A study performed in the Children’s Hospital within Helsinki University Central Hospital demonstrates that the visual abilities of the newborn can predict childhood development of visual processing. Additionally, the study showed that the newborn ability to fixate on objects is related to the level of maturation at the microscopic level studied by magnetic resonance imaging… Read more

Prenatal exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) have been found to have a powerful relationship with  disturbances in parts of the brain that support information processing and behavioral control, researchers at the Institute for the Developing Mind at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) and colleagues at Columbia University’s Center for Children’s Environmental Health have found. Their… Read more

Chronic pain is a common disease state, which affects more than one million people in Switzerland alone. Unfortunately, in a lot of cases proper treatment strategies are missing. Thomas Nevian from the Department of Physiology at the University of Bern says: “The constant perception of pain severely influences the quality of life of the patients… Read more

If you could take the high out of drugs, what would be the point in taking them? Sujata Gupta meets the unorthodox doctor who thinks he can block some of the world’s most addictive pills.Toru had always been anxious as a child, but the problem worsened when he was 19 and attending college in Tokyo… Read more

Diets high in fat have long been known to increase the risk for medical problems, including heart disease and stroke, but could the consumption of fatty foods change your behavior and your brain? There is growing concern that these diets might also increase the risk for depression and other psychiatric disorders. A new study from… Read more