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Surprising findings from studies of spontaneous brain activity
Ongoing, intrinsic brain activity that is not task-related accounts for the majority of energy used by the human brain. View News Article (2011-05-17)

Epilepsy alters organization of brain networks and functional efficiency
Epilepsy, a disorder characterized by abnormal neuronal activity in certain regions of the brain, leads to organizational changes that can alter brain efficiency at the level of the whole brain.  View News Article (2015-04-29)

Autism risk gene linked to differences in brain structure
Healthy individuals who carry a gene variation linked to an increased risk of autism have structural differences in their brains that may help explain how the gene affects brain function and increases vulnerability for autism. View News Article (2012-03-22)

Epilepsy and brain pathology linked together by the protein ADK
The brain of individuals who suffer from epilepsy is characterized by astrogliosis, a brain pathology evidenced by a complex series of changes in the morphology and function of brain cells known as astrocytes. View News Article (2008-01-03)

Toward the first nose drops to treat brain cancer
Scientists are reporting the development and successful initial testing of a new form of methotrexate - the mainstay anticancer drug - designed to be given as nose drops rather than injected. View News Article (2010-09-23)

Proteins in urine predict brain damage in laboratory animals
The study dealt with the development and prevention of strokes in particular rats which had spontaneously developed extremely high blood pressure. Such a high blood pressure level leads within a few weeks to damage to the kidneys, heart and brain such that the rats die. The researchers found that brain damage in these rats is always preceded by the loss of proteins from the kidneys into the... View News Article (1999-06-21)

Compelling evidence that brain parts evolve independently
An Evolutionary Biologist at The University of Manchester, working with scientists in the United States, has found compelling evidence that parts of the brain can evolve independently from each other. View News Article (2012-09-26)

Trojan Horse ploy to sneak protective drug into brains of stroke patients
Scientists are reporting development of a long-sought method with the potential for getting medication through a biological barrier that surrounds the brain, where it may limit the brain damage caused by stroke. View News Article (2010-11-11)

Computer obeys thoughts via Brain-Computer Interface
A research group led by Academy Professor Mikko Sams is developing a brain-computer interface, a device that transforms electrical or magnetic brain signals into commands a computer can understand. Equipment of this kind is necessary. For instance, it enables physically disabled persons to use a computer keyboard. The Brain-Computer Interface, or BCI, allows both physically disabled and healthy... View News Article (2005-03-02)

Brain training computer game improves some cognitive functions relatively quickly
The brain training computer game "Brain Age" can improve executive functions and processing speed, even with a relatively short training period. View News Article (2012-01-12)

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