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An intellectually active lifestyle protects against neurodegeneration in Huntington's
Researchers from IDIBELL and the University of Barcelona (UB), in collaboration with several hospitals, have discovered that an intellectually active lifestyle confers protection against neurodegeneration in people with Huntington's disease, delaying the onset of symptoms and loss of grey matter in the brain. (2018-12-12)
Resting easy: Oxygen promotes deep, restorative sleep, study shows
Exposure to high levels of oxygen encourages the brain to remain in deep, restorative sleep, according to a new study by University of Alberta neuroscientists. (2018-12-12)
Attention training improves intelligence and functioning of children's brain
the study shows that the beneficial effects of training in the brain and intelligence are greater when an educator implement a coaching strategy design in order to help the child to understand their training process (2018-12-11)
Brain activity shows development of visual sensitivity in autism
Research investigating how the brain responds to visual patterns in people with autism has shown that sensory responses change between childhood and adulthood. (2018-12-11)
Two compounds in coffee may team up to fight Parkinson's
Rutgers scientists have found a compound in coffee that may team up with caffeine to fight Parkinson's disease and Lewy body dementia -- two progressive and currently incurable diseases associated with brain degeneration. (2018-12-10)
Brainwaves suppress obvious ideas to help us think more creatively
The human brain needs to suppress obvious ideas in order to reach the most creative ones, according to scientists at Queen Mary University of London and Goldsmiths, University of London. (2018-12-10)
Computers can 'spot the difference' between healthy brains and the brains of people with DID
Machine-learning and neuroimaging techniques have been used to accurately distinguish between individuals with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) and healthy individuals, on the basis of their brain structure, in new research part funded by the NIHR Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre and published in The British Journal of Psychiatry. (2018-12-06)
Whole-brain imaging of mice during behavior
In a study published in Neuron, Emilie Macé from Botond Roska's group and collaborators demonstrate how functional ultrasound imaging can yield high-resolution, brain-wide activity maps of mice for specific behaviors. (2018-12-05)
Mountain splendor? Scientists know where your eyes will look
Using precise brain measurements, Yale researchers predicted how people's eyes move when viewing natural scenes, an advance in understanding the human visual system that can improve a host of artificial intelligence efforts, such as the development of driverless cars. (2018-12-04)
Study reveals new information about infant brain structure
Infant brain development is still poorly understood. Thus, research on the topic is vital as developing brains are sensitive to early environmental factors. (2018-11-30)
Effective new target for mood-boosting brain stimulation found
Researchers have found an effective target in the brain for electrical stimulation to improve mood in people suffering from depression. (2018-11-29)
Stop -- hey, what's that sound?
In a new study, researchers were able to see where in the brain, and how quickly -- in milliseconds -- the brain's neurons transition from processing the sound of speech to processing the language-based words of the speech. (2018-11-29)
Clinical study shows Cereset technology reduces symptoms of PTSD in military personnel
A new clinical study conducted by Wake Forest School of Medicine shows that use of a new non-invasive technology from the creators of Cereset not only reduces symptoms of military-related traumatic stress but also improves brain function. (2018-11-21)
Low-protein high-carb diet shows promise for healthy brain aging
Low-protein high-carbohydrate diets may be the key to longevity, and healthy brain ageing in particular, according to a new mice study from the University of Sydney. (2018-11-20)
Debate: Is the gut or the brain more important in regulating appetite and metabolism?
Whether gut or brain hormones are more important for the regulation of appetite and metabolism is not clearly defined. (2018-11-18)
UCLA cell study reveals how head injuries lead to serious brain diseases
UCLA biologists reveal the hidden molecular basis of brain disorders and provide the first cell atlas of the hippocampus -- the part of the brain that helps regulate learning and memory -- as it is affected by traumatic brain injury. (2018-11-16)
Dynamic audiovisuals increase spectator attention, but inhibits conscious processing
According to a study conducted by the UAB and the UPO, scene changes diminish a spectator's blink rate, producing an increase in attention. (2018-11-12)
Better way to transplant human stem cells
A tissue-like structure created from human stem cells and implanted into a damaged region of the mouse brain improves cell survival and differentiation relative to conventional, cell-based methods. (2018-11-12)
Researchers find further link between a-fib, brain injury, and possible neurodegeneration
A new study presented at the American Heart Association Scientific Session conference has found that patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) also show signs of asymptomatic brain injury. (2018-11-11)
Species' longevity depends on brain cell numbers
Scientists have thought that the main determinant of maximal longevity in warm-blooded animals -- which varies from as little as 2 to as many as 211 years -- is a species' metabolic rate, which is inversely related to body size. (2018-11-08)
Culture may explain why brains have become bigger
A theory called the cultural brain hypothesis could explain extraordinary increases in brain size in humans and other animals over the last few million years, according to a study published in PLOS Computational Biology by Michael Muthukrishna of the London School of Economics and Political Science and Harvard University, and colleagues at the University of British Columbia and Harvard University. (2018-11-08)
One type of brain cell might hold key to inflammation after head injury
By eliminating one type of immune cell in the brain, researchers were able to erase any evidence of inflammation following traumatic brain injury, according to a new study from The Ohio State University. (2018-11-07)
Study shows potential to develop brain tumour liquid biopsies
Scientists are making strides in developing liquid biopsies for brain tumours by detecting tumour DNA in the fluid from around the brain and spine. (2018-11-06)
Study uncovers possible link between immune system and postpartum depression
The immune system might play an important role in the development of postpartum depression after a stressful pregnancy, new research suggests. (2018-11-06)
Disrupted circadian rhythms may drive anxiety and exacerbate brain disorders
Sleep disruptions are associated with many brain disorders, including anxiety, dementias, and traumatic brain injury. (2018-11-05)
New gene therapy reprograms brain glial cells into neurons
A new gene therapy can turn certain brain glial cells into functioning neurons, which in turn could help repair the brain after a stroke or during neurological disorders like Alzheimer's or Parkinson's diseases. (2018-11-05)
Proton therapy for pediatric brain tumors has favorable cognitive outcomes
Proton therapy treatment for pediatric brain tumor patients is associated with better neurocognitive outcomes compared to x-ray radiation therapy according to a study by Northwestern Medicine. (2018-11-05)
Extracellular vesicles help pass information between cells and onto offspring
New studies reveal that small, membrane-bound particles transported between cells have wide-ranging and long-term effects in the brain and throughout the body, from helping neurons communicate to passing the effects of stress onto the next generation. (2018-11-05)
Adolescent brain development impacts mental health, substance use
Advances in understanding adolescent brain development may aid future treatments of mental illness and alcohol and substance use disorders. (2018-11-05)
Solitary confinement puts brains at risk
Some 80,000 Americans are incarcerated in solitary confinement on any given day, a practice that was deemed cruel and unusual punishment by the United Nations Committee on Torture. (2018-11-04)
New glimpses into brain uncover neurological basis for processing social information
Neuroscientists are developing a clearer picture than ever before of how the animal brain processes social information, from status and competitive advantage in a group to the calls and vocalizations of peers. (2018-11-04)
Nature of immune cells in the human brain disclosed
Researchers from the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience and Amsterdam UMC have disclosed the nature of how T cells protect the brain against harmful viruses. (2018-11-02)
Making collective sense of brainwaves
A new statistical tool for collectively analyzing large sets of brainwaves promises to accelerate neurofunctional research. (2018-11-01)
'Posture cells' encode 3D body position in the brain
Newly found neurons in the brain encode body posture and spatial awareness in mice, a study finds. (2018-11-01)
Cocaine adulterant may cause brain damage
People who regularly take cocaine cut with the animal anti-worming agent levamisole demonstrate impaired cognitive performance and a thinned prefrontal cortex. (2018-10-31)
Bigger brains associated with greater cancer risk
For the first time -- in Norway and internationally -- researchers have looked at the direct correlation between brain size and cancer risk in adults. (2018-10-30)
How LSD changes perception
LSD changes the communication patterns between regions of the brain, a new study by researchers of the University of Zurich and Yale University shows. (2018-10-30)
Texas A&M professor identifies new brain region that suppresses fear
A study conducted at Texas A&M University has identified a new area in the brain involved in inhibiting fear, a discovery that holds potential for clinical interventions in patients with psychiatric diseases such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). (2018-10-30)
Unique patterns of neural communications found in brains of children with autism
A research team studying MRI scans of school-age children's brains found unique patterns of neural communication involving the amygdala, the area of the brain responsible for processing social information. (2018-10-25)
Scientists uncover key brain mechanism in salience processing
A study carried out by professor ZHU Yingjie from the Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology, in collaboration with Prof. (2018-10-25)
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