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Mutation explains why some people are more vulnerable to viral brain infection
Scientists identified mutations in a single gene that impair immunity to viruses in a region of the brain called the brain stem. (2018-02-22)
Brain aging may begin earlier than expected
Physicists have devised a new method of investigating brain function, opening a new frontier in the diagnoses of neurodegenerative and aging-related diseases. (2018-02-20)
UA study: Brain liquefaction after stroke is toxic to surviving brain
Researchers at the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Tucson suggest liquefied brain fluid may be one cause of dementia after stroke. (2018-02-20)
High blood pressure limits protection to vital organs and tissues in low-oxygen conditions
New research published in The Journal of Physiology sheds light on the effects of high blood pressure by considering the way the body responds to a lack of oxygen. (2018-02-20)
Fast-acting, readily available gas may mitigate blast-induced brain injury
The inert gas has been used for the first time to try and reduce the impact of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) caused by blasts such as those in conflict zones and terror attacks. (2018-02-15)
Video games to improve mobility after a stroke
A joint research by the Basque research center BCBL and the London Imperial College reveals that, after a cerebral infarction, injuries in areas that control attention also cause motility problems. (2018-02-14)
Atlas of brain blood vessels provides fresh clues to brain diseases
Even though diseases of the brain vasculature are some of the most common causes of death in the West, knowledge of these blood vessels is limited. (2018-02-14)
New research on the brain's backup motor systems could open door to novel stroke therapies
New research published in the Journal of Physiology could open the door to new therapies to improve the movement of arms and hands of stroke survivors. (2018-02-14)
Understanding brain functions using upconversion nanoparticles
Scientists from the National University of Singapore (NUS) have worked with an international research team to jointly develop a novel approach for deep brain stimulation. (2018-02-13)
Building and breaking connections: How neuronal networks influence alcoholism
Although it has been known that alterations in the connections between neurons in the brain likely play a role in alcohol dependence and other addictions, the cause-and-effect between these brain alterations and behavior has been less clear. (2018-02-12)
First hybrid nanotech device mimicking blood-brain barrier
Researchers at IIT-Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia fabricated an artificial device reproducing a 1:1 scale model of the blood-brain barrier (BBB), the anatomical and functional structure that protects the central nervous system from external substances, such as contaminants, but also drugs when they are injected intravenously into the body. (2018-02-08)
Drug shown to reverse brain deficits caused by alcohol
Queensland University of Technology (QUT) researchers have identified a drug that could potentially help our brains reboot and reverse the damaging impacts of heavy alcohol consumption on regeneration of brain cells. (2018-02-08)
Deep-brain exploration with nanomaterial
Studying deep brain tissues noninvasively is difficult. Now RIKEN scientists in Japan have developed a way to send light deep into the brain without invasive optical fibers. (2018-02-08)
Stem cell divisions in the adult brain seen for the first time
Scientists from the University of Zurich have succeeded for the first time in tracking individual stem cells and their neuronal progeny over months within the intact adult brain. (2018-02-08)
A noninvasive way to manipulate neural activity with optogenetics
A new optogenetic technique allows for deep brain neural stimulation or inhibition by applying light externally to the skull, rather than via invasive optical fibers. (2018-02-08)
Tracking oxygen saturation, plus vital signs, to identify vulnerable preemies
While near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) long has been used to monitor oxygenation in conditions in which blood flow is altered, such as bleeding in the brain, how NIRS values relate to other vital sign measures in NICU babies was unknown. (2018-02-07)
Bilingualism could offset brain changes in Alzheimer's
After more than a decade of research, this much we know: it's good for your brain to know another language. (2018-02-06)
It sounds like music to my ... brain!
It may sound like sci-fi, but mind reading equipment are much closer to become a reality than most people can imagine. (2018-02-02)
Can your brain testify against you?
A review of applications of neuroscience in law, or 'neurolaw,' brings into question the ethical implications that come with the possibility of a person unwillingly revealing their own guilt. (2018-02-02)
Stroke recovery improved by sensory deprivation, mouse study shows
Mice that had experienced strokes were more likely to recover the ability to use a front paw if their whiskers were clipped following a stroke. (2018-01-31)
Slow but steady: New study sheds light on the brain evolution of turtles
A new study led by the University of Birmingham shows that the brain of turtles has evolved slowly, but constantly over the last 210 million years, eventually reaching a variety in form and complexity, which rivals that of other animal groups. (2018-01-31)
This is your brain. This is your brain outdoors
The brain acts much differently when we're outdoors compared to when we're inside the lab, a new study has found. (2018-01-30)
What are memories made of?
CU Boulder researchers have identified the distinct roles and locations in the brain of a protein called AKT believed to be instrumental in memory formation and synaptic plasticity. (2018-01-26)
Epilepsy linked to brain volume and thickness differences
Epilepsy is associated with thickness and volume differences in the grey matter of several brain regions, according to new research led by UCL and the Keck School of Medicine of USC. (2018-01-21)
Lobachevsky University scientists are studying nervous system adaptation to ischemic damage
Lobachevsky University researchers are working to explore the mechanisms of adaptation of the nervous system to ischemic damage. (2018-01-17)
Modulating molecules
Between sights, sounds, smells and other senses, the brain is flooded with stimuli on a moment-to-moment basis. (2018-01-17)
The brain's creativity controls
Scientists studying brain scans of people who were asked to come up with inventive uses for everyday objects found a specific pattern of connectivity that correlated with the most creative responses. (2018-01-17)
Potential brain-machine interface for hand paralysis
A brain-machine interface that combines brain stimulation with a robotic device controlling hand movement increases the output of pathways connecting the brain and spinal cord, according to a study of healthy adults published in JNeurosci. (2018-01-15)
Power stations in cells may protect brain against Parkinson's
Impairment in mitochondria may actually protect the brain in Parkinson's disease. (2018-01-15)
Does an exploding brain network cause chronic pain?
New research reports that hyperreactive brain networks could play a part in the hypersensitivity of fibromyalgia. (2018-01-12)
New method to map miniature brain circuits
In a feat of nanoengineering, scientists have developed a new technique to map electrical circuits in the brain far more comprehensively than ever before. (2018-01-12)
The brain's GPS has a buddy system
Brain cells that reflect self position relative to others have been identified in the rat hippocampus. (2018-01-11)
Two simple tests could help to pinpoint cause of stroke
Detecting the cause of the deadliest form of stroke could be improved by a simple blood test added alongside a routine brain scan, research suggests. (2018-01-10)
General anesthetics do more than put you to sleep
A new understanding of the complex ways in which general anesthetics act on the brain could eventually lead to improved drugs for surgery. (2018-01-09)
Little wasp bodies means little wasp brain regions, study shows
A Drexel study looking at 19 species of paper wasps found that body size may lead to variation in the complex parts of their brains. (2018-01-03)
Zebrafish brain repair following concussion
A simple and inexpensive zebrafish model of concussion, reported in eNeuro, reveals the genetic pathways underlying the animal's remarkable ability to regenerate injured brain tissue. (2018-01-02)
Callous and unemotional traits show in brain structure of boys only
Callous-unemotional traits are linked to differences in brain structure in boys, but not girls. (2017-12-27)
Alexa and Siri in our head: Where voice recognition occurs in the brain
Amazon recently announced that its language assistant Alexa is now able to recognise voices. (2017-12-22)
How odors are turned into long-term memories
Neuroscientists from the Ruhr-Universität Bochum have investigated which brain area is responsible for storing odours as long-term memories. (2017-12-22)
Deep brain stimulation: Improving outcomes in the treatment of movement disorders
For the first time, researchers from Charité have shown that, in patients with a type of movement disorder known as dystonia, a particular pattern of brain activity is linked to both the severity of symptoms and the clinical outcomes achieved through deep brain stimulation. (2017-12-22)
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