Interestingly, electrically stimulating the cingulum bundle also seems to reduce anxiety.
- In a study of epilepsy patients undergoing electrical stimulation brain mapping, scientists discovered that the stimulation of the cingulum bundle reliably produced laughter, smiles and calm feelings.
- The findings could someday help scientists develop better treatments for anxiety, depression and chronic pain.
- One obstacle preventing this kind of treatment from becoming accessible is that it requires invasive surgery, though improved technology could someday change that.
A study on the effects of LSD microdosing shows some fittingly strange results.
- A new study offers some of the first evidence that microdosing – taking tiny, regular doses of LSD – does have measurable effects.
- Subjects taking LSD were less accurate when estimating how long an image appeared on a screen than subjects who were sober.
- The mechanism that causes this effect remains unknown, but several ideas have been put forward.
Can the keto diet really help people combat acne, cancer and "brain fog"?
- The keto diet is generally an effective method for weight loss.
- Still, many of the diet's other supposed health benefits aren't as well supported by the research.
- Claims that the keto diet can help with acne, cancer and mental clarity are speculative, but there's reason to suggest they're worth investigating.
If a scientific study was conducted unethically, should publishers retract it?
- A new study suggests hundreds of published scientific papers involving organ transplants in China violated ethical standards.
- International professional standards say studies involving organ transplants shouldn't be published if the organs came from executed prisoners, or donors don't provide consent.
- China has long been accused of facilitating a shady network of organ harvesting and trafficking, though it's been difficult to prove.
"Dinner and drinks" may take on a new, more provocative meaning.
- Scientist propose a layered cocktail as a future male contraceptive.
- Chemical layers block the flow of sperm and can be dissolved with near-infrared light.
- Tiny umbrella not included.
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