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Few physical differences found between healthy individuals and those afflicted by chronic fatigue syndrome

Norwegian researchers studied adolescents who developed chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) and chronic fatigue (CF) after having mononucleosis.

Scientists discover brain mechanism that regulates body weight

A neurotransmitter in the brain affects whether we gain or lose weight, a new study in mice suggests.

It’s easier to learn new languages if you have a thick cortex

Swedish researchers have discovered a connection between the ability to learn a new language and the brain's structure. The thicker the cerebral cortex, the better the participants understood the grammar of a language they had never encountered before.

Why you should read and train to boost your brain

Exercise and reading create visible changes in the brain, according to research on nuns and rats in luxury cages. The brain can generate new brain cells and neural pathways, offering hope for stroke victims.

How very low birth weight affects brain development

Children born with very low birth weights are at an increased risk of cognitive, emotional and behavioral problems throughout their lives. But what exactly happens in the brain to cause these problems?

Brain cancer more common among highly educated

Persons with plenty of schooling run a higher risk of developing brain cancer, according to a survey of nearly three million Swedes.

Boosting the brain can lead to an overload

Electrical stimulation of the brain's cells whilst solving challenging tasks can lead to mental overload.

Why do some women develop postnatal depression?

Extreme hormonal changes during pregnancy makes it harder for some women to feel pleasure and motivation.

Scientists inflict tennis elbow in the name of science

Volunteers were deliberately inflicted with elbow pain in an experiment that tries to understand the causes of chronic pain.

Peering into fish brains to see how they work

Transparent fish and an ability to work in the dark are key to the research of the newest group at the Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience.