Researchers have discovered that the brain is designed to be distracted, and is constantly looking for something else to focus on. Brain rhythms, first detected almost a century ago, were described as an evolutionary advantage.
Healthy Living/Wellness August 23, 2018
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
Could a friendly lip-smacking gesture give rise to something as intricate as human speech? MRI scans of monkey brains revealed this simple facial expression could be the precursor of speech.
Animals July 24, 2018
Elderly people with higher blood pressure may have more signs of brain disease, a new study found. The researchers also saw a link between higher blood pressure in later life and Alzheimer’s disease.
Public Health July 12, 2018
Heat waves might affect a person’s cognitive ability, too. According to a study conducted by Harvard, students who lived in air conditioned dorms during a heatwave answered tests faster and more accurately than students without air conditioning.
Public Health July 12, 2018
Wearing necktie may hamper a person's creative and thinking abilities as it obstructs blood flow. An earlier study also found a link between wearing ties regularly and the risk for blindness.
Healthy Living/Wellness July 8, 2018
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
Scientists discovered that NKCC1, an ion transporter, is responsible for moving half of cerebrospinal fluid into the brain. They used experiments on lab mice to reach this conclusion.
Healthy Living/Wellness June 18, 2018
Scientists identified two areas of the brain that light up just moments before one becomes conscious of a new experience. This brings us one step closer to finding the origin of human consciousness.
June 16, 2018
Researchers created an artificial human prion through a laboratory experiment with proteins from E. coli bacteria. The synthetic human prion offered experts more understanding on how to combat infectious and fatal brain disorders.
Biotech June 7, 2018
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
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
Aerobics isn't just the form of exercise that can benefit cognitive health. A range of other exercise regimes can also keep the mind sharp as people age but how much exercise is needed to keep the brain healthy?
Neuroscience May 31, 2018
Researchers reveal that leg exercises can dramatically improve the functionality of the brain. They discovered that a lack of weight-bearing exercises could reduce neural stem cell production by 70 percent.
Healthy Living/Wellness May 27, 2018
Students who learned from a physics course that used modeling instruction showed changes in brain activity. Using fMRI, researchers found that the posterior cingulate cortex became more active after learning.
Feature | Science May 26, 2018
Scientists have achieved what seemed impossible, they have transferred a memory from one living organism to another. They were able to transplant the memories of sea slugs by moving genetic material from one to the other.
Animals May 15, 2018
Kendra Jackson's runny nose was caused by cerebrospinal fluid leaking from her brain, which could lead to meningitis if left untreated. How did the doctors plug the source of the CSF leak?
Public Health May 7, 2018
Dark chocolate can be beneficial to the brain, particularly treats made of 70 percent cocoa, but which of the available brands in the market is the healthiest? Here are some tips.
Healthy Living/Wellness April 27, 2018
A team of scientists were able to keep a pig's brain alive while outside of its body. The method may likely be possible for human brains as well, which opens various scientific applications but also raises serious ethical issues.
Medicine April 27, 2018
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