Daily Archives: July 3, 2018

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Doctors ‘Reanimated’ Pig Brains. What Does This Mean for Humans?

Scientists at Yale University have found a way to keep pig brains alive despite being decapitated from their bodies. These pig brains were kept alive and functioning for 36 hours. This has been accomplished by using a machine called BrainEx, which is a system of closed tubes that circulates a body temperature, artificial blood through the brain, keeping it alive.

Although this study is a breakthrough in itself and may be capable of keeping primate brains alive, this does not mean they have cracked the immortality case.  This new ability might allow us to be able to study brain diseases in a better way, but it is in no way a means to preserving life.

This study has also brought about the more philosophical questions about what makes people themselves and if the brain is central to a person’s being. Brain transplants would be the next place someone might look after finding out we can preserve a brain during times of trauma to the body or the brain itself, such as a stroke, but it is far more complicated than that. The question of brain death also comes into play, and if these brains that are reanimated are still conscious.

So far, it appears that while the brains are kept alive, they are mostly brain dead and simply survive but without consciousness or cognitive ability.

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This Simple Hack Will Turn Your Anxiety Into Excitement

Anxiety can be a crippling problem for many; one that those who do not suffer from extreme levels of it can struggle to understand. For many people, anxiety and excitement are often similar states of mind; and the one can lead to the other. When you deal with anxiety problems, a simple state of intense interest in something, excitement in other words, can trigger an anxious response that traps you in a mental health event it can be difficult to overcome.

Knowledge of this response can help you defeat it though. By recognizing what’s happening, and what can happen when the excitement begins, you can head it off and keep yourself from spinning into an out of control reaction that leaves you stuck trying unsuccessfully to keep calm.

The brain’s chemical reactions to excitement and anxiety are very similar; so there’s a medical reason why they feel the same to someone who deals with anxiety. And in some situations, such as a truly dangerous one, excitement that links to anxiety can make it more likely you’ll be able to respond appropriately and save yourself from possible injury, or worse. But in most circumstances, the link can leave you worse off. Understanding this lets you turn it around, and control it. Learn to see the signs before they overwhelm you, and maintain control over your reactions. This lets you position yourself for a more successful outcome, and keep from letting anxiety rule your life.

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