October 2018

Science Daily: Specific networks in brain present much earlier than previously thought

A team of researchers have used the brain’s spontaneously generated patterns of activity to glean novel insights into network structure and development. They found the existence of precise organizational networks in the cerebral cortex much earlier in development than previously thought. (October 30, 2018) Read the full article here

UPI: Experimental vaccine may reduce risk of post-stroke blood clot

An experimental vaccine reduced the risk of post-stroke blood clot risk in a study with mice, researchers report in a new study. Researchers in Japan hope the vaccine, called S100A9, may one day replace oral blood thinners, which are used to help prevent another stroke. The findings were published Monday in the journal Hypertension. (October […]

BBC News: Parkinson’s disease ‘may’ start in gut

The brain disease Parkinson’s may actually start in the depths of the digestive system, US scientists say. In their study, people whose appendix had been removed were less likely to develop the neurodegenerative disease.And the appendix, long thought of as pointless in the human body, contained the substance that kills brain cells. (October 31, 2018) […]

New Atlas: New research affirms potential of eye scans to detect Alzheimer’s disease early

Over the last few years, many researchers have been working to find ways to identify Alzheimer’s disease in its earliest stages, before major symptoms develop. Research has begun to suggest that certain signs of deterioration in the retina could mirror early neurodegeneration, and new research presented at the recent Annual Meeting of the American Academy […]

Futurity: This part of the brain suppresses fear

Scientists have identified a part of the brain involved in inhibiting fear, a discovery that holds potential for helping patients with psychiatric diseases such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The findings of a new study, which appears in Nature Communications, shows that a small brain region in the thalamus called the nucleus reuniens plays a […]

Inverse: Video shows how a common belief about longevity has been debunked

The number of neurons an animal has in its brain’s cerebral cortex is nature’s best indicator of how long that creature will live, and that also may be a clue as to why humans take longer to mature — and live longer lives — than just about any other being on the planet.Previously, it was […]

Futurity: Your brain needs balance to pay attention

When preparing to interpret what we see, nerve cells maintain a state of balance, which may explain why a healthy brain can block out distractions, according to new research. Autism and other developmental disorders impair that ability to focus attention, which is essential to our daily lives.The new research, which appears in Nature Communications, marks […]

Science Daily: Reduced screen time for young highly recommended for well-being

Too much time spent on gaming, smartphones and watching television is linked to heightened levels and diagnoses of anxiety or depression in children as young as age 2, according to a new study. Even after only one hour of screen time daily, children and teens may begin to have less curiosity, lower self-control, less emotional […]