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Average IQ: What is it?

Average IQ: What is it?

Schools have historically used IQ scores in the placement of students on programs or to identify students with mental difficulties. However, IQ scores and tests are no longer the only measure of a person’s cognitive ability or potential. Nowadays, IQ scores are somewhat controversial, as cultural and environmental factors may also play a role in […]

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Alzheimer’s risk gene and heavy metal exposure may impair cognition

Alzheimer’s risk gene and heavy metal exposure may impair cognition

A new study in mice finds that cadmium exposure, combined with a genetic predisposition to Alzheimer’s, can trigger symptoms of cognitive decline. Share on PinterestFor people with a key risk gene, exposure to cadmium may raise the risk of cognitive impairment, suggests new research in mice. The so-called human apolipoprotein E (APOE) gene encodes instructions […]

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3 Drugs for Severe Epileptic Seizures Are Equally Effective: Study

3 Drugs for Severe Epileptic Seizures Are Equally Effective: Study

Latest Neurology News THURSDAY, Dec. 5, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Three drugs used to treat severe seizures in epilepsy patients are equally effective, a new study finds. The three medications — levetiracetam (Keppra and Roweepra), fosphenytoin (Cerebyx) and valproate — are commonly used to treat patients with “refractory status epilepticus.” In these patients, severe seizures […]

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Health Tip: Managing ADHD in Adults

Health Tip: Managing ADHD in Adults

Latest Neurology News FDA OKs First Nasal Spray for Seizure Clusters The Best Exercises for Brain Health Brief EMS Training Saves Lives After Brain Injury Can Medical Marijuana Help Kids With Autism? New Treatment Focuses on Tourette Syndrome Want More News? Sign Up for MedicineNet Newsletters! (HealthDay News) — About 4 percent of adults have […]

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New MRI scans reveal brain features of depression

New MRI scans reveal brain features of depression

Recent advances in brain scanning may bring welcome news to people with depression. Two new types of MRI appear able to spot distinct brain characteristics of the condition. Share on PinterestNew MRI scans may reveal previously unknown differences in the brains of people with depression. The researchers say that their findings deepen knowledge about how […]

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Are most dolphins ‘right-handed,’ too?

Are most dolphins ‘right-handed,’ too?

Researchers studying a group of dolphins in the Bahamas have made an intriguing discovery: Most of the group had a right-side bias, much in the way that most humans are right-handed. Share on PinterestMost dolphins, like humans, appear to have a right-side bias. Dolphins are cetaceans: water-dwelling mammals. Currently, scientists recognize at least 40 species […]

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MS: Common herpesvirus variant raises risk

MS: Common herpesvirus variant raises risk

New research distinguishes between two similar variants of the human herpesvirus 6 and finds that one variant significantly increases the risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS). Share on PinterestScientists have linked the Epstein-Barr virus (depicted here) with MS. MS is an autoimmune condition that affects around 400,000 people in the United States and 2.5 million […]

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Could a Concussion Raise a Teen Athlete’s Suicide Risk?

Could a Concussion Raise a Teen Athlete’s Suicide Risk?

Latest Neurology News MONDAY, Dec. 2, 2019 (HealthDay News) — High school athletes who suffer repeated concussions may be at heightened risk for suicide, University of Texas researchers report. Data on more than 13,000 high school students revealed that those who had had a concussion in the past year (15%) were more likely to have […]

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Parkinson’s Treatment Has Unexpected Side Effect

Parkinson’s Treatment Has Unexpected Side Effect

Latest Neurology News MONDAY, Dec. 2, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Some Parkinson’s patients who have a deep brain stimulation device implanted to control their symptoms have reported an odd side effect — they lost the ability to swim. Researchers report on the cases of nine patients who were still good swimmers even after they were […]