More than 9m in China with dementia

Around 9.19 million people in China had dementia in 2010, compared with 3.68 million 20 years earlier, according to a study on Friday that throws a spotlight on an emerging health crisis.

More than 9m in China with dementia