How does the body cope with a night of no sleep, the answer is: not well

 Getting no sleep, let alone an hour too little, throws your body’s regular processes for a loop, jostling the delicate balance of hormones out of whack and signalling to your brain that something is definitely wrong. A number of things happen when you pull an all-nighter, and not one of them is good

How does the body cope with a night of no sleep, the answer is: not wellWho among us has not pulled an all-nighter, the practise which is generally seen among college students or working professionals, wherein, people will generally be up all night either studying or working very hard to complete a certain given task or assignment before a nearing deadline. All-nighters mark the full surrender to academic demands — […]

The truth behind childhood trauma and how it affects the brain

Previous research has pointed out those individuals who experienced neglect and abuse as children have decreased volumes of white matter in various areas of the brain. The volume and structure of white matter correlate with an individual's capacity for learning, and this component of the brain keeps on developing throughout early adulthood - unlike grey matter

The truth behind childhood trauma and how it affects the brainIt is not news that people abused as children are more exposed to clinical depression, anxiety, and a higher risk of death from suicide. But now, researchers have begun to reveal what happens in the brain following this kind of trauma. According to data provided by the Children’s Bureau of the United States Department of […]

Scientist work towards quietening the ‘voices’ of schizophrenia

Scientists believe a technique called transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapy can help quell auditory verbal hallucination (AVH). TMS essentially calls for an electromagnetic coil to be placed against the scalp. The electromagnet delivers a pulse that stimulates nerve cells in a specific region of the brain that controls mood. It’s often used to treat depression

Scientist work towards quietening the ‘voices’ of schizophreniaSay the word schizophrenia and what comes to mind? Most likely it’s an image of a person who hears voices — someone who is carrying on a conversation in a loud manner with themselves. In a clinic setting, the voices that patients hear are known as auditory verbal hallucination (AVH). It’s just one in a […]

Why do we ‘catch’ the yawns of others?

Contagious yawning is a common form of echophenomena - the automatic imitation of someone else's words or actions. Echophenomena is also seen in Tourette's, as well as in other conditions, including epilepsy and autism. The current findings provide further evidence that yawn contagion may be unrelated to empathic processing

Why do we ‘catch’ the yawns of others?A University of Nottingham team found it occurs in a part of the brain responsible for motor function. The primary motor cortex also plays a part in conditions such as Tourette’s syndrome. So the scientists say understanding contagious yawning could also help understand those disorders too. Contagious yawning is a common form of echophenomena – […]

Depression may alter brain’s white matter structure, says study

Globally, depression affects more than 300 million people. It is the leading cause of disability worldwide, and the second leading cause of death in people aged 15 to 29. Previous studies have linked disruption in white matter to problems with thinking and emotion processing

Depression may alter brain’s white matter structure, says studySo concludes a major study from the University of Edinburgh and the University of Glasgow, both in the United Kingdom, that used cutting-edge imaging technology to map the structure of white matter in the brains of more than 3,000 people. In the journal Scientific Reports, the researchers describe how they found that white matter integrity […]

Are you a troll? You could be suffering from a mental disorder

The study highlights that trolling consists of antisocial behaviour displayed online with leads to negative psychological outcomes. Trolls generally have lower affective empathy when compared to people who aren’t trolls. The study also states that trolls appear to be master manipulators of both cyber-settings and their victim’s emotions

Are you a troll? You could be suffering from a mental disorderAs social media has become an integral part of our lives we have to face a certain number of pros and cons which come along with it. Most people who use social media extensively complain about the trolling they face. Celebrities, politicians, journalists, eminent personalities and a layperson who expresses their opinions often face abusive […]

‘People thought I was lazy, it turned out to be narcolepsy’

Mohit was diagnosed with narcolepsy, a rare neurological disorder caused by the brain's inability to regulate the sleep-wake cycle. It is a disorder in which a person falls asleep at random times. There is no specific cure of for this disease

‘People thought I was lazy, it turned out to be narcolepsy’Family members and friends of Mohit More (name changed), a 26-year-old, always knew that he slept a lot. Even during the day, Mohit used to get an excessive urge to sleep which he could not control. He slept for 14 to 16 hours in a day. It was considered that he had a habit of […]

Biomarkers for cognitive impairment in Parkinson’s found by researchers

The biomarkers that were found to predict this cognitive decline were: a deficiency in dopamine, a "diffuse" decrease in the brain volume across the frontal, temporal, parietal, and occipital lobes, pathological levels of beta-amyloid plaques - just like those found in Alzheimer's disease - and some genetic variations

Biomarkers for cognitive impairment in Parkinson’s found by researchersParkinson’s disease (PD) is “the second most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer’s disease,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While there is no cure for PD, there are therapies that aim to slow down the advancement of the disease. Usually, however, PD is diagnosed when the symptoms become apparent, by which […]

Unexpected link between glioma and blood sugar levels helps understand brain cancer

Glioma is one of the most common cancers that arise in the brain and is usually diagnosed in middle age. It accounts for nearly a quarter of all primary brain tumors and three quarters of all malignant tumors

Unexpected link between glioma and blood sugar levels helps understand brain cancerHaving high blood sugar or diabetes is linked to a higher risk of developing most cancers. However, studies have found that brain cancers such as glioma are less common in people with diabetes and high blood sugar. Now, a new study begins to shed light on this surprising link. Could it be, the researchers ask, […]