Allergic reaction during pregnancy may alter sexual-development in offspring’s brain

Related video A single allergic reaction during pregnancy prompts sexual-development changes in the brains of offspring that last a lifetime, new research suggests. Female rats born to mothers exposed to an allergen during pregnancy acted more characteristically “male” – mounting other female rodents, for instance – and had brains and nervous systems that looked more […]

Symptoms of caffeine withdrawal

Related video Headache Fatigue Changes in mood Difficulty concentrating Constipation What is caffeine withdrawal? How to cope How much caffeine is too much? Summary Caffeine is a stimulant that works to improve alertness, wakefulness, and mood. People who regularly consume caffeine may experience withdrawal symptoms after they suddenly stop drinking it. Natural sources of caffeine […]

New microscope captures large groups of neurons in living animals

Related video Researchers have developed a microscope specifically for imaging large groups of interacting cells in their natural environments. The instrument provides scientists with a new tool for imaging neurons in living animals and could provide an unprecedented view into how large networks of neurons interact during various behaviors. In Optica, The Optical Society’s journal […]

Childhood trauma may affect brain structure, predisposing adults to recurring major depressive disorder

Related video Early life trauma may affect the structure of the brain in a way that makes clinical depression more likely to be severe and recurrent, according to a two-year observational study of 110 patients published in The Lancet Psychiatry journal. Previous studies have suggested an association between maltreatment and altered brain structure, while others […]

Excess hormones could cause a condition that can lead to blindness in women, study finds

Related video Research led by the University of Birmingham has found that increased levels of hormones including testosterone could cause a brain condition that can lead to blindness in women. Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension — also known as IIH — is caused by high pressure in the brain with consequences from blindness to incapacitating daily long-term […]