Jon Hamilton Jon Hamilton is a correspondent for NPR's Science Desk. Currently he focuses on neuroscience, health risks, and extreme weather.
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Studies May Overstate The Benefits of Talk Therapy For Depression

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Club Drug Ketamine Gains Traction As A Treatment For Depression

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Sleepless Fruit Flies Could Hold The Secret To Curing Insomnia

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Rough night? Depending on specific tweaks to their genes, some fruit flies have trouble falling asleep, and others can't stay asleep. Getting too little shut-eye hurts their memory. David M. Phillips/Science Source hide caption

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How Research On Sleepless Fruit Flies Could Help Human Insomniacs

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Treatment From Brain Tissue May Have Spread Alzheimer's Protein

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Experimental Drug Provides New Approach To Fighting Alzheimer's

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Renowned British neurologist and author Oliver Sacks, pictured in London in 1983, died Sunday of cancer. He was 82. United News/Popperfoto/Getty Images hide caption

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Oliver Sacks Was A Boundless Explorer Of The Human Brain

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Michael Arnott, of Cambridge, Mass., says he used to have trouble staying awake on long drives. Sleep specialists discovered he has obstructive sleep apnea, though not for the most common reasons — he isn't overweight, and doesn't smoke or take sedatives. M. Scott Brauer for NPR hide caption

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Snooze Alert: A Sleep Disorder May Be Harming Your Body And Brain

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A nanosecond pulsed laser beam starts the photoacoustic imaging process. Geoff Story/Courtesy of Washington University in St. Louis hide caption

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A Scientist Deploys Light And Sound To Reveal The Brain

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Giedre (left) and Tal Cohen in March 2013, while Giedre was still healthy. Since then, she's begun having symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. In Giedre's case, the illness is tied to a rare genetic mutation she inherited. Courtesy of Tal Cohen hide caption

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Younger Adults With Alzheimer's Are Key To Drug Search

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Women with mild cognitive impairment, which can be a precursor to Alzheimer's, tend to decline faster than men. Lizzie Roberts/Getty Images/Ikon Images hide caption

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Women's Brains Appear More Vulnerable To Alzheimer's Than Men's

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In this colorized image of a brain cell from a person with Alzheimer's, the red tangle in the yellow cell body is a toxic tangle of misfolded "tau" proteins, adjacent to the cell's green nucleus. Thomas Deerinck/NCMIR/Science Source hide caption

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Alzheimer's Drugs In The Works Might Treat Other Diseases, Too

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"Shout, shout, let it all out. These are the things I can do without." Simone Golob/Corbis hide caption

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Screaming For Science: The Secrets Of Crying Babies And Car Alarms

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Genetic Tweaks Are Restoring Hearing In Animals, Raising Hopes For People

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How Your Brain Remembers Where You Parked The Car

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