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New iDISCO Imaging Technology May Help Pinpoint Cause Of Alzheimer's Disease

A new imaging technology called iDISCO developed by scientists in New York City may help pinpoint the causes of Alzheimer's disease. Here's how the technology works.

Neuroscience July 15, 2016

Here's What Scientists Uncovered By Letting Mice Watch Film Noir

How does your own brain process the overwhelming stream of visual information from the external world? A newly launched observatory in Seattle aims to understand exactly that: the inner workings of the brain.

Neuroscience July 14, 2016

Eating More Cinnamon Could Improve Learning Ability

Here's another reason to spice up your life or your coffee and toast with a dash of cinnamon. Researchers find that eating more cinnamon can help improve learning and memory abilities.

Neuroscience July 14, 2016

Alzheimer's Gene Starts To Show Effects On Brain As Early As Preschool

Children with the APOE e4 variant, a gene tied to increased odds for Alzheimer's disease, were found to have a smaller hippocampus, the brain region linked to memory formation. They also performed worse on memory and thinking skills tests.

Neuroscience July 14, 2016

Blindness Cure On The Horizon? Scientists Restore Eyesight In Blind Mice

Biochemical manipulations and visual stimulations helped restore the eyesight of blind mice with glaucoma in a new study. The research may pave way for new directions that can help millions who suffer from vision loss.

Neuroscience July 12, 2016

Want To Stop Drinking? Scientists Pinpoint Neurons That Could Prevent Alcoholism

A new study suggests that activating a certain 'no-go' type of neurons can help prevent a person from wanting to drink alcohol. The study may offer hope in reducing the prevalence of alcoholism.

Neuroscience July 8, 2016

Do-It-Yourself Brain Stimulation Could Result In Altered Brain Functions

An open letter warns the public about the risks that come from transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), a 'do-it-yourself' type of brain stimulation. Experts warn that they could be doing more harm than good.

Neuroscience July 8, 2016

Are You Naughty Or Nice? Scientists Use Mathematical Model To Understand Why

Some people are genetically wired to be nice despite living side to side with opposites who seem to exploit such niceness. Scientists developed a mathematical model to understand how some people evolve to become nice while others stay nasty.

Neuroscience June 27, 2016

Texas Woman Returns Home From Jaw Surgery With British Accent: What Causes 'Foreign Accent Syndrome'?

Lisa Alamia, who was born and raised in Texas, started to speak with British accent after she underwent a jaw surgery six months ago. What causes her condition known as foreign accent syndrome?

Neuroscience June 24, 2016

Benefits Of Brain Training Games Just A Placebo Effect?

Brain training programs offer users a boost in fluid intelligence and a chance to stave off mental aging. However, new research suggests that the 'benefits' of these programs may actually just be a placebo effect.

Neuroscience June 21, 2016

What To Do When Kids, Teens Suffer Concussion From Sports And Recreational Activities

Nearly 2 million children suffer concussions during sports and recreational activities. Of this number, between half a million and 1.2 million cases go untreated.

Neuroscience June 21, 2016

Memory Loss In People With Alzheimer's Disease Reversible: Here's Why New Broad-Based Treatment Worked

Using broad-based and personalized treatments, researchers were able to reverse memory loss in Alzheimer's disease patients. What made this new therapeutic approach effective?

Neuroscience June 19, 2016

How To Remember Better: Working Out Four Hours After Studying May Help You Improve Your Memory

Do you have trouble remembering information, especially new ones? New research suggests that to improve one’s rusty memory, you may want to hit the gym four hours after learning or studying.

Neuroscience June 17, 2016

Personalized Combo Therapy Reverses Memory Loss From Alzheimer's Disease

A 36-point personalized treatment for Alzheimer's reversed memory loss and sustained improvements in a small study. This gives hope that the condition marked by cognitive decline can be prevented and cured.

Neuroscience June 17, 2016

Cuteness Helps Babies, Puppies Survive: Study

Babies' cuteness is a force to be reckoned with. New research suggests that being cute helps babies - and even puppies - survive by eliciting care-giving.

Neuroscience June 9, 2016

Taking Dietary Supplements May Prevent Loss Of Brain Cells: Mice Study

Nutritional supplements have been proven to be beneficial in many ways. Now, new research suggests that taking a special combination of these supplements may prevent brain cell loss.

Neuroscience June 6, 2016

Lower Dopamine Levels May Explain Why Older People Take Less Risks

Older people are known to take fewer risks compared to when they were younger. Scientists believe this could be influenced by a reduction in the levels of dopamine in their brain.

Neuroscience June 5, 2016

Virtual Reality App Offers Hint On What It Is Like To Live With Dementia

A first-of-its-kind dementia smartphone app was recently launched by Alzheimer's Research UK. The app aims to give users a sense of what it is like to live with different forms of the condition.

Neuroscience June 3, 2016

Your Clever Friends, Intelligent Spouse Can Help Boost Your IQ

Being surrounded by relatives and workmates who are smarter than you can help boost your IQ, a renowned psychologist has revealed. His research contrasts the notion that intelligence is static.

Neuroscience May 30, 2016

Brains Of Schizophrenia Patients Attempt To Self-Repair, MRI Scans Reveal

Schizophrenia is believed to be a degenerative mental illness. MRI imaging, however, showed that the brains of patients suffering from this condition become more 'normal' over time.

Neuroscience May 28, 2016

New Test Indicates Chance Of Comatose Patients To Wake Up

A common test can determine the awareness indication and chances of waking up among comatose patients. The test, which measures the level of the brain’s sugar metabolism, provides hope for families going through a tough time.

Neuroscience May 29, 2016

Here's How The Brain Makes Or Breaks A Habit

Your brain has processes it follows to make or break habits. Researchers are exploring how these brain processes can be manipulated to strike a balance between habitual and deliberate action.

Neuroscience May 27, 2016

New Alzheimer's Disease Theory: Infections May Trigger Build-Up Of Amyloid Plaques In The Brain

A new study has found that amyloid-beta plaques, which cause Alzheimer's disease, is triggered by an ensuing infection. Researchers theorized that the pathogen passes through the blood-brain barrier.

Neuroscience May 27, 2016

Genetic Analysis May Help Diagnose, Treat Kids With Mysterious Developmental Delays

Thanks to genetic analysis, Canadian researchers were able to unlock the underlying cause of certain neurodevelopmental disorders in children. Find out how gene sequencing diagnoses and helps potentially treat these developmental ailments in young patients.

Neuroscience May 26, 2016

Loss Of Y Chromosome Linked To Onset Of Alzheimer's Disease In Males

Men who lose their Y chromosome as they age are at a greater risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. Researchers believe that LOY testing, when done on the general population, can significantly reduce male mortality rates.

Neuroscience May 25, 2016

Unethical Amnesia May Explain Why We Forget Our Bad Behavior

Forgetting unethical actions and practicing dishonesty seem very common. A new study found that unethical amnesia may explain why people tend to forget their bad behavior.

Neuroscience May 20, 2016

What Happens When Kids Hear Their Mom's Voice? The Brain Lights Up

A mother's soothing voice can activate many different regions of the brain, a new study revealed. These regions are very crucial to how kids navigate the world.

Neuroscience May 17, 2016

The REM In Remembering: Deep Sleep Is Key To Emotional, Spatial Memories

How important is getting a deep sleep at night? Research suggests that REM sleep not only affects our physical and mental health, but it also helps consolidate our memories.

Neuroscience May 16, 2016

These Brain Cells Help Control Your Appetite, Weight Gain

The hormone leptin instructs the body when to stop eating by sending signals to the brain, but how does it exactly do that? New research suggests specific brain cells help make this happen.

Neuroscience May 15, 2016

Flies Can Help In Understanding Brain Injuries: Study

Fruit flies may be diminutive in size, but they’ve been helping the scientific community gain a better understanding of many things involving the body for years. Most recently, researchers tapped fruit flies to understand traumatic brain injuries better.

Neuroscience May 13, 2016

Suicide Less Common Among Former NFL Players Than Men In General Population: CDC Study

NFL players are prone to head injury and CTE, which places them at increased risk for depression and self harm. A CDC study, however, finds that suicide is less common among ex-NFL players compared with the general population.

Neuroscience May 12, 2016

Want To Forget Unwanted Memories? This Is How Your Brain Does It On Purpose

Want to rid of yourself of some unpleasant memories? A new study suggests you can do so purposely by changing the context of these memories.

Neuroscience May 7, 2016

Mobile Phones Are Not Linked To Brain Cancer: Australian Study

Can using mobile phones increase the risk of having brain cancer? Based on a study done in Australia, the answer is apparently no, and here's why.

Neuroscience May 6, 2016

Yes, Your Brain Uses Statistics To Increase Your Confidence

An individual's decision making process is greatly influenced by confidence, which is based on statistical assessments in the brain. The current finding contradicts early studies that suggested some decisions are based on rule of thumb.

Neuroscience May 6, 2016

Can Virtual Reality-Based Therapy Treat Patients With Paranoia, Phobias?

Paranoid delusion is a crippling affliction that can now be treated in an unconventional way. A new study showed that virtual reality can dramatically reduce distress associated with the condition.

Neuroscience May 6, 2016

Biotech Company Gets Approval To Bring People Back From The Dead: Here's How Bioquark Plans To Reverse Death

How does U.S. biotech company BioQuark intend to offer proof of concept that brain death can be reversed in humans? Find out the combination treatments - including stem cell therapy - that will make this possible for the project.

Neuroscience May 6, 2016

Bipolar Disorder Shares Genetic Roots With Autism, Schizophrenia

Bipolar disorder may share the same genetic roots with other psychiatric conditions such as autism and schizophrenia. Identifying these specific genes could help researchers develop new treatments for bipolar disorder patients.

Neuroscience May 6, 2016

Kids With ADHD Have More Trouble Getting Deep Sleep: Study

A new study in Denmark provides evidence that kids with ADHD find it more difficult to sleep than other kids. The research could help experts develop long-term treatments.

Neuroscience May 6, 2016

Mental Health Drug Aripiprazole May Cause Uncontrollable Urges To Gamble, Shop, Binge Eat And Have Sex: FDA

The FDA has warned of the side effects of the antipsychotic drug aripiprazole (Abilify, Aristada). Taking the medication may cause compulsive behaviors such as binge eating, gambling, compulsive shopping and sex.

Neuroscience May 4, 2016

What Happens Inside Women's Brains During Pregnancy? There Is An Increase In Gray Matter

Women undergo a lot of bodily changes during pregnancy but a recent study showed that neurological changes also occur. The gray matter of the brain regions increases in volume and helps in regulating certain responses related to the reward system.

Neuroscience May 1, 2016

Constant 'Retweeting' Can Interfere With Your Memory, Learning

Constant retweeting or sharing information on social media networks can affect memory and learning process. Researchers have found that those who often repost information experience some form of cognitive overload.

Neuroscience May 1, 2016

Rosacea Linked To Increased Risk For Dementia: What You Need To Know About This Skin Condition

While rosacea has been linked to Parkinson's disease, another study revealed that it is also linked to dementia, particularly Alzheimer's disease. However, it doesn't necessarily mean that those who suffer from the skin condition will develop the neurological disease.

Neuroscience April 29, 2016

Scan Reveals How 'Brain Dictionary' Stores Thousands Of Words

Language processing in the brain is studied through semantic maps or a "brain dictionary" atlas from UC Berkeley researchers. The findings may give a voice to those unable to speak such as stroke or brain damage patients.

Neuroscience April 28, 2016

Mozilla Firefox Co-Creator Says He Can't Visualize Images: What You Need To Know About Aphantasia

Mozilla Firefox co-creator Blake Ross said in a Facebook post gone viral that he cannot visualize images. Aphantasia, or the inability to conjure mental images, is a relatively common condition that affects one out of 50 individuals.

Neuroscience April 27, 2016

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