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Is Alzheimer's Contagious? Surgical Instruments May Spread Amyloid Protein Linked To Neurological Disease

A study involving CAA patients suggested that amyloid proteins may be transmitted through infected medical tools during brain surgery. Does this mean that Alzheimer's disease can spread from one patient to another?

Neuroscience February 18, 2018

High-Pitched Sounds May Have Caused Neurological Symptoms Among US Personnel In Cuba

Could high-pitched sounds be the reason behind neurological symptoms suffered by U.S. Embassy personnel in Havana? American scientists believe they could be the result of exposure to a non-natural source.

Feature | Health February 16, 2018

FDA Approves Marketing Of First Blood Test To Diagnose Concussions

The Banyan Brain Trauma Indicator can help detect concussion quickly and without exposing patients to radiation. Results of the blood test is available within three and four hours.

Medicine February 15, 2018

This New Drug May Reverse The Damaging Effects Of Alcohol On The Brain

Tandospirone is already used as a treatment for depression and anxiety in Japan and China. Now, researchers who conducted animal studies found it may also help reverse the effects of heavy alcohol use on the brain.

Public Health February 9, 2018

Electrical Brain Stimulation Might Help You Be Less Forgetful, New Study Suggests

A group of researchers conducted a study whose results suggest that sending electric impulses to the brain may help boost memory in people with epilepsy. But what about other brain conditions?

Neuroscience February 7, 2018

Dim Light Can Change Brain Structure And Impair Memory

Findings of an animal study showed that frequently staying in dimly-lit room can change the brain's structure and impair ability to learn and remember. How does dim light affect memory and learning?

Neuroscience February 6, 2018

Newly Discovered Brain Cells May Lead To New Drugs That Can Reduce Anxiety

Current treatments for anxiety disorders have their drawbacks. The discovery of anxiety cells in the hippocampus of the brain could pave way for new drugs that can better address the most common mental illness in the United States.

Neuroscience February 3, 2018

Researchers Found Anxiety Cells In The Brain's Hippocampus

New treatment alternatives could be developed as scientists make a groundbreaking discovery. They did not only find anxiety cells in the brain, but also a way to control their activity.

Neuroscience February 2, 2018

Brain Scans Show Best Friends Are On the Same Wavelength

A study focused on how friendships are forged is like a case of 'show me you brain scan and I'll tell you who your friends are.’ People who perceive and respond to the world similarly are likely to become friends.

Neuroscience January 31, 2018

Brain Workout: Aerobic Exercise May Help Delay, Improve Symptoms Of Alzheimer's Disease

Exercise has long been prescribed to improve the brain health of older adults. Now, researchers have found that aerobic exercise is the best to delay Alzheimer's disease or improve its symptoms.

Neuroscience January 27, 2018

Eating Leafy Greens Daily May Help Prevent Dementia And Keep Your Brain Younger

Researchers discovered a possible link between regularly eating leafy greens and a delayed onset of dementia among older people. For people who would like to prevent the decline of their mental health, this is another reason to consume more salads.

Healthy Living/Wellness December 21, 2017

Older People Become More Forgetful Because Their Brain Waves Get Out Of Sync: Study

A study found how people become forgetful as they grow older. It occurs because the changing sleep patterns cause the brain waves to get out of rhythm.

Healthy Living/Wellness December 20, 2017

Zapping A Region Of The Brain Might Prevent You From Being Impulsive Or Having ‘Moments Of Weakness’

There might be a way to prevent humans from acting on their impulsive behaviors. Stanford researchers want to implant devices on human brains to ‘zap’ them whenever they’ll do anything impulsive.

Neuroscience December 19, 2017

This Optical Illusion Reveals 'Curvature Blindness' Of The Brain

A psychologist discovered that the brain may experience curvature blindness, which swaps waves for corners. The curvature blindness illusion proves this. What are the possible mechanisms behind this phenomenon?

Feature | Science December 14, 2017

Dopamine Makes Us Smarter Than Apes: Other Ways 'Happy Hormone' Makes Us Human

Humans are more intelligent than other primates possibly because they produce more dopamine. Here are other ways the brain signalling chemical influences human characteristics and behavior:

Neuroscience November 26, 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

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

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