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Formal education lessens the impact of Alzheimer's disease
Researchers at the Klinikum rechts der Isar, Technische Universitat Munchen, investigated the effects of formal education on the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. (2009-08-11)
Psychology professor maps choice-making in the brain
The next time you are frustrated by someone who says, (2003-03-06)
Researchers want to know how early life affects the adult brain
The study found the visual environment that zebrafish grew up in affected their spontaneous brain activity and, in turn, affected their behavior and ability to catch prey. (2017-08-03)
Research discovers how the deaf have super vision
Deaf or blind people often report enhanced abilities in their remaining senses, but up until now, no one has explained how that could be. (2010-10-10)
Differences in brain function make it hard for people with schizophrenia to interpret other people's feelings
A new brain imaging study from the Institute of Psychiatry shows for the first time that brain abnormalities and social difficulties in schizophrenia are related. (2000-11-30)
Brain stimulation that may boost vision from the corner of your eye
By using simultaneous brain stimulation and activity recording to track the influence of one brain region on another, researchers have developed a new method for boosting brain function that may have implications for treatments of brain disorders and for improving vision. (2006-08-07)
Human brains outpace chimp brains in the womb
Humans' superior brain size in comparison to their chimpanzee cousins traces all the way back to the womb. (2012-09-24)
Kisspeptin hormone enhances brain response to sexual and emotional images
In this issue of the JCI, research led by Waljit Dhillo at Imperial College London discovered that a hormone called kisspeptin influences human reproductive behavior by stimulating brain regions associated with mood and emotion. (2017-01-23)
Jefferson neuroscientists find evidence of lead exposure affecting recovery from brain injury
Lead exposure at a young age can hurt the brain's development and cause learning and behavioral problems. (2004-10-25)
Brain recognizes verbal 'oh dear' wave
It seems that our brain can correct speech errors in the same way that it controls other forms of behavior. (2008-11-04)
How cannabis causes 'cognitive chaos' in the brain
Cannabis use is associated with disturbances in concentration and memory. (2011-10-25)
Research shows how genetic mutation causes epilepsy in infants
New research from the Howard Florey Institute in Melbourne has shown why mutation in a single gene can cause epilepsy in infants. (2007-10-02)
Self-repairing mechanism can help to preserve brain function in neurodegenerative diseases
New research, led by scientists at the University of Southampton, has found that neurogenesis, the self-repairing mechanism of the adult brain, can help to preserve brain function in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's, Prion or Parkinson's. (2014-06-18)
Scientists surprised to discover lymphatic 'scavenger' brain cells
The brain has its own inbuilt processes for mopping up damaging cellular waste -- and these processes may provide protection from stroke and dementia. (2017-05-01)
Starting age of marijuana use may have long-term effects on brain development
The age at which an adolescent begins using marijuana may affect typical brain development, according to researchers at the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas. (2016-02-10)
The brain gets the big picture
New research by neuroscientists at the University of California, Davis and the University of Minnesota shows that higher regions of the brain can quickly recognize patterns and shapes and tell lower areas of the brain to stop processing the information. (2002-10-31)
Prion protein hints at role in aiding learning and memory
Scientists from the University of Leeds have found that the protein called prion helps our brains to absorb zinc, which is believed to be crucial to our ability to learn and the well-being of our memory. (2012-10-16)
Flip of a single molecular switch makes an old brain young
The flip of a single molecular switch helps create the mature neuronal connections that allow the brain to bridge the gap between adolescent impressionability and adult stability. (2013-03-06)
Traumatic brain injury common amongst homeless people
Traumatic brain injury is common amongst homeless people and is associated with poorer health, found a study of more than 900 homeless men and women in Toronto. (2008-10-06)
Is brain size linked to two common gene variants?
UCLA scientists aimed to evaluate whether normal variants for the common genes MCPH1 and ASPM are associated with differences in brain size. (2006-05-17)
Mobile microscopes illuminate the brain
By building a tiny microscope small enough to be carried around on a rat's head, scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Tübingen, Germany, have found a way to study the complex activity of many brain cells simultaneously while animals are free to move around. (2009-11-03)
Synapse discovery could lead to new treatments for Alzheimer's disease
A team of researchers led by UNSW Australia scientists has discovered how connections between brain cells are destroyed in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease -- work that opens up a new avenue for research on possible treatments for the degenerative brain condition. (2015-11-27)
Study finds pregnant women show increased activity in right side of brain
Pregnant women show increased activity in the area of the brain related to emotional skills as they prepare to bond with their babies, according to a new study by scientists at Royal Holloway, University of London. (2014-05-06)
Study examines how brain 'reboots' itself to consciousness after anesthesia
One of the great mysteries of anesthesia is how patients can be temporarily rendered completely unresponsive during surgery and then wake up again, with their memories and skills intact. (2014-06-18)
Forecasting the future of brain tumor research
Researchers and students from St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center and Arizona State University's Math Department are applying weather forecast technology to model and track the growth patterns of brain tumors. (2008-12-05)
New leads on the causes of alcoholism
In order to develop new medications for alcoholism, researchers need to understand how alcohol acts on the brain's reward system. (2011-04-04)
Neural progenitor cells as reservoirs for HIV in the brain
Dr. Ruth Brack-Werner and her team at the Institute of Virology of the German Research Center for Environmental Health previously demonstrated that HIV invades not only brain macrophages but also astrocytes. (2008-03-04)
Sinister shock: ONR researcher studies how explosive shock waves harm the brain
Today's warfighters are outfitted with body armor strong enough to withstand shrapnel from a bomb or other explosive device. (2016-02-23)
UTHealth researcher receives NIH funding to study how the brain deciphers words
Unlocking the mystery of how the brain processes the written word into language is the focus of a $3 million federal grant awarded to Nitin Tandon, M.D., professor of neurosurgery at McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) and a member of Memorial Hermann Mischer Neuroscience Institute. (2016-12-09)
Conscious and unconscious memory linked in storing new information
The way the brain stores new, conscious information such as a first kiss or a childhood home is strongly linked to the way the human brain stores unconscious information. (2006-04-03)
'Survival' genes hold key to healthy brains in babies and the elderly
Completing a daily crossword and enjoying a range of activities and interests has long been accepted as a recipe for maintaining a healthy brain in older age, but the reasons for this have never been clear. (2005-12-05)
Gastrointestinal disorders involve both brain-to-gut and gut-to-brain pathways
New research indicates that in patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or indigestion, there is a distinct brain-to-gut pathway, where psychological symptoms begin first, and separately a distinct gut-to-brain pathway, where gut symptoms start first. (2016-07-22)
Brain 'network maps' reveal clue to mental decline in old age
The human brain operates as a highly interconnected small-world network, not as a collection of discrete regions as previously believed, with important implications for why many of us experience cognitive declines in old age, a new study shows. (2011-02-07)
Working to loosen the grip of severe mental illness
In newly published research in the journal Neuron, Michael Cole of Rutgers has determined that the underlying brain architecture of a person at rest is basically the same as that of a person performing a variety of tasks. (2014-07-10)
Molecular regulation of hypoxic-ischemic brain damage
Dr. Lijun Yang and co-workers from Beijing Friendship Hospital, Capital Medical University in China prepared whole brain slices from a rat model of oxygen-glucose deprivation and explored dynamic expression pattern of Olig1 during hypoxic-ischemic brain damage and after miRNA-9 transfection. (2014-08-25)
Yale researchers identify gene and protein that stops spinal cord and brain regrowth after nervous system injury
Reversing brain and spinal cord injuries may soon be possible with the discovery of a gene and protein responsible for stopping axon regrowth, Yale researchers say. (2000-01-25)
Methylmercury warning
Recent studies hint that exposure to the toxic chemicals, such as methylmercury can cause harm at levels previously considered safe. (2008-10-28)
Research sheds new light on traumatic brain injuries
A new paper by researchers at the University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, appearing in the Journal of Neuroscience, offers the latest information concerning a (2013-04-15)
Different gene expression in male and female brains may help explain sex differences in brain disorder
UCL scientists have shown that there are widespread differences in how genes, the basic building blocks of the human body, are expressed in men and women's brains. (2013-11-22)
High-resolution brain scans could improve concussion detection
Simon Fraser University researchers have found that high-resolution brain scans, coupled with computational analysis, could play a critical role in helping to detect concussions that conventional scans might miss. (2016-12-07)
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