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Scientists Use Light And Sound To Clear Alzheimer's Plaque In Mice

Neuroscientists discovered that a combination of lights and sounds may help clear out brain plaques in patients with Alzheimer's Disease. The findings, although observed in mice, brought new hope that treatment breakthrough may be on its way.

Neuroscience March 16, 2019

Actors Show DIfferent Brain Activity When Acting A Role

When actors take on a role, they transform into the character they are portraying and literally get lost in themselves. A new study on brain activity may help explain the science behind acting.

Neuroscience March 16, 2019

Long-Term Use Of Oral Hormone Therapy Tied To Increased Alzheimer’s Risk

Post-menopausal women have greater dementia risk due to the decline in estrogen levels in the brain. A BMJ study concluded that the slight increase in the risk of Alzheimer’s due to oral hormone therapy should not be a cause for alarm.

Neuroscience March 7, 2019

Aerobic Exercise Good For The Brain, Says Study

A first-of-its-kind study revealed that daily aerobic exercise significantly improves brain health in young and middle-aged adults. The findings suggested that aerobic training may prevent or delay some age-related cognitive decline.

Neuroscience February 4, 2019

Study Sheds Light On Why Sleep Deprivation Makes Your Body Ache

A recent study at the UC Berkeley identified the reason why sleep loss increases body’s sensitivity to chronic pain. Their findings also explained how lack of sleep contributes to global issues such as consistent pain and even opioid addiction.

Neuroscience January 31, 2019

Here's Why African Americans Are More Likely To Have Alzheimer's Disease Than Whites

Members of the African American community are more likely to suffer from Alzheimer's disease and other dementia compared with whites. Experts offer several reasons that could explain the increased risk.

Neuroscience January 30, 2019

Intensive Blood Pressure Control May Help Reduce Mild Cognitive Impairment Linked To Dementia

Hypertensive adults who lowered their blood pressure to 120 were 19 percent less likely to develop mild cognitive impairment. The condition, marked by loss of memory and brain processing power, often progresses to Alzheimer's disease and other dementia.

Neuroscience January 28, 2019

Researchers Narrow Down Specific Cells Responsible For Pain In Human Brain

Scientists from Stanford temporarily disabled the brain cells responsible for the emotional experience of pain in mice. They hope this could lead to the future treatment of chronic pain in humans.

Neuroscience January 19, 2019

Jameek Lowery, Man Who Died After Going To New Jersey Police Station For Help, May Have Had Meningitis

Jameek Lowery, the man whose Facebook Live showed how he begged for water and sought help to police officers, died of a still unspecified cause on Monday. Health officials suspected he had meningitis.

Neuroscience January 11, 2019

New Wireless 'Pacemaker' For The Brain May Prevent Seizures, Tremors In Patients With Epilepsy, Parkinson's

The device called WAND offers hope for patients with neurological conditions who suffer from unwanted movements. It acts like a pacemaker for the brain that can prevent tremors and seizures.

Neuroscience January 1, 2019

What Is Cute Aggression? Study Finds Brain Response To Too Much Adorableness May Lead To Violent Urges

Researchers found an association between cute images and increased activity in brain area involved in emotion. They also found a link between cute aggression and the brain's reward system. Should people worry if they experience this phenomenon?

Neuroscience December 31, 2018

Study Identifies Individuals With Increased Risk For Violent Sleep Disorder

People with REM sleep behavior may act out their dreams by yelling, punching, and kicking, sometimes to the point of becoming violent. Who are at risk of this dangerous sleeping disorder?

Neuroscience December 27, 2018

Strokes And Heart Attacks Could Be Early Warning Signs For Cancer

A recent study revealed that the probability of heart attack increases in patients months before they are diagnosed with cancer. The researchers found that patients with lung and colorectal cancers are at the highest risk.

Neuroscience December 24, 2018

Babies Feel Less Pain When Gently Stroked Before Medical Procedures, Says Study

Gently stroking a baby before medical procedures can reduce the activity in the infant’s brain that is linked to experiencing pain. The study researchers were able to identify the ideal speed of stroking for optimum analgesic impact.

Neuroscience December 19, 2018

Some Neurons Can Fight Alzheimer's With Self-Cleaning Mechanism

Researchers found that certain neurons that have components of a cellular cleaning system can dispel build-up of tau proteins. Tau proteins have been linked to neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer's.

Neuroscience December 19, 2018

Heavy Screen Time May Cause Premature Changes In Brain Structure Among Kids: Study

MRI scans of children who spend more than seven hours a day watching interactive media showed significant changes in their brain structure. The American Academy for Pediatrics advised that children below 18 months should avoid screen time.

Neuroscience December 10, 2018

Neuro-Behavioral Study Explains Why Cute Images Compel Humans To Act Aggressively

A new study found that human beings are compelled to take care or something or someone they perceive as cute. It also explains why people cry when they feel happy or overwhelmed.

Neuroscience December 5, 2018

Infectious Prion Proteins Detected In Eye Tissues Of People With Rare Brain Disease

Researchers found misfolded prion proteins in the eyes of 11 patients diagnosed with Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. The discovery raised concerns over possible infection from eye exam equipment and cadaveric corneal transplants.

Neuroscience November 23, 2018

Man's Runny Nose Turns Out To Be Leaking Brain Fluid

A man thought it was his runny nose that ruined his family's Thanksgiving dinner last year. What he didn't know was that his 'runny nose' was actually leaking brain fluid.

Neuroscience November 17, 2018

NFL Pours $35 Million Into Research On Neuroscience

The NFL revealed five studies that will receive up to $15 million grant as part of its 'Play Smart. Play Safe' initiative. The sports league is committed to developing technology and medical research in 2016.

Neuroscience November 16, 2018

Glowing Fluorescent Chemical Could Help Neurosurgeons Remove Brain Tumors

Scientists tested the use of the chemical 5-ALA during surgery to help doctors easily identify cancer tumor in the brain. This, they said, can help improve brain surgery survival rate.

Neuroscience November 5, 2018

Researchers Identify Genes That Could Make Some People More Susceptible To CTE

Contact sports athletes such as football players and boxers are at risk of developing chronic traumatic encephalopathy or CTE during their lifetimes. A new study identified a gene that may be influencing the neurodegenerative brain disease.

Neuroscience November 5, 2018

Study Sheds Light On What The Cerebellum Actually Does In Human Brains

The cerebellum is responsible for more than just movements after all. A new research revealed that the region of the brain performs quality control for human's thoughts and actions.

Neuroscience October 26, 2018

Stress Hormone Linked To Brain Shrinkage And Poorer Memory: Study

How badly can stress affect the brain? A new study found that higher levels of stress hormones in the brain may lead to poorer memory and brain shrinkage.

Neuroscience October 26, 2018

Ford Delves Into Science Of Memory During Testimony And Experts Mostly Agree With Statements

Christine Blasey Ford gave a lesson on memory when she gave a testimony in front of the Senate committee on Thursday. She accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault that took place when they were both teenagers.

Neuroscience September 28, 2018

Meet The Rosehip Neuron: A Newly Identified Type Of Brain Cell In Humans

The rosehip neuron was found in the human brain but was absent in the brains of laboratory mice. The discovery might shed light on what makes the human brain special.

Neuroscience August 29, 2018

Young Man Survives ‘Internal Decapitation’ Where His Skull Was Separated From His Spine

A 22-year-old man had miraculously survived being internally decapitated or what scientifically called as atlanto-occipital dislocation. People who suffered the condition had their skulls separated from their spines internally but their head was not entirely decapitated physically.

Neuroscience August 5, 2018

Boy Loses Part Of Brain, But Now He's A Mostly Normal 10-Year-Old

A boy lost one-sixth of his brain before he turned 7 years old as part of a tumor surgery. Three years later, he is doing very well, with his brain forming new neural connections to compensate for the missing parts.

Neuroscience August 2, 2018

This Common Painkiller Can Triple The Side Effects Of Dementia

Findings of a new study revealed that an opioid-based painkiller prescribed to up to 15 percent of dementia patients can triple the harmful side effects of dementia. Patients who received this drug were also less active than their counterparts.

Neuroscience July 25, 2018

Scientists Reveal What Ötzi the Iceman's Last Meal Was 5,300 Years Ago

Researchers found that Ötzi, the Iceman discovered in 1991, had indulged in a diet of high fatty meat as his last meal before he died. The Iceman died over 5,000 years ago and was found in the Alps.

Neuroscience July 12, 2018

Can Aspirin Cure Alzheimer's Disease? Study Suggests Drug May Reduce Amyloid Plaques In Dementia Patients

Aspirin, an inexpensive drug for pain relief, holds promise for Alzheimer's disease patients. A study involving mice shows it can decrease amyloid plaques in the animals.

Neuroscience July 3, 2018

Electrical Brain Zapping Reduces Violent Tendencies And Promotes Moral Judgment

A new study proposed that an electrical brain zapping device can reduce the violent tendencies of people. The study also suggested that the method can improve people’s moral perception on whether an act is right or wrong.

Neuroscience July 3, 2018

NASA Astronaut Buzz Aldrin Files Suit Against His Children Over Finances And Claims He Has Dementia

Buzz Aldrin sued his children in a Florida state court on June 7. The lawsuit came a week after his children filed a petition claiming that their father has dementia and other mental health problems.

Neuroscience June 29, 2018

Autism Traits Can Be Genetically Edited Out Using CRISPR

Using CRISPR-Gold method, researchers were able to reduce autism symptoms in mice with fragile X syndrome. What makes this method different and better than other ways of delivering Cas9 into the body?

Neuroscience June 27, 2018

There Are Now More Than 1,000 Genes Linked To Humans’ Intelligence

A new study found new genes that are associated with humans’ intelligence. With these new findings, a total of 1,016 genes were now identified as responsible for people’s brilliance and stable minds.

Neuroscience June 26, 2018

Can Playing Video Games Cause Addiction? Here's What Makes A Substance Or Behavior Truly Addictive

Excessive gambling is a behavior classified by American Psychiatric Association as addiction. Can playing video games also lead to brain changes and addictive illness caused by drugs and alcohol?

Neuroscience June 22, 2018

Research Finds New Evidence Linking Herpes Virus And Alzheimer's Disease

Researchers found herpes virus strains in the brains of Alzheimer's disease patients, supporting a decades-old theory. Could this lead to new avenues in Alzheimer's research?

Neuroscience June 22, 2018

IQ Scores Dropping Since The 1970s: Is This Proof People Are Getting Dumber?

Researchers observed a reversal of the Flynn effect as IQ test scores drop by an average of seven points per generation. What factors could have influenced the declining intelligence scores?

Neuroscience June 14, 2018

Feeling Hangry? New Study Explains The Psychology Why People Get Angry When Hungry

Feeling hangry is more than just a drop in the blood sugar, according to a new study published by the APA. Personality, environment, and context of a situation can trigger negative emotions due to hunger.

Neuroscience June 12, 2018

Sleep, Exercise, And A Little Wine Can Help Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease

Sleep, exercise, and a little wine can help the brain to clean itself and flush out harmful waste associated with Alzheimer’s disease, scientists say. Here's how they came to these conclusions.

Neuroscience June 8, 2018

Alzheimer’s Village Allows Patients To Roam Freely: Why Is Environment Crucial To An Alzheimer’s Brain

Creating an environment suitable for the overall health and well-being of Alzheimer’s patients is a top recommendation. A new Alzheimer’s village in France allows patients with dementia to socialize and roam freely.

Neuroscience June 8, 2018

France Is Building An ‘Alzheimer’s Village’: What Patients Can Do Inside

There’s a so-called Alzheimer’s village being constructed in France, an experiment to determine whether such a settlement will provide better treatment for sufferers of the condition. It is modeled after a similar experiment in the Netherlands.

Neuroscience June 6, 2018

Claims Of Neurological Damage Among US Diplomats In Cuba Unlikely Related To Alleged Sonic Attacks: Report

Employees of the US embassy in Havana reported that they experienced cognitive impairment after hearing a supersonic sound. Some researchers disputed that neurological damages induced by sound are unlikely to occur in today’s technology.

Neuroscience June 4, 2018

Scientists Locate Spiritual Part Of Brain Not Necessarily Activated By Religion

A team of scientists identified the portion of the brain that is activated when people undergo spiritual experiences. The researchers said the study could help understand the importance of spiritual experience to mental health.

Neuroscience June 4, 2018

These Genes Might Be Responsible For Our Big Brains, And They’re Only Found In Humans

Why are human brains bigger than those of other species in the animal kingdom? New research suggests a trio of genes could be responsible, and they’re exclusive to humans.

Neuroscience June 2, 2018

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