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Low Scores on Memory and Thinking Tests May Signal Alzheimer’s Earlier than Thought

June 29, 2015 9:50 am | by American Academy of Neurology | News | Comments

A new study suggests that errors on memory and thinking tests may signal Alzheimer’s up to 18 years before the disease can be diagnosed.

DNA Damage Linked with Dementia

June 29, 2015 9:30 am | by University of Sheffield | News | Comments

High levels of DNA damage in nerve cells can lead to dementia, researchers  have found.

Scientists Look into Why Most Alzheimer's Patients are Women

June 29, 2015 9:13 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Nearly two-thirds of Americans with Alzheimer's disease are women, and now some scientists are...

Redrawing Language Map of the Brain

June 26, 2015 9:56 am | by Northwestern University | News | Comments

Old beliefs upended as dementia research yields new locations for word and sentence...

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High Blood Pressure Linked to Reduced Alzheimer's Risk, Meds May be Reason

June 26, 2015 9:46 am | by Brigham Young University | News | Comments

A new study suggests that people with a genetic predisposition to high blood pressure have a lower risk for Alzheimer's disease.

Drug Discovery for Parkinson's: Researchers Grow Neurons in 3-D

June 25, 2015 10:20 am | by University of Luxembourg | News | Comments

Researchers have now managed to grow the types of neurons affected by Parkinson's starting from neuronal stem cells in a three-dimensional cell culture system.

Study Suggests New Treatment for Impulsivity in Some Dementia Patients

June 25, 2015 10:06 am | by University of Cambridge | News | Comments

Restoring the low levels of the chemical serotonin may help improve brain function and reduce impulsivity in some dementia patients, according to researchers.

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Study Hints at Why Parrots are Great Vocal Imitators

June 25, 2015 9:54 am | by Duke University | News | Comments

An international team of scientists has uncovered key structural differences in the brains of parrots that may explain the birds' unparalleled ability to imitate sounds and human speech.

Alzheimer’s Expert Jams with Aerosmith

June 25, 2015 9:44 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

One of the world’s leading Alzheimer’s researchers doubles as a guest organist for Aerosmith.

Memory Does Not Require Permanent Synapses in the Hippocampus

June 24, 2015 11:14 am | by Max Planck Institute | News | Comments

Scientists study how new impressions are transferred in long-term memory.

Research Sheds Light on How Neurons Control Muscle Movement

June 24, 2015 11:04 am | by Stanford University | News | Comments

Researchers studying how the brain controls movement in people with paralysis, related to their diagnosis of Lou Gehrig’s disease, have found that groups of neurons work together, firing in complex rhythms to signal muscles about when and where to move.

Brain Scan Predicts Who Responds Best to Certain Treatment for OCD

June 24, 2015 10:44 am | by UCLA | News | Comments

A new study by researchers suggests that a certain detail from patients’ brain scans could help clinicians identify which people are more likely to relapse after cognitive-behavioral therapy — and why.

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Specific Roles of Adult Neural Stem Cells May Be Determined Before Birth

June 24, 2015 10:18 am | by University of California San Francisco | News | Comments

Study in mice suggests that stem cells in the brain may not be able to develop into many different cell types.

Autism Associated with Superior Visual Skills in Infancy

June 23, 2015 9:28 am | by Cynthia Fox, Science Writer | Articles | Comments

For the first time, a study has shown that infants with emerging autism at 15 months, and two years, can earlier—even at nine months—display enhanced visual searching ability.

New Sleep Genes Found

June 22, 2015 10:32 am | by Thomas Jefferson University | News | Comments

Researchers discover that a protein called Taranis could hold the key to a good night's sleep.

Lasers, Magnetism Allow Glimpses of the Human Brain at Work

June 22, 2015 9:06 am | by Malcolm Ritter, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

To the untrained eye, the graph looked like a very volatile day on Wall Street - jagged peaks and valleys in red, blue and green, displayed on a wall. But the story it told was not about economics. It was a glimpse into the brains of Shaul Yahil and Shaw Bronner, two researchers at a Yale lab, as they had a little chat.

Scientists Identify Amino Acid that Stops Seizures in Mice

June 19, 2015 10:16 am | by Johns Hopkins | News | Comments

An amino acid whose role in the body has been all but a mystery appears to act as a potent seizure inhibitor in mice, according to a study.

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Musicians Not Only Hear in Tune, They Also See in Tune

June 19, 2015 9:59 am | by Vanderbilt University | News | Comments

Musicians don’t just hear in tune, they also see in tune. That is the conclusion of the latest scientific experiment designed to puzzle out how the brain creates an apparently seamless view of the external world based on the information it receives from the eyes.

Uncovering a Dynamic Cortex

June 19, 2015 8:58 am | by Rob Matheson, MIT | News | Comments

Neuroscientists show that multiple cortical regions are needed to process information.

Genes Linked to High Blood Pressure Associated with Lower Alzheimer’s Risk

June 18, 2015 11:10 am | by Alzheimer's Research UK | News | Comments

A new study has linked genetic variants which increase the risk of high blood pressure to a lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease. The research suggests a possible protective effect for treatments used to reduce blood pressure.

MIT Scientists Make Mice Total Recall Happy Memories to Beat Depression

June 18, 2015 10:49 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

Happy memories can be re-activated in the brains of depressed mice, effectively bringing back the good times, according to MIT research released this week.

BIO 2015: Three Intriguing Biotech Companies Featured at the Convention

June 18, 2015 8:50 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

These three businesses had exhibits in an area of the convention center called BIO Metropolis.

Study Points to Drug Target for Huntington’s Disease

June 17, 2015 11:34 am | by The Scripps Research Institute | News | Comments

Huntington’s disease attacks the part of the brain that controls movement, destroying nerves with a barrage of toxicity, yet leaves other parts relatively unscathed.

Blood Protein May Indicate Risk of Alzheimer's Disease

June 17, 2015 10:41 am | by King's College London | News | Comments

Scientists have identified a single blood protein that may indicate the development of Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) years before symptoms appear, a disorder that has been associated with an increased risk of Alzheimer's disease or other dementias.

FDA Approves Implanted Device to Reduce Parkinson’s Symptoms

June 16, 2015 8:47 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it has approved an implantable device to help reduce Parkinson’s disease symptoms and a movement disorder known as essential tremor.   

Genetic Link Between Creativity and Schizophrenia May Exist

June 15, 2015 10:47 am | by Cynthia Fox, Science Writer | Articles | Comments

Genes for creativity may share small if significant links with genes for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, according to a new Nature Neuroscience study attracting some key accolades this week.

Cell Density Remains Constant as Brain Shrinks With Age

June 15, 2015 10:33 am | by Universitiy of Illinois | News | Comments

New, ultra-high-field magnetic resonance images (MRI) of the brain provide the most detailed images to date to show that while the brain shrinks with age, brain cell density remains constant.

Eyeing Top Performance? Look to the Pupil

June 15, 2015 9:59 am | by Yale University | News | Comments

If you want to know who is ready to perform at the highest level, look them in the eyes — or more specifically, look at the diameter of their pupils, researchers report.

Bioscience Bulletin: Birth Month and Your Health; Spider-silk Fabric; A Protein with Many Shapes

June 12, 2015 4:32 pm | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Welcome to Bioscience Technology’s new series Bioscience Bulletin, where we bring you the five most popular headlines from the week.

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