October 1, 2012 |
Hypnosis has come a long way since the swinging pocket watch -- proving useful for pain control, management of phobia and anxiety, in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder, and as a supplement to analgesia during medical procedures. But hypnosis is not for everybody. Or, more to the point, everybody is not equally amenable to the the technique's mental magic, which can help a person experience imagined sensations or movements or not feel sensations -- such as intractable pain -- that are all too real.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 1996
As one who does close and intense therapeutic work with chronic mentally ill patients in a hospital setting, I truly enjoyed your well-written series on research into the human brain (Oct. 13-16). But as I read, I was continually confronted with one critical issue that seems to receive scant attention in the rush to understand the origins of human behavior and consciousness. I believe that the hope that we may understand the true nature of consciousness is idyllic and will remain elusive.
September 19, 2012 |
A team at the Allen Institute for Brain Science has created the first human brain-wide map of gene expression data. The achievement marks a major milestone for the Allen Institute, which previously had released similar data sets for the mouse brain. The data set will allow scientists to test new hypotheses about how the particular genetic codes of different brain areas lead to the unfathomably complex, unified organ. The task of creating an atlas of human gene expression in the brain is not an easy one. First, acquiring clinically normal brains can be a drag -- brains can be among the hardest organs to get permission to excise, and to chop up for study.
March 17, 2013 |
The Obama administration is reportedly considering funding a multibillion-dollar effort to map the human brain. This so-called Brain Activity Map project is inspired by the success of the Human Genome Project in mapping the genetic code. The proposal was outlined in the journal Neuron last summer by a group of leading researchers, among them geneticist George Church of Harvard Medical School, one of the originators of the genome project. This is an endeavor with exciting potential, but we should think about the pros and the cons before proceeding.
February 24, 2001 |
U.S. researchers have produced laboratory mice with human brain cells, marking a potential step toward developing treatments for human brain disease such as Alzheimer's but promising to fuel fresh debate over bioengineering. The research was done at California biotechnology company StemCells Inc. "We are not re-creating a human brain.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 1999
A jar containing what appears to be part of a human brain was discovered in the bed of a truck that was abandoned in Huntington Beach, police said Wednesday. The blue 1962 Dodge pickup was found behind a motel on Yorktown Avenue on Jan. 14 and had been at a private impound lot ever since, police said. The brain, sealed in a half-gallon glass jar of murky liquid, apparently had been there undisturbed until the truck was cleaned out Wednesday to be put up for auction.