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Man shoots nail into his brain, posts it to Facebook from ambulance

Nail in the brain

Dante Autullo was sure he'd merely cut himself with a nail gun while building a shed, and thought doctors were joking when they told him what an X-ray revealed: A 3 1/4-inch nail was lodged in the middle of his brain.

 

All that stress may be shrinking your brain

Everyone knows stress can cause headaches and sleepless nights. But a new study suggests it can actually shrink your brain.

 

The 6 Weirdest Things That Are Ruining Your Memory

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If you want your memory to stay strong, you probably already know what to avoid -- excessive alcohol, beating your head on things, getting any older. What you probably didn't know is that there are other, lesser known everyday threats that may be slowly turning you into that guy from 'Memento.'

 

How to cut your risk of memory loss

How to cut your risk of memory loss

Brain specialists say that dementia may not be inevitable and that making lifestyle changes earlier in life can lessen the chances of it.

Senh: Contrary to conventional wisdom, doing crossword puzzles and sudoku is not the answer. It's most exercise. Afterwards, it's being social engaged and picking up new skills or trying new things.

 

More Facebook friends linked to bigger brain areas

More Facebook friends linked to bigger brain areas

Scientists have found a direct link between the number of "friends" a person has on Facebook and the size of certain brain regions, raising the possibility that using online social networks might change our brains.

Senh: This doesn't mean that people with more Facebook friends are smarter than the rest of the population. It's the part of the brain that deals with social interaction. It also doesn't mean that if you add more friends, that area of the brain will grow bigger. They can't tell yet. All they could tell is that area of the brain is bigger for people with a lot of Facebook friends.

 

Brain 'rejects negative thoughts'

Brain 'rejects negative thoughts'

One reason optimists retain a positive outlook on life despite all evidence to the contrary has been discovered, say researchers. A study, published in Nature Neuroscience, suggests the brain is very good at processing good news about the future. However, in some people, anything negative is practically ignored - with them retaining a positive world view.

 

Alzheimer's may be transmissible, study says

Alzheimer's may be transmissible, study says

In some cases, Alzheimer's disease may in fact be the result of an infection, and may be even be transmissible, a new study in mice suggests.

 

Dinosaurs, the Human Mind on Disney's Pixar Slate

The animators at Walt Disney Co's Pixar unit will explore dinosaurs and the inner workings of the human mind in two upcoming movies, studio executives told a gathering of fans on Saturday.

 

New chip mimics brain, IBM says

New chip mimics brain, IBM says

Making computers behave like humans has taken another step forward. IBM on Thursday announced it has created a chip designed to imitate the human brain's ability to understand its surroundings, act on things that happen around it and make sense of complex data.

 

Boy dies from ‘brain-eating amoeba’ in Va.

Boy dies from ‘brain-eating amoeba’ in Va.

Virginia health officials say a child has died of a brain infection from a microscopic bug, sometimes called a “brain-eating amoeba,” that lives in stagnant water. State epidemiologist Dr. Keri Hall declined to name the child, but the victim’s mother identified him as 9-year-old Christian Alexander Strickland of Henrico County. The boy died Aug. 5 and Hall received the autopsy results Friday confirming the cause of death as inflammation of the brain and its lining.

Senh: How does one prevent this from happening - other than not swimming in lakes?

 

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