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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

When You Die And Your Heart Stops, Your Brain Is Still Functioning (Yes, You'll Know When You're Dead)

Researchers have found that even though the heart stops beating, the brain is still functioning. Those who have experienced a heart attack or cardiac arrest are still aware of what's happening around them.

Healthy Living/Wellness October 19, 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

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

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

Even Moderate Drinking Can Damage The Brain: Study

Moderate drinkers who consume between 14 and 21 units of alcohol per week still have higher risk for a type of brain damage compared with teetotalers. What does this say about drinking limit guidelines?

Healthy Living/Wellness June 7, 2017

Lack Of Sleep Can Cause Brain To Cannibalize Itself: Here Are Signs That You Are Sleep Deprived

Sleep deprivation may cause brain cells to eat some of the brain's synapses, which can have damaging effects. What are some signs that can indicate a person does not get sufficient rest at night?

Public Health May 29, 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

Confirmed: Sleeping Gets Tougher As You Get Older

A new study has brought focus to the lack of quality sleep among old people. Many seniors get disturbed sleep from recurring wakefulness, leading to a range of disorders including memory loss.

Healthy Living/Wellness April 6, 2017

Electricity-Based Therapy Extends Survival Of Brain Tumor Patients

Brain tumor patients who use the cap-like device Optune plus chemotherapy survived longer than patients who received only chemo. How does this therapy called tumor treating field work?

Medicine April 3, 2017

Fruit-Filled Diet Responsible For Bigger Brain In Primates: Study

A new study has found that fruit consuming primates have bigger brains than other species. However, previous studies asserted that not only the diet, but complex social structures also helped create bigger brains in the primates.

Animals March 28, 2017

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome May Be Caused By Hormonal Imbalance In The Brain, Not Ovaries: Study

The onset of PCOS was previously attributed to a hormonal imbalance in the ovaries. A new study challenges this assumption and suggests the syndrome is caused by hormone receptors in the brain.

Healthy Living/Wellness March 22, 2017

How To Super-Size Your Memory: It’s Just A Matter Of Training, Science Says

The brains of memory champions do not have something different in structure. Instead, the trick lies in training people with typical memory skills using mnemonics.

Neuroscience March 9, 2017

Brain Can Be Rewired To Make Better Choices, Says Award-Winning Study

Our behavior and decisions are greatly influenced by dopamine, a brain chemical that associates different actions with pleasure. By using the brain’s reward system, we can learn more about compulsive behaviors and possibly correct them.

Neuroscience March 7, 2017

Here's Why Using More Sugar May Cause Alzheimer's Disease

According to a new study, glucose disables an enzyme that resists Alzheimer's disease. The new finding will help in devising a new approach to finding a cure for Alzheimer's.

Public Health February 24, 2017

Wondered Why People Are Left Or Right Handed? Not The Brain, But Spinal Cord Which Determines

A study has revealed that asymmetrical genetic activity in the spinal cord determines people’s left or right handedness, which starts in the mother’s womb. The study bypasses older assertions that the human brain is responsible for the same.

Neuroscience February 21, 2017

Human Brain Makes Backup Plans For All Actions, Says Study

The human brain displays foresight by keeping neurons in readiness for executing actions after taking visual cues on possible actions, according to a new study. This happens even before a final decision is made on the choice of action.

Neuroscience February 16, 2017

Brain Chemistry: The Science Of Sex, Drugs, and Rock 'n' Roll

Researchers have found a correlation between the type of stimulation in the brain that is responsible for pleasure in sexual intercourse, drugs, and music. The same type of chemical response creates all three types of pleasure.

Neuroscience February 11, 2017

Paralyzed People Can Control Robotic Arms With Power Of Mind And Improved Brain-Machine Interfaces, Says Study

A new study on the role of the brain in the improvement of motor learning has said appropriate improvements in brain-machine interfaces can help paralyzed patients to control robotic arms using their mind power.

Robotics February 11, 2017

How Does The Brain Form Predictions? Neuroscientist Offers New Framework As Explanation

How exactly does the brain make forecasts? A neuroscientist from New York has offered a new framework that could explain how the human brain formulates predictions.

Neuroscience February 7, 2017

Science Explains Why Loud Chewing Makes You Furious

A new study from Newcastle University delves deeper into why some individuals suffer misophonia, or a hatred of sounds that include loud chewing. Brain scans reveal abnormal connections in the brain.

Healthy Living/Wellness February 6, 2017

After Space Study On Kelly Twins, How Will Space Travel Affect Our Brain Health?

NASA’s Twins Study has opened up the debate on health risks among astronauts, especially in high radiation zones of deep space. The study reported genomic changes in the astronauts while in space.

Space February 3, 2017

Sleep Actually Makes The Brain 'Forget,' Form New Memories

Two new studies have found that people sleep to forget certain things learned every day to pave the way for new memories every waking day. They appear to provide direct evidence of the so-called synaptic homeostasis hypothesis.

Healthy Living/Wellness February 3, 2017

Astronaut MRIs Show How Spaceflight Alters Brain Shape

MRI scans done on more than 20 astronauts reveal new results on how microgravity can affect the human brain. The team finds, for instance, that astronauts' brains compress and expand during spaceflight.

Space February 2, 2017

Autism May Begin During Early Brain Development, Mice Study Shows

A new mice study suggests that too many connections in the brain may be key to the development of autism. In fact, the neurodevelopmental disorder may begin during early brain development because of it, researchers said.

Neuroscience February 1, 2017

Study Uncovers Specialized Neurons Responsible For Triggering Social Attraction

Scientists from University of North Carolina School of Medicine identified neurons in the brain responsible for triggering social attraction towards the opposite sex in mice.

Neuroscience February 1, 2017

Patients Completely Paralyzed By ALS Communicate Via Mind-Reading Device

Neuroscientists have developed a brain-computer interface (BCI) that can facilitate communication by reading the thoughts of patients with complete paralysis. Their findings spark hope for patients of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

Neuroscience February 1, 2017

Here’s Why Eye Muscles Are Unaffected By ALS

A new research has revealed that some eye muscles have the unique capacity to stay immune from the degenerative disease of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. The crippling disease is known to paralyze voluntary muscles and makes breathing difficult.

Neuroscience January 31, 2017

Researchers Gain Insight Into How The Brain Perceives Meaning With Help From LSD

Findings from new research offered insight into how the brain prrocesses meaning when people use drugs like LSD. According to the study, specific receptors and neuro-chemicals in the brain are responsible for such changes.

Healthy Living/Wellness January 28, 2017

Researchers Pinpoint Brain Area Linked To Bipolar Disorder

Through magnetic resonance imaging and an advanced segmentation approach, researchers discovered decreased volumes of subfields of the hippocampus in subjects with bipolar disorder. The hippocampus controls our memories and emotional behavior.

Neuroscience January 27, 2017

Drug Compound Found To Halt, Prevent Brain Damage Related To Alzheimer’s Disease

A study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis says a synthetic molecule can reverse neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s, by inhibiting the production of tau protein tangles.

Neuroscience January 27, 2017

Your Brain Shape May Indicate Your Personality Type And Risk For Mental Illness

Brain scans revealed a link between the shape of the brain and personality types. The structure of the brain also hints of risk for mental health problems.

Neuroscience January 25, 2017

Here’s Why The Lights Don’t Dim When You Blink

A new study has highlighted the role the brain plays in ensuring seamless vision during blinking. According to researchers, the brain directs the eye muscles to maintain the continuity.

Neuroscience January 23, 2017

Excellent Navigators: Ants Use Celestial, Terrestrial Cues To Find Their Way

A new research has revealed that ants use celestial cues and memorize their surroundings to navigate their movements. The study also said ants decouple their direction of travel from the body orientation.

Animals January 22, 2017

Heavy Alcohol Drinking During Adolescence Alters Electrical Activity In The Brain

The harmful effects of heavy alcohol use on adolescents, which include changes in the electrical activity of the brain, have been highlighted in a new study by researchers at the University of Eastern Finland and Kuopio University Hospital.

Healthy Living/Wellness January 21, 2017

Light Activates ‘Kill Switch’ In Mice, Turns Them Into Predators

In a new experiment, laser activation has turned on hunting instincts in mice and led them to pounce on potential prey and display a range of predatory acts.

Animals January 13, 2017

Brain Scans Reveal How Stress Raises Heart Attack Risk

How does stress raise risk for cardiovascular events? Brain scans reveal that activities in the amygdala can help predict a person's likelihood of suffering from heart attack or stroke.

Neuroscience January 12, 2017

Brain Area That Recognizes Faces Continues To Grow Past Adolescence

Brain tissues are known to stop growing early in life but the brain tissue responsible for facial recognition continues to grow past adolescence. What necessitates this continued growth?

Neuroscience January 5, 2017

Slime Mold Doesn’t Have A Brain But Researchers Say It Can Learn And Teach

Slime mold, a unicellular organism living in forest litter, offers a curious case of learning without a brain. This blob-like creeping organism learns from experience and imparts the knowledge to peers.

Animals January 1, 2017

Brains May Not Yet Fully Mature Until After Age 30

Grown-ups may still have immature brains. Neuroscientists said that the brain continues to actively develop past 18 years old and may still undergo changes until the early 30s.

Neuroscience December 24, 2016

Motherhood Can Change You: Pregnancy Alters The Brain For At Least Two Years

New mothers experience reduction of gray matter in certain regions in their brain. The changes, which last for at least two years, help women adapt to motherhood.

Neuroscience December 20, 2016

Runners Have Greater Functional Connectivity In Their Brains, Says Study

Running is a great way to keep the body healthy. Now, researchers have discovered that the physical activity also imparts advantages for the brain by offering greater functional connectivity.

Healthy Living/Wellness December 16, 2016

Monkeys Can Talk: Lack Of Speech Due To Brain Wiring

Monkeys have vocal tract that make these primates anatomically equipped to talk. The key to acquiring speech though lies somewhere in the brain.

Animals December 10, 2016

Brain Implant Helps Paralyzed ALS Patient Communicate With Caregivers Without Assistance

A brain implant has allowed a paralyzed woman with late-stage ALS to communicate with her caregivers without assistance. The system offers hope for paralyzed patients who can't move but are still able to think and communicate.

Neuroscience November 15, 2016

Researchers Create 3D Atomic-Level Image Of Brain’s Marijuana Receptor

Researchers are taking a closer look at the brain to better understand how THC affects the body, creating a 3D image of the brain’s marijuana receptor to facilitate their work.

Neuroscience October 22, 2016

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