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How the brain's involved in wanting and having sex
A new review looks at how the brain impacts the sequence of physical and emotional changes that occur as a person participates in sexually stimulating activities. (2015-03-02)

Brain trauma may increase the risk of Alzheimer's disease
A new study published in BMC Neurology suggests that brain injury leads to an increased risk of developing Alzheimer's disease (2001-08-22)

Conclusions on brain-machine interfaces for communication and rehabilitation
In the journal Nature Reviews Neurology the researcher Ander Ramos of Tecnalia together with Niel Birbaumer, lecturer at the University of Tübingen, have expounded how brain-machine interfaces use brain activity to control external devices, thus enabling seriously disabled patients to interact with the environment. (2016-10-04)

Study examines drowning-induced brain injury in children
A new study indicates that children who develop brain injury due to non-fatal drowning often experience severe motor deficits but maintain relatively intact perceptual and cognitive capabilities. (2017-08-01)

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. It's hoped the findings will significantly advance our understanding of the brain. (2012-09-25)

Regular exercise may boost brain health in adults
In the brain, blood flow and cognitive function peak during young adulthood, but a new study of 52 young women found that oxygen availability, which is known to positively relate to brain health and function, is higher in adults who exercise regularly. Women who exercised on a regular basis had higher oxygen availability in the anterior frontal region of the brain and performed best on difficult cognitive tasks. (2015-01-20)

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. The results of the study, which are published in Nature Communications, are important for investigating the role of the immune system in numerous brain disorders. (2018-11-02)

Mouse brain rewires its neural circuits to recuperate from damaged neural function after stroke
Japanese research group led by Professor Junichi Nabekura in National Institute for Physiological Sciences, Japan, found that, after cerebral stroke in one side of the mouse brain, another side of the brain rewires its neural circuits to recuperate from damaged neural function. The Japan Science and Technology Agency supported this study. They report their finding in Journal of Neuroscience, on Aug. 12, 2009. (2009-08-21)

APS tip sheet: Untangling neurons with scattered light
New analysis examines light scattering properties in brain tissue to better understand the three-dimensional structure of nerve fibers. (2020-03-30)

Bloodthirsty brains
South African and Australian researchers calculated how blood flowing to the brain of human ancestors changed over course of time. The team was able to track the increase in human intelligence across evolutionary time. (2016-08-31)

Air pollution may contribute to white matter loss in the brain
In a new study, older women who lived in places with higher air pollution had significantly reduced white matter in the brain. (2015-06-15)

Enzyme controlling cell death paves way for treatment of brain damage in newborns
Brain damage due to birth asphyxia -- where the brain is starved of oxygen around the time of delivery -- is normally treated by cooling the infant, but this only helps one baby in nine. New research from the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, could now pave the way for new ways of treating brain damage in newborns. (2011-10-25)

U of MN researchers develop way to visualize synchronized interactions of nerve cells in the brain
Researchers at the University of Minnesota Medical School and the Brain Sciences Center at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center have discovered a new way to assess how brain networks act together. (2006-02-09)

DNA find sheds light on the human brain
Brain cells alter their genetic make-up during a person's lifetime, scientists have found in a discovery that could shed light on neurological diseases. Researchers from The Roslin Institute, at the University of Edinburgh, have identified genes - known as retrotransposons - responsible for thousands of tiny changes in the DNA of brain tissue. (2011-10-30)

A new means of neuronal communication discovered in the human brain
An international research group has discovered in the human brain a new functional coupling mechanism between neurons, which may serve as a communication channel between brain regions. (2020-12-17)

One part of the brain unexpectedly continues to grow in adulthood
In humans, the part of the brain that's responsible for face recognition continues to grow into adulthood, a new study reveals. The results are surprising, since brain development is largely thought to involve synaptic pruning, rather than growth. (2017-01-05)

Research turns the world upside down
Using tests of visual perception and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), Lars Strother and colleagues at the University of Western Ontario's world-renowned Centre for Brain & Mind recently measured activity in two regions of the brain well known for facial recognition and found they were highly sensitive to the orientation of people's faces. (2011-04-18)

Why does an anesthetic make us lose consciousness?
Neuroscientists at Goethe University Frankfurt and the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization in Göttingen have now discovered that certain areas of the brain generate less information when under anesthesia. (2017-06-13)

Measuring brain activity in milliseconds possible through new research
Researchers from King's College London, Harvard and INSERM-Paris have discovered a new way to measure brain function in milliseconds using magnetic resonance elastography (MRE). This could help with diagnosing and understanding neurological diseases like Alzheimer's, dementia, multiple sclerosis, or epilepsy. (2019-04-17)

Birth control for brain neurons
Researchers have discovered that a molecule called nitric oxide (NO) is a pivotal, natural regulator of the birth of new neurons in the adult brain. The finding suggests that modulating nitric oxide levels might be an effective strategy for replacing neurons that are lost from the brain due to stroke or chronic neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and Huntington's disease. (2003-07-28)

Research could reveal the extent of stroke damage
A Hunter stroke researcher has received national recognition for his research exploring changes in brain circulation in the first few hours after stroke. (2008-09-16)

'Mysteries of the Brain' video series debuts
A new video series released today takes viewers on a journey to unlock the mysteries of the brain and better understand how this complex organ functions. Produced by NBC Learn, the educational arm of NBCUniversal News Group, in partnership with the National Science Foundation (NSF), the series, 'Mysteries of the Brain,' covers the latest research in neuroscience and profiles the scientists who are leading it. (2015-06-10)

Brain changes following childhood limb loss may be reversible
In a recent study, investigators found that certain changes in the brain that occurred after limb amputation in a child were reversible after restoring sensory input through bilateral hand transplantation. (2017-12-06)

UM researchers discover 'key' to blood-brain barrier
Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore have identified a receptor in the human brain that regulates the interface between the bloodstream and the brain, which is known as the blood-brain barrier. This breakthrough could lead to a better understanding of this nearly impenetrable barrier and to treatment of diseases that affect the brain. (2000-01-02)

Connections in the brains of young children strengthen during sleep, CU-Boulder study finds
While young children sleep, connections between the left and the right hemispheres of their brain strengthen, which may help brain functions mature, according to a new study by the University of Colorado Boulder. (2013-11-20)

Clues to ageing come to light in vivid snapshots of brain cell links
Striking images of some five billion brain cell connections have been created by scientists, mapping a lifetime's changes across the brain in minute detail. (2020-06-11)

Scientists catch brain damage in the act
Scientists have uncovered how inflammation and lack of oxygen conspire to cause brain damage in conditions such as stroke and Alzheimer's disease. (2014-03-13)

Does the college experience damage your brain?
Is college grade-point average the best marker of future job success? Not in today's stressed-out world, says brain researcher Dr. Fred Travis. (2005-03-15)

Young brainy students create world first
A new 3-D brain model is at the center of a project created by a group of postgraduate students based at the Howard Florey Institute. (2006-09-05)

Building the blood-brain barrier
Construction of the brain's border fence is supervised by Wnt/b-catenin signaling, report Liebner et al. in the Journal of Cell Biology. (2008-10-27)

Blind people have brain map for 'visual' observations too
Is what you're looking at an object, a face, or a tree? When processing visual input, our brain uses different areas to recognize faces, body parts, scenes, and objects. Scientists at KU Leuven (University of Leuven), Belgium, have now shown that people who were born blind use a 'brain map' with a very similar layout to distinguish between these same categories. (2017-05-17)

U of G study is first to find evidence that leopard geckos can make new brain cells
University of Guelph researchers have discovered the type of stem cell allowing geckos to create new brain cells. This finding provides evidence that lizards may also be able to regenerate parts of the brain after injury. (2018-07-27)

A portable bedside brain scanner for babies
Scientists have devised a portable, noninvasive and direct approach to image infant brain activity in a clinical setting without relying on massive scanning machines, and they used the method to monitor seizures with higher resolution than what other technologies can currently achieve. (2017-10-11)

Brain research provides clues to what makes people think and behave differently
Differences in the physical connections of the brain are at the root of what make people think and behave differently from one another. Researchers reporting in the Cell Press journal Neuron shed new light on the details of this phenomenon, mapping the exact brain regions where individual differences occur. Their findings reveal that individuals' brain connectivity varies more in areas that relate to integrating information than in areas for initial perception of the world. (2013-02-06)

Using personal frequency to control brain activity
Individual frequency can be used to specifically influence certain areas of the brain and thus the abilities processed in them - solely by electrical stimulation on the scalp, without any surgical intervention. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences have now demonstrated this for the first time. (2020-08-17)

Link between Alzheimer's disease and traumatic brain damage clarified
This week scientists of the Flanders Interuniversity Institute for Biotechnology (VIB) will once again publish a breakthrough in their research regarding Alzheimer's disease. The researchers discovered the function of one of the most important proteins related to Alzheimer's disease. They have indicated that the protein stimulates the growth of nerve paths in the brain, which is essential for recovery after brain damage. (2005-08-03)

Split-Brain Study Finds Lefty Writing Guided By The Right
Surgery that split the halves of her brain helped a woman's seizures. It has also given researchers surprising new information about the unusual way that this left-handed woman's brain manages speaking and writing. (1998-05-07)

Study finds language and tool-making skills evolved at the same time
Research by the University of Liverpool has found that the same brain activity is used for language production and making complex tools, supporting the theory that they evolved at the same time. (2013-09-02)

Response to immune protein determines pathology of multiple sclerosis
New research may help reveal why different parts of the brain can come under attack in patients with multiple sclerosis. According to a new study in mice with an MS-like disease, the brain's response to a protein produced by invading T cells dictates whether it's the spinal cord or cerebellum that comes under fire. The study will be published online on Oct. 13 in the Journal of Experimental Medicine. (2008-10-13)

A radical suggestion for world improvement
Now in English, the book (2008-04-24)

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