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The Health Benefits of Kissing

Pucker up, because it seems kissing has a number of important health benefits ranging from improving mood and stress levels, to actually enhancing our bodies natural immunity to illness. Mouth to mouth kissing is a behaviour seen in almost 90% … Continue reading

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What is a headache?

We all know the feeling after a long stressful day, when the tensions of the past few hours begin to amass in your temples, perhaps starting as a dull throb before advancing in waves to a deep pounding ache. The … Continue reading

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The Laughter Prescription

On a recent trip to Indonesia I came across a temple, in a small village outside of Ubhud, where a group of local Balinese were rolling around on yoga mats in fits of hysterical laughter. The sound emanating from the … Continue reading

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Do infections speed up memory loss in Alzheimer’s?

How does an infection affect the progression of Alzheimer’s disease? Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is the most common form of dementia. It’s a neurodegenerative condition characterized by ongoing cognitive decline, loss of functions such as memory, and behavioural abnormalities. AD usually … Continue reading

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The Brain in Pain

How brain imaging technology is placing emphasis on the potential for the mind to influence our physiology, and how this influence should not be underestimated. What really determines how we feel pain? Scientists are now suggesting that the complex emotional … Continue reading

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News and Views: The Brain Activity Mapping Project – What’s the plan?

“If the human brain were so simple that we could understand it, we would be so simple that we couldn’t” – Dr. Emerson Pugh Isabelle Abbey: An ambitious project intended to unlock the inscrutable mysteries of nerve cell interactions in … Continue reading

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The Superhuman Savants

Savant syndrome is an incredibly rare and extraordinary condition where individuals with neurological disorders acquire remarkable ‘islands of genius’. What’s more, these ‘superhuman’ savants may be crucial in understanding our own brains. ‘Savant’, derived from the French verb savoir meaning … Continue reading

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