Just like a younger brain, the aging human brain can still form new neurons but why does the brain deteriorate in old age? A closer look at the hippocampus offers some clues.
Neuroscience April 6, 2018
A teenager from Michigan passed away after being initially diagnosed with a sinus infection. In a rare form of the infection, it penetrated the bone and entered the blood vessels, leading to blood clots that cut off the brain's oxygen supply.
Medicine March 15, 2018
Nectome, a new startup is launching with the idea of giving people a chance to backup their mind. Problems with the process arise when it's revealed that people have to die before it can be accomplished.
Health March 14, 2018
Doctors in Causeway Hospital in Northern Ireland found a large air pocket in the brain of an 84-year-old man. Despite some slight stumbles, the man is in otherwise good health and is refusing surgery.
Neuroscience March 13, 2018
From brainy activities to eating a healthy diet and taking Omega-3 supplements, there are plenty of ways to improve brain function. Here are 6 ways to keep your brain young.
Healthy Living/Wellness February 21, 2018
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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