Ancient and healthy: The science of laughter

We all laugh. Some may laugh more than others, but it is a unanimous human trait. It feels good and brings people together. Really, laughter needs no introduction, but what is it for? Laughter is a trait that we share with our distant cousins. We laugh at jokes (albeit not all jokes). We can alsoRead More

Potential new treatment found for ‘chemo brain’

Chemotherapy is the most commonly available form of cancer treatment, but its serious side effects are well-known. New research investigates the mechanism behind the cognitive impairment often associated with chemotherapy and offers new options for treating these adverse effects on the brain. Many patients undergoing chemotherapy report a decline in their cognitive abilities. New researchRead More

Five of the best apps to train your brain

It is no secret that as we age, our brain function declines. However, studies have suggested that keeping mentally active – particularly when older – can help to maintain cognitive functioning. Brain training apps are considered a useful aid for mental stimulation, but which one is right for you? We present our pick of fiveRead More

What goes on inside the brain of a psychopath?

It is well known that psychopaths can commit violent, and often criminal, acts. But the precise neural mechanisms that underlie this behavior have remained elusive. However, new research reveals the neural circuits that may drive psychopathic behavior. What goes on in the mind of a psychopath? From specialized neuroscientific studies to popular psychology books, this head-scratching questionRead More

Gut bacteria affect intestines and brain in IBS patients

Irritable bowel syndrome is one of the most common gastrointestinal problems, yet little is known about its causes. Treatment options focus on relieving the symptoms – which often include anxious behavior – rather than curing the illness. New research may have found a connection between gut bacteria and behavior in IBS patients, which could informRead More

Could eating yogurt help treat depression?

A new study suggests that there may be an effective alternative to medication for the treatment of depression: probiotic bacteria found in yogurt. Researchers suggest that probiotic bacteria found in yogurt may help to treat depression. Researchers found that Lactobacillus – “friendly” bacteria present in live-cultured yogurt – reversed depressive-like behavior in mice by altering their gutRead More