Health Sciences

Introduction to Health Sciences

Welcome to our Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences topic center. Here, gathered in various sub-topic areas, you will find practical scientific resources (e.g., on obtaining research grants, statistical methods, etc.), and introductions to fields of science of relevance to mental and medical health (e.g., Neuroscience). We offer this information as a resource for professionals and interested lay persons, and also as a way of illustrating the vital role played by scientists and researchers in the development of new medical and mental health knowledge. Whatever we know about a given medical or mental disorder, we know because scientists and researchers have carefully studied that disorder using the scientific method.

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Autism-Linked Genes May Be Tied to Slightly Higher IQ

THURSDAY, March 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Genes believed to increase the risk of autism may also be linked with higher intelligence, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed the DNA of nearly 10,000 people in Scotland and also tested their thinking abilities. On average, those who had genes associated... Read More

6 in 10 Americans Interested in Genetic Testing, Survey Finds

WEDNESDAY, March 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A majority of Americans taking part in a new poll said they'd be interested in genetic testing to see if they or their children are at risk for serious illnesses. A team at the University of Michigan's C.S. Mott Children's Hospital looked... Read More

Ultrasound Used to Attack Alzheimer's-Linked Brain Plaque in Mice

WEDNESDAY, March 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Preliminary research in mice raises the possibility that an ultrasound-based treatment might help eliminate plaque buildup in the brain that's associated with Alzheimer's disease. Scientists don't know whether the approach is feasible for humans, but the research is promising, especially because of... Read More

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Alcohol And The Brain

The evidence on how alcohol affects the brain are clear; problems walking, slurred speech, impaired vision, slowed reaction times, and poor memory. Fortunately, these difficulties typically resolve quickly after drinking... Read More

10 Things You Might Not Know About Your Brain

Earlier this year, Larry King invited three brain experts onto his show: Dr. Gary Small, Dr. Daniel Amen, and Alvaro Fernandez. They helped clear up several misconceptions about the brain... Read More

What Does The Latest Research Say About Brain Health?

We all want to keep our brains functioning as well as possible for as long as possible. But how do we do that? It seems as though every week, we... Read More