July 2018

News-Medical: Research shows that neurons can encode more than one signal at a time

Back in the early days of telecommunications, engineers devised a clever way to send multiple telephone calls through a single wire at the same time. Called time-division multiplexing, this technique rapidly switches between sending pieces of each message. New research from Duke University shows that neurons in the brain may be capable of a similar […]

Medical Xpress: Five-year stroke rates lower after PCI versus CABG

Stroke rates are lower at 30 days and five years after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) than after coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), according to a study published in the July 24 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Stuart J. Head, M.D., Ph.D., from Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, Netherlands, and colleagues […]

Harvard Health: Protect your brain from stress

It’s not uncommon to feel disorganized and forgetful when you’re under a lot of stress. But over the long term, stress may actually change your brain in ways that affect your memory. Studies in both animals and people show pretty clearly that stress can affect how the brain functions, says Dr. Kerry Ressler, chief scientific […]

Medical News Today: Chronic pain: New compound may replace opioids

Researchers tested an alternative to opioids in a mouse model of chronic pain and found it to be safe, effective, and possess none of the side effects of opioids. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) estimate that in the United States, 25.3 million adults have chronic pain. (July 19, 2018) Read the full article here

Newsweek: Child’s risk of autism can change based on health of mother’s gut

New research suggests that the risk of developing autism is determined by the mother’s gut during pregnancy. Scientists at the University of Virginia School of Medicine were able to analyze pregnant women’s microbiomes to determine the child’s risk of developing autism. The study, published July 2 in The Journal of Immunology, also researched how to […]

Science Blog: Brain reactions to food may be linked to overeating

The reason why some people find it so hard to resist finishing an entire bag of chips or bowl of candy may lie with how their brain responds to food rewards, leaving them more vulnerable to overeating. In a study with children, researchers found that when certain regions of the brain reacted more strongly to […]

News-Medical: Cognitive functions often wilt as water departs the body, shows study

Anyone lost in a desert hallucinating mirages knows that extreme dehydration discombobulates the mind. But just two hours of vigorous yard work in the summer sun without drinking fluids could be enough to blunt concentration, according to a new study. Cognitive functions often wilt as water departs the body, researchers at the Georgia Institute of […]

Medical Xpress: Forty percent of people have a fictional first memory, says study

Researchers have conducted one of the largest surveys of people’s first memories, finding that nearly 40 per cent of people had a first memory which is fictional. Current research indicates that people’s earliest memories date from around three to three-and-a-half years of age. However, the study from researchers at City, University of London, the University […]