Diseases and Disorders

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Men with ADHD are often diagnosed in their childhood, but for girls a diagnosis may not occur until well into adulthood.
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Neurons and muscles communicate at specialized nodes called neuromuscular junctions.
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Billionths of a meter thick yet tough as silk or steel, these unwanted threads are hard to destroy.
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Neglecting to take care of yourself and your surroundings can negatively affect your brain, which can make it harder to steady your mental health.
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Learn about the impacts that child poverty has on the developing brain with data from the fields of psychology, neuroscience, and public health epidemiology.
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How can educators help ease the effects of common negative experiences facing students from poor socioeconomic backgrounds?
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How does growing up less fortunate impact the brain and how can educators help their students overcome this obstacle?
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The prolonged stress a child experiences by being separated from their parents has lasting implications for their mental health and the generations after them.
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While differences in brain size based on socioeconomic status could be considered stigmatizing, the brain is quite adaptable and plastic.
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Growing up in poverty can negatively impact developing brain regions like the hippocampus and prefrontal cortex and, in turn, increases the risks of developing behavioral and learning problems.
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Learn about the prevalence of poverty in the US and its threats to childhood development.
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Both stressful situations and a lack of resources can physically change the adult brain, which raises concerns of how living in poverty could negatively affect children, whose brains are still developing.
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Neuroscientist Denise Bellinger explains vagus nerve stimulation, its history as a medical treatment, and whether commercial VNS devices are effective and safe.
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3D Brain

An interactive brain map that you can rotate in a three-dimensional space.