Mar 13, 2017
Never before seen images of early stage Alzheimer disease
Researchers at Lund University have used the MAX IV synchrotron to produce images that predate the formation of of beta-amyloid plaques. They reveal that beta-amyloid is not a single peptide, but instead a tetramer. This suggests that instead of attempting to eliminate beta-amyloid, it should be stabilized.
Mar 08, 2017
Researchers find neurologic link between religious experiences and epilepsy
Researchers from the University of Missouri found a neurologic relationship exists between religiosity--a disposition for spiritual experience and religious activity--and epilepsy. This finding sheds light on the connection between religion and neuropsychological processes within the human brain.
Mar 07, 2017
New analysis reveals 24 compounds that can help reduce impact of harmful proteins in the brain
A study by Indiana University researchers has identified 24 compounds--including caffeine--with the potential to boost an enzyme in the brain--NMNAT2--shown to protect against dementia. The new study appears today in the journal Scientific Reports.
Feb 21, 2017
Zika may cause miscarriages, thin brain tissue in babies carried to term
Using unique mouse model, Johns Hopkins researchers believe they can develop treatment or vaccine targets in order to fight the virus. The study findings were published today in Nature Communications.
Feb 17, 2017
Scientists uncover how Zika virus causes microcephaly
A multidisciplinary team from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston has uncovered the mechanisms that the Zika virus uses to alter brain development. These findings are detailed in Stem Cell Reports.
Feb 15, 2017
Neurotrophic factor GDNF is an important regulator of dopamine neurons in the brain
In an article published in the Journal of Neuroscience, University of Helsinki researchers establish that GDNF is an important physiological regulator of the functioning of the brain's dopamine neurons. This knowledge is crucial for developing new treatments for diseases associated with some type of disorder in the function of the dopamine neurons, and specifically in the dopamine transporter.
Dec 28, 2016
The late effects of stress: new insights into how the brain responds to trauma
A new study by Indian scientists has gained insights into how a single instance of severe stress can lead to delayed and long-term psychological trauma. The work pinpoints key molecular and physiological processes that could be driving changes in brain architecture.
Dec 22, 2016
Scientists discover concussion biomarker
Groundbreaking research published today in the journal Nature, Scientific Reports has found a biological marker in the auditory system that could take the ambiguity and controversy out of diagnosing concussions and tracking recovery.
Dec 19, 2016
Researchers discover powerful defenders of the brain—with big implications for disease
Type 2 innate lymphocytes immune cells have been discovered in the meninges around the brain, suggesting the cells may play a critical but previously unappreciated role in battling Alzheimer disease, multiple sclerosis, meningitis and other neurologic diseases, in addition to supporting healthy mental functioning. The findings have been published online by the Journal of Experimental Medicine.
Dec 14, 2016
Research shows people can control a robotic arm with only their minds
A new study using the noninvasive technique, EEG-based brain-computer interface, is the first to show that people can operate a robotic arm to reach and grasp objects in a complex 3-D environment using only their thoughts, without a brain implant.The study is published online today in Scientific Reports.