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Shot of cortisone can stop traumatic stress

As soldiers return home from tours in Afghanistan and Iraq, America must cope with the toll that war takes on mental health. But the treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is becoming increasingly expensive, and promises to escalate as yet another generation of veterans tries to heal its psychological wounds.

The Internet can be crucial to a teen’s psychological development

American teenagers are spending an ever-increasing amount of time online, much to the chagrin of parents who can’t seem to tear their children away from Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook. But despite the dangers that lurk on the web, the time that teens spend on the Internet can actually be beneficial to their healthy development, says a Tel Aviv University researcher.

Using bone marrow to protect the brain

The ability to produce neuroprotectors, proteins that protect the human brain against neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s and ALS, is the holy grail of brain research. A technology developed at Tel Aviv University does just that, and it’s now out of the lab and in hospitals to begin clinical trials with patients suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

An Alzheimer’s vaccine in a nasal spray

One in eight Americans will fall prey to Alzheimer’s disease at some point in their life, current statistics say. Because Alzheimer’s is associated with vascular damage in the brain, many of them will succumb through a painful and potentially fatal stroke.

Good diets fight bad Alzheimer genes

Scientists today agree that there are five molecules that are known to affect or cause Alzheimer’s disease, which plagues an estimated five million Americans. The potency of these molecules is linked to environmental factors such as diet and lifestyle. Prof. Daniel Michaelson of Tel Aviv University’s Department of Neurobiology at the George S. Wise Faculty of Life Sciences has illuminating news about one of these five molecules — APOE, created by the apolipoprotein E. gene found in all of our bodies.

Challenging the limits of learning

Although we’re convinced that baby is brilliant when she mutters her first words, cognitive scientists have been conducting a decades-long debate about whether or not human beings actually learn language.

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