Brain tumor causes uncontrollable laughter

They say laughter is the best medicine. But what if laughter is the disease? For a 6-year-old girl in Bolivia who suffered from uncontrollable and inappropriate bouts of giggles, laughter was a symptom of a serious brain problem. But doctors initially diagnosed the child with “misbehavior.” “She was considered spoiled, crazy — even devil-possessed,” Dr.Continue reading “Brain tumor causes uncontrollable laughter”

Electric brain stimulation in a specific area discovered to induce a sense of determination

Doctors in the US have induced feelings of intense determination in two men by stimulating a part of their brains with gentle electric currents. The men were having a routine procedure to locate regions in their brains that caused epileptic seizures when they felt their heart rates rise, a sense of foreboding, and an overwhelmingContinue reading “Electric brain stimulation in a specific area discovered to induce a sense of determination”

Controversial surgical treatment for addiction burns away the brain’s pleasure center

  How far should doctors go in attempting to cure addiction? In China, some physicians are taking the most extreme measures. By destroying parts of the brain’s “pleasure centers” in heroin addicts and alcoholics, these neurosurgeons hope to stop drug cravings. But damaging the brain region involved in addictive desires risks permanently ending the entireContinue reading “Controversial surgical treatment for addiction burns away the brain’s pleasure center”

The Death of “Near Death” Experiences ?

  You careen headlong into a blinding light. Around you, phantasms of people and pets lost. Clouds billow and sway, giving way to a gilded and golden entrance. You feel the air, thrusted downward by delicate wings. Everything is soothing, comforting, familiar. Heaven. It’s a paradise that some experience during an apparent demise. The surprisingContinue reading “The Death of “Near Death” Experiences ?”