Home > Mental health > Brain > News News All sections in Mental Health » Alcohol » Brain » Disorders » Drugs » Living with Mental Illness » Mental Health in SA » Stress » Treatment » Mental Health News Placebo effect works better for some There is evidence that some people's genes may make them more prone to the placebo effect than others – which might change the way medications are prescribed. Ask CyberShrink » Blog Bipolar journey » Talk Heart to heart forum » Quiz Are you a hypochondriac? » How brain injury affects you Transparent brains SA Professor says we can blame the rise in autism on evolution Today marks World Autism Awareness Day and South African-born neuroscientist Henry Markram has formulated a revolutionary theory about the high increase in cases of autism, which he believes to be a condition linked to evolution. A sense of purpose may benefit your brain Autopsies among adults in their 80s revealed that those who felt their lives had meaning had far fewer areas of dead tissue in their brains. Planning may start in brain's amygdala The amygdala, almond-shaped clusters of neurons deep in the brain, may play a vital part in long-term planning, according to a recent study. Brain structure may predict risky financial behaviour The structure of people's brains may reveal how likely they are to take risks involving money. Some brain functions don't decline with age New research has found that people's spatial attention skills don't seem to decline as they grow older. Bilingualism helps protect the ageing brain The positive effects of bilingualism are seen whether people learn new languages as children or adults, researchers have found. “ Latest comment on Health24 Anders Borg says... After some experimenting, Quorn is what I like the most as a direct replacement for meat. I'm not so fond of the sausages (they taste of iron?), but I very much like the strips... Quorn: the pros and cons ” Rare tapeworm found in British man's brain Most tapeworms live in the gut, but some species travel to areas such as the eyes, spinal cord and brain. 10 reasons why you can't concentrate Struggling to focus? Can’t remember where you put your keys? We look at 10 possible causes for mental fuzziness . Meditation can improve sports performance Mindfulness meditation, which focuses on the present moment to clear the mind, is a topic that is currently being studied in sports performance. load more articles advertisement From our sponsors Is your baby dehydrated? How to tell. Taking charge of your health Man, take care of your health! Live healthier Healthy ears » A middle-ear microphone Deaf and drop-dead gorgeous The gift of hearing The strangest things found in people's ears Doctors have found some very weird things in patients' ears. We look at 7 strange things found in human ears . . . Live allergy free » 10 dog breeds for allergy sufferers Strange allergy cures Managing seasonal allergies Bust those allergies! All you need to know about relieving seasonal allergies.