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Artificial comas can cause kidney failure

Inducing a patient into an artificial coma can end with kidney failure, making the patient’s condition even worse. This practice should be changed, says researcher.

Psychological traumas intensify whiplash

Injuries from traffic accidents are compounded by posttraumatic stress disorder. Pain rehabilitation should start by treating psychological trauma, new study suggests.

Flu drug helps severely brain damaged patients recover

A drug used for treating influenza reduces the length of the waking-up phase for patients with severe brain damage.

Green spaces boost your health

Living close to a green area is likely to make you a healthier and happier person, says report.

The illusion of light constricts pupils

Which of the figures below is brightest in the middle? Maybe when your brain plays tricks on you it isn’t a mistake, but rather a sort of improvement on reality.

When hallucinatory voices suppress real ones

A brain mechanism in patients who hear inner voices prevents them from hearing real ones. A simple electronic application may help the patient learn to shift focus.

How stress can cause depression

Studies with rats and humans reveal how chronic stress can result in a depression.

Does photographic memory exist?

Can some people glance at a picture or read a page of a book and later have total recall of all the details and information?

Stopping treatment with blood-thinning drug can be fatal

Patients being treated with the blood-thinning medicine warfarin should be wary of breaking off their treatment as they then run a considerable risk of developing blood clots in the brain.

Stress and exercise repair the brain after a stroke

New research reveals that a combination of stress and exercise can shorten the rehabilitation period after a stroke.