Studies show that loss of sleep can lead to memory loss, compromised immunity, weight gain, and mood swings. However, scientists are now finding that sleep deprivation may be used to treat depression. Losing sleep has the opposite effect on those struggling with depression. It restores the circadian rhythm that is usually flat in depressed people and it helps balance the parts of the brain that regulate mood. Unfortunately, the positive effects are immediately reversed when the patient goes to sleep. However, when combined with a lithium supplement and light therapy, lasting improvements can be achieved.
Smart home technology can provide insight into residents' health by monitoring temperature, vision, and body chemistry.
The Healthy Seas initiative removes wildlife-killing “ghost nets” from the ocean so that they can be recycled into useful Econyl yarn.
New “predictive touch” tech could help prevent distracted driving by limiting the amount of time drivers spend interacting with vehicle displays.
After a simulated Mars mission, researchers come home with lessons we can all live by.
A gene therapy that uses CRISPR to edit a patient's own stem cells looks like a “functional” cure for sickle cell disease and beta thalassemia.
In a search and rescue mission at sea, time is of the essence. A new model may make missions faster — and save lives.
Researchers found that they could induce a state of consciousness in an unconscious monkey by electrically stimulating a specific part of the animal’s brain.
Citizen scientists are collecting tree samples to build a genetic database that will help identify the origins of stolen lumber and stop illegal logging.
After a devastating car accident, Lucas Lindner was left almost completely paralyzed. But an injection of embryonic stem cells in his spinal cord has given him back almost complete function of his arms and hands.