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Psychology & Psychiatry

Be generous, live longer

The act of giving and receiving increases well-being: the recipient benefits directly from the gift, and the giver benefits indirectly through emotional satisfaction. A new study published in the journal PNAS now suggests ...

Alzheimer's disease & dementia

Elderly in the US: Risk of dementia has been rising for years

Over the past 20 years or so, the risk for US men and women of suffering from cognitive impairment and dementia has increased. This is the conclusion of a new study by researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic ...

Neuroscience

Using personal frequency to control brain activity

Stroke, Parkinson's disease and depression—these medical illnesses have one thing in common: they are caused by changes in brain functions. For a long time, research has therefore been conducted into ways of influencing ...

Neuroscience

Individual differences in the brain

Personality varies widely. There are bold and reserved individuals, who behave very differently when faced with the same environmental stimulus. What is true for humans also applies to fish: their behavior shows a range of ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

COVID-19: Anti-viral strategy with double effect

When the SARS-CoV-2 virus penetrates human cells, it lets the human host cell produce proteins for it. One of these viral proteins, called PLpro, is essential for the replication and rapid spread of the virus. An international ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Regional lockdowns could shorten the total duration of restrictions

A team of scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization in Göttingen has simulated possible courses of the corona pandemic. The calculations show that regional measures can keep the epidemic under ...

Genetics

Breaks in the genome

Breaks and rearrangements in the genome can lead to severe diseases, even if all genes remain intact. Hi-C, a method to map the three-dimensional structure of chromosomes, promises more reliable and accurate diagnoses of ...

Genetics

Neandertals may have had a lower threshold for pain

As several Neandertal genomes of high quality are now available researchers can identify genetic changes that were present in many or all Neandertals, investigate their physiological effects and look into their consequences ...

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