Using a powerful gene-hunting technique, researchers report they have identified a gene involved...
A new study reports that the brain can produce and release estrogen— a discovery that may lead...
As you step outdoors into the bright sunshine, your pupils automatically contract. Scientists are making use of how this "pupil reflex" is connected to the brain as a potential new way of testing the severity of multiple sclerosis (MS).
Researchers are investigating a potential new therapy for autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders by treating gut microbiota with probiotic therapy, which influences autism-like behaviors in a mouse model.
A new report has revealed that the number of people living with dementia worldwide in 2013 is now estimated at 44 million, reaching 76 million in 2030 and 135 million by 2050.
Scientists have identified an enzyme that can halt or possibly even reverse the build-up of toxic protein fragments known as plaques in the brains of mice with Alzheimer’s disease.
In a seemingly simple experiment, a scientist exposes rats to a certain pesticide over several days, and the rodents start showing symptoms remarkably similar to those seen in Parkinson’s patients.
Stress from having to keep a secret– one’s sexual orientation, for example, or simply a forbidden word– can cause lapses in physical stamina, intellectual acuity, executive function and even email etiquette.
In a new study, researchers report that increased activity in the medial prefrontal cortex of the brain is linked to decreased activity in the amygdala, the portion of the brain where memories of frightening events are created.
Researchers have identified a new genetic variant, located on chromosome 17, associated with sporadic amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)– the most common form of motor neuron disease.
A new brain connectivity study found striking differences in the neural wiring of men and women that’s lending credence to some commonly held beliefs about their behavior.
Chemical compounds found in cannabis, some of which also occur naturally in the body, may help to reduce brain damage following a stroke, new research has revealed.
Stem cells that quell inflammation shortly after traumatic brain injury (TBI) may also offer lasting cognitive gains, says the University of Texas Health Science Center. In a recent article, the team of Children’s Program in Regenerative Medicine Director Charles Cox reported they injected, into the blood of two groups of rats with traumatic brain injury (TBI), human multi-potent adult progenitor cells (MAPCs).
Researchers have shown that tiny quantities of the protein tau can be enough to kick-start an aggregation process which may explain the onset of Alzheimer’s in the brain.
Scientists have shown that if oxytocin is administered to men and if they are shown pictures of their partner, the bonding hormone increases the attractiveness of the partner and strengthens monogamy.
A new study suggests that a diet low in vitamin D causes damage to the brain. The new evidence shows that vitamin D serves important roles in organs and tissue, including the brain.
An experimental device is letting paralyzed people drive wheelchairs simply by flicking their tongue in the right direction. Key to this wireless system: Users get their tongue pierced with a magnetic stud that resembles jewelry and acts like a joystick.
Research has suggested that a particular gene in the brain’s reward system contributes to overeating and obesity in adults.
Using a special MRI technique designed for studies of sleeping infants, researchers have found that infants who carry a gene associated with an increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease tend to have differences in brain development compared to infants who do not carry the gene.
New research reveals that the nerve cells of mice with broken broken clocks show signs of deterioration before the externally visible signs of aging are apparent, raising the possibility of novel approaches to staving off or delaying neurodegeneration– hallmarks of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.
Why most new neurons die while a few survive has been a mystery. But now, a new neuroscience study shows how specific brain cells communicate with each other during adult neurogenesis– the creation of new neurons.
Scientists have used RNA interference (RNAi) technology to reveal dozens of genes which may represent new therapeutic targets for treating Parkinson’s disease.
A novel immune-boosting drug combination eradicates glioblastoma brain cancer in mice, according to a new study.
Asparagine, found in foods such as meat, eggs, and dairy products, was until now considered non-essential because it is produced naturally by the body. Researchers have now found that the amino acid is essential for normal brain development.
One of the smallest parts of the brain is getting a second look after new research suggests it plays a crucial role in decision making.
Recent studies have linked hundreds of gene mutations scattered throughout the brain to increased autism risk. Where do you start? Neuroscientists may finally have an answer.
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