Brain Bug

Could mental illness and cognitive decline be caused by viral and bacterial infection? BY Ed Cara As recently as the 1970s, doctors stubbornly treated complaints of festering open sores in the stomach as a failing of diet or an inability to manage stress. Though we had long accepted the basic premise of Louis Pasteur’s germ theory—that flittering short

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A Fitbit for Your Brain

Neuroscientists think they’re close to their holy grail: reading the human mind BY Betsy Isaacson Every time you blink, think or move, your brain generates electricity as individual neurons in the skull transmit information needed to make it happen. If we could detect the electrical signals produced by individual neurons, we could, in theory, read

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