October 2018

Medical Xpress: How the brain makes rapid, fine adjustments in motor activity

Northwestern Medicine scientists have discovered a neural mechanism for making rapid, fine adjustments in precise motor activity. The study, led by Lee Miller, professor of physiology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, found that the brain’s premotor cortex may use a “neural scratch pad” between it and the primary motor cortex to calculate fine […]

MIT News: Electrical properties of dendrites help explain our brain’s unique computing power

Neurons in the human brain receive electrical signals from thousands of other cells, and long neural extensions called dendrites play a critical role in incorporating all of that information so the cells can respond appropriately. Using hard-to-obtain samples of human brain tissue, MIT neuroscientists have now discovered that human dendrites have different electrical properties from […]

Science Daily: Simple test may help predict long-term outcome after stroke

A simple test taken within a week of a stroke may help predict how well people will have recovered up to three years later, according to a study published in the October 17, 2018, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.”We found that this test, which takes less than […]

Phys.org: Early intervention more important than ADHD diagnosis, researcher says

All children—with or without ADHD—can benefit from behavioral strategies. A recent study published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry suggests the youngest children in a classroom are being diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and medicated more often, but Florida International University psychologist Erika Coles says using simple behavioral strategies, at any […]

U.S. News & World Report: Map of mouse hippocampus could be weapon against Alzheimer’s

A precision map of a part of the brain of the lowly mouse could be a potent new research tool against Alzheimer’s, researchers say. The highly detailed look at the mouse hippocampus should provide new insight into a range of brain diseases in humans, according to the research team from the University of Southern California. […]

Forbes: The one brain function you need to understand to achieve mental strength

“Balance” is not so much a buzzword as it is a platitude at this point. An age-old virtue, the concept of “balance” (or yin and yang) appeared first in religious and spiritual texts in the East. Today, we hear about it most often in discussions about being able to juggle our personal and professional lives. […]

Health Day: Brain’s ‘self-control’ center may be key to weight-loss success

A behavioral therapist could be as important as a calorie-cutting diet for folks who want to lose weight, researchers say. Brain scans reveal that people who are better at losing weight have more activity in regions of the brain associated with self-control, a small new study reports.Teaching people to trigger their brain’s self-control centers could […]

Science Daily: Are trigger warnings emotionally protective?

Do you like to see warnings about violent or other distressing content before watching a TV show or movie, or reading a book? New University of Michigan research finds that some people feel less negative about the content when they receive trigger warnings, but those who believe them to be protective do not feel better […]

Medical Xpress: Sugar, a ‘sweet’ tool to understand brain injuries

Australian researchers have developed ground-breaking new technology which could prove crucial in treating brain injuries and have multiple other applications, including testing the success of cancer therapies. Associate Professor David Nisbet from The Australian National University (ANU) and Dr. Richard Williams from RMIT have developed a 3-D tool to model brain injury in a laboratory […]

Neurology Advisor: Sleep duration, stroke link varies with race, sex

The association of sleep duration with incident stroke varies by race and sex, according to a study published online Oct. 3 in Neurology. Megan E. Petrov, Ph.D., from the Arizona State University in Phoenix, and colleagues examined the correlation between reported sleep duration and incident stroke among 16,733 black and white adults without history of […]