Lower cholesterol levels may put people with schizophrenia at higher risk for violent behaviors, including self-harm and suicide. Researchers say lower cholesterol levels make brain cells less sensitive to serotonin, increasing symptoms of depression, impulsivity, and aggression.
The characteristics of language structure and writing system may explain why some bilingual people are dyslexic in English, but not in their other proficient language.
Visual responsiveness in the somatosensory cortex diminishes significantly following mirror therapy for phantom limb pain. Before therapy, researchers discovered a strong, unexpected activation in the sensorimotor foot region of amputees to visually presented images of the foot. This response was no longer present following mirror therapy.
For people with multiple sclerosis, exercise and physical activity mean much more than simply keeping fit. Researchers say exercise helps those with MS better cope with their condition and helps to maintain their identity beyond their diagnosis.
Listening to music while exercising reduces focus, but boosts energy levels and enjoyment, researchers report.