August 2017

Cosmos: A readable map for all movement found deep in the brain

All possible movements an animal can do can be mapped to neural activity stored within the central brain structure known as the striatum, reveals new research that could lead to neuroscientists creating a complete atlas of movements. The research, led by scientists from Columbia University in New York and the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown […]

Scientific American: Human stem cells fight Parkinson’s disease in monkeys

Scientists have successfully used “reprogrammed” stem cells to restore functioning brain cells in monkeys, raising hopes the technique could be used in future to help patients with Parkinson’s disease. Since Parkinson’s is caused by a lack of dopamine made by brain cells, researchers have long hoped to use stem cells to restore normal production of […]

Science Daily: A decline in navigational skills could predict neurodegenerative disease

Changes in how humans map their surroundings and construct and follow directions as they age have been understudied compared to effects on memory and learning. However, age-related declines in navigational ability are independent of those more well-known cognitive downturns, and could form the basis for tools for the early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers discuss […]

Harvard Health: For people with MS, can exercise change the brain?

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a condition of unknown cause in which the covering lining of nerve fibers (called myelin) is damaged. Myelin is like insulation on a wire — when it is damaged, nerve impulses are not transmitted properly. This leads to an array of symptoms including weakness, vision problems, numbness, tingling, and poor coordination […]

The Health Site: Help your child sleep better to sharpen his brain

During childhood, the cognitive and psychosocial development starts to develop. Although playing brain teasing games, riddles and ensuring in sports like chess can help boost the brain function, most parents are unaware of the role of sleep in their kid’s brain function. Dr Jyoti Chawla, Senior Consultant Paediatrics, Paras Panchkula sheds light on the role […]

New York Times: Moving when young may strengthen the adult brain

Being active in youth may change the inner workings of brain cells much later in life and sharpen some types of thinking, according to a remarkable new neurological study involving rats. The study suggests that the effects of youthful exercise on the brain could linger deep into adulthood, potentially providing a buffer against the declines […]

Singularity Hub: Is this the real thing? How the brain separates fantasy from reality

Humans perceive the world not just through senses like sight—mixed into our perception is a heavy dose of prediction. The brain actively works to fill in information to make sense of what we’re seeing—what’s the color and shape? Is it a face? Is it supposed to be there? (August 30, 2017) Read the full article […]