Category archives for Neurology

LSD, Hangover Cure?

Alcoholic Anonymous founder Bill Wilson put forth the controversial idea of using LSD, yes, LSD to reduce alcohol abuse. Is there any scientific evidence for this?

Imagine the killer from the infamous “Headless Man Found in Topless Bar” murder was convicted using a photograph of the face of the victim, with reliability rivaling that of DNA analysis. Impossible?

Beauty and Brains Tease

Sources: PetaPixel and Photo Vatika (Sony India) No, I’m not the first to discovery this extraordinary brain trick. I did want to share this, though, as an example of how our brain processes and stores images. Give it a try – amazing!

Ritalin’s Fallacy

Diffusion MRI Tractography in the brain white matter. Some drugs work well because they are designed to hit a single, well understood target. Consider penicillin. In a simplified sense, penicillin destroys a single enzyme that bacteria need to divide and to infect you, thereby killing the harmful bacteria. But what about psychiatric drugs? Is there…

A “holy grail” in spinal injury research is to repair the spinal cord with newly minted nerve cells. This study published in the journal ACS Chemical Neuroscience takes us a major leap forward, with the first evidence that cells from an umbilical cord — not from a fetus — can be transformed into active nerve…

Science Is Stupid, And Getting High

Ridue‘s Flickr photostream. This is not an endorsement for use of marijuana. I’ve always known that scientists and the news media don’t get along so well, but this is a bit much.

Beauty can be everlasting, ephemeral {internet sensations} and above all else, in the eye of the beholder. Poets and artists have explored this mystery for centuries, but can science reveal new insights?

Cure For The Itch

Why do we itch? Is there a cure?

How Rachel Maddow’s Brain OutBlogged Me

What constitutes consciousness? How do you define a person? These are deep philosophical questions that I cannot answer, but MSNBC political commentator Rachel Maddow took them on – prompted, surprisingly, by one of my recent blogs “Growing a Brain in a Dish.”

Could Skin Cells Think?

Figure 4: Synaptic responses of HFF-iN cells. There seems to be a brain-centric theme emerging this week in groundbreaking science. Scientists at the Stanford University School of Medicine have reported in Nature the first example of transforming human skin cells into functional nerve cells. Could skin cells someday be able to “think”? Could they be…