A small electrical zap to the brain could help you retrieve a forgotten memory

IMAGE: This is Jesse Rissman in his UCLA office. view more  Credit: Stuart Wolpert/UCLA A study by UCLA psychologists provides strong evidence that a certain region of the brain plays a critical role in memory recall. The research, published in the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, also shows for the first time that using an electrical current…

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Can cannabinoids help treat obsessive-compulsive disorder?

IMAGE: Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research is the premier journal dedicated to the scientific, medical, and psychosocial exploration of clinical cannabis, cannabinoids, and the biochemical mechanisms of endocannabinoids. For more information, visit… view more  Credit: ©2012, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers New Rochelle, NY, May 30, 2019—The body’s endocannabinoid system, due to the critical role it plays…

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36 Hours in Bend, Ore. (and Environs)

Residents of Bend unite around the core conviction that they live in a beautiful place. But great beauty also inspires an undercurrent of concern that this mountain town’s natural splendor will be imperiled if too many people show up and spoil the place. A popular local bumper sticker reads, “Bend Sucks, Don’t Move Here,” and…

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Stress Early in Pregnancy Tied to Lower Sperm Counts in Adult Sons

Stress early in pregnancy is associated with reduced sperm counts and lower testosterone levels in adult sons, a new study has found. The study, in Human Reproduction, included 643 men, 407 of whose mothers had been exposed to a stressful event within the first 18 weeks of pregnancy: death of a relative or friend, job…

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Fighting the Gender Stereotypes That Warp Biomedical Research

Say you are prescribed medication for depression, anxiety or even just to sleep. Would you want to take it if you knew that the drug had only been tested on men and male animals? Rebecca Shansky, a neuroscientist at Northeastern University in Boston, thinks you might not. When she tells nonscientific audiences that researchers “for…

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Curtis Blake, a Founder of the Friendly’s Chain, Dies at 102

Curtis Blake, who with his older brother built a single Massachusetts ice cream store into Friendly’s, a homey restaurant chain in the Eastern United States, died on May 24 at his home in Hobe Sound, Fla. He was 102. His death was confirmed by his daughter, Susan Blake. Curtis and S. Prestley Blake opened Friendly…

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Measles Cases Reach Highest Level in More Than 25 Years, C.D.C. Says

There have been more measles cases in the United States the first five months of 2019 than there were in all of 1994, when the last large outbreak occurred, federal health officials said on Thursday, in part because of the spread of misinformation about vaccines. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday that…

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When Resistance Became Too Loud to Ignore

At times the fight for civil rights is a straight road pocked with speed bumps; at other times a maddening spiral of detours. It was a battlefield in the early hours of June 28, 1969, when a small group of gay, lesbian and transgender people, herded by police out of a Greenwich Village bar called…

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These Mole Rats Felt No Pain, Even From Wasabi’s Burn

If you’ve ever taken a big bite of wasabi, you know what comes next: a painful zing that creeps over your whole scalp. You aren’t the only animal that feels this way. The condiment’s sinus-burning kick comes from a chemical compound called allyl isothiocyanate, or AITC, that actively damages proteins within cells. Flies and flatworms…

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