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Researchers at Johns Hopkins identify area of brain that prevents dizziness

Posted by Kerrie Denner

Part of right parietal cortex plays key role in upright perception, they say

by Stephanie Desmon and Helen Jones 

Johns Hopkins researchers say they have pinpointed a site in a highly developed area of the human brain that plays an important role in the subconscious recognition of which way is up and which way is down.

Teasing Out the Benefits of Meditation

Posted by Kerrie Denner

By Carl Sherman

The human brain is nature’s masterwork: From this highly organized lump of tissue emerge the wizardry of science and sublimity of art.

Too bad it can’t control itself. That same brain all too often torments its owner with unspeakable anxiety, suicidal sadness, and addiction to destructive chemicals, which the best efforts of psychiatric science and the psychotherapeutic arts can relieve with only limited success.

Rethinking Motion Sickness

Posted by Kerrie Denner

By Peter Andrey Smith

In a cavernous basement laboratory at the University of Minnesota, Thomas Stoffregen thrusts another unwitting study subject — well, me — into the “moving room.” The chamber has a concrete floor and three walls covered in faux marble. As I stand in the middle, on a pressure sensitive sensor about the size of a bathroom scale, the walls lurch inward by about a foot, a motion so disturbing that I throw up my arms and stumble backward. Indeed, the demonstration usually throws adults completely off balance.

Yale University Acoustic Neuroma Study

Posted by Kerrie Denner

Dr. Elizabeth B. Claus from Yale University launched the collection of data from acoustic neuroma patients at the Acoustic Neuroma Association's (ANA) National Symposium in Los Angeles to initiate the first AN causation research study of this type. The goal of the study is to determine whether or not there are possible genetic risk factors that cause an AN.

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