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Republicans’ brains wired for fight-or-flight

Measuring the brain activity of Republicans and Democrats while they played a game has revealed striking differences in each group’s cognitive functioning. The findings, appearing in the journalPLOS ONE, are the result of collaborative research by neuroscientists from the University of Exeter and the University of California, San Diego. They suggest that being a Republican […]

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US diet engenders stupidity

A new UCLA study with rodents is the first to show how a diet high in fructose sabotages memory and learning functions in the brain. While previous research showed how fructose harms the body through its role in diabetes and obesity, this study is the first to uncover how the sweetener influences the brain. “Our […]

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Nicotine patches reduce senior moments

Older people may benefit from the regular use of nicotine patches, according to a study that showed improvements in memory and brain function in a group of senior non-smokers who were suffering memory and thinking impairments. Published in the journal Neurology, the study examined the effects of nicotine in seniors with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) […]

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Large number of common drugs linked to brain impairment

A large, long-term study just published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society has found that medications that exhibit anticholinergic activity – typically over-the-counter and prescription drugs taken by older adults – cause cognitive impairment. The two-year study of the impact of these medications on 13,000 men and women aged 65 and older is […]

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