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Bill Gates' Newest Mission Is To Cure Alzheimer's Disease

Bill Gates personally invested $50 million into research and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. The multi-billionaire is known for his philanthropic work and monetary contribution toward disease-related research.

Neuroscience November 14, 2017

Psychedelic Drink Used By Shamans May Help Treat Mental Illness

There is a growing body of literature suggesting the merits of psychedelic drug use in psychiatric treatments. New research finds that ayahuasca users report better general well-being compared to LSD or magic mushroom users, and non-psychedelic users.

Neuroscience November 10, 2017

Sleep Deprivation May Disrupt Brain Cells And Change How We See The World

Not having enough sleep affects brain cell functions, resulting to poorer visual perception and delayed reaction times. The way a person sees the world changes drastically when the brain cells fire poorly.

Neuroscience November 7, 2017

Having Unwanted Thoughts? Scientists Found The Brain Chemical Responsible

Scientists found that a chemical called GABA is the neurotransmitter responsible for suppressing unwanted thoughts. Participants with low hippocampal GABA were less able to suppress unwanted thoughts.

Neuroscience November 3, 2017

Human Use Of Brainpower Not As Unique As Previously Thought

About 25 percent of the human body's energy usage is reserved for the brain. This is often seen as a characteristic unique to humans, but new research finds that some animals also allot large amounts of energy for brainpower.

Neuroscience November 2, 2017

Brain Scans May Help Identify People With Suicidal Thoughts

Suicidal people were found to exhibit distinct brain activity patterns. Brain scans hold potential in preventing suicide, which claimed more than 41,000 lives in the United States in 2013.

Neuroscience October 31, 2017

Lucid Dreaming: Study Reveals Effective Techniques To Control Your Dreams

A new research has revealed three effective techniques that could help people increase their chances of experiencing 'lucid dreams'. The research shows a '17 percent success rate' for those who managed to combine all three techniques.

Neuroscience October 27, 2017

Alzheimer's Disease Detected In Dolphins: Age-Related Disorder Not A Human-Specific Disease

Markers of Alzheimer's disease were found in the brains of dead dolphins that had washed ashore. Do these wild animals exhibit the same symptoms of memory loss that characterize dementia in humans?

Neuroscience October 24, 2017

Scientists May Have Found Potential Cause Of Dyslexia

Scientists have recently found that dyslexia could potentially be linked to the shape of spots in the eye. This causes the inability to read, write or spell correctly.

Neuroscience October 23, 2017

'Motherese': Baby Talk Is Consistent Across 10 Languages

New research has found that mothers shift the timbre of their voices when they're talking to adults and when they're talking to infants. The shift is so distinct that an algorithm can differentiate the speech with just a one-second recording.

Neuroscience October 15, 2017

Magic Mushroom Compound May Reset Brain Of Depressive People

Researchers found that the psychoactive compound in magic mushrooms is effective in lessening the symptoms of depression among patients with treatment-resistant depression. Participants used terms such as 'reset,' 'reboot,' and 'defrag' to describe the drug's effect on their brains.

Neuroscience October 14, 2017

Losing Sense Of Smell Linked To Increased Alzheimer's Risk: Other Early Warning Signs Of Dementia

Researchers used a simple and affordable smell test to determine Alzheimer's risk. Besides the inability to detect the scents of peppermint, orange, fish, rose and leather, here are other early warning signs of dementia.

Neuroscience October 2, 2017

Dementia Sniff Test: Inability To Smell Peppermint Predicts Disease Developing Within 5 Years

Peppermint is one of five specific scents researchers used to identify olfactory damage among their participants. Those unable to smell the five scents were more than twice as likely to be diagnosed with dementia within five years.

Neuroscience September 30, 2017

Man In A Coma For 15 Years Shows Signs Of Consciousness After Vagus Nerve Stimulation

A 35-year-old man was able to regain some consciousness after researchers in France implanted in him a device that stimulated his vagus nerve. He showed increased signs of brain activity and was able to follow basic commands.

Neuroscience September 26, 2017

AI Arrives As The Newest And Most Powerful Weapon For Early Alzheimer's Disease Detection

Medical researchers have found artificial intelligence as a valuable ally in the early detection of Alzheimer's disease. An algorithm developed by a team from the University of Bari proved that AI can be a powerful weapon against the dreaded disease.

Neuroscience September 18, 2017

Feeling Excited? Scientists Find 27 Distinct Human Emotions

Researchers from UC Berkeley found 27 distinct human emotional states. An interactive map shows how the emotions combine to form the complex human emotional response.

Neuroscience September 10, 2017

Lack Of REM Sleep Linked To Higher Dementia Risk: Signs You Do Not Get Enough Sleep

People who lack REM sleep are likely to develop some form of dementia. Here are some of the signs that can indicate a person lacks enough sleep at night.

Neuroscience August 26, 2017

Loss Of Sense Of Smell Linked To Progression Of Alzheimer’s Disease

Testing a patient’s ability to identify objects using odor could help detect Alzheimer’s disease earlier. Researchers have found the link between the olfactory sense and Alzheimer’s progression.

Neuroscience August 19, 2017

Stress Of Poverty, Racial Inequities May Raise Risk For Alzheimer's Disease

Four new studies found evidence suggesting that stress of poverty and racism are factors that can increase risk of dementia in African Americans. The findings back up earlier studies that link stress and changes in the brain.

Neuroscience July 17, 2017

PTSD Not Just A Mental Health Condition: Psychiatric Disorder May Also Have Physical Effects On The Brain

PTSD is considered a mental health condition but sufferers have bigger amygdala, a region in the brain linked to fear. What is behind these changes in the brain?

Neuroscience July 14, 2017

Sleep Problems Tied To Increased Risk Of Alzheimer's Disease

Poor sleep quality, morning drowsiness, and other sleep problems may be linked to an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease, a new study revealed. Researchers detected several hallmarks of Alzheimer’s in healthy elderly.

Neuroscience July 6, 2017

Here's How Veterans With PTSD Cope With Independence Day Fireworks

The Fourth of July fireworks can cause panic attacks to veterans with PTSD. Here's what former combatants, their families and organizations do to avoid psychological stress on Independence Day.

Neuroscience July 4, 2017

New Brain Game May Help Improve Memory Of Dementia Patients: Study

A brain game developed by Cambridge University researchers has shown positive results in improving the memory and motivation of patients with mild memory problems. Neuroscientists hope the game could be tested in a large-scale study.

Neuroscience July 3, 2017

Your Smartphone Can Reduce Your Cognitive Capacity: Study

How dependent are you on your smartphone? A new study suggests the mere presence of your smartphone, whether it's switched off or not, can reduce your brain's ability to concentrate and perform tasks.

Neuroscience June 25, 2017

Epilepsy Drug May Help Restore Normal Brain Activity In Alzheimer's Disease Patients

Alzheimer's disease patients may benefit from using epilepsy drugs. The treatment was found to have effect on the brain activity of patients with mild form of the progressive brain disorder.

Neuroscience June 25, 2017

New Mice Study Finds Extra Virgin Olive Oil Might Stave Off Alzheimer's Disease

Extra virgin olive oil is beneficial for both the heart and the brain. In fact, eating meals with extra virgin olive oil might help preserve memory and stave off Alzheimer’s disease, a new mice study revealed.

Neuroscience June 21, 2017

Brain Scans May Spot Autism In Babies As Early As 6 Months Of Age

In a first, researchers used brain imaging to spot changes in how specific infant brain regions synchronize, predicting the risk of autism in babies as young as 6 months. Find out how artificial intelligence ups the accuracy of the predictions.

Neuroscience June 8, 2017

Macaques Help Scientists Crack Human Facial Recognition Code

A new study reveals how facial recognition is a result of facial feature analysis rather than mere identification. Results of the study do not just defy precious scientific beliefs, but also cracks the code on facial recognition.

Neuroscience June 2, 2017

Sleep Deprivation May Cause Brain To Eat Itself: Study

Research finds that sleep deprivation is even more dangerous than originally thought. Chronic lack of sleep stimulates cell activity that causes irreversible damage to the brain.

Neuroscience May 27, 2017

Science Stumbles On 40 New Genes Linked To Intelligence

Scientists have discovered 40 new genes linked to intelligence. However, intelligence proves time and again that it's a complex affair, raising the question: is intelligence hereditary?

Neuroscience May 23, 2017

Most US Soldiers Dismissed For Misconduct Suffer From Mental Illness

GAO reported that 62 percent of U.S. soldiers who were discharged from military service were diagnosed with mental health conditions such as PTSD and TBI. How do servicemen cope with these conditions?

Neuroscience May 16, 2017

Surgeon Plans Human Head Transplant, Eyes Chinese National As First Patient

In a new development, Italian neurosurgeon Sergio Canavero said his proposed head transplant operation will be on a Chinese national and not on a Russian patient. According to the surgeon, China offers many favorable factors for the operation.

Neuroscience May 2, 2017

Can Human Head Transplant Become A Reality? Scientist Plans To Test Procedure By December 2017

Neurosurgeon Sergio Canavero and his team claimed to have transplanted a small rat's head into another rat and now want to move forward to doing this on humans. What do other experts think about the feasibility of head transplant surgeries?

Neuroscience April 30, 2017

Scientists Transplanted Small Rat Head Into Bigger Rat Without Brain-Damaging Blood Loss

Two neurosurgeons claim to have performed a head transplant on rats safely and successfully. They plan to go forward with human head transplant in December 2017.

Neuroscience April 28, 2017

Psychedelic Drugs LSD, Ketamine, And Psilocybin Cause Brain To Enter Higher State Of Consciousness

People under the influence of psychedelic drugs such as ketamine, LSD, and psilocybin were found to have more random activities in the brain than normal. What does this mean?

Neuroscience April 19, 2017

Breastfeeding Has No Long-Term Cognitive Benefit, Study Shows

Researchers have concluded that while breastfeeding offers short-term benefits related to nutrition, the long-term cognitive and developmental effects are negligible. The mother and child relationship is also important, according to the research.

Neuroscience March 28, 2017

From Foe To Friend: Deadly Funnel-Web Spider Could Help Save Stroke Victims From Brain Damage

A molecule found in the deadly venom of funnel-web spiders can reduce neuron damage after stroke by 80 percent. If successful in human trials, the compound could drastically improve treatment options.

Neuroscience March 21, 2017

Your Brain May Still Work After You Die

Canadian researchers suggest that brain activity can continue up to 10 minutes after a person is clinically dead. The paper is based on a human subject whose brain remained in delta activity after being plugged off life support.

Neuroscience March 12, 2017

Brain 10 Times More Active Than Previously Thought

New research has shown that human brain activity is 10 times more intense than previously thought. This discovery could significantly impact the way neurological disorders are treated.

Neuroscience March 16, 2017

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