CANNABIS BURGERS FOR DEMENTIA   ⏱09:48


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why cannabis doesn't make you inject cocaine, how burgers don't give you dementia, & whether going into space expands your mind, or your brain

episode #0, 1st January 2021 #cannabis #cocaine #burgers #dementia #space   image source   transcript


our main brain stories this episode...

CANNABIS IS A GATEWAY DRUG TO COCAINE (in adolescent male rats)

adolescent male rats walk around their cages more when given cocaine, if they had been given a cannabinoid drug the week before. but adult male rats didn't. some brain areas were affected too. nothing here about humans.   [read more...]

this story was in episode #0. original article: Scherma et al., 2020 (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America), reported in: The Daily Mail by Johnathan Chadwick on 20th April 2020 image source #rat #cannabis #cocaine #gateway #prefrontal

rating: The Daily Mail: fudge - scientific story distorted  


BURGERS AND SAUSAGES CAUSE DEMENTIA

computer algorithms find associations between some types of foods which may be risk factors for dementia. but genes, diabetes, dieting & mental state were all more strongly linked to dementia.   [read more...]

this story was in episode #0. original article: Samieri et al., 2020 (Neurology), reported in: The Sun by John Sturgis on 22nd April 2020 & The Daily Express by Katrina Turrill on 23rd April 2020 image source #burgers #sausages #dementia #pizza #yoghurt

ratings: The Sun: fudge - scientific story distorted   The Daily Express: fudge - scientific story distorted  


WEARING DATA GLOVE BOOSTS CREATIVITY

the study found that people who were repeatedly woken up produced longer and less coherent story narratives than people who didn't sleep. differences in creativity were assessed by the experimenter alone and may be biased.   [read more...]

this story was in episode #0. original article: Horowitz, 2019 (Neurology), reported in: The Daily Mail by Harry Howard on 20th April 2020 #glove #sleep #creativity

rating: The Daily Mail: fair - scientific story mostly intact  


CORONAVIRUS CAUSES FREEZING BRAIN FOG

this is a single person's facebook post about a strange symptom after covid19 diagnosis.   [read more...]

this story was in episode #0. reported in: The Daily Express by Chanel Georgina on 17th April 2020 & The Mirror by Milo Boyd on 17th April 2020 #covid19 #brain #fog #facebook

ratings: The Daily Express: fiction - no scientific story here   The Mirror: fiction - no scientific story here  


SPACE FLIGHT SWELLS THE BRAIN

it may do, but there was no control group, & all the reported brain changes could have occurred up to 18 months before the astronauts went into space. perhaps intensive astronaut training programmes increases brain size?   [read more...]

this story was in episode #0. original article: Kramer et al., 2020 (Radiology), reported in: The Daily Express by Sean Martin on 17th April 2020 #space #astronaut #brain #volume

rating: The Daily Express: fair - scientific story mostly intact  


VITAMIN D CURES DEPRESSION

well, the evidence is mixed. and, in any case, the two studies mentioned in this 'news' story are over 12 years old.   [read more...]

this story was in episode #0. original articles: Armstrong et al., 2007 (Clinical Rheumatology), Jorde et al., 2008 (Journal of Internal Medicine), reported in: The Daily Express by Jessica Knibbs on 22nd April 2020 #vitamind #depression #systematicreview

rating: The Daily Express: fiction - no scientific story here  


SHY CHILDREN BECOME SHY ADULTS

the study found that infants who were 'inhibited' at 14 months old were more reserved 25 years later. but only 13% of differences in reservedness among the 109 volunteers were explained by this relationship.   [read more...]

this story was in episode #0. original article: Tang et al., 2020 (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America), reported in: The Daily Mail by Johnathan Chadwick on 20th April 2020 #reserved #shy #inhibition #longitudinal

rating: The Daily Mail: fact - scientific story reported well  


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