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Alzheimer's insight from DNA study

Posted in Medicine on 28th Oct, 2013 12:07 AM
by AlexMuller
A clearer picture of what causes Alzheimer's disease is emerging after the largest ever analysis of patients' DNA.

Neuroscientists discover new mini neural computer in the brain

Posted in Medicine on 28th Oct, 2013 11:02 PM
by AlexMuller
Dendrites do more than relay information from one neuron to the next. They actively process information, multiplying the brain's computing power.

Moderate exercise not only treats, but prevents depression

Posted in Medicine on 30th Oct, 2013 11:26 PM
by AlexMuller
Physical activity is being increasingly recognized as an effective tool to treat depression, and moderate exercise can actually prevent episodes of depression in the long term.

Brain-wave analyzing Neurocam only records if you're interested

Posted in Hardware on 1st Nov, 2013 12:44 AM
by AlexMuller
Now, hands-free loving Japanese folk have come up with a wearable, headset like contraption called the Neurocam that analyzes brain waves to take pictures and video for you.

Study with totally blind people shows how light helps activate the brain

Posted in Science on 3rd Nov, 2013 04:32 AM
by AlexMuller
Light stimulates brain activity during a cognitive task even in some people who are totally blind.

Eye Blood Vessels Linked to Cognitive Function, IQ

Posted in Science on 6th Nov, 2013 02:00 AM
by AlexMuller
According to a new study published in the journal Psychological Science, the width of blood vessels in the retina ,a light-sensitive layer at the back of the eye – may indicate brain health.

Video game playing found beneficial for the brain

Posted in Games on 6th Nov, 2013 02:13 AM
by AlexMuller
Playing some video games causes increased size in brain regions responsible for spatial orientation, memory formation and strategic planning as well as fine motor skills.

Speaking more than one language may delay dementia

Posted in Science on 8th Nov, 2013 04:35 AM
by AlexMuller
Speaking more than one language "stimulates your brain all the time," researcher says.

A few years of early musical training benefits the brain later in life

Posted in Science on 9th Nov, 2013 11:30 PM
by AlexMuller
Adults who took music lessons as children but haven’t actively played an instrument have a faster brain response to a speech sound.

Depression 'makes us biologically older'

Posted in Science on 13th Nov, 2013 12:57 AM
by AlexMuller
Depression can make us physically older by speeding up the ageing process in our cells, according to a study.

Magnetic fields 'help smokers quit'

Posted in Medicine on 14th Nov, 2013 12:51 AM
by AlexMuller
Using magnetic fields to alter brain activity may help some people quit smoking, according to an early study.

Fashion Camera Brings Primate Brains To The Internet

Posted in Software on 15th Nov, 2013 02:34 AM
by AlexMuller
How technology built for online shopping democratized primate brain research.

Region of brain responsible for nicotine withdrawal symptoms identified

Posted in Medicine on 16th Nov, 2013 08:20 PM
by AlexMuller
UMMS neuroscientist points at new target to help smokers quit.

A precise new quantitative brain scan measurement method

Posted in Science on 19th Nov, 2013 11:30 PM
by AlexMuller
Can quantify the volume of specific brain tissues, a critical measurement of the progression of brain diseases.

Bionic eye implant will become available in the US in coming weeks

Posted in Medicine on 20th Nov, 2013 12:01 AM
by AlexMuller
Electrical stimulation sends visual information up the optic nerve to the visual cortex of the user’s brain, allowing him or her to see.

Detecting and zapping Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s with lasers

Posted in Medicine on 21st Nov, 2013 12:36 AM
by AlexMuller
With a multiphoton laser, chemical treatment would be unnecessary, and it might be possible to remove the harmful protein without touching the surrounding tissue,

Massive U.K. study finds video games have no negative impact on 11,000 kids

Posted in Games on 22nd Nov, 2013 12:11 AM
by AlexMuller
A study of 11,000 kids in Britain has found that video games don’t have a negative impact on behavior.

How Scientists Are Learning To Shape Our Memory

Posted in Science on 26th Nov, 2013 12:08 AM
by AlexMuller
The human brain has roughly 100 billion neurons and can store about 2.5 petabytes of information. But where you put your keys last night? The answer is always suspiciously unavailable.

FDA approves brain implant to autonomously respond to epileptic seizures

Posted in Medicine on 29th Nov, 2013 03:01 AM
by AlexMuller
Implants have been used to control Parkinson’s Disease and help quadriplegics move robotic arms. We can now add epilepsy to the list.

Alzheimer's might just be late stage type 2 diabetes and perhaps avoidable with diet and exercise

Posted in Medicine on 30th Nov, 2013 02:29 AM
by AlexMuller
If it is, we all have another big reason to live healthier lives.

Solving the Neural Code Conundrum: Digital or Analog?

Posted in Science on 1st Dec, 2013 12:21 AM
by AlexMuller
Physicists have developed a technique that can tell which parts of the brain rely on analog signals and which rely on digital signals.

Men and women's brains are 'wired differently'

Posted in Science on 3rd Dec, 2013 09:58 PM
by AlexMuller
Men and women's brains are connected in different ways which may explain why the sexes excel at certain tasks, say researchers.

Memories are geotagged with spatial information, researchers find

Posted in Science on 5th Dec, 2013 01:47 AM
by AlexMuller
Neurons that encode spatial information form “geotags” for specific memories and these geotags are activated immediately before those memories are recalled.

Dementia cases 'set to treble worldwide' by 2050

Posted in Medicine on 6th Dec, 2013 12:42 AM
by AlexMuller
The number of people living with dementia worldwide is set to treble by 2050, according to a new analysis.

A neuroscientist's radical theory of how networks become conscious

Posted in Science on 10th Dec, 2013 12:09 AM
by AlexMuller
Where does consciousness come from? We know it exists, at least in ourselves. But how it arises from chemistry and electricity in our brains is an unsolved mystery.

Study shows first link between altitude and concussion

Posted in Science on 10th Dec, 2013 12:25 AM
by AlexMuller
High school athletes playing at higher altitudes suffer fewer concussions than those closer to sea-level, a phenomenon attributed to changes in the brain making it fit more tightly in the skull.

How a Concussion Can Lead to Depression Years Later

Posted in Medicine on 10th Dec, 2013 10:17 PM
by AlexMuller
A head injury can lead brain cells to go on "high alert" and overreact to immune challenges by becoming excessively inflammatory, a condition linked with depressive complications.

G8 'will develop dementia cure or treatment by 2025'

Posted in Medicine on 11th Dec, 2013 11:02 PM
by AlexMuller
Leading nations have committed to developing a cure or treatment for dementia by 2025 at the G8 dementia summit.

OpenBCI opens up low cost brain-wave-controlled experimentation to everyone

Posted in Hardware on 13th Dec, 2013 01:54 AM
by AlexMuller
The idea with OpenBCI is to allow you to control your computer with your mind.

Serotonin deficiency may not cause depression after all

Posted in Science on 16th Dec, 2013 01:19 AM
by AlexMuller
New research may lead to a more direct and effective treatment than common SSRI drugs.

Heavy Marijuana Users Have Abnormal Brain Structure, Poor Memory

Posted in Science on 19th Dec, 2013 01:06 AM
by AlexMuller
Teens who were heavy marijuana users, smoking it daily for about three years, had abnormal changes in their brain structures

Study shows Where Alzheimer's starts and how it spreads

Posted in Science on 23rd Dec, 2013 02:03 AM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have clarified three fundamental issues about Alzheimer's: where it starts, why it starts there, and how it spreads.

How we process numbers is revealed in our brain structure

Posted in Medicine on 25th Dec, 2013 01:59 AM
by AlexMuller
For a long time, scientists thought that everyone processed numbers predominantly in a spatial way (low to high numbers visualized as left to right).

Drug Hopes to Delay Onset of Alzheimer's Symptoms With a Monthly Shot in the Arm

Posted in Medicine on 28th Dec, 2013 04:13 AM
by AlexMuller
Alzheimer’s disease is on the rise, even as doctors continue to struggle to find potential treatments for it.

Scientists exploring computers that can learn and adapt like a brain

Posted in Hardware on 30th Dec, 2013 02:23 AM
by AlexMuller
Computer scientists seek new ways to tackle problems that digital computers can’t easily solve.

A good book can rewire your brain

Posted in Science on 31st Dec, 2013 12:29 AM
by AlexMuller
When we immerse ourselves into a work of fiction, lingering changes occur in the connectivity of our brains.

Toward a Molecular Explanation for Schizophrenia

Posted in Medicine on 1st Jan, 2014 10:41 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers find inhibition of a basic cellular process may contribute to the mysterious disease.

The Basis smart fitness watch will tell you exactly how much good-quality sleep you get

Posted in Software on 5th Jan, 2014 01:55 AM
by AlexMuller
The new analytics will tell you when you were in a light sleep, rapid-eye movement (REM) sleep, or deep sleep.

Vitamin E may delay decline in mild-to-moderate Alzheimer’s Disease

Posted in Medicine on 5th Jan, 2014 01:54 AM
by AlexMuller
Vitamin E may slow functional decline; problems with daily activities such as shopping, preparing meals, planning, and traveling.

Epilepsy drug turns out to help adults acquire perfect pitch and learn language like kids

Posted in Science on 7th Jan, 2014 02:01 AM
by AlexMuller
Researchers from across the globe believe they have discovered a means of re-opening “critical periods” in brain development.

Green spaces deliver lasting mental health benefits

Posted in Science on 9th Jan, 2014 01:54 AM
by AlexMuller
Green space in towns and cities could lead to significant and sustained improvements in mental health.

Creating living brain cells from deceased Alzheimer’s patients biobanked brain tissue

Posted in Medicine on 10th Jan, 2014 12:18 AM
by AlexMuller
New stem cell lines will allow researchers to “turn back the clock” and observe how Alzheimer’s develops in the brain.

Caffeine pill 'could boost memory'

Posted in Medicine on 13th Jan, 2014 12:05 AM
by AlexMuller
A US study has raised the possibility that we may one day rely on caffeine to boost memory as well as to wake up.

SHY Hypothesis Explains That Sleep Is the Price We Pay for Learning

Posted in Science on 13th Jan, 2014 10:52 PM
by AlexMuller
Why do animals ranging from fruit flies to humans all need to sleep?

Ultrasound directed to the human brain can boost spatial resolution

Posted in Medicine on 15th Jan, 2014 09:39 PM
by AlexMuller
Whales, bats, and even praying mantises also use ultrasound as a sensory guidance system.

Experimental Surgery Aims to Revive a Paralyzed Limb

Posted in Medicine on 15th Jan, 2014 09:33 PM
by AlexMuller
A paralyzed man will receive experimental surgery connecting a brain chip to systems that activate muscles in his arm.

In the blink of an eye

Posted in Science on 17th Jan, 2014 01:22 AM
by AlexMuller
MIT neuroscientists find the brain can identify images seen for as little as 13 milliseconds.

Study shows 'brain doping' is common in amateur sport

Posted in Medicine on 19th Jan, 2014 12:25 AM
by AlexMuller
Taking substances to enhance the brain is more popular among amateur athletes than taking drugs to boost the body.

Wearables with a purpose:

Posted in Hardware on 21st Jan, 2014 10:33 PM
by AlexMuller
Emotiv rallies the community to build a mind controlled wheelchair.

Autistic People's Sensory Perception is Out of Sync, Study Finds

Posted in Medicine on 23rd Jan, 2014 03:47 AM
by AlexMuller
Doctors have made great strides in accurately describing and diagnosing autism, but its causes remain opaque.

SleepRate claims to have 85% success rate helping insomniacs get to sleep

Posted in Software on 25th Jan, 2014 12:18 AM
by AlexMuller
Our insomnia has gotten so bad that the CDC recently declared it a public health epidemic.

'Placebo Sleep' Can Improve Cognitive Skills

Posted in Medicine on 26th Jan, 2014 11:55 PM
by AlexMuller
If you tell people they slept better than they did, they are likely to perform better on math and word association tests.

Scientists tag brain molecules, watch them become memories

Posted in Science on 29th Jan, 2014 04:47 AM
by AlexMuller
As human beings, our memories are part of what make us ourselves. But the process of how memories form in our brains still eludes scientists.

Insect Nervous System Copied to Boost Computing Power

Posted in Science on 29th Jan, 2014 11:36 PM
by AlexMuller
Brains are the most powerful computers known. Now microchips built to mimic insects’ nervous systems have been shown to successfully tackle technical computing problems.

Newly Discovered Brain Region May Be Unique To Humans

Posted in Science on 29th Jan, 2014 11:57 PM
by AlexMuller
The brain region, called the lateral frontal pole prefrontal cortex, was described today in the journal Neuron, and is linked to higher thinking processes.

Natural plant compound prevents Alzheimer’s disease in mice

Posted in Medicine on 1st Feb, 2014 01:26 AM
by AlexMuller
In experiments on mice that normally develop Alzheimer’s symptoms less than a year after birth, a daily dose of the compound prevented memory and learning impairments.

Study Shows Autistic Brains Create More Information at Rest

Posted in Science on 3rd Feb, 2014 03:15 AM
by AlexMuller
The study offers a scientific explanation for the most typical characteristic of autism, withdrawal into one’s own inner world.

Studies find new links between sleep duration and depression

Posted in Medicine on 3rd Feb, 2014 03:18 AM
by AlexMuller
Sub-optimal sleep may activate depressive genes, and increase the risk for major depression.

Caring for animals may correlate with positive traits in young adults

Posted in Science on 3rd Feb, 2014 09:07 PM
by AlexMuller
Young adults who care for an animal may have stronger social relationships and connection to their communities.

After 120 Years, Doctors Develop New Brain Surgery Technique

Posted in Medicine on 5th Feb, 2014 02:59 AM
by AlexMuller
A team of surgeons recently came up with a safer, better method of replacing skull fragments after brain surgery.

Robots with Insect Brains: Learning to Navigate Guided by External Stimuli

Posted in Hardware on 7th Feb, 2014 05:13 AM
by AlexMuller
The scientists used the relatively simple nervous system of the honeybee as a model for its working principles.

A Simple Test Tells Seniors if Their Memory is Waning

Posted in Medicine on 7th Feb, 2014 05:15 AM
by AlexMuller
With so few treatments for Alzheimer’s, seniors who may be experiencing loss of cognitive function often avoid testing for fear that they may have the dreaded disease.

Growing brains in the lab

Posted in Medicine on 9th Feb, 2014 01:29 AM
by AlexMuller
Human embryonic stem cells can be induced to spontaneously form developing brain tissue.

Strokes: Women sufferers 'have poorer life quality than men'

Posted in Medicine on 9th Feb, 2014 11:01 PM
by AlexMuller
The US research, published in Neurology, assessed the mental and physical health of 1,370 patients three months and a year after a stroke.

Human brain now registers smiley face emoticon as real facial expression

Posted in Science on 10th Feb, 2014 11:24 PM
by AlexMuller
Cultural use of emoticons has managed to reprogramme people’s brains to respond as if were a real human face, new research has found

DARPA’s futuristic brain implant will restore lost memories

Posted in Medicine on 12th Feb, 2014 12:04 AM
by AlexMuller
In case of brain injury, the implant would basically do a system restore, giving those memories back.

First map of core white-matter connections of human brain developed at USC

Posted in Medicine on 13th Feb, 2014 04:18 AM
by AlexMuller
The map may help better address clinical challenges such as traumatic brain injury

A future cochlear implant with no exterior hardware required

Posted in Medicine on 14th Feb, 2014 12:31 AM
by AlexMuller
A new low-power signal-processing chip that could lead to a cochlear implant that does not require external devices has been developed by researchers.

Quitting Smoking Relieves More Stress than Nicotine

Posted in Medicine on 16th Feb, 2014 04:53 AM
by AlexMuller
Heavy smokers have been shown to be less stressed after quitting than when getting their nicotine fix, according to a recent study.

Growing number of chemicals linked with brain disorders in children

Posted in Medicine on 19th Feb, 2014 03:03 AM
by AlexMuller
214 human neurotoxicants now identified, many widely used and disseminated extensively in the global environment.

Fear suppressing neurons found

Posted in Science on 21st Feb, 2014 01:50 AM
by AlexMuller
Scientists have found neurons that prevent mice from forming fearful memories in an area of the brain called the hippocampus.

Researchers Show Off Mind Controlled Music Player

Posted in Science on 23rd Feb, 2014 12:30 AM
by AlexMuller
Users of the group’s specially designed music software are able to play a song, fast forward tracks, and adjust the volume by merely looking at the screen.

Most of Us Have Made Best Memories by Age 25

Posted in Science on 24th Feb, 2014 04:42 AM
by AlexMuller
By the time most people are 25, they have made the most important memories of their lives, according to new research from the University of New Hampshire.

Could electroconvulsive therapy zap worst nightmares?

Posted in Medicine on 24th Feb, 2014 04:47 AM
by AlexMuller
Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), long associated with controversial treatment of the mentally ill, can be used to erase memories, Dutch researchers have found.

Brain signals from a primate directly move paralyzed limbs in another primate 'avatar’

Posted in Medicine on 24th Feb, 2014 11:22 PM
by AlexMuller
Taking brain-machine interfaces (BMI) to the next level, new research may help paralyzed people move their own limb just by thinking about it.

Researchers hijack cancer migration mechanism to move brain tumors

Posted in Medicine on 26th Feb, 2014 04:20 AM
by AlexMuller
The migrating cells latch onto the specially-designed nanofibers and follow them to a location where they can be captured and killed.

Nighttime Smartphone Use Can Sap Next Day's Energy

Posted in Hardware on 26th Feb, 2014 04:32 AM
by AlexMuller
It may be better for all concerned to avoid work emails late at night.

Google reportedly tried to buy a brainwave-reading startup

Posted in Hardware on 1st Mar, 2014 02:06 AM
by AlexMuller
Not content with voice, visual, or gestural input, Google cofounder Sergey Brin reportedly tried to buy a startup that makes a brainwave-tracking headband.

Childhood nightmares may point to looming health issues

Posted in Medicine on 2nd Mar, 2014 01:27 AM
by AlexMuller
Regular nightmares in childhood may be an early warning sign of psychotic disorders, researchers in the UK warn.

How to generate new neurons in brains, spinal cords of living adult mammals

Posted in Medicine on 4th Mar, 2014 11:30 PM
by AlexMuller
Medical researchers have created new nerve cells in the brains and spinal cords of living mammals.

Alzheimer’s Kills Six times more than previsously believed

Posted in Medicine on 8th Mar, 2014 01:17 AM
by AlexMuller
Alzheimer’s Kills Six times more than previously believed which is as Many People as Cancer and Heart Disease.

Lucid dreaming made easier with the Aurora EEG headband

Posted in Science on 9th Mar, 2014 12:50 AM
by AlexMuller
The Aurora headset is a tool for enhancing dreams, signaling the beginning of REM sleep, and inducing lucid dreaming.

How these social robots are helping autistic kids

Posted in Hardware on 9th Mar, 2014 01:00 AM
by AlexMuller
Researchers found that autistic children are more comfortable looking at a robot than a human therapist.

Blood test can predict Alzheimer's, say researchers

Posted in Medicine on 9th Mar, 2014 11:44 PM
by AlexMuller
A blood test can accurately predict the onset of Alzheimer's disease, according to US researchers.

Virtual Reality System Lets You Explore Your Brain in Real-Time

Posted in Software on 15th Mar, 2014 01:55 AM
by AlexMuller
What if it were possible to explore your brain in virtual reality, watching your thoughts flashing before your eyes?

Forgetting Is An Actively Controlled Process In The Brain

Posted in Science on 16th Mar, 2014 01:12 AM
by AlexMuller
A study of genetically-modified roundworms has turned up a protein that is involved in eroding memory.

Zap migraines away with this electric headband

Posted in Hardware on 17th Mar, 2014 11:23 PM
by AlexMuller
In the U.S. alone, more than 36 million people suffer from consistent migraine pain. Migraine pain is intense, debilitating, and recurring.

Your Fat Is Why You're Not As Bright As You Could Be

Posted in Medicine on 20th Mar, 2014 04:13 AM
by AlexMuller
Obesity doesn't make you less intelligent, but it might cloud your cognitive abilities.

Lost sleep leads to loss of brain cells, study suggests

Posted in Science on 20th Mar, 2014 04:19 AM
by AlexMuller
Sleep loss may be more serious than previously thought, causing a permanent loss of brain cells, research suggests.

New drug makes brain cancer cells explode

Posted in Medicine on 20th Mar, 2014 11:08 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists have managed to identify a compound that can literally blow up tumor cells belonging to the most aggressive form of brain cancer; glioblastoma multiforme.

UK experts back meningitis B jab

Posted in Medicine on 22nd Mar, 2014 10:19 PM
by AlexMuller
A vaccine that protects against a deadly form of meningitis is set to be introduced in the UK.

Humans, the Honey Hunters

Posted in Science on 23rd Mar, 2014 10:54 PM
by AlexMuller
Energy-rich honey may have helped hominids evolve big brains.

Protein Renewal Could Stave Off Alzheimer's

Posted in Science on 24th Mar, 2014 11:40 PM
by AlexMuller
The renewal of a gene-regulating protein may be used to thwart Alzheimer's in aging adults.

Electric 'thinking cap' can help you learn faster, better

Posted in Hardware on 26th Mar, 2014 04:15 AM
by AlexMuller
The implications of the findings extend beyond the potential to improve learning. The process may also have clinical benefits in the treatment of conditions like schizophrenia.

Nasal spray could provide highly-targeted treatment for depression

Posted in Science on 27th Mar, 2014 11:57 PM
by AlexMuller
A nasal spray containing a specially-developed protein peptide could form the basis for highly-targeted treatment for depression.

IBM's Watson supercomputer takes aim at brain cancer

Posted in Medicine on 29th Mar, 2014 12:11 AM
by AlexMuller
The cloud-based supercomputer will be used to suggest patient specific cancer treatments for glioblastoma.

A blueprint for how to build a human brain

Posted in Medicine on 4th Apr, 2014 12:19 AM
by AlexMuller
Researchers at the Allen Institute for Brain Science have generated a blueprint for how to build a human brain at unprecedented anatomical resolution.

Britain in the grip of an epidemic of insomnia

Posted in Hardware on 5th Apr, 2014 11:43 PM
by AlexMuller
Tablets and mobile phones blamed as more than nine in ten young people fail to get a good night’s sleep.

Avoid dementia when you're older by running when you're younger

Posted in Medicine on 5th Apr, 2014 11:51 PM
by AlexMuller
Leading an active lifestyle in your 20s can lead to better memory and cognition later in life, researchers of a recent study say.

Green Tea Boosts Your Brain

Posted in Science on 8th Apr, 2014 12:57 AM
by AlexMuller
Researchers are reporting first evidence that green tea extract enhances the cognitive functions, in particular the working memory.

How the brain pays attention

Posted in Science on 12th Apr, 2014 02:37 AM
by AlexMuller
Neuroscientists identify a brain circuit that’s key to shifting our focus from one object to another.

Getting To The Root Of Parkinson's Disease

Posted in Medicine on 13th Apr, 2014 11:51 PM
by AlexMuller
Working with human neurons, researchers have identified and then shut down a biological process that appears to trigger a particular form of Parkinson’s disease.

Casual marijuana use linked to brain changes

Posted in Medicine on 17th Apr, 2014 01:14 AM
by AlexMuller
A new study links casual marijuana use with significant changes to parts of the brain.

Artists 'have structurally different brains'

Posted in Science on 17th Apr, 2014 11:36 PM
by AlexMuller
Artists have structurally different brains compared with non-artists, a study has found.

Scientists discover brain’s anti-distraction system

Posted in Science on 20th Apr, 2014 12:43 AM
by AlexMuller
Two psychologists have made a brain-related discovery that could revolutionize doctors’ perception and treatment of attention-deficit disorders.

Alzheimer's and Cancer Link Found using biomedical data and supercomputing.

Posted in Software on 22nd Apr, 2014 05:12 AM
by AlexMuller
Scientists witness 'a new era of digital biology' using biomedical data and supercomputing.

A neuromorphic-computing 'roadmap’

Posted in Software on 23rd Apr, 2014 01:07 AM
by AlexMuller
Now it could be possible to build a practical neuromorphic (brain-inspired) computer while minimizing energy requirements.

Less myelin found in neocortex: the future of the brain?

Posted in Medicine on 25th Apr, 2014 03:03 AM
by AlexMuller
Less myelin in higher regions of the cerebral cortext may allow emergence of highly complex neuronal behaviors.

Scientists Find Connection Between Gene Mutation and Key Symptoms of Autism

Posted in Medicine on 27th Apr, 2014 04:16 AM
by AlexMuller
Scientists have known that abnormal brain growth is associated with autism spectrum disorder, but the relationship has not been well understood.

The Brain Waves For Knowing What You Know

Posted in Science on 28th Apr, 2014 09:59 PM
by AlexMuller
A certain type of brain activity shows up in mice who are about to make the right choice in a little maze they're trained in.

A new 'off' switch for neurons

Posted in Science on 29th Apr, 2014 09:12 PM
by AlexMuller
"This will greatly enhance work in large-brained organisms like rats and primates."

Controlling brain waves to stay visually aware

Posted in Science on 29th Apr, 2014 09:20 PM
by AlexMuller
The car of the future might stimulate your brain electrically to keep you from drifting off into alpha waves and not paying attention to dangers.

Doctors Sketch Out Potential Blood Test for Depression

Posted in Science on 2nd May, 2014 04:36 PM
by AlexMuller
A new test for depression has been uncovered by researchers, who think it's possible to find physical traces of the signs of mental ill health in the blood.

Mass memory and reasoning tests 'track dementia risk'

Posted in Science on 2nd May, 2014 04:54 PM
by AlexMuller
A third of a million adults in the UK are to be invited to take part in the world's biggest study of cognitive function.

MRI sensor allows neuroscientists to map neural activity with molecular precision

Posted in Medicine on 3rd May, 2014 11:54 PM
by AlexMuller
MIT researchers have developed a technique that allows them to precisely track neural communication in the brain over time.

Sitting all day is bad for your brain, too

Posted in Medicine on 5th May, 2014 12:51 AM
by AlexMuller
The study found that less fit college-age students had a worse long term memories than their fitter counterparts.

7 hours of sleep is optimal amount, new research suggests

Posted in Medicine on 5th May, 2014 11:34 PM
by AlexMuller
7 seems to be the magic number when it comes to optimal sleep, according to research that looked at the connection between sleeping habits and age-related memory loss.

New blood 'recharges old brain', mouse study suggests

Posted in Medicine on 5th May, 2014 11:42 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers in the US say they might have discovered how to combat and even reverse some processes of ageing, at least in mice.

Magnetic Brain Stimulation May Trump Drugs For Severe Depression

Posted in Medicine on 7th May, 2014 10:24 PM
by AlexMuller
About 40 percent of people fail to respond to antidepressant medication.

Brain 'noise' found to nurture synapses

Posted in Medicine on 10th May, 2014 11:53 PM
by AlexMuller
A long-overlooked form of neuron-to-neuron communication called “miniature neurotransmission” plays an essential role in the development of synapses.

Seeking Roots of Consciousness, Scientists Make Dreamers Self-Aware

Posted in Science on 12th May, 2014 11:02 PM
by AlexMuller
Method to create lucid dreaming may help researchers learn more about the brain.

Anti-aging gene also enhances cognition

Posted in Medicine on 12th May, 2014 11:05 PM
by AlexMuller
A variant of the gene KLOTHO is known for its anti-aging effects in people fortunate enough to carry one copy. Now researchers find that it also benefits brain function.

Synchronized oscillators may allow for computing that works like the brain

Posted in Science on 15th May, 2014 10:56 PM
by AlexMuller
It would use a fraction of the energy necessary for today’s computers, according to the engineers.

Antidepressant may slow Alzheimer’s disease

Posted in Medicine on 16th May, 2014 06:42 PM
by AlexMuller
A commonly prescribed antidepressant can reduce production of the main ingredient in Alzheimer’s brain plaques, according to new research.

Alzheimer's research 'needs new strategy'

Posted in Science on 21st May, 2014 06:51 PM
by AlexMuller
Brain cells in a dish may eventually replace animal research.

Study finds the Internet will not make you stupid, reminds us that Plato feared the written word

Posted in Science on 22nd May, 2014 07:03 PM
by AlexMuller
“There is currently no evidence to suggest that Internet use has or has not had a profound effect on brain development,”

Brains evolved multiple times and converged on similar designs

Posted in Science on 22nd May, 2014 07:14 PM
by AlexMuller
New findings suggest that brains and nervous systems originated multiple times from scratch.

Walking on Two legs Helped Humans Develop Complex Brain, Researchers Say

Posted in Science on 26th May, 2014 11:03 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers say that learning to stand upright might have had helped humans develop a more complex brain than other primates.

Seeing sound: visual cortex processes auditory information too

Posted in Medicine on 28th May, 2014 12:13 AM
by AlexMuller
The visual cortex also uses information gleaned from the ears when viewing the world.

Brain controlled airplanes

Posted in Hardware on 30th May, 2014 01:38 AM
by AlexMuller
Pilots of the future could fly a plane by just thinking commands.

Compulsion Disorders May be Influenced by Brain Patterns

Posted in Medicine on 2nd Jun, 2014 01:07 AM
by AlexMuller
People who tend to make compulsory decisions, which are often harmful, all happen to exhibit the same brain patterns and physiological evidence.

Learning second language 'slows brain ageing'

Posted in Medicine on 3rd Jun, 2014 12:33 AM
by AlexMuller
Learning a second language can have a positive effect on the brain, even if it is taken up in adulthood, a University of Edinburgh study suggests.

Autism linked to 'male hormones'

Posted in Medicine on 4th Jun, 2014 12:39 AM
by AlexMuller
Exposure to high levels of "male" hormones in the womb increases the chance of a baby boy developing autism, according to researchers.

The brain may be able to repair itself from within, Duke researchers discover

Posted in Science on 5th Jun, 2014 01:47 AM
by AlexMuller
Duke researchers have found a new type of neuron in the adult brain that is capable of telling stem cells to make more new neurons.

Scientists Selectively Erase And Restore Memories

Posted in Medicine on 7th Jun, 2014 02:38 AM
by AlexMuller
In a groundbreaking study, researchers erased and then reactivated memories by stimulating neurons in the brains of genetically engineered rats with a series of light pulses.

Sleep's role in memory formation discovered

Posted in Science on 7th Jun, 2014 10:28 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists have discovered how sleep is key to learning and forming new memories. How much sleep do you get and is it enough?

Researchers close in on the dream of a safe portable brain scanner

Posted in Science on 9th Jun, 2014 01:00 AM
by AlexMuller
Diffuse optical technology, or DOT, is closing in on the accuracy of the industry standard: functional MRI.

Autism costs '£32bn per year' in UK

Posted in Business on 9th Jun, 2014 11:56 PM
by AlexMuller
The economic cost of supporting someone with autism over a lifetime is much higher than previously thought, research suggests.

Fungal protein found to cross blood-brain barrier

Posted in Science on 16th Jun, 2014 12:29 AM
by AlexMuller
The Finding opens door to new therapies for brain infections and cancers.

A gene that stimulates growth of new brain cells in adults

Posted in Medicine on 17th Jun, 2014 02:00 AM
by AlexMuller
Discovery could provide new strategy for treating neurodegenerative disease and memory loss.

Synchronized brain waves enable rapid learning

Posted in Science on 18th Jun, 2014 03:58 AM
by AlexMuller
Why brain-wave resonance may be the key to learning, not synapses.

Want better marks? Get a good night’s sleep

Posted in Science on 20th Jun, 2014 12:18 AM
by AlexMuller
Students who sleep 7 hours per night during the exam period score an average of 1.7 points higher (on a scale of 20) on their exams than peers who get only 6 hours of sleep.

Dementia is 'one of greatest enemies of humanity'

Posted in Science on 20th Jun, 2014 12:22 AM
by AlexMuller
A "big, bold global push" is needed to beat dementia, David Cameron has told a summit in London.

Self-repairing mechanism helps to preserve brain function in neurodegenerative diseases

Posted in Medicine on 22nd Jun, 2014 12:13 AM
by AlexMuller
Creating new neurons can help to preserve brain function in neurodegenerative diseases.

New compound to treat depression identified

Posted in Medicine on 22nd Jun, 2014 11:16 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have identified a compound, hydroxynorketamine, that may treat depression just as effectively as ketamine, without the unwanted side effects.

Modeling how neurons work together to perform movements: not as random as we thought

Posted in Medicine on 25th Jun, 2014 12:11 AM
by AlexMuller
Could help design prosthetic limbs controlled via electrodes implanted in the brain.

Jab 'protects mice against brain tumours'

Posted in Science on 26th Jun, 2014 11:10 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists have developed a vaccine that they say provides some protection against brain tumors in mice.

Chip in paralyzed man's brain lets him move his own hand

Posted in Science on 28th Jun, 2014 03:27 AM
by AlexMuller
Although the power of thought has been used in the past to move artificial limbs, this is the first time that a quadriplegic has been able to move one of his own.

Potential Alzheimer's drug prevents abnormal blood clots in the brain

Posted in Medicine on 30th Jun, 2014 12:58 AM
by AlexMuller
The culprits behind Alzheimer's disease is believed to be the persistent blood clots that often form in the brains of Alzheimer's patients.

The less older adults sleep, the faster their brains age, study suggests

Posted in Medicine on 2nd Jul, 2014 10:42 PM
by AlexMuller
These findings pave the way for future work on sleep loss and its contribution to cognitive decline, including Dementia.

Decline in trials for Alzheimer's disease

Posted in Medicine on 3rd Jul, 2014 06:51 PM
by AlexMuller
More than 99% of drug trials for Alzheimer's disease during the past decade have failed, according to a study.

The memory of fish can lasts for days, not seconds

Posted in Science on 4th Jul, 2014 06:51 PM
by AlexMuller
African Cichlid fish have a memory span of up to twelve days, a new study has shown.

Consciousness on-off switch discovered deep in brain

Posted in Medicine on 6th Jul, 2014 04:28 AM
by AlexMuller
One moment you're conscious, the next you're not. For the first time, researchers have switched off consciousness by electrically stimulating a single brain area.

Magic Mushrooms Expand Your Mind And Amplify Your Brain’s Dreaming Areas

Posted in Science on 7th Jul, 2014 01:01 AM
by AlexMuller
Psychedelic drugs alter consciousness in a profound and novel way that increases the breadth and fluency of cognition.

A genetic link to autism has been found, known as CHD8 mutation

Posted in Medicine on 7th Jul, 2014 01:04 AM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have broken new ground in understanding what causes autism.

Alzheimer's research in 'major step' towards blood test

Posted in Medicine on 9th Jul, 2014 01:36 AM
by AlexMuller
British scientists have made a "major step forward" in developing a blood test to predict the onset of Alzheimer's disease.

Sugar May Harm Brain Health

Posted in Medicine on 9th Jul, 2014 01:45 AM
by AlexMuller
High levels of blood glucose are linked to memory impairments.

Cinnamon May Be Used to Halt the Progression of Parkinson’s disease

Posted in Medicine on 10th Jul, 2014 01:36 AM
by AlexMuller
Cinnamon, a common food spice and flavoring material, can reverse the biomechanical, cellular and anatomical changes that occur in the brains of mice with Parkinson’s disease

Google Glass hack allows brainwave control

Posted in Science on 11th Jul, 2014 01:09 AM
by AlexMuller
Google Glass has been hacked so that it can be controlled by brainwaves.

Europe’s human brain project comes under attack

Posted in Software on 11th Jul, 2014 01:14 AM
by AlexMuller
Hundreds of European neuroscience experts are threatening to boycott an effort to create a computer simulation of the brain if a 10-year, $1.6 billion initiative isn’t handled properly.

A neural device to restore memory

Posted in Hardware on 12th Jul, 2014 10:05 PM
by AlexMuller
Intended to help military service members with traumatic brain injury (TBI), but could also help with Alzheimer's disease and epilepsy

One in three Alzheimer's cases preventable, says research

Posted in Medicine on 15th Jul, 2014 02:01 AM
by AlexMuller
The main risk factors for the disease are a lack of exercise, smoking, depression and poor education.

Better at reading than maths? Don’t blame it all on your genes

Posted in Science on 17th Jul, 2014 02:28 AM
by AlexMuller
Scientists showed that around half of the genes that affect how well 12-year-olds in the UK perform in maths also affect how good they are at reading.

Arthritis drug shows potential to stall Alzheimer's

Posted in Science on 18th Jul, 2014 12:13 AM
by AlexMuller
Despite decades of work and hundreds of trials, Alzheimer's disease remains an end-of-life trauma for millions. Could that be about to change?

EC 'confident' in human brain project

Posted in Science on 19th Jul, 2014 12:20 AM
by AlexMuller
The European Commission has responded to criticism of its billion-euro Human Brain Project, declaring confidence that objections will be satisfied.

Antipsychotic drugs linked to slight decrease in brain volume

Posted in Medicine on 20th Jul, 2014 05:10 AM
by AlexMuller
A study published today has confirmed a link between anti-psychotic medication and a slight, but measurable, decrease in brain volume in patients with schizophrenia.

Missing sleep may hurt your memory

Posted in Science on 21st Jul, 2014 11:46 PM
by AlexMuller
Lack of sleep, already considered a public health epidemic, can also lead to errors in memory.

Newly identified genetic variants could delay Alzheimer's onset by four years

Posted in Medicine on 21st Jul, 2014 11:58 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have made some inroads in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease, but as yet no definitive cure has been found.

Noninvasive retinal imaging device is able to detect Alzheimer’s 20 years in advance

Posted in Medicine on 23rd Jul, 2014 02:05 AM
by AlexMuller
Device could be FDA-approved by 2015 and early signs of Alzheimer's could be detected in a regular ophthalmologist exam.

New Era of rapid Brain Imaging allows understanding of interactions at the cellular level across the brain

Posted in Science on 24th Jul, 2014 12:39 AM
by AlexMuller
Detailed high resolution brain imaging has been made one hundred times faster.

Low education makes the brain age faster

Posted in Science on 27th Jul, 2014 02:04 AM
by AlexMuller
Mental capacity and IQ deteriorate much faster for people with less education than others, study reveals. The findings provide new insight into the development of dementia.

Brain cells can suppress appetite, study in mice shows

Posted in Science on 28th Jul, 2014 02:02 AM
by AlexMuller
Scientists have discovered a central hub of brain cells that may put the brakes on a desire to eat.

Slow Walking Speed and Memory Complaints are Early Predictors of Dementia

Posted in Medicine on 29th Jul, 2014 02:42 AM
by AlexMuller
A simple test can predict the likelihood of developing dementia.

Pea-sized brain hub could shed light on depression

Posted in Medicine on 30th Jul, 2014 01:28 AM
by AlexMuller
Scientists say a part of the brain, smaller than a pea, triggers the instinctive feeling that something bad is about to happen.

England records rise in dementia diagnoses

Posted in Medicine on 31st Jul, 2014 02:45 AM
by AlexMuller
The number of people in England diagnosed with dementia has risen by 62% over seven years.

Depression Is a Risk Factor for Dementia, New Research Says

Posted in Medicine on 1st Aug, 2014 03:10 AM
by AlexMuller
The two have been linked before, but the new study says depression may be an independent risk factor for the disease.

Clues to curbing obesity found in neuronal 'sweet spot'

Posted in Medicine on 3rd Aug, 2014 02:55 AM
by AlexMuller
Preventing weight gain, obesity, and ultimately diabetes could be as simple as keeping a nuclear receptor from being activated in a small part of the brain.

The social origins of intelligence in the brain

Posted in Science on 3rd Aug, 2014 02:57 AM
by AlexMuller
A study of brain injuries in vets showed that brain regions that contribute to optimal social functioning are also vital to general intelligence and emotional intelligence.

One reason brain tumors are more common in men

Posted in Medicine on 5th Aug, 2014 05:07 AM
by AlexMuller
New research helps explain why brain tumors occur more often in males and frequently are more harmful than similar tumors in females.

Heading Down A Path That Will Allow Us To Supercharge The Brain

Posted in Medicine on 6th Aug, 2014 11:29 PM
by AlexMuller
As we learn more about the brain, we’ll be able to use electricity to boost focus, memory, learning, mathematical ability, and pattern recognition.

New drug reverses effects of Alzheimer’s disease in mice

Posted in Science on 7th Aug, 2014 11:09 PM
by AlexMuller
The compound, TC-2153, inhibits the negative effects of a protein called STEP on learning and memory. These cognitive functions are impaired in Alzheimer’s.

Declining intelligence in old age linked to visual processing speed

Posted in Medicine on 8th Aug, 2014 09:15 PM
by AlexMuller
Age-related declines in intelligence are strongly related to declines on a very simple task of visual perception speed.

Brain-inspired chip fits 1m 'neurons' on postage stamp

Posted in Hardware on 8th Aug, 2014 09:26 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists have produced a new computer chip that mimics the organisation of the brain, and squeezed in one million computational units called "neurons".

Stress may be passed down through generations, studies suggest

Posted in Science on 10th Aug, 2014 01:19 AM
by AlexMuller
Small epigenetic DNA modifications predict brain’s threat response.

On track for human brain scale neuromorphic systems with 20 billion neurons and 200 trillion synapses in 2019 or 2020

Posted in Hardware on 13th Aug, 2014 02:47 AM
by AlexMuller
The TrueNorth chip is a synaptic supercomputer in your palm.

Blood-brain-barrier disruption with high-frequency pulsed electric fields

Posted in Science on 16th Aug, 2014 12:11 AM
by AlexMuller
Researcher have developed a new technique for using pulsed electric energy to open the blood-brain-barrier for treating brain cancer and neurological disorders.

Why 3 Google execs have left for Chinese companies in a year

Posted in Business on 16th Aug, 2014 12:40 AM
by AlexMuller
“I thought the best place to advance the AI mission is at Baidu.”

We may be one step closer to a cure for jet lag

Posted in Medicine on 17th Aug, 2014 02:43 AM
by AlexMuller
A drug that would tamper with the master sleep cycle gene to help haggard fliers quickly adjust to time differences.

Lab grown neurons give scientists a real-time glimpse into how the brain works

Posted in Science on 17th Aug, 2014 02:50 AM
by AlexMuller
Scientists are now growing brain tissue in petri dishes to study neurons up close and personal.

Bypass Commands From the Brain to Legs Through a Computer

Posted in Medicine on 19th Aug, 2014 01:30 AM
by AlexMuller
An artificial connection that bridges the lost pathway and connects brain to spinal circuits has potential to ameliorate the functional loss.

Genes point to immune role in Alzheimer's disease

Posted in Science on 19th Aug, 2014 01:33 AM
by AlexMuller
The discovery of a link between Alzheimer's disease and changes in several genes associated with inflammation opens a new frontier for investigation into the cause of the disease.

Brain stimulation 'helps in stroke'

Posted in Medicine on 20th Aug, 2014 12:56 AM
by AlexMuller
Stimulating the part of the brain which controls movement may improve recovery after a stroke, research suggests.

Youth mental health care 'in dark ages'

Posted in Medicine on 21st Aug, 2014 12:42 AM
by AlexMuller
Norman Lamb told BBC News he was determined to modernise the provision of psychiatric help for children.

Alzheimer’s patients to be treated with the blood of under 30s

Posted in Medicine on 23rd Aug, 2014 12:17 AM
by AlexMuller
Alzheimer’s patients in the US will be given transfusions of young people's blood as part of a promising new treatment that’s nowhere near as crazy as it sounds.

Warning over electrical brain stimulation

Posted in Hardware on 25th Aug, 2014 01:20 AM
by AlexMuller
It's non-invasive, extremely mild and the US military even uses TDCS in an attempt to improve the performance of its drone pilots.

A long childhood feeds the hungry human brain

Posted in Science on 26th Aug, 2014 02:13 AM
by AlexMuller
Study of brain scans explains why children grow slowly and childhood lasts so long.

Children on the autistic spectrum have extra synapses in their brains

Posted in Medicine on 27th Aug, 2014 12:03 AM
by AlexMuller
It may be possible to prune synapses with a future drug after diagnosis.

Scientists Discover Area of Brain Responsible for Exercise Motivation

Posted in Science on 27th Aug, 2014 10:45 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists have discovered an area of the brain that could control a person’s motivation to exercise, potentially leading to improved treatments for depression.

Serotonin not found to be a major player in depression

Posted in Science on 30th Aug, 2014 01:01 AM
by AlexMuller
New evidence puts into doubt the long-standing belief that a deficiency in serotonin, a chemical messenger in the brain, plays a central role in depression.

This Is What Weight Loss Does To Your Brain

Posted in Medicine on 30th Aug, 2014 09:44 PM
by AlexMuller
New research shows weight loss surgery can reverse the negative effects body fat may have on the brain.

Brain 'can be trained to prefer healthy food'

Posted in Science on 3rd Sep, 2014 12:22 AM
by AlexMuller
The brain can be trained to prefer healthy food over unhealthy high-calorie foods, using a diet which does not leave people hungry, suggests a study from the US.

DARPA plans to shrink brain interface and organ control electronics to the size of nerve fibers

Posted in Hardware on 5th Sep, 2014 03:01 AM
by AlexMuller
The initial goal will be improving the quality of life for US soldiers and veterans.

Experimental rat brain fighter pilot yields insights into how the brain works

Posted in Science on 6th Sep, 2014 12:25 AM
by AlexMuller
The experiment delivers an elusive live glimpse of neurons in action; it’s difficult to observe brains on the cellular level in living animals.

Stigma as a Barrier to Mental Health Care

Posted in Medicine on 7th Sep, 2014 10:19 PM
by AlexMuller
Despite the availability of evidence-based treatment, about 40% of individuals with serious mental illness do not receive care and many who begin an intervention fail to complete it.

Brainy processing at your fingertips

Posted in Science on 8th Sep, 2014 08:54 PM
by AlexMuller
New research shows that nerve endings in the fingertips perform neural computations that were thought to occur in the brain.

'Pocket' diagnosis for Parkinson’s

Posted in Medicine on 9th Sep, 2014 07:10 PM
by AlexMuller
Smartphone technology revealed at the British Science Festival could help diagnose and treat Parkinson's disease.

Woman of 24 found to have no cerebellum in her brain

Posted in Medicine on 12th Sep, 2014 12:35 AM
by AlexMuller
A woman has reached the age of 24 without anyone realising she was missing a large part of her brain. The case highlights just how adaptable the organ is.

The brain can perform complex tasks and classify words during sleep

Posted in Medicine on 12th Sep, 2014 11:06 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers introduced participants to a word test while awake and found they continued to respond correctly while asleep.

Coated nanoparticles show Alzheimer's promise

Posted in Medicine on 13th Sep, 2014 10:25 PM
by AlexMuller
Nanoparticles coated in an amino acid polymer have been found to prevent the formation of amyloid associated with the development of neurodegenerative diseases.

Brain may 'compensate' for Alzheimer's damage

Posted in Medicine on 16th Sep, 2014 12:33 AM
by AlexMuller
The human brain may be able to compensate for some of the early changes seen in Alzheimer's disease, research in Nature Neuroscience shows.

Genetically, Schizophrenia Is At Least Eight Separate Diseases

Posted in Science on 16th Sep, 2014 08:03 PM
by AlexMuller
A range of disorders lead to different symptoms, new research says, raising hopes for individualized treatment.

First blood test to diagnose depression in adults

Posted in Medicine on 17th Sep, 2014 07:43 PM
by AlexMuller
Test identifies nine blood markers tied to depression; predicts who will benefit from therapy.

Test can help detect Alzheimer's before dementia signs show

Posted in Medicine on 21st Sep, 2014 10:32 PM
by AlexMuller
A test that combines thinking and movement can help to detect risk for developing Alzheimer's disease in a person, even before there are any behavioural signs of dementia.

Measuring Brainwaves Could Lead To An Objective Autism Diagnosis

Posted in Medicine on 23rd Sep, 2014 10:03 PM
by AlexMuller
The electrical signals emitted by the autistic brain paint a much more precise picture of the disorder.

Brain repair 'may be boosted by curry spice'

Posted in Science on 26th Sep, 2014 09:55 PM
by AlexMuller
A spice commonly found in curries may boost the brain's ability to heal itself, according to a report in the journal Stem Cell Research and Therapy.

Tumor Paint’ brain-tumor-detecting dye gets go-ahead for clinical study

Posted in Medicine on 30th Sep, 2014 12:24 AM
by AlexMuller
Identifies tumor cells so surgeons don’t remove too little, leaving disease behind, or too much, removing healthy tissue.

Massive electrode array system will do first large-scale network recording of brain activity

Posted in Medicine on 1st Oct, 2014 11:20 PM
by AlexMuller
An electrode array system that will enable researchers to better understand how the brain works.

Memory Loss Associated with Alzheimer’s Reversed

Posted in Medicine on 1st Oct, 2014 11:19 PM
by AlexMuller
Small trial from UCLA and Buck Institute succeeds using systems approach to memory disorders.

Schizophrenia, bipolar disorder associated with dendritic spine loss in brain

Posted in Medicine on 4th Oct, 2014 02:45 AM
by AlexMuller
Schizophrenia and bipolar disorder both appear to be associated with dendritic spine loss in the brain.

An intense workout of as little as 20 minutes can enhance long-term memory

Posted in Medicine on 5th Oct, 2014 10:48 PM
by AlexMuller
Study finds that one short bout of resistance exercise can enhance episodic memory.

Isolation and hallucinations: the mental health challenges faced by astronauts

Posted in Science on 7th Oct, 2014 12:46 AM
by AlexMuller
Why the mental health of astronauts is one of the biggest hurdles when it comes to successful space missions.

Nobel Prize for the brain's GPS discovery

Posted in Science on 8th Oct, 2014 12:49 AM
by AlexMuller
The Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine has been awarded to three scientists who discovered the brain's "GPS system".

Brain Scan Technique Could Predict Dementia Before Symptoms

Posted in Medicine on 9th Oct, 2014 12:03 AM
by AlexMuller
Researchers say a simple technique using magnetic resonance imaging could lead to an early diagnosis of dementia, long before cognitive decline is evident.

Brain-computer interface enables stroke sufferer to communicate

Posted in Hardware on 11th Oct, 2014 02:07 AM
by AlexMuller
By enabling users to communicate and control devices with their thoughts, brain-computer interfaces (BCI) hold almost a scary amount of potential.

Obama’s Brain Project Backs Neurotechnology

Posted in Science on 12th Oct, 2014 08:49 PM
by AlexMuller
The U.S. announces $46 million to develop new technologies for exploring the brain.

The signature of aging in the brain

Posted in Medicine on 12th Oct, 2014 09:15 PM
by AlexMuller
Cognitive decline may be related to one's "immunological age"

Alzheimer’s-in-a-dish is 'first clear evidence' for amyloid hypothesis

Posted in Medicine on 14th Oct, 2014 02:07 PM
by AlexMuller
Finding promises to revolutionize drug discovery for neurodegenerative disorders.

Woman Sees 100 Times More Colors Than The Average Person

Posted in Science on 15th Oct, 2014 09:46 PM
by AlexMuller
A unique genetic mutation and a well-wired brain mean that Concetta Antico is like no other artist on Earth.

New lead for potential Parkinson’s treatment: Effects of high-risk Parkinson’s mutation are reversible

Posted in Medicine on 15th Oct, 2014 10:00 PM
by AlexMuller
Evidence on how to target and reverse the effects caused by one of the most common genetic causes of Parkinson’s.

How myths about the brain are hampering teaching

Posted in Science on 17th Oct, 2014 07:37 PM
by AlexMuller
Teachers in the UK, Holland, Turkey, Greece and China were presented with seven “neuromyths” and asked whether they believe them to be true.

Junk food diet may be worse for male brains

Posted in Medicine on 17th Oct, 2014 08:17 PM
by AlexMuller
Stuffing down a burger and coke may be more harmful for men than women, if the results of a new mouse study apply to humans.

Robot to perform brain surgery through cheek

Posted in Medicine on 18th Oct, 2014 11:55 PM
by AlexMuller
A new technique in which a robot performs the surgery by entering through the cheek. This could minimize how invasive the procedure is and reduce recovery time.

Transparent graphene-based sensors open new window into the brain

Posted in Medicine on 23rd Oct, 2014 12:41 AM
by AlexMuller
Engineers have developing invisible implantable medical sensor microarrays to allow for seeing brain tissue hidden by implants.

Brain barrier opened for first time to treat cancer

Posted in Medicine on 23rd Oct, 2014 07:48 PM
by AlexMuller
Doctors have opened and closed the brain's protector, the blood-brain barrier, on demand. The breakthrough will allow drugs to reach diseased areas that are otherwise blocked.

Brain scans show cause of seasonal affective disorder

Posted in Medicine on 26th Oct, 2014 09:03 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists say they have identified the underlying reason why some people are prone to the winter blues, or seasonal affective disorder.

Are efforts at total brain simulation putting the cart before the horse?

Posted in Science on 26th Oct, 2014 09:10 PM
by AlexMuller
Since it was awarded a one billion euro, decade-long research grant last year, the Human Brain Project has been the center of extreme excitement and heavy criticism.

University's £1m study of eyeball link to Alzheimer's

Posted in Medicine on 27th Oct, 2014 11:51 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers at Dundee University are to lead a £1.1m study into whether eye tests can reveal the onset of Alzheimer's disease.

Scientists convert human skin cells into brain cells

Posted in Medicine on 28th Oct, 2014 12:12 AM
by AlexMuller
By exposing skin cells to a particular combination of cell programming molecules, scientists managed to convert them into brain cells that behave like native cells.

Dementia is leading cause of death for women

Posted in Medicine on 29th Oct, 2014 08:51 PM
by AlexMuller
The disease now kills more than three times as many women as breast cancer and thousands more than either heart attacks or stroke.

Parasite-schizophrenia connection:

Posted in Medicine on 30th Oct, 2014 10:55 PM
by AlexMuller
One-fifth of schizophrenia cases may involve the parasite T. gondii.

Magnetic stimulation show promise in treatment of bipolar disorder and depression

Posted in Medicine on 31st Oct, 2014 11:53 PM
by AlexMuller
Both groups experienced immediate and significant improvement in mood:

Arachnophobia Sliced Out of a Man's Brain

Posted in Science on 2nd Nov, 2014 09:55 PM
by AlexMuller
The phobia was eliminated on accident; a happy consequence of a very serious procedure.

A brain decoder that could read your inner thoughts

Posted in Hardware on 3rd Nov, 2014 09:35 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists have figured out how to read the words of our inner monologue, a finding that could help people who cannot physically speak to communicate with the world.

Shift work dulls your brain: report

Posted in Medicine on 5th Nov, 2014 11:57 PM
by AlexMuller
Working antisocial hours can prematurely age the brain and dull intellectual ability, scientists warn.

Brain-to-brain interface via Internet replicated, improved

Posted in Science on 6th Nov, 2014 11:44 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have successfully replicated a direct brain-to-brain connection between pairs of people as part of a study following the team’s initial demonstration a year ago.

Health watchdog warns on 3D usage for children under age 6

Posted in Hardware on 6th Nov, 2014 11:50 PM
by AlexMuller
A French health watchdog has recommended that children under the age of six should not be allowed access to 3D content.

Parkinson's stem cell 'breakthrough'

Posted in Medicine on 8th Nov, 2014 12:40 AM
by AlexMuller
Stem cells can be used to heal the damage in the brain caused by Parkinson's disease, according to scientists in Sweden.

Scientists create Parkinson's disease in a dish

Posted in Science on 10th Nov, 2014 01:25 AM
by AlexMuller
Attributed to a combination of genetic and nongenetic factors, Parkinson's disease has no completely effective therapy or cure.

Brain's taste secrets uncovered

Posted in Medicine on 10th Nov, 2014 11:16 PM
by AlexMuller
The brain has specialist neurons for each of the five taste categories, salty, bitter, sour, sweet and umami, US scientists have discovered.

Scientists develop thought-controlled gene switch

Posted in Medicine on 11th Nov, 2014 11:59 PM
by AlexMuller
Genes can be switched on using the power of thought, a study reports.

Playing video games is good for your brain

Posted in Games on 12th Nov, 2014 08:10 PM
by AlexMuller
Purported negative effects such as addiction, increased aggression, and various health consequences such as obesity and tend to get far more media coverage than the positives.

Study Suggests ALS Starts In The Brain

Posted in Medicine on 12th Nov, 2014 08:39 PM
by AlexMuller
It is estimated that at any given time as many as 30,000 Americans may have the condition, but only about 5,000 are diagnosed at any time.

Gut–brain link grabs the attention of neuroscientists

Posted in Medicine on 13th Nov, 2014 09:34 PM
by AlexMuller
Idea that intestinal bacteria affect mental health gains ground.

How cannabis was used to shrink one of the most aggressive brain cancers

Posted in Medicine on 14th Nov, 2014 11:10 PM
by AlexMuller
Cannabis is being used in a number of different therapeutic ways to bring relief for severe medical conditions.

This single protein influences how your brain copes with stress

Posted in Science on 16th Nov, 2014 07:26 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists have discovered that a single brain protein can make some people more vulnerable to depression than others.

Humans' big brains might be due in part to newly identified protein

Posted in Science on 17th Nov, 2014 08:22 PM
by AlexMuller
Experiments revealed that the protein, is made in growing brains of humans, and appears necessary for normal proliferation of human brain stem cells growing in a lab dish.

How to increase (or decrease) brain activity and memory

Posted in Science on 18th Nov, 2014 04:28 PM
by AlexMuller
Is it possible to rapidly increase (or decrease) the amount of information the brain can store?

Brain Pathway Rediscovered After 100 Years

Posted in Science on 20th Nov, 2014 11:57 PM
by AlexMuller
Modern magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques are giving scientists unprecedented insight into the inner workings of the human brain.

Imagination, reality flow in opposite directions in the brain

Posted in Science on 21st Nov, 2014 11:03 PM
by AlexMuller
Aiming to discern discrete neural circuits, researchers have tracked electrical activity in the brains of people who alternately imagined scenes or watched videos.

Lost languages leave traces on the brain

Posted in Science on 23rd Nov, 2014 09:04 PM
by AlexMuller
What happens if a child gets shifted into a different culture after laying the foundations of its first native language?

Brain network vulnerable to Alzheimer's identified

Posted in Medicine on 26th Nov, 2014 12:01 AM
by AlexMuller
Research has emerged that reveals a specific brain network, that is the last to develop and the first to show signs of neurodegeneration, is more vulnerable to aging and disease.

PlanetTech News interviews neuroscientist Dr. Kenneth Hayworth

Posted in Interviews on 26th Nov, 2014 11:19 PM
by AlexMuller
In this exclusive Interview, PlanetTech News digs deeper into the future of brain preservation, cryonics, mind uploading and neuroscience.

New targeted, noninvasive treatments for mental illness to combine TMS and ultrasound

Posted in Science on 28th Nov, 2014 01:20 AM
by AlexMuller
Transcranial magnetic stimulation can stimulate brain circuits near the surface for treating conditions like depression and anxiety.

Disruptive sounds help aging brain ignore distractions

Posted in Medicine on 29th Nov, 2014 10:50 PM
by AlexMuller
By learning to discriminate a sound amidst progressively more disruptive distractions, we can diminish our distractibility.

Carnegie Mellon researchers identify brain regions that encode words, grammar, story

Posted in Science on 30th Nov, 2014 11:03 PM
by AlexMuller
Analyzing multiple subprocesses of the brain at the same time is unprecedented in cognitive neuroscience.

Scientists identify promising off-switch for chronic pain

Posted in Medicine on 2nd Dec, 2014 12:40 AM
by AlexMuller
Scientists have identified the A3 receptor in the brain as a potential off-switch for chronic pain.

Customize your emotions with a device; coming in 2015

Posted in Science on 2nd Dec, 2014 07:57 PM
by AlexMuller
What Thync hopes to do, in 10 minutes or less, is create in its users nothing less than a desired state of mind, or mode, ranging from calm to creative to energetic.

The strange case of the man with two hearts

Posted in Medicine on 5th Dec, 2014 10:32 PM
by AlexMuller
When a man was fitted with a new heart, his mind changed in unusual ways. Why? The answer reveals a surprising truth about all our bodies.

Wireless brain sensor could unchain neuroscience from cables

Posted in Science on 5th Dec, 2014 10:36 PM
by AlexMuller
The technology is designed to enable neuroscience research that cannot be accomplished with current sensors that tether subjects with cabled connections.

Deep-learning startup MetaMind launches with $8M from Benioff & Khosla Ventures

Posted in Software on 7th Dec, 2014 12:08 AM
by AlexMuller
MetaMind may have the ability to understand images and text better than any other available technology out there.

Anxiety can damage the brain

Posted in Medicine on 9th Dec, 2014 08:11 PM
by AlexMuller
Anxiety can accelerate conversion to Alzheimer’s for those with mild cognitive impairment.

Brain inflammation a hallmark of autism, large-scale analysis shows

Posted in Medicine on 11th Dec, 2014 10:36 PM
by AlexMuller
While many different combinations of genetic traits can cause autism, brains affected by autism share a pattern of ramped-up immune responses.

Saving information on a computer boosts human memory resources for new information

Posted in Science on 13th Dec, 2014 10:30 PM
by AlexMuller
The simple act of saving something, such as a file on a computer, may improve our memory for the information we encounter next.

Running and Walking May Lower Alzheimer's Disease Risk

Posted in Medicine on 17th Dec, 2014 07:37 PM
by AlexMuller
As drug companies struggle to find a cure, research suggests that exercise earlier in life may substantially reduce Alzheimer’s disease mortality.

Autism link to air pollution raised

Posted in Medicine on 19th Dec, 2014 12:36 AM
by AlexMuller
A link between autism and air pollution exposure during pregnancy has been suggested by scientists.

Anti-inflammatory drugs could fight depression

Posted in Medicine on 22nd Dec, 2014 12:30 AM
by AlexMuller
Scientists to launch £5m study that explores links between immune disorders and mental illness, and could lead to new treatments

It might be possible to restore lost memories

Posted in Medicine on 22nd Dec, 2014 11:10 PM
by AlexMuller
New UCLA research indicates that lost memories can be restored, offering hope for patients in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease.

Smartphone use is changing our brains

Posted in Hardware on 23rd Dec, 2014 09:54 PM
by AlexMuller
Our brains are adapting to touchscreen smartphone technology say researchers who have carried out a study on human volunteers.

An existing drug, riluzole, may prevent foggy old age brain

Posted in Science on 23rd Dec, 2014 10:16 PM
by AlexMuller
New experiments suggest an existing drug, known as riluzole and already on the market as a treatment for ALS, may help prevent changes in the aging brain.

Color-coding brain cells

Posted in Science on 25th Dec, 2014 02:38 AM
by AlexMuller
Neuroscientists have developed a method called “multicolor RGB tracking” to improve our understanding of how the brain works by color-marking brain cells to be tracked over time.

Optogenetics captures synaptic transmission in live mammalian brain for the first time

Posted in Science on 27th Dec, 2014 08:51 PM
by AlexMuller
This could significantly expand our knowledge of connectivity between various types of neurons as a more realistic alternative to in vitro studies.

Test measures analytical thinking linked to depression, fueling the idea that depression may be a form of adaptation

Posted in Medicine on 4th Jan, 2015 11:45 PM
by AlexMuller
Depression may actually be an adaptation meant to help people cope with complex problems.

New Non invasive MRI can detect early stage Alzheimers in a living animal

Posted in Hardware on 5th Jan, 2015 08:08 PM
by AlexMuller
Alzheimer’s disease affects one out of nine people over the age of 65.

23 And Me to sell customer's data to a Biotech company for drug development

Posted in Science on 7th Jan, 2015 11:59 PM
by AlexMuller
Genentech intends to use this data to develop drugs for Parkinson's Disease.

Brain imaging may help predict future behavior

Posted in Medicine on 8th Jan, 2015 09:03 PM
by AlexMuller
Recent studies show that brain imaging can help predict an individual's future learning, criminality, health-related behaviors, and response to drug or behavioral treatments.

Optimistic people have healthier hearts, study finds

Posted in Science on 10th Jan, 2015 10:46 PM
by AlexMuller
People who have upbeat outlooks on life have significantly better cardiovascular health, suggests a new study that examined associations between optimism and heart health.

Bilingual people do neural exercise that may protect the aging brain

Posted in Medicine on 14th Jan, 2015 05:03 PM
by AlexMuller
A radical shift from decades ago when psychologists warned against raising children to speak two languages, lest they become confused and suffer delays in learning.

Expanding the brain achieves super-resolution with ordinary microscopes

Posted in Science on 17th Jan, 2015 11:17 PM
by AlexMuller
A way to make a brain expand to four and a half times its usual size, allowing structures to appear sharp with an ordinary microscope.

New study finds that closing your eyes boosts memory recall

Posted in Science on 18th Jan, 2015 07:25 PM
by AlexMuller
Further evidence to suggest that eyewitnesses to crimes remember more accurate details when they close their eyes.

How the brain controls the burning of fat

Posted in Medicine on 18th Jan, 2015 07:29 PM
by AlexMuller
The findings give new insights into how the brain regulates body fat, and may lead to more effective ways to lose weight and prevent obesity.

Samsung engineers are working on wearable for early stroke detection

Posted in Medicine on 23rd Jan, 2015 03:44 PM
by AlexMuller
The sensor-packed headset aims to alert folks who are at risk for a stroke early on, so they can get to a doctor to prevent potentially serious and permanent effects.

Global ENIGMA consortium cracks brain’s genetic codes for aging

Posted in Science on 24th Jan, 2015 09:37 PM
by AlexMuller
8 common gene mutations leading to brain aging in over 30,000 brain scans that may unlock mysteries of Alzheimer’s, autism, and other neurological disorders.

Exercise improves symptoms of Parkinsons and also helps reduce the risk of Parkinsons

Posted in Medicine on 26th Jan, 2015 03:48 PM
by AlexMuller
A study claims exercise can improve balance, mobility and quality of life for individuals with Parkinson's.

Mapping the brains of blind people has 'challenged perceptions of how the brain works'

Posted in Medicine on 27th Jan, 2015 03:55 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists claim to have overturned standard thinking on how the brain is able to perform different tasks.

Dementia 'linked' to common over-the-counter drugs

Posted in Medicine on 29th Jan, 2015 01:55 AM
by AlexMuller
A study has linked commonly used medicines, including over-the-counter treatments for conditions such as insomnia and hay-fever, to dementia.

A New Study Links Brain Inflammation With Depression

Posted in Medicine on 30th Jan, 2015 04:04 PM
by AlexMuller
Depression is a complex form of mental illness which is very difficult to diagnose due to varied symptoms shown by people.

New fibers can deliver optogenetic signals and drugs directly into the brain while allowing simultaneous electrical readout

Posted in Medicine on 31st Jan, 2015 10:11 PM
by AlexMuller
MIT scientists have developed a new method of coping with the complexity of studying the brain.

How complex environments push brain evolution

Posted in Science on 2nd Feb, 2015 05:30 PM
by AlexMuller
A recent study by neuroscientists offers clues about how increasingly difficult tasks have evolved the brain.

Deep brain imaging reveals which nearly identical neurons are associated with specific behaviors

Posted in Medicine on 3rd Feb, 2015 02:25 PM
by AlexMuller
More precise mapping of how individual neurons interact in the brain.

Fluorescent dyes can 'light up' brain cancer cells for surgery

Posted in Medicine on 5th Feb, 2015 04:51 PM
by AlexMuller
Fluorescent dyes attracted to cancer cells differentiate brain tumors from normal brain tissue, and may help surgeons accurately localize and completely remove tumors.

SuperAger brains yield new clues to their remarkable memories

Posted in Medicine on 6th Feb, 2015 04:14 PM
by AlexMuller
SuperAgers, aged 80 and above, with memories as sharp as those of healthy persons decades younger, have different looking brains than those of normal older people.

Resveratrol, found in red grapes, may help prevent memory loss in the elderly

Posted in Medicine on 7th Feb, 2015 08:07 PM
by AlexMuller
Resveratrol, touted for its potential to prevent heart disease, may also help prevent age-related decline in memory, according to new research.

Meditation associated with slower loss of gray matter in the brain

Posted in Medicine on 8th Feb, 2015 10:14 PM
by AlexMuller
Results of a study suggest that meditation may help preserve the brain’s gray matter, the tissue that contains neurons.

Brain's inability to repair DNA may explain dementia and memory loss

Posted in Medicine on 10th Feb, 2015 06:48 PM
by AlexMuller
It was thought ability to repair DNA was the same throughout the body, but research overturns this idea and shows organs vary in the extent to which they can repair DNA.

A breath test for Parkinson's disease diagnosis

Posted in Medicine on 11th Feb, 2015 06:58 PM
by AlexMuller
Experts believe that a simple breath test could help doctors detect and diagnose Parkinson's disease.

Study finds air pollution affects short-term memory, IQ and brain metabolic ratios

Posted in Medicine on 12th Feb, 2015 07:13 PM
by AlexMuller
Children living in cities with significant air pollution are at an increased risk for detrimental impacts to the brain.

Promising results for new Alzheimer's therapy

Posted in Science on 14th Feb, 2015 08:18 PM
by AlexMuller
The results suggest that the introduction of a nerve growth factor can prevent neuronal degradation in Alzheimer’s patients.

Brain implants: Restoring memory with a microchip

Posted in Science on 15th Feb, 2015 07:33 PM
by AlexMuller
The story 'Johnny Mnemonic' foresaw information being carried by brain microchips by 2021. A team of neuroscientists could be making this fantasy world a reality.

Alzheimer's £30m research collaboration begins

Posted in Science on 16th Feb, 2015 05:59 PM
by AlexMuller
A new network of £30m research centres is being launched to spearhead the search for an Alzheimer's cure.

New laser probe identifies brain cancer cells in real time

Posted in Medicine on 18th Feb, 2015 05:53 PM
by AlexMuller
An intraoperative handheld probe for cancer-cell-detection enables surgeons, for the first time, to detect more than 92% of invasive brain cancer cells during surgery.

Science behind commonly used anti-depressants appears to be backwards, researchers say

Posted in Medicine on 19th Feb, 2015 06:47 PM
by AlexMuller
It appears that their brains are overcoming the effects of the medication, rather than being assisted directly by them.

UK Government pledges £300m to dementia research

Posted in Science on 21st Feb, 2015 04:30 PM
by AlexMuller
David Cameron said an international dementia institute would be established over the next five years in a bid to make the UK a world leader for research and medical trials.

Attacking Alzheimer’s with ultrasound

Posted in Medicine on 22nd Feb, 2015 07:33 PM
by AlexMuller
Opening the blood-brain barrier allows the body to remove plaque in the hippocampus.

A potential breakthrough in using electrical pulses to treat deadly glioblastoma brain tumors

Posted in Medicine on 24th Feb, 2015 12:04 AM
by AlexMuller
Experiments are leading toward effective treatments for humans with glioblastoma, the most common and deadly malignant brain tumor.

Will 2015 be the year our smartphones link up to our brains?

Posted in Science on 25th Feb, 2015 11:45 PM
by AlexMuller
A company called Thync thinks so.

Growing New Neurons May Help Us Adapt Better

Posted in Medicine on 25th Feb, 2015 11:52 PM
by AlexMuller
The discovery that the human brain continues to produce new neurons in adulthood challenges a major dogma in the field of neuroscience.

Brain-controlled drone shown off in Lisbon

Posted in Hardware on 26th Feb, 2015 08:18 PM
by AlexMuller
Technology that allows a drone to be piloted from the ground using only a person's brainwaves has been demonstrated in Portugal.

'Big Brain' Gene Found in Humans, Not Chimps

Posted in Science on 28th Feb, 2015 01:09 AM
by AlexMuller
A single gene may have paved the way for the rise of human intelligence by dramatically increasing the number of brain cells found in a key brain region.

Understanding the brain through growing brain organoids

Posted in Science on 1st Mar, 2015 07:52 PM
by AlexMuller
A new method for growing human brain cells could unlock the mysteries of dementia, mental illness, and other neurological disorders.

Brain makes decisions with same method used to break Enigma

Posted in Science on 3rd Mar, 2015 02:10 PM
by AlexMuller
When making simple decisions, neurons in the brain apply the same statistical trick used by Alan Turing to help break Germany’s Enigma code during World War II.

The human brain may age less than was previously thought

Posted in Medicine on 5th Mar, 2015 09:42 PM
by AlexMuller
This has important consequences for understanding how the brain changes with age and challenges current theories of ageing.

Brain structure varies depending on how trusting people are of others, study shows

Posted in Medicine on 8th Mar, 2015 09:18 PM
by AlexMuller
This research may have implications for future treatments of psychological conditions such as autism.

Baidu welcomes China's military to join China Brain project on AI systems

Posted in Hardware on 9th Mar, 2015 08:16 PM
by AlexMuller
Chinese search giant Baidu, has proposed a state-level project on artificial intelligence (AI) systems called 'China Brain'.

Autism risk genes also linked to higher intelligence

Posted in Science on 11th Mar, 2015 06:37 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have found new evidence linking genetic factors associated with autism to better cognitive ability in people who do not have the condition.

Another potential path to success in tackling Alzheimer’s

Posted in Medicine on 13th Mar, 2015 12:35 AM
by AlexMuller
A non-invasive ultrasound technology that can restore memory loss.

Wireless brain stimulaton with magnetic nanoparticles

Posted in Science on 15th Mar, 2015 05:48 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have developed a method to stimulate brain tissue using external magnetic fields and injected magnetic nanoparticles to treat diseases such as Parkinson’s.

Optical fibers demonstrate brain-like computing

Posted in Science on 16th Mar, 2015 09:19 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have simulated neural networks and synapses in the brain using optical pulses as information carriers over fibers made from light-sensitive glass.

Network theory suggests consciousness is global in the brain

Posted in Science on 17th Mar, 2015 11:42 AM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have found evidence that awareness or consciousness results from widespread communication across sensory and association areas of the cortex.

Modified microscope allows for high-speed, high-res imaging of live neurons

Posted in Medicine on 17th Mar, 2015 11:50 AM
by AlexMuller
The device images without signs of cellular damage and has a spatial resolution up to 100 times better than a standard light microscope.

Autistic and non-autistic brain differences isolated for first time

Posted in Science on 22nd Mar, 2015 12:05 AM
by AlexMuller
The ability to analyse the entire data set from an fMRI scan provided researchers the opportunity to compare accurate computer models for both autistic and non-autistic brains.

Glass Fibers May Open Door to Neuromorphic Computing

Posted in Science on 22nd Mar, 2015 10:37 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have demonstrated how neural networks and synapses in the brain can be reproduced using glass fibers made that are sensitive to light, known as chalcogenides.

New 'MIND' diet may significantly protect against Alzheimer’s disease

Posted in Medicine on 23rd Mar, 2015 12:59 PM
by AlexMuller
Even moderate adherence shows reduction in incidence, according to a paper published in the journal Alzheimer’s and Dementia.

Depression Distorts People's Perception of Time, Study Finds

Posted in Medicine on 24th Mar, 2015 09:01 AM
by AlexMuller
A new study finds that depressed people have a general feeling that time is passing more slowly, or even that it has stopped.

Why Don't Animals Get Schizophrenia (and How Come We Do)?

Posted in Medicine on 26th Mar, 2015 12:32 AM
by AlexMuller
Research suggest an evolutionary link between the disorder and what makes us human.

Neuroscientists pinpoint cell type in the brain that controls body clock

Posted in Science on 26th Mar, 2015 12:46 AM
by AlexMuller
Could lead to treatments for jet lag, neurological problems, and metabolism issues, but one simple solution is to not use electronic devices before sleep.

Nanoparticles open blood-brain barrier for delivery of molecules

Posted in Hardware on 27th Mar, 2015 12:22 AM
by AlexMuller
Currently 98 percent of therapeutic molecules are blocked by the barrier, but a new technique opens the door to new treatments for brain diseases.

Brain has strong points at different ages

Posted in Science on 28th Mar, 2015 12:45 AM
by AlexMuller
While some thinking skills begin to decline as one ages, researchers found that others don't peak until middle age or even later.

Memories May Not Live in Neurons' Synapses

Posted in Science on 28th Mar, 2015 08:31 PM
by AlexMuller
The finding could mean recollections are more enduring than expected and disrupt plans for PTSD treatments.

Poverty shrinks brains from birth

Posted in Medicine on 31st Mar, 2015 08:04 PM
by AlexMuller
Studies show that children from low-income families have smaller brains and lower cognitive abilities.

A brain-machine interface to control a prosthetic hand

Posted in Hardware on 1st Apr, 2015 03:05 PM
by AlexMuller
Non-invasive technique allows amputee to control prosthetic hand by his thoughts.

'Lightning bolts' in the brain reveal how the brain encodes and stores information without disrupting previously acquired memories

Posted in Medicine on 2nd Apr, 2015 03:19 PM
by AlexMuller
This could help explain the underlying neural circuit problems in brain disorders.

High-speed, high-res method allows imaging of a living brain

Posted in Software on 3rd Apr, 2015 12:44 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers studying cancer and other invasive diseases rely on high-resolution imaging to see tumors and other activity deep within the body’s tissues.

A typing test may be able to diagnose Parkinson's

Posted in Medicine on 5th Apr, 2015 12:51 PM
by AlexMuller
A number of conditions might slow the signal from the brain to the fingers, such as diseases that affect the central nervous system, including Parkinson’s.

Hallucinogenic Ayahuasca might treat depression

Posted in Science on 7th Apr, 2015 10:44 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists have been investigating Ayahuasca as a treatment for psychological conditions such as PTSD and anxiety. Now researchers are testing it as a treatment for depression.

Master protein found to enhance both muscles and the brain

Posted in Science on 9th Apr, 2015 03:11 PM
by AlexMuller
The finding could lead to treatments in regenerative medicine and for defects in learning and memory.

Being overweight 'reduces dementia risk'

Posted in Medicine on 10th Apr, 2015 03:13 PM
by AlexMuller
Being overweight cuts the risk of dementia, according to the largest and most precise investigation into the relationship.

Scientists close in on computers that work like the human brain

Posted in Hardware on 12th Apr, 2015 08:07 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists have made a new breakthrough that may make possible brain-like computing capabilities.

Bee brain simulation used to pilot a drone

Posted in Software on 15th Apr, 2015 06:49 PM
by AlexMuller
The aim of the project is to completely reproduce a bee's brain in digital form, allowing at some point, a flying robot to function as the real thing with onlookers none the wiser.

Dementia 'halted in mice brains'

Posted in Medicine on 15th Apr, 2015 06:55 PM
by AlexMuller
Tweaking the brain's immune system with a drug has prevented mice developing dementia, a study shows.

IBM creates a research group to test Numenta, a brain-like AI software

Posted in Science on 16th Apr, 2015 04:12 PM
by AlexMuller
'Our goal is not to be biologically inspired; I want to re-create exactly; this is how you would really build a machine intelligence.'

Gene study may explain why some remain quick thinkers

Posted in Science on 17th Apr, 2015 05:17 PM
by AlexMuller
Genetic differences could explain why some people are quicker thinkers in middle age and later life, a study of data from 30,000 people suggests.

Alpha-rhythm brain stimulation shown to boost creativity

Posted in Medicine on 18th Apr, 2015 05:38 PM
by AlexMuller
'We’ve provided the first evidence that specifically enhancing alpha oscillations is a causal trigger of a specific and complex behavior, in this case, creativity.'

Colors help set body’s internal clock

Posted in Science on 19th Apr, 2015 06:06 PM
by AlexMuller
'What this opens up is the possibility for enhancing existing ways of treating jet lag or things like seasonal depression disorder'

Why Zapping the Brain Helps Parkinson’s Disease Patients

Posted in Hardware on 20th Apr, 2015 04:29 PM
by AlexMuller
Deep brain stimulation could lead to a more effective, self-tuning device for Parkinson’s.

Drugs stimulate the body’s own stem cells to replace the brain cells lost through multiple sclerosis

Posted in Medicine on 21st Apr, 2015 03:39 PM
by AlexMuller
Two drugs can stimulate regeneration of damaged brain cells and reversing paralysis in animal models of MS.

Study of 95,000 children finds no link between MMR vaccines and autism, even within high-risk populations

Posted in Medicine on 22nd Apr, 2015 05:05 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers were unable to find any association between the MMR vaccine and autism.

Long-term exposure to air pollution may pose risk to brain structure and cognitive functions

Posted in Medicine on 24th Apr, 2015 08:14 PM
by AlexMuller
Long-term air pollution exposure can cause damage to brain structures and function in middle-aged and older adults.

In search of tinnitus, that phantom ringing in the ears

Posted in Medicine on 26th Apr, 2015 01:10 AM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have taken advantage of a rare opportunity to record directly from the brain of a person with tinnitus in order to find the brain networks responsible.

Significant increase in major depression reported during recent recession

Posted in Medicine on 26th Apr, 2015 11:12 PM
by AlexMuller
The recent Great Recession was accompanied by a significant and sustained increase in major depression in U.S. adults.

Implanted micropump could deliver epilepsy drugs right into the brain

Posted in Medicine on 27th Apr, 2015 08:06 PM
by AlexMuller
A promising new treatment for epilepsy directly targets the nerve cells, deep within the brain, that cause seizures.

Video Gamers Have Better Connected Brains

Posted in Games on 28th Apr, 2015 08:56 PM
by AlexMuller
Action video gamers have more gray matter and better connectivity in certain subregions of the brain.

Human Brain Inspires New Computer Memory System

Posted in Hardware on 29th Apr, 2015 06:46 PM
by AlexMuller
Mechanisms involved in next-generation magnetic memory could be used as artificial synapses in a new type of brain-inspired computer.

Scientists create 'ghosts' in the lab by tricking the brain

Posted in Science on 1st May, 2015 05:29 PM
by AlexMuller
Neuroscientists have succeeded in creating 'ghosts' in the laboratory by tricking the brains of test subjects into feeling an unexpected 'presence' in the room.

Nanotech drug holds promise for treating Parkinson's

Posted in Science on 2nd May, 2015 11:48 PM
by AlexMuller
A rapidly aging population places a new imperative on the hunt for medicines to control, or even to cure, such neurodegenerative diseases.

Radiation in space may change astronauts' brain structure

Posted in Science on 3rd May, 2015 08:10 PM
by AlexMuller
This could be bad news for future trips to Mars.

First results in from psychology’s largest reproducibility test to date

Posted in Medicine on 3rd May, 2015 08:27 PM
by AlexMuller
Results posted online on 24 April, which have not yet been peer-reviewed, suggest that key findings from only 39 of 100 published studies could be reproduced.

Green Tea Extract and Exercise Hinder Progress of Alzheimer's Disease in Mice

Posted in Medicine on 5th May, 2015 07:28 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists are seeking treatments and therapies found in common foods that will help stave off the disease or prevent it completely.

Scientists identify novel drug mechanism that fights brain cancer

Posted in Science on 6th May, 2015 09:25 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have developed and tested a molecule that has the ability to disrupt the body's regulation of cancer cells, causing them to self-destruct rather than multiply.

Surge in US 'brain-reading' technology patents

Posted in Science on 7th May, 2015 07:28 PM
by AlexMuller
Fewer than 400 neuro-technology patents a year had been filed in 2000-09. But that had doubled to 800 in 2010. And 1,600 such patents had been lodged in the US in 2014.

Neuroscientists pinpoint the neurons that can tell faces apart

Posted in Medicine on 10th May, 2015 10:11 PM
by AlexMuller
How do brains tell faces apart? Scientists have attributed this ability to 'face-detector' (FD) neurons, considered to be responsible for distinguishing faces.

Pain blocking implant gets closer to human use

Posted in Medicine on 12th May, 2015 01:51 AM
by AlexMuller
A tiny device that blocks severe pain caused by nerve damage is set to be implanted in sufferers of the condition within five to ten years, according to its creators.

New memory cells could lead to bionic brains, and human-like computers

Posted in Hardware on 12th May, 2015 11:12 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists have created an electronic memory cell that mimics the way that human brains work.

There has been a rise in strokes among people of working age, warns charity

Posted in Medicine on 12th May, 2015 11:30 PM
by AlexMuller
Experts said unhealthy lifestyles were to blame, though the growing population and changes to hospital practice played a part.

'Dementia simulator' among new games on show in Dundee

Posted in Medicine on 14th May, 2015 07:44 PM
by AlexMuller
A video game simulating the impact of Alzheimer's disease is among the work going on show at Abertay University's digital graduate show.

A big step toward mapping the human brain

Posted in Science on 17th May, 2015 06:09 PM
by AlexMuller
The Allen Institute for Brain Science, a key player in the BRAIN Initiative, has launched a database of neuronal cell types as a first step toward understanding the brain.

Hydrogels boost ability of stem cells to restore eyesight and heal brains

Posted in Science on 17th May, 2015 06:17 PM
by AlexMuller
Stem cell-derived photoreceptor cells were injected into the retina, leading to improved eyesight.

Brain-controlled bionic legs are here

Posted in Hardware on 21st May, 2015 01:30 AM
by AlexMuller
This is a bigger breakthrough in the field of robotics and advanced prosthetics than it might appear.

You could one day be identified by your unique 'BrainPrint'

Posted in Science on 21st May, 2015 09:02 PM
by AlexMuller
This could lead to a whole new way for people to securely access their devices, no passwords required.

Human cells from the blood turned into brain cells

Posted in Medicine on 22nd May, 2015 11:18 AM
by AlexMuller
Scientists have discovered how to turn human blood cells into brain cells, opening the doors to better understanding disease in the body.

On the Horizon: A Magnetic Zap that Strengthens Memory

Posted in Science on 23rd May, 2015 07:26 PM
by AlexMuller
Magnetic stimulation may help stave off age-related cognitive decline.

An infection can affect your IQ even after it has been treated

Posted in Medicine on 23rd May, 2015 07:31 PM
by AlexMuller
New research shows that infections can impair your cognitive ability measured on an IQ scale. The study is the largest of its kind to date, and it shows a clear correlation.

Alzheimer's origins tied to rise of human intelligence

Posted in Medicine on 24th May, 2015 09:28 PM
by AlexMuller
Factors that drove the evolution of intellectual capacity are also implicated in the memory disorder.

Some blind people can train themselves to use echolocation

Posted in Science on 26th May, 2015 04:35 PM
by AlexMuller
Some blind people have learned to use echolocation to tell the size, density, and texture of objects around them.

Psychedelic drugs should be legally reclassified, says psychiatrist

Posted in Science on 29th May, 2015 09:32 PM
by AlexMuller
Pre 1967 research showed "beneficial change in many psychiatric disorders"

Light electric stimulation of the brain may improve memory for people with schizophrenia

Posted in Medicine on 30th May, 2015 06:41 PM
by AlexMuller
This type of brain stimulation might ease some of the cognitive difficulties that afflict people with schizophrenia.

Scientists recover 'lost' memories using brain stimulation by blue light

Posted in Medicine on 31st May, 2015 10:39 PM
by AlexMuller
Amnesia is a fixable result of retrieval impairment, not damage.

Missing link found between brain and immune system

Posted in Science on 3rd Jun, 2015 05:37 PM
by AlexMuller
Overturning decades of textbook teaching, researchers have discovered that the brain is directly connected to the immune system by vessels previously thought not to exist.

When the Color We See Isn’t the Color We Remember

Posted in Science on 4th Jun, 2015 09:59 PM
by AlexMuller
People can distinguish between millions of colors, but have trouble remembering specific shades because our brains store what we’ve seen as one of just a few basic hues.

Scientists make breakthrough in schizophrenia research

Posted in Medicine on 6th Jun, 2015 12:50 AM
by AlexMuller
The work presents strong evidence that disruption of a delicate chemical balance in the brain is heavily implicated in the disorder.

Strokes steal 8 years worth of brain function, new study suggests

Posted in Medicine on 7th Jun, 2015 12:22 AM
by AlexMuller
Having a stroke ages a person’s brain function by almost eight years.

It's in your blood: Links found between blood type and risk of cognitive decline

Posted in Medicine on 9th Jun, 2015 12:15 AM
by AlexMuller
A study has revealed blood types play a role in the development of the nervous system and may cause a higher risk of cognitive decline.

20 billion nanoparticles talk to the brain using electricity

Posted in Science on 10th Jun, 2015 12:56 AM
by AlexMuller
Nanoparticles can be used to stimulate regions of the brain electrically, opening up new ways to treat brain diseases.

The $100 headset uses controversial electric shocks to make you a better gamer

Posted in Games on 10th Jun, 2015 07:37 PM
by AlexMuller
It uses small currents of electricity to stimulate parts of the brain that are used for higher functions like image recognition and memory.

Neuroscientists capture the moment a brain records an idea

Posted in Science on 12th Jun, 2015 01:33 AM
by AlexMuller
Cutting-edge brain imaging technology has offered the first glimpse into how new concepts develop in the human brain.

Deep Learning System Beats Humans in IQ Test

Posted in Software on 13th Jun, 2015 12:31 AM
by AlexMuller
Computers have never been good at answering the type of verbal reasoning questions found in IQ tests. Now a deep learning machine unveiled in China is changing that.

A 3D human 'organoid' brain in a dish

Posted in Medicine on 14th Jun, 2015 12:08 AM
by AlexMuller
Growing a miniature brain from cell scrapings could help diagnose brain disorders in the future.

Self-awareness not unique to mankind

Posted in Science on 17th Jun, 2015 12:39 AM
by AlexMuller
A study has found that humans and other animals capable of mentally simulating environments require at least a primitive sense of self.

Network theory sheds new light on origins of consciousness

Posted in Science on 18th Jun, 2015 01:29 AM
by AlexMuller
Is your awareness of the world and of yourself the result of specific, focused changes in your brain, or does that awareness come from a broad network of neural activity?

'Brain-to-Text' system converts speech brainwave patterns to text

Posted in Science on 18th Jun, 2015 01:37 AM
by AlexMuller
A step toward communication with computers or humans by thought alone.

Blood chemical predicts brain decline

Posted in Medicine on 18th Jun, 2015 01:49 AM
by AlexMuller
Scientists have discovered a chemical in blood that indicates whether people will have declining brain function.

BBC develops 'mind-control TV' headset for iPlayer app

Posted in Online on 18th Jun, 2015 07:21 PM
by AlexMuller
Users can turn on and operate the app by concentrating or relaxing their minds.

Brain-zapping headwear designed to treat Parkinson's

Posted in Medicine on 20th Jun, 2015 12:34 AM
by AlexMuller
A team at Johns Hopkins University has created a prototype device that delivers non-invasive brain stimulation to sufferers of Parkinson's disease.

New sleep genes found

Posted in Medicine on 21st Jun, 2015 11:57 PM
by AlexMuller
Most of us need seven to eight hours of sleep a night to function well, but some people seem to need a lot less sleep. The difference is largely due to genetic variability.

Individual neurons tell us whether or not we remember something

Posted in Medicine on 24th Jun, 2015 12:46 AM
by AlexMuller
At the same time, they indicate how confident we should be in that judgment.

Consciousness has less control than believed, according to new theory

Posted in Science on 25th Jun, 2015 12:41 AM
by AlexMuller
Consciousness is far less powerful than people believe, serving as a passive conduit rather than exerting control, according to a new theory.

DNA and Light Detect Cancer in the Brain, Head and Neck

Posted in Science on 26th Jun, 2015 01:48 AM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have employed an imaging technique that uses safe near-infrared light to differentiate between healthy brain tissue and that which has become cancerous.

Scientists build artificial neurons able to communicate with organic neurons

Posted in Hardware on 26th Jun, 2015 11:11 PM
by AlexMuller
This artificial neuron is capable of mimicking the function of a human nerve and communicate the way as our own neurons do.

Hope for Alzheimer's treatment as researchers find licensed drugs halt brain degeneration

Posted in Medicine on 30th Jun, 2015 11:05 PM
by AlexMuller
Studies show existing medicines could help restore protein production in brain and prevent memory loss, speeding up the search for a cure.

Sniffing could provide autism test

Posted in Science on 4th Jul, 2015 12:15 AM
by AlexMuller
The way children sniff different aromas could form the basis of a test for autism, suggest researchers in Israel.

Walking in nature lowers risk of depression, scientists find

Posted in Medicine on 4th Jul, 2015 12:19 AM
by AlexMuller
A new study has found quantifiable evidence that supports the common idea that walking in nature could lower your risk of depression.

New Research Shows How Brain Reconstructs Past Events

Posted in Science on 5th Jul, 2015 12:34 AM
by AlexMuller
When remembering something from our past, the entire event can be reactivated in the brain, including incidental information, such as what music may have been playing.

Common drugs affect decisions to harm oneself and others

Posted in Science on 5th Jul, 2015 11:43 PM
by AlexMuller
Healthy people given citalopram were willing to pay almost twice as much to prevent harm to themselves or others.

Molecular clue to memory decline

Posted in Science on 7th Jul, 2015 01:25 AM
by AlexMuller
A molecule that accumulates in the blood with age may be linked to cognitive decline, said scientists Monday who mooted hopes of a memory-restoring treatment.

Brain Imaging Shows How Children Inherit Their Parents' Anxiety

Posted in Science on 8th Jul, 2015 12:01 AM
by AlexMuller
A prefrontal-limbic-midbrain circuit is responsible for the genetic transfer of an anxious temperament.

Enriched blood cells preserve cognition in mice with features of Alzheimer's disease

Posted in Medicine on 8th Jul, 2015 09:45 PM
by AlexMuller
The study showed measurable benefits in mice, a step toward further testing of these powerful strategies in humans.

Smoking 'may play schizophrenia role'

Posted in Science on 10th Jul, 2015 05:42 PM
by AlexMuller
Smoking could play a role in the development of schizophrenia. The team at King's College London say smokers are more likely to develop the disorder and at a younger age.

Geometry of brain's outer surface correlates with genetic heritage

Posted in Science on 12th Jul, 2015 10:10 PM
by AlexMuller
Patterns in sulci and gyri don't predict cognitive ability, but may help diagnose disease.

15-year-old schoolboy develops test for Alzheimer's disease

Posted in Science on 14th Jul, 2015 11:46 PM
by AlexMuller
A test which could not only pick up the early signs of Alzheimer's disease but potentially stops it spreading further.

Growing micro-brains from skin cells sheds light on Autism

Posted in Science on 16th Jul, 2015 11:00 PM
by AlexMuller
The 'brain organoids' revealed that a genetic mutation causes the brain to overproduce inhibitory neurons, which dampens how signals are transmitted within the brain.

Wireless device delivers drugs to brain and triggers neurons via remote control

Posted in Medicine on 18th Jul, 2015 12:11 AM
by AlexMuller
A tiny “wireless optofluidic neural probe” that can be implanted in the brain and triggered to deliver drugs and target brain cells.

Can your phone really know you’re depressed?

Posted in Medicine on 19th Jul, 2015 11:16 PM
by AlexMuller
Smartphone data was more reliable in detecting depression than daily questions participants answered about how sad they were feeling on a scale of 1 to 10.

New compounds identified that may treat depression rapidly with few side effects

Posted in Medicine on 19th Jul, 2015 11:22 PM
by AlexMuller
The compounds could offer significant advantages over current antidepressant medications.

Brain-inspired algorithms may make for optimized computational networks

Posted in Software on 21st Jul, 2015 12:21 AM
by AlexMuller
The developing brain eliminates unneeded connections between neurons.

Early signs that drug 'may delay Alzheimer's decline'

Posted in Science on 23rd Jul, 2015 12:14 AM
by AlexMuller
The first details of how a drug could slow the pace of brain decline for patients with early stage Alzheimer's disease have emerged.

Brain area found that may make humans unique

Posted in Science on 24th Jul, 2015 11:48 PM
by AlexMuller
An experiment compares the way monkey and human brains respond to abstract information.

Women's brains more vulnerable to Alzheimer's than men's

Posted in Medicine on 25th Jul, 2015 11:36 PM
by AlexMuller
Women's brains might be more vulnerable to the Alzheimer's disease than men’s, causing them to decline in memory and function twice as fast, according to research.

Identifying the source of memory loss from psychosis

Posted in Medicine on 27th Jul, 2015 12:35 AM
by AlexMuller
Psychosis' toll on memory arises from dysfunction of frontal and temporal lobe regions in the brain that rob sufferers of the ability to make associative connections.

The Cause Of Overeating Might Be A Brain Hormone Deficiency, According To A New Study

Posted in Medicine on 27th Jul, 2015 11:49 PM
by AlexMuller
GLP-1 peptides let the brain know when we are satisfied and that we should stop eating.

Study shows how rhythms control communication between brain regions

Posted in Science on 30th Jul, 2015 01:52 AM
by AlexMuller
Taking on intellectually challenging tasks, groups of neurons tune in to one another and harmonize, then go back to improvising.

3D brain map reveals connections between cells in nano-scale

Posted in Science on 1st Aug, 2015 12:15 AM
by AlexMuller
Researchers hope uprecedented images will allow study of abnormal connections in neurological disorders and a better understanding of the brain.

Think Your Conscious Brain Directs Your Actions?

Posted in Science on 2nd Aug, 2015 11:59 PM
by AlexMuller
A study claims a startling conclusion: consciousness is just a passive machine running one simple algorithm, serving up what’s already been decided, and taking credit for the decision.

Thync review: A drug-like, brain-zapping wearable?

Posted in Hardware on 3rd Aug, 2015 08:39 PM
by AlexMuller
Here's a gadget completely unlike anything we've used before. Meet Thync, a wearable that zaps your brain to change your mood.

A precision brain-controlled prosthesis nearly as good as one-finger typing

Posted in Medicine on 5th Aug, 2015 11:42 PM
by AlexMuller
May allow people with ALS or spinal cord injuries to communicate faster and more accurately.

Gene Therapy Makes Near-Blind Patients See by Strengthening Neural Connections

Posted in Medicine on 6th Aug, 2015 02:27 PM
by AlexMuller
Gene therapy restored vision to blind patients by strengthening visual pathways from the retina to the brain’s visual cortex.

The MIND diet may slow brain aging by 7.5 years

Posted in Science on 7th Aug, 2015 11:16 PM
by AlexMuller
Eating a group of specific foods may slow cognitive decline among aging adults, even when not at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, according to researchers.

Scientists Turn Skin Cells into Brain Cells, Using Alzheimer's Patients

Posted in Science on 8th Aug, 2015 09:38 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists have turned human skin cells into neurons. They hope that their technique could one day help rejuvenate failing tissues in the brains of Alzheimer's patients.

Brain-scanning software blocks your notifications while you are busy

Posted in Science on 9th Aug, 2015 11:20 PM
by AlexMuller
If your mind is busy, the software can quiet the beeping of your devices so you can actually concentrate.

Universal plaque-busting drug could treat various brain diseases

Posted in Science on 10th Aug, 2015 05:27 PM
by AlexMuller
A virus found in sewage has spawned a unique drug that targets plaques implicated in a host of brain-crippling diseases, including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

Another promising drug for Parkinson's disease:

Posted in Science on 11th Aug, 2015 10:18 PM
by AlexMuller
A drug which has already been in use for decades to treat liver disease could be an effective treatment to slow down progression of Parkinson's.

Eye movements in sleep 'change scenes' during dreams

Posted in Science on 12th Aug, 2015 10:22 PM
by AlexMuller
For the first time, scientists have recorded from individual brain cells during the dreaming phase of sleep.

Study links aerobic fitness, thinner gray matter, and better math skills in kids

Posted in Science on 13th Aug, 2015 11:15 PM
by AlexMuller
Thinning of the outermost layer of brain cells in the cerebrum is associated with better mathematics performance.

Dementia research boosted by surge in volunteers

Posted in Science on 15th Aug, 2015 10:00 PM
by AlexMuller
There has been a surge in the number of people volunteering to help with medical research into dementia, with a reported 60% jump in people signing up in the past year.

Newly discovered brain network recognizes what’s new or familiar

Posted in Medicine on 16th Aug, 2015 08:35 PM
by AlexMuller
The Parietal Memory Network (PMN), processes incoming information based on whether it’s something we’ve experienced previously or appears to be new and unknown.

IBM Introduces Researchers To Their Artificial Brain

Posted in Software on 18th Aug, 2015 11:40 PM
by AlexMuller
By stringing chips together researchers can build an artificial neural network. The version that IBM just debuted is roughly equivalent to the computing capacity of a rat's brain.

Humans see colour differently in the summer

Posted in Science on 18th Aug, 2015 11:57 PM
by AlexMuller
Humans see color differently in the summer with yellow seeming more green than in the winter months, scientists have shown for the first time.

Most complete functioning human-brain model to date, according to researchers

Posted in Medicine on 20th Aug, 2015 12:52 AM
by AlexMuller
The brain organoid, engineered from adult human skin cells, is the most complete human brain model yet developed.

Dementia levels 'are stabilising'

Posted in Medicine on 21st Aug, 2015 10:00 PM
by AlexMuller
The University of Cambridge study shows the proportion of elderly people with the condition in the UK has fallen, contrary to predictions that cases would soar.

Rethinking which cells are the conductors of learning and memory

Posted in Science on 22nd Aug, 2015 07:50 PM
by AlexMuller
Brain cells called glia may be center stage when it comes to how humans learn and remember.

Why we're smarter than chickens

Posted in Science on 23rd Aug, 2015 07:25 PM
by AlexMuller
A single molecular event in our cells could hold the key to how we evolved to become the smartest animal on the planet, scientists report.

Aphantasia: A life without mental images

Posted in Medicine on 26th Aug, 2015 07:00 PM
by AlexMuller
Most people can readily conjure images inside their head, But now scientists have described a condition, aphantasia, in which some people are unable to visualise mental images.

The rise of intelligence enhancement

Posted in Science on 27th Aug, 2015 11:07 PM
by AlexMuller
Modafinil, which is typically used to treat sleep disorders, is a cognitive enhancer. Essentially, it can help normal people think better.

Laser detects brain tumour cells during surgery

Posted in Medicine on 27th Aug, 2015 11:14 PM
by AlexMuller
Surgeons in London have used lasers to diagnose abnormal tissue during an operation to remove a brain tumor for the first time in Europe.

Alzheimer’s disease thought to be accelerated by an abnormal build-up of fat in the brain

Posted in Medicine on 28th Aug, 2015 11:51 PM
by AlexMuller
'Our experiments suggest that these abnormal fat deposits could be a trigger for the disease'.

Engineers Create Brain-Machine Interface for Controlling Robot Exoskeleton

Posted in Science on 29th Aug, 2015 10:29 PM
by AlexMuller
A team of engineers from Germany and Korea has developed a brain-machine control interface for a lower limb exoskeleton.

Speech-classifier program is better at predicting psychosis than psychiatrists

Posted in Software on 30th Aug, 2015 05:24 PM
by AlexMuller
A speech analysis program differentiated between people who developed psychosis over a later period and those who did not.

Gene therapy rescues dying cells in the brains of Alzheimer's patients

Posted in Science on 3rd Sep, 2015 12:55 AM
by AlexMuller
New clinical trial data suggest that nerve growth factor gene therapy is safe for extended periods of time.

Neuromorphic Processors Could Mean Big Leap in Machine Learning

Posted in Software on 5th Sep, 2015 12:39 AM
by AlexMuller
A start-up company called Knowm says it will soon begin commercializing a new technique for building neuromorphic computing chips.

Antidepressant causes different brain changes in depressed and non-depressed individuals

Posted in Medicine on 5th Sep, 2015 08:04 PM
by AlexMuller
A common antidepressant may alter brain structures in depressed and non-depressed individuals in different ways.

Motion sickness could be avoided via a zap to the scalp

Posted in Science on 6th Sep, 2015 10:10 PM
by AlexMuller
While many of us may have experienced a bit of queasiness on rough flights or boat trips, some people suffer from extreme motion sickness even under calm conditions.

Gene Therapy May Be Our Newest, and Most Effective, Weapon Against Alzheimer’s Disease

Posted in Science on 8th Sep, 2015 12:21 AM
by AlexMuller
Despite dedicating enormous amounts of time, money and effort to finding an effective cure, almost all new drugs have failed clinical trials.

A new prion disease raises questions about whether Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s could be infectious

Posted in Science on 9th Sep, 2015 02:18 AM
by AlexMuller
Prion diseases are a rare class of brain disorders that are transmissible between humans.

Can resveratrol really stave off Alzheimer’s disease?

Posted in Science on 12th Sep, 2015 11:19 PM
by AlexMuller
Extremely calorie-restricted diets greatly reduce age-related diseases in animals. The hope is that resveratrol activates sirtuins to get the same benefits.

Soaking brain tissue in a solution turns it transparent, providing new opportunities for understanding

Posted in Medicine on 15th Sep, 2015 03:45 PM
by AlexMuller
From X-rays to MRIs, researchers learn a lot about the body any time they find a new way to see it.

Controlling brain cells with ultrasound

Posted in Science on 16th Sep, 2015 09:16 AM
by AlexMuller
Sonogenetics may be able to selectively activate brain, heart, muscle, and other cells using ultrasonic waves, similar to optogenetics.

Is Technology Giving You Digital Amnesia?

Posted in Science on 19th Sep, 2015 04:12 AM
by AlexMuller
Smartphones and the Internet could be changing the way our brains work.

Low vitamin D associated with faster decline in cognitive function

Posted in Medicine on 19th Sep, 2015 04:32 PM
by AlexMuller
A research team has found that Vitamin D insufficiency was associated with faster decline in cognitive functions among a group of ethnically diverse older adults.

DARPA's Targeted Electrical Stimulation of the Brain boosts Memory

Posted in Hardware on 20th Sep, 2015 10:03 PM
by AlexMuller
Electrical arrays implanted in the brain show promise in their ability to improve patients' scores on memory tests.

A chemical relative of aspirin might help treat Alzheimer's disease

Posted in Medicine on 21st Sep, 2015 09:57 PM
by AlexMuller
Salsalate, long used for rheumatoid arthritis, reduces toxic protein in mice study.

A high fat diet leads to overeating because of faulty brain signaling

Posted in Medicine on 23rd Sep, 2015 12:30 AM
by AlexMuller
A high fat diet causes people to eat more, which ultimately impairs the ability of obese people to successfully control their caloric intake, lose weight and maintain weight loss.

Scientists uncover potential biomarker and drug target for autism

Posted in Medicine on 24th Sep, 2015 06:18 PM
by AlexMuller
Improving our understanding of what causes autism could lead to drugs to treat it, and more precise methods of diagnosis.

People in different buildings linked brain to brain

Posted in Science on 25th Sep, 2015 06:41 PM
by AlexMuller
The first brain-to-brain telepathy-like communication between two participants via the Internet has been performed by University of Washington researchers.

What travelling to Mars might do to the brain

Posted in Science on 29th Sep, 2015 09:39 PM
by AlexMuller
Although the stress can have many long-lasting effects on the body and mind, it appears that 18 months isn’t long enough to do any permanent damage.

Apes and Memory:

Posted in Science on 1st Oct, 2015 10:46 PM
by AlexMuller
Can apes remember what happens in movies?

New prosthesis bypasses brain damage by re-encoding memories

Posted in Hardware on 1st Oct, 2015 10:55 PM
by AlexMuller
A brain prosthesis designed to help individuals suffering from memory loss has been developed by researchers.

Kavli foundation invests $100 Million into brain research

Posted in Science on 2nd Oct, 2015 06:01 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers hope the money will help develop tools that will allow neuroscientists to see the whole picture of how the brain works.

Mini-brains will help medical research

Posted in Science on 5th Oct, 2015 09:34 PM
by AlexMuller
If Brown University scientists have their way, just about any lab could make some simulated brain matter of their own.

How to grow old brain cells for studying age-related diseases

Posted in Medicine on 10th Oct, 2015 05:45 PM
by AlexMuller
The new technique, which yields cells resembling those found in older people’s brains, will be a boon to scientists studying age-related diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

Action video games improve brain function more than 'brain games'

Posted in Games on 11th Oct, 2015 08:59 PM
by AlexMuller
Games that feature quickly moving targets and that require the user to make rapid, accurate decisions, have particularly positive cognitive impacts.

A soft, bio-friendly ’3D’ brain-implant electrode

Posted in Science on 12th Oct, 2015 07:46 PM
by AlexMuller
Can capture signals from single neurons in the brain over a long period of time, without causing brain-tissue damage.

Cardiff University study on the science of hallucinations

Posted in Medicine on 15th Oct, 2015 04:18 AM
by AlexMuller
Scientists at Cardiff University believe they can help explain why some people are prone to hallucinations.

IBM Making Plans to Commercialize Its Brain-Inspired Computer Chip Hardware

Posted in Hardware on 17th Oct, 2015 12:54 AM
by AlexMuller
Phones and other compact devices with silicon neurons and synapses inside could be much more useful.

Researchers pinpoint where the human brain stores time and place of memories

Posted in Medicine on 17th Oct, 2015 06:46 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers from Ohio State University have discovered where the human brain stores the time and place of memories.

Immune clue to preventing schizophrenia

Posted in Science on 19th Oct, 2015 01:27 AM
by AlexMuller
It may be possible to prevent schizophrenia by calming the brain's immune system, say scientists.

Transformation of human astroglial cells into neurons for brain repair

Posted in Medicine on 19th Oct, 2015 10:39 PM
by AlexMuller
May lead to drugs that restore brain function after traumatic injuries, stroke, or diseases such as Alzheimer's.

Noninvasive imaging method can look twice as deep inside the living brain

Posted in Science on 21st Oct, 2015 01:10 AM
by AlexMuller
This new optical coherence tomography (OCT) approach to brain study may allow for examining vascular changes in the deep brain.

Brain Surgery Using Ultrasound Waves

Posted in Medicine on 23rd Oct, 2015 12:15 AM
by AlexMuller
A revolutionary new approach to neurosurgery avoids both radiation and a scalpel.

Virtual reality maze 'predicts Alzheimer's disease'

Posted in Medicine on 24th Oct, 2015 08:51 AM
by AlexMuller
Alzheimer's disease can be detected decades before onset, using a virtual reality test, a study suggests.

A study shows how brains are able to multitask

Posted in Science on 25th Oct, 2015 12:22 AM
by AlexMuller
What's actually going on inside our brains that allows for us to strategically focus on one task over another? That's remained largely a mystery, at least until recently.

Beer compound could help fend off Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases

Posted in Medicine on 27th Oct, 2015 05:33 PM
by AlexMuller
A compound from hops could protect brain cells from damage.

A drug-delivery technique to bypass the blood-brain barrier

Posted in Science on 29th Oct, 2015 02:05 AM
by AlexMuller
A development that could benefit a large population of patients with neurodegenerative disorders.

Top mental health doctor: online therapy is the future

Posted in Online on 29th Oct, 2015 11:37 AM
by AlexMuller
Why America’s top mental health doctor is moving to Google

Male/female brain differences? Big data says not so much

Posted in Science on 31st Oct, 2015 05:42 PM
by AlexMuller
Research has debunked the belief that the hippocampus, a part of the brain that consolidates new memories and helps connect emotions to the senses, is larger in females.

Long-term aerobic exercise can prevent age-related brain deterioration

Posted in Medicine on 1st Nov, 2015 03:34 PM
by AlexMuller
Brains of mice shows that structural deterioration associated with old age can be prevented by aerobic exercise starting in mid-life.

Memory-boosting devices tested in humans

Posted in Medicine on 4th Nov, 2015 10:32 AM
by AlexMuller
A strategy designed to improve memory by delivering brain stimulation through implanted electrodes is undergoing trials in humans.

Using electrical brain stimulation to help patients lose weight

Posted in Science on 5th Nov, 2015 03:26 PM
by AlexMuller
Many factors can cause obesity, including genes, lifestyle and environment. But there’s some evidence to suggest that quirks of the brain might be a factor, too.

Fastest brain-computer-interface speller developed

Posted in Hardware on 7th Nov, 2015 11:57 AM
by AlexMuller
Allows paralyzed patients to communicate at 60 characters per minute

Breakthrough Prize for Illuminating the Brain's Secret Code

Posted in Medicine on 9th Nov, 2015 02:32 PM
by AlexMuller
A revolutionary technique that switches brain circuits on and off has taken neuroscience by storm and is now undergoing a new round of innovation.

Researchers break blood-brain barrier with new ultrasound treatment

Posted in Medicine on 9th Nov, 2015 02:59 PM
by AlexMuller
A non-invasive way to deliver medication into the brain, opening the door to better treatments for tumours, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.

Researchers create synthetic synapse that could lead to more intelligent machines

Posted in Hardware on 12th Nov, 2015 04:29 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists have reported the development of a first-of-its-kind synthetic synapse that mimics the plasticity of the human brain.

Eating sweet food forms memories that may control eating habits

Posted in Science on 14th Nov, 2015 04:00 PM
by AlexMuller
Neurons in the dorsal hippocampus, the part of the brain that is critical for episodic memory, are activated by consuming sweets.

Experimental drug targeting Alzheimer's disease shows anti-aging effects

Posted in Medicine on 14th Nov, 2015 04:10 PM
by AlexMuller
"If proven safe and effective for Alzheimer's, the anti-aging effect of J147 would be a benefit". The team aims to begin human trials next year.

Reprogramming neurons and rewiring the brain

Posted in Science on 17th Nov, 2015 06:00 PM
by AlexMuller
A new way to fix defective neural communication in psychiatric and neurodevelopmental diseases, such as schizophrenia and autism.

Failing Sense of Smell Might Be Alzheimer's Warning

Posted in Science on 18th Nov, 2015 06:07 PM
by AlexMuller
As the ability to identify odors goes, so does mental ability, researchers say.

Exercise may protect against neurodegenerative diseases

Posted in Science on 21st Nov, 2015 12:09 AM
by AlexMuller
Exercise may protect aging brains against the neurodegenerative diseases resulting from energy-depleting stress caused by neurotoxins.

Allen Institute researchers decode patterns that make our brains human

Posted in Science on 21st Nov, 2015 10:02 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have identified a set of just 32 gene-expression patterns for all 20,000 genes across 132 functionally distinct brain regions.

Signaling molecule helps neurons find their way in the developing brain

Posted in Medicine on 22nd Nov, 2015 11:22 PM
by AlexMuller
A molecule secreted in the spinal cord helps guide axons during a critical stage of central nervous system development in the embryo.

New Nerve Drugs May Finally Prevent Migraine Headaches

Posted in Science on 23rd Nov, 2015 10:08 PM
by AlexMuller
The cause of migraine headaches has eluded scientists for centuries. Now a theory blaming one nerve has led to drugs that prevent attacks.

3D printing helps surgeons plan life-saving operation

Posted in Medicine on 25th Nov, 2015 05:19 AM
by AlexMuller
A 3D-printed model of the blood vessels inside a woman's brain has helped surgeons practise life-saving surgery.

First real-time imaging of neural activity invented

Posted in Science on 25th Nov, 2015 07:44 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have developed a new technique for watching the brain’s neurons at a speed that is just fast enough to capture the action potentials in real time for the first time.

Alzheimer's: newly identified molecular mechanism could lead to treatment

Posted in Medicine on 27th Nov, 2015 09:36 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have found how brain cell connections are destroyed in early stages of the disease.

A breakdown product of aspirin blocks cell death associated with neurodegenerative diseases

Posted in Medicine on 1st Dec, 2015 05:51 AM
by AlexMuller
A component of aspirin binds to an enzyme called GAPDH, which is believed to play a major role in neurodegenerative diseases.

For Cocaine Addicts, Treatment with Magnets May Stop Craving

Posted in Medicine on 6th Dec, 2015 01:03 PM
by AlexMuller
Can magnetic stimulation of the brain shake drug addicts out of their habit?

Possible biochemical mechanism underlying long-term memories identified

Posted in Science on 7th Dec, 2015 09:45 PM
by AlexMuller
Why do some of our memories fade away, while others last forever? Now scientists have identified a possible biochemical mechanism.

3D video games could make your memory better according to a neuroscience study

Posted in Games on 9th Dec, 2015 06:40 PM
by AlexMuller
A study in the Journal of Neuroscience suggests that 3D video games can boost performance on memory tests by up to 12%.

Molecule clears Alzheimer's plaques

Posted in Medicine on 9th Dec, 2015 07:01 PM
by AlexMuller
A molecule can clear Alzheimer's plaques from the brains of mice and improve learning and memory, Korean scientists have found in early tests.

Stress in older people increases risk for pre-Alzheimer's condition

Posted in Medicine on 13th Dec, 2015 10:46 PM
by AlexMuller
Feeling stressed out increases the likelihood that elderly people will develop mild cognitive impairment, often a prelude to full-blown Alzheimer's disease.

Electromagnetic field therapy may improve brain tumor survival

Posted in Medicine on 16th Dec, 2015 12:25 AM
by AlexMuller
Tumor-Treating Fields interfere with the growth of tumors by disrupting the process of cell division, causing them to fragment.

Stanford researcher scans his own brain for a year and a half, the most studied in the world

Posted in Medicine on 17th Dec, 2015 04:26 PM
by AlexMuller
Psychologist experiments on himself, documenting his neural, metabolic, and genetic changes over 18 months.

Study finds altered brain chemistry in people with autism

Posted in Science on 18th Dec, 2015 05:02 PM
by AlexMuller
Neuroscientists link autism to reduced activity of key neurotransmitter in human brain.

Compared with other primates, human sleep is short and deep

Posted in Science on 19th Dec, 2015 08:16 PM
by AlexMuller
This unusual sleep pattern may have helped give rise to our powerful minds.

Pulsed laser light turns whole-brain activity on and off

Posted in Science on 19th Dec, 2015 07:57 PM
by AlexMuller
The study may guide deep brain stimulation therapies used for traumatic brain injury and other neurological disorders.

Anxiety significantly raises risk for dementia

Posted in Medicine on 20th Dec, 2015 06:49 PM
by AlexMuller
People who experienced high anxiety any time in their lives had a 48 percent higher risk of developing dementia compared to those who had not, according to a new study.

Sadness-induced inflammation linked to comorbid diseases

Posted in Science on 21st Dec, 2015 06:43 PM
by AlexMuller
Feeling sad can increase levels of inflammatory proteins in the blood that are linked to increased risk heart disease, stroke and metabolic syndrome, according to a study.

Matrix-style memory prosthesis set to supercharge the human brain

Posted in Science on 21st Dec, 2015 07:20 PM
by AlexMuller
A memory prosthesis being trialed next year could restore long-term recall and may eventually be used to upload new skills directly to the brain, just like in the film The Matrix.

Scientists say they may be able to control the parts of the brain which determine intelligence

Posted in Medicine on 22nd Dec, 2015 08:37 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers said that a clusters of genes found in brain controlled human cognitive functions from memory to attention and reasoning.

'Garbage disposal' drug may slow Alzheimer’s and other diseases

Posted in Medicine on 25th Dec, 2015 12:31 AM
by AlexMuller
A drug that boosts activity in the brain’s 'garbage disposal' system, can decrease levels of toxins associated with Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative disorders.

Scientists discover how your brain wakes you up

Posted in Science on 27th Dec, 2015 07:03 PM
by AlexMuller
One neural circuit is responsible for "rapid arousal from sleep and anesthesia."

Brain Scans Could Predict Who Will Benefit From CBT

Posted in Medicine on 29th Dec, 2015 07:47 PM
by AlexMuller
If we could tell who will be unlikely to benefit from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, resources could be saved by offering them alternative forms of treatment.

How brain architecture relates to consciousness and abstract thought

Posted in Science on 31st Dec, 2015 09:00 PM
by AlexMuller
Could lead to better ways to identify and treat brain diseases and to new learning AI systems.

Can Human-Machine Superintelligence Solve the World's Problems?

Posted in Science on 3rd Jan, 2016 10:28 PM
by AlexMuller
A combination of human and computer reasoning might be just what we need to solve the hardest problems in the world.

Brain Circuit Linked to Depression Found in Rats

Posted in Medicine on 4th Jan, 2016 07:58 PM
by AlexMuller
A finding that could help researchers better understand the mechanisms underlying depression and schizophrenia.

Not enough sleep may help alzheimer’s take hold

Posted in Science on 5th Jan, 2016 08:24 PM
by AlexMuller
Disrupted sleep has long been a common complaint for patients in the early stages of Alzheimer’s, sometimes decades before they develop noticeable memory loss.

Lumosity brain-training game 'deceived customers'

Posted in Games on 6th Jan, 2016 10:01 PM
by AlexMuller
Lumos Labs had said its games helped users perform better at work and even alleviated the symptoms of Alzheimer's, which the FTC says is false marketing.

IARPA wants human-like robot brains; at least, brain-like computers

Posted in Science on 8th Jan, 2016 11:00 AM
by AlexMuller
IARPA is the far-future research projects arm of America’s intelligence agencies, much like DARPA is for the Pentagon.

Do we have free will?

Posted in Science on 9th Jan, 2016 06:41 PM
by AlexMuller
Neuroscientists run the ultimate experiment to find out: a "duel" between human and brain-to-computer interface (BCI).

Cognitive-stimulation experiment suggests new tools for healthy brain aging

Posted in Science on 12th Jan, 2016 01:53 AM
by AlexMuller
Neuroscientists have developed cognitive-stimulation exercises and tested them in a month-long experiment with healthy aging adults.

Migraine-preventing drugs might be on the horizon

Posted in Medicine on 13th Jan, 2016 12:12 AM
by AlexMuller
Soon there might be a medication that can reduce the chance of getting a migraine, or even stop it once it’s started.

Marijuana helps Alzheimer’s patients, study finds

Posted in Medicine on 15th Jan, 2016 06:40 PM
by AlexMuller
Adding marijuana to the treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease 'is safe and a promising treatment option', Israeli researchers conclude, in the latest study on the burgeoning practice.

Lucid Dreaming May Help Us Unravel the Mystery of Consciousness

Posted in Science on 17th Jan, 2016 11:43 PM
by AlexMuller
lucid dreamers have the ability to experience awareness during their dreams by "re-awakening" some aspects of their waking consciousness.

Weak electrical field found to carry information around the brain

Posted in Science on 19th Jan, 2016 01:02 AM
by AlexMuller
In a development that could lead to improved understanding of memory formation, scientists have discovered a new way information may be traveling throughout the brain.

Researchers develop dissolvable wireless sensors to monitor brain injury

Posted in Hardware on 19th Jan, 2016 10:00 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have developed biocompatible brain implants that can monitor brain injury before completely dissolving.

IBM research thinks it's solved why the brain uses so much energy

Posted in Science on 20th Jan, 2016 10:25 AM
by AlexMuller
About 90 percent of the energy consumed by the brain is unaccounted for, which is a considerable amount given that the brain takes 20 percent of the body's total energy.

Memory capacity of brain is 10 times more than previously thought

Posted in Science on 21st Jan, 2016 02:02 PM
by AlexMuller
'Our new measurements of the brain's memory capacity increase conservative estimates by a factor of 10 to at least a petabyte, in the same ballpark as the World Wide Web.'

Implant to 'Plug' Brain into Supercomputers

Posted in Science on 22nd Jan, 2016 11:21 AM
by AlexMuller
Potential applications of the technology are vast, but in the short term DARPA is hoping to create devices for those with sight or hearing impairments.

Researchers use modified rabies viruses to map the brain

Posted in Science on 23rd Jan, 2016 09:27 AM
by AlexMuller
Few diseases match rabies' method of self-replication and domination of the brain. The virus multiplies, spreading from cell to cell until the brain cannot support normal function.

Brain levels of B12 are prematurely low in those with autism or schizophrenia

Posted in Medicine on 24th Jan, 2016 02:09 PM
by AlexMuller
A study has found that B12 levels in the brain are decreased in the elderly and are much lower in those with autism or schizophrenia.

Brain Scans May Identify Children Vulnerable to Depression Before Symptoms Appear

Posted in Medicine on 25th Jan, 2016 11:53 AM
by AlexMuller
A new brain imaging study from MIT may lead to a screen that could identify children at high risk of developing depression later in life.

Harvard is trying to build an AI like the human brain

Posted in Science on 26th Jan, 2016 04:21 PM
by AlexMuller
The bold ambition is the new systems could be used to complete just about any task normally reserved for human brains.

Controversial Transmittable Alzheimers Theory Is Starting to Look Plausible

Posted in Medicine on 27th Jan, 2016 01:40 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers discovered that disorders such as Alzheimer’s may be transmissible through certain medical procedures.

An electric forehead patch could treat PTSD

Posted in Medicine on 28th Jan, 2016 01:07 PM
by AlexMuller
Transcranial magnetic stimulation can help treat depression in patients who dont respond well to drugs. Researchers suspected that TNS might work well for patients with PTSD.

$60M Chip That Will Connect Human Brains to Computers Is In The Works

Posted in Hardware on 31st Jan, 2016 05:19 PM
by AlexMuller
The chip is designed to translate signals sent by neurons into the ones and zeros that computers understand, and vice versa.

Grey Matters: Scientists Link Brain Size and Smarts

Posted in Science on 1st Feb, 2016 06:05 PM
by AlexMuller
Having a big head might not be such a bad thing, if it means you have a gigantic brain. Animals with bigger brains may be better problem-solvers.

Blood pressure medicine may improve conversational skills of individuals with autism

Posted in Medicine on 2nd Feb, 2016 05:00 PM
by AlexMuller
The neurodevelopmental disorder impairs communication and can be treated with medications and therapies, but there is no cure.

Mind-altering drugs such as MDMA could be used to cure PTSD

Posted in Medicine on 3rd Feb, 2016 04:01 PM
by AlexMuller
Post-traumatic stress disorder in the U.S. has reached crisis levels. About 8 percent of Americans experience PTSD; for veterans, that number is 30 percent.

Better Brain Imaging Could Show Computers a Smarter Way to Learn

Posted in Science on 5th Feb, 2016 06:10 PM
by AlexMuller
Using cutting-edge imaging to study the inner workings of our brains could lead to more powerful and useful machine-learning algorithms.

CMU announces research project to reverse-engineer brain algorithms

Posted in Software on 7th Feb, 2016 10:52 PM
by AlexMuller
A Human Genome Project-level plan to make computers learn like humans.

Powering brain implants without wires with thin-film wireless power.

Posted in Science on 9th Feb, 2016 06:44 PM
by AlexMuller
Avoids risk of infections through skull opening and leakage of cerebrospinal fluid, and allows for free-moving subjects and more flexible uses of brain-computer interfaces.

How to weld neurons with a laser

Posted in Science on 10th Feb, 2016 07:04 PM
by AlexMuller
The technique could lead to new research and treatment methods, including physical reattachment of severed neurons right after injury, the researchers say.

Preservation of a rabbit brain with new cryonics procedure

Posted in Science on 10th Feb, 2016 07:30 PM
by AlexMuller
The Small Mammalian Brain Preservation Prize was won after a protocol was able to preserve an entire rabbit brain with very well-preserved ultrastructure.

Alzheimer's preventative drug hope

Posted in Medicine on 13th Feb, 2016 10:01 AM
by AlexMuller
Scientists have detected a number of drugs which could help protect against Alzheimer's disease, acting like statins for the brain.

Learning to fly a plane from expert-pilot brainwave patterns

Posted in Science on 15th Feb, 2016 06:02 PM
by AlexMuller
Novice pilots who received brain stimulation via electrode-embedded head caps improved their piloting abilities, with a 33 percent increase in skill consistency.

Mini-brains to help us understand how chemicals affect the brain

Posted in Medicine on 17th Feb, 2016 08:24 PM
by AlexMuller
In recent years, scientists have turned to "mini-brains", tiny lab-grown balls of brain cells, to test pharmaceuticals or better understand the causes of some diseases.

New drug could prevent impaired memory in schizophrenia sufferers

Posted in Medicine on 19th Feb, 2016 08:17 PM
by AlexMuller
A mutation thwarts the development of neurons that connect two parts of the brain together, the prefrontal cortex and the hippocampus, while the brain is forming.

Studying 'ripples' in the brain that could underlie memory formation

Posted in Medicine on 21st Feb, 2016 02:36 PM
by AlexMuller
Caltech neuroscientists have looked inside brain cells as they undergo the intense bursts of neural activity known as "ripples" that are thought to underlie memory formation.

The blind or deaf brain rewires itself to boost the remaining senses

Posted in Science on 23rd Feb, 2016 04:20 AM
by AlexMuller
There is mounting evidence that people missing one sense don't just learn to use the others better. The brain adapts to the loss by giving itself a makeover.

Ordinary skin cells turned into brain tumor predators

Posted in Medicine on 25th Feb, 2016 10:52 AM
by AlexMuller
Glioblastomas are the most common and fatal form of brain cancer, carrying a survival rate beyond two years of just 30 percent.

Obesity linked to 'worse memory'

Posted in Medicine on 27th Feb, 2016 02:39 PM
by AlexMuller
Tests on 50 people showed being overweight was linked to worse "episodic memory" or the ability to remember past experiences.

Pentagon Research Could Make 'Brain Modem' a Reality

Posted in Science on 28th Feb, 2016 12:31 PM
by AlexMuller
Until recently, an impossible technological feat: developing a high-bandwidth neural interface that would allow people to beam data from their minds to external devices and back.

Mental abilities are shaped by individual differences in the brain

Posted in Science on 29th Feb, 2016 11:32 AM
by AlexMuller
A new study suggests that brains also have different traits that affect both anatomical and cognitive factors, such as intelligence and memory.

Why are only 20% of synapses active during neurotransmission?

Posted in Science on 1st Mar, 2016 01:29 PM
by AlexMuller
Silent synapses hint at a mechanism of information coding in the brain that’s yet to be revealed, researchers hypothesize.

Three British researchers win 'Brain Prize' for UK research on memory mechanisms

Posted in Science on 2nd Mar, 2016 11:42 AM
by AlexMuller
British researchers have won a 1 million euro prize, awarded each year for an "outstanding contribution to European neuroscience".

Scientists finally get past the blood-brain barrier to treat cancer

Posted in Science on 5th Mar, 2016 01:25 PM
by AlexMuller
The brain's defenses have long thwarted doctors from treating cancer.

People with anxiety show fundamental differences in perception

Posted in Medicine on 6th Mar, 2016 12:31 PM
by AlexMuller
People with anxiety are less able to distinguish between a "safe" stimulus and one that was associated with the threat of money loss or gain.

Zika caught killing brain cells

Posted in Medicine on 7th Mar, 2016 03:04 PM
by AlexMuller
Zika was able to destroy or disrupt the growth of neural progenitor cells, which build the brain and nervous system, in lab tests.

Depression is more than a mental disorder: It affects the whole organism

Posted in Medicine on 8th Mar, 2016 01:27 PM
by AlexMuller
This research is the first detailed work of what happens in the whole organism of people suffering from depression.

US Bets $100 Million on Machines That Think Like Humans

Posted in Software on 14th Mar, 2016 05:02 PM
by AlexMuller
The government is pushing forward what is perhaps the most high-risk, high-reward project of our time: brain-like artificial intelligence.

New drug kills common brain cancer in children

Posted in Medicine on 15th Mar, 2016 05:33 PM
by AlexMuller
While treatments are improving, success rates still lag behind other childhood cancers, particularly with an aggressive form of the cancer.

Could a virus cause Alzheimer’s disease?

Posted in Medicine on 16th Mar, 2016 02:01 PM
by AlexMuller
Alzheimer’s disease could be caused by viruses like herpes, a group of renowned dementia experts have warned, as they call for urgent investigation into the link.

Future brain therapies for Parkinson's possible with stem cell bioengineering

Posted in Medicine on 17th Mar, 2016 06:46 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists developed a novel way to inject healthy human nerve cells into the brain.

This Amazing Computer Chip Is Made of Live Brain Cells

Posted in Hardware on 18th Mar, 2016 07:42 PM
by AlexMuller
So what if we could harness the power of the human brain by using actual brain cells to power the next generation of computers?

Alzheimer's may be prevented by antibody-releasing implant

Posted in Science on 19th Mar, 2016 08:38 PM
by AlexMuller
A new implantable capsule may provide a novel way of tackling Alzheimer's disease, preventing the buildup of harmful protein plaques in the brain.

Electrical brain stimulation could boost benefits of stroke rehabilitation

Posted in Medicine on 20th Mar, 2016 07:46 PM
by AlexMuller
Research indicates that transcranial direct current stimulation during therapy might help stroke patients recover more movement.

DARPA is using peripheral nerve stimulation to accelerate learning

Posted in Science on 21st Mar, 2016 11:02 AM
by AlexMuller
Unlike many of DARPA’s neuroscience and neurotechnology endeavors, it will aim not just to restore lost function but to advance capabilities beyond normal levels.

A more precise way to measure your brain

Posted in Science on 22nd Mar, 2016 06:40 PM
by AlexMuller
Measuring activity in the brain can tell us a lot about how a brain functions, as well as when the functioning is disrupted.

Neurons involved in working memory fire in bursts, not continuously

Posted in Science on 24th Mar, 2016 07:32 PM
by AlexMuller
By having these different bursts coming at different moments in time, you can keep different items in memory separate from one another.

Video Gaming Is Entirely Beneficial for Cognitive Functioning, Says New Study

Posted in Games on 25th Mar, 2016 04:46 PM
by AlexMuller
A team of psychologists reports that playing video games is associated with lots of positive cognitive and mental health outcomes.

Lawrence Livermore National Lab and IBM build brain-inspired computer

Posted in Hardware on 31st Mar, 2016 09:13 AM
by AlexMuller
The project is focusing on cognitive AI tasks such as pattern recognition and sensory processing.