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Europe needs to put folic acid in food products: scientists

Folic acid deficiency in European women costs billions and leads to thousands of birth defects.

Psychedelic mushrooms' effect on the brain to be tested in new study

Participants in a new health study will take psilocybin to let scientists examine the effect of the psychedelic substance on the brain.

Excessive overtime raises risk of strokes

Do you work a lot? If your work weeks are longer than normal, you could be more likely of having a stroke, according to a new review.

The inherent reluctance of the brain

We may let ourselves be convinced, but our brains are programmed with a bias to say “no”.

Infections can damage your intelligence

Serious infections damage your cognitive abilities and can lead to fatigue, headaches, and stress.

Why compulsive gamblers can’t control themselves

Dopamine makes us more conscious of ourselves which may explain why compulsive gamblers, sex addicts and people with ADHD are more impulsive than others.

Scientists find a cause for one of the most painful disorders in the world

Trigeminal neuralgia -- one of the most painful disorders in the world -- is caused by pressure on the nerves in the brain, new research reveals.

Nobel lectures touch on central discoveries and tantalizing findings

2014 NOBEL PRIZE: Nobel Laureates and neuroscientists May-Britt and Edvard Moser described how they made their prize-winning discovery in their Nobel lectures on Sunday 7 December.

A village of neuroscientists

2014 NOBEL PRIZE: Nobel laureates May-Britt and Edvard Moser have spent the last two decades building a village of neuroscientists, molecular biologists, physicists and anatomists – whose different and complementary skills are key to the goal of unlocking the secrets of how the brain actually comput

How the brain connects words and smells

Scientists have discovered the parts of the brain that are used to recognize smells. With new imaging technology, scientists can observe activity in the brain.