September 2016

News Medical: Interruptions to rehab program after stroke or brain injury may be preventable, study reports

Patients in inpatient rehabilitation after a stroke, brain injury, or spinal cord injury have significant rates of interruptions of their rehab program—often including being transferred back to the hospital for treatment of complications, reports a study in the American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, the official journal of the Association of Academic Physiatrists. The […]

Medical Xpress: Scientists track unexpected mechanisms of memory

Do you remember Simone Biles’s epic gymnastics floor routine that earned her a fifth Olympic medal? Our brains hold on to memories like these via physical changes in synapses, the tiny connections between neurons. (September 29, 2016) Read the full article here

International Business Times: Do high school girls ignore concussions? Most don’t report symptoms to coaches, trainers – study

Nearly half of girls playing high school sports have failed to report sports-related concussion injuries to coaches or trainers, a study published Thursday in the Journal of Trauma Nursing found. Lead author Tracy McDonald of the University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City said in many cases the student athletes don’t even realize they have […]

Scientific American: Massive U.K. brain-mapping project releases first results

Last week researchers released the first results from the UK Biobank Imaging Study, a massive effort that ultimately aims to scan the brains of 100,000 people and use the data in conjunction with detailed health information to investigate disease progression during aging. (September 30, 2016) Read the full article here

Phys.org: Gentle sensors for diagnosing brain disorders

Flexible, low-cost sensor technology leading to safer and improved diagnoses and treatment of brain disorders has been developed by Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) scientists. Mapping the electrical activity of the brain is critical in understanding neurological disorders, such as depression and Alzheimer’s disease. (September 30, 2016) Read the full […]

Science Daily: New treatment strategy could cut Parkinson’s disease off at the pass

Researchers report they have identified a protein that enables a toxic natural aggregate to spread from cell to cell in a mammal’s brain — and a way to block that protein’s action. Their study in mice and cultured cells suggests that an immunotherapy already in clinical trials as a cancer therapy should also be tested […]

Science Blog: Scientists identify neurons devoted to social memory

Mice have brain cells that are dedicated to storing memories of other mice, according to a new study from MIT neuroscientists. These cells, found in a region of the hippocampus known as the ventral CA1, store “social memories” that help shape the mice’s behavior toward each other. (September 29, 2016) Read the full article here

Psychology Today: The cerebellum may drive sex distinction in our social brains

A groundbreaking new study identifies a strong association between impaired social behavior in rats and the disruption of particular types of cells in the cerebellum during a critical period of development. Interestingly, this phenomenon was only observed in males. The paper reporting on the study was published today in the Journal of Neuroscience. (September 29, […]