Cocaine addiction could be cured by zapping the brain with magnets

Zapping the brain with magnets could cure cocaine addiction Changing certain neurons in the brain using magnetic stimulation can wipe away addictionTreatment targets the prefrontal cortex – which controls impulses and decision making Could be tested immediately in humans By Anna Hodgekiss PUBLISHED: 18:04 GMT, 3 April 2013 | UPDATED: 18:04 GMT, 3 April 2013 Cocaine addicts could be cured using a technique that stimulates the brain with magnets.

Looking for a morning boost? Forget coffee – green tea holds the key

Looking for a morning brain boost Forget coffee – green tea holds the key for menResearch has shown it can help improve memory and cognition in menGreen tea is full of polyphenols, which widen blood vessels, speeding the supply of blood to the brain | UPDATED: 09:23 GMT, 28 November 2012 Looking for a quick brain pick me up before work Forget coffee – it seems green tea has the key.

How stress and depression can shrink the brain

How stress and depression can shrink the brain Depression blocks the formation of new nerve connections in the brain | UPDATED: 08:39 GMT, 13 August 2012 Common symptoms of depressive disorder are memory loss and blunted emotional responses Severe depression and chronic stress can shrink the brain by blocking the formation of new nerve connections, a study has shown.

End of anti-depressants? Magnetic pulse therapy eases depression in third of patients

End of anti-depressants Magnetic pulse therapy eases depression in third of patients | UPDATED: 14:25 GMT, 9 May 2012 Depression affects one in four of us at some point of our lives, but controversy still reigns over how to best treat the debilitating condition.

How stress can shut down the command centre in the brain

Blanking out: How stress can shut down the command centre in the brain | UPDATED: 14:32 GMT, 10 April 2012 We've all had those terrible moments, whether just before making a wedding speech or delivering a presentation at work, when our minds have gone completely blank.

Teenagers with alcoholic parents more likely to have addictive personalities

Teenagers with alcoholic parents more likely to have impulsive and addictive personalities Adolescents with a family history of alcoholism were more likely to risk money in a game of Wheel of FortuneHoped findings will help develop prevention strategies Teenagers with a family history of alcoholism are more likely to develop similar addictions because of the way their brains are wired, say scientists. They found such adolescents exhibited more impulsive behaviour, a trait associated with alcohol abuse. It is now hoped the findings will help develop more effective prevention strategies and treatment for different high-risk populations