Reading a gripping novel causes biological changes in the brain which last for days as the mind is transported into the body of the protagonist
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Sunday 10 April 2011
Thursday 17 March 2011
Scientists have proved for the first time that gene therapy is an effective treatment for Parkinson's disease, the progressive disorder of the nervous system which causes tremors, delayed movements and rigidity.
Sunday 06 March 2011
Friday 04 March 2011
A baby girl born starved of oxygen, whose body was cooled for three days to reduce brain damage, has made a complete recovery.
Saturday 12 February 2011
Children's authors have hit back at comments by Martin Amis in which he said he would need to "have a serious brain injury" before he would consider writing children's literature.
Wednesday 22 December 2010
Early signs of Alzheimer's can be detected in apparently healthy people with a combination of brain scans and spinal fluid testing, a study has shown.
Sunday 19 December 2010
Monday 06 December 2010
An advance in the understanding of multiple sclerosis that could lead to the development of drugs to reverse the condition was hailed by experts yesterday.
Friday 24 September 2010
Philip Larkin's famously frank condemnation of the effects of parents - that they "fuck us up" - lead us into this Granta collection of fiction and memoir on family relationships.
Friday 17 September 2010
Scientists have identified the part of the brain that appears to control introspection – the ability to think about what you are thinking.
Wednesday 01 September 2010
Tolstoy once quoted an Eastern parable, which he felt summed up the three responses to the utter absurdity of life in light of the certainty of death.
Wednesday 11 August 2010
Autism could in future be diagnosed in 15 minutes from a brain scan – saving patients and their families years of suffering from a condition that can go unrecognised for decades.
Tuesday 10 August 2010
Scientists have taken a step towards developing an early screening test for Alzheimer's disease.
Tuesday 20 July 2010
Children with autism may in future be diagnosed by the way they talk and parents may be able to measure their progress by monitoring their speech. Scientists have discovered that the condition has a "unique vocal signature" which could allow affected children to be identified before they show obvious symptoms.
Tuesday 13 July 2010
A shortage of vitamin D can lead to Parkinson's disease and mental decline in old age, new research suggests. One 30-year study of 3,000 people revealed a three-fold higher risk of developing Parkinson's in those with low blood levels of vitamin D.
British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
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Germany anti-Islam protests: 17,000 march on Dresden against 'Islamification of the West'
Ukip member gets into Christmas spirit with Union Flag plea to Santa 'for our country back'
BBC director Danny Cohen: Rising UK antisemitism makes me feel more uncomfortable than ever
Alex Salmond has 'broken his word to the Scottish people' says Scottish Lib Dem leader
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