March 2018

News-Medical: Ultra-slow waves in the brain directly linked to consciousness

If you keep a close eye on an MRI scan of the brain, you’ll see a wave pass through the entire brain like a heartbeat once every few seconds. This ultra-slow rhythm was recognized decades ago, but no one quite knew what to make of it. MRI data are inherently noisy, so most researchers simply […]

Medical News Today: Uncovering stroke’s psychological impact

The long-term effects of stroke are relatively well-documented. However, a new study published in the journal Neurology finds that the impact runs much deeper than just the physical. The most common type of stroke is an ischemic stroke, in which blood supply to parts of the brain is blocked, often by a blood clot. (March […]

Medical Xpress: New facial expression app to monitor mood in stroke patients

A new medical app that helps brain-damaged stroke patients communicate how they are feeling has been developed and tested by researchers at the University of Nottingham.  There are around 1.2 million stroke survivors in the UK and many of them have life-changing disabilities that can lead to severe depression or anxiety. (March 30, 2018) Read […]

CBS News: Newly discovered brain injury in vets linked to PTSD

Doctors have found scar tissue in the brains of combat veterans who suffered from PTSD and were exposed to high explosive blast waves. The discovery could mean that many cases of PTSD, long thought to be a mostly psychological illness, may actually be caused by physical brain trauma. (March 29, 2018) Read the full article […]

Forbes: Scientists say they have developed a memory-restoring prosthetic for the human brain

Scientists may have just developed the first successful memory-restoring prosthetic for the human brain. Using technology that can truly be called a “brain hack,” they report being able to boost memory by about 35% over a baseline measurement. This first-of-its-kind implant study took a novel approach to restoring memory. (March 29, 2018) Read the full […]

U.S. News & World Report: MRI sheds new light on brain networks tied to autism

New research suggests that a special MRI technique can spot abnormal connections in the brains of preschoolers with autism. The discovery “may be a clue for future diagnosis and even for therapeutic intervention in preschool children with [autism],” study co-author Dr. Lin Ma, a radiologist at Chinese PLA General Hospital in Beijing, explained in a […]

Tech Times: Music lessons can make children smarter and improve their academic performance

Structured music lessons can significantly improve children’s cognitive skills. Researchers said that this enhancement in cognitive abilities can also improve their academic performance. In the study published in the journal Frontiers in Neuroscience, Artur Jaschke, from VU University of Amsterdam, and colleagues followed 147 schoolchildren for more than two years. (March 29, 2018) Read the […]

New Scientist: Syncing our brain activity may help us interact with each other

It’s said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Monkeys synchronise their brain activity during social interactions, possibly helping them to learn from each other. Understanding how this might work in humans could help groups of people work together more efficiently. (March 29, 2018) Read the full article here