Brain Disease

Science Daily: How social networking keeps people healthy

Have you ever wanted to tell someone about a tough day at work or scary medical news, but felt nervous about calling a friend to share what’s going on? Findings from a new study suggest that people who feel apprehensive about one-on-one interactions are taking advantage of a new form of communication that may help […]

News-Medical: Taurine could boost effectiveness of existing multiple sclerosis therapies

New research suggests that administering taurine, a molecule naturally produced by human cells, could boost the effectiveness of current multiple sclerosis (MS) therapies. Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) found that taurine helps spark a process called remyelination, which is crucial to repairing the nerve cells damaged in multiple sclerosis. (December 8, 2017) Read […]

Medical Xpress: Updated brain cell map connects various brain diseases to specific cell types

Researchers have developed new single-cell sequencing methods that could be used to map the cell origins of various brain disorders, including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. By analyzing individual nuclei of cells from adult human brains, researchers at the University of California San Diego, Harvard Medical School and Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute […]

New York Times: How loneliness affects our health

The potentially harmful effects of loneliness and social isolation on health and longevity, especially among older adults, are well established. For example, in 2013 I reported on research finding that loneliness can impair health by raising levels of stress hormones and inflammation, which in turn can increase the risk of heart disease, arthritis, Type 2 […]

Medical News Today: Huntington’s disease: Could a cancer drug hold the key?

Medication used to treat cancer could potentially be an effective therapy for Huntington’s disease, according to new research led by Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, NC. The drug may also offer a pathway to treat other neurodegenerative diseases. (December 8, 2017) Read the full article here

Medical Xpress: Brain networks that help babies learn to walk ID’d

Scientists have identified brain networks involved in a baby’s learning to walk—a discovery that eventually may help predict whether infants are at risk for autism. The findings build on previous research that has shown that babies who have delays in developing skills involved in coordination and movement are more likely to be diagnosed subsequently with […]

Popular Science: This tiny bit of the brain could offer clues about addiction

Neuroscientists know a lot about what happens in the brain when someone decides to do something, like reach for a cookie on the office snack table. What they’re less certain about, though, is what happens when someone starts to do something, and then quickly decides to stop—like starting to reach for a cookie, seeing that […]

Science Daily: PET tracer gauges effectiveness of promising Alzheimer’s treatment

Researchers report on the first large-scale longitudinal imaging study to evaluate BACE1 inhibition with micro-PET in mouse models of Alzheimer’s disease. PET imaging has been established as an excellent identifier of the amyloid plaque and tau tangles that characterize Alzheimer’s disease. Now it is proving to be an effective way to gauge treatment effectiveness. (December […]

Medical Daily: Study reveals potential new warning sign of Parkinson’s

A new study from researchers at a Danish University linked restless sleep and neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s and Dementia. The study conducted at Arhaus University found that people who have trouble sleeping during the rapid eye movement (REM) phase of sleep have lower levels of dopamine in their brain. The lower levels of dopamine […]

News-Medical: Study characterizes effects of opioids on brain proteins other than opioid receptors

In a new study, researchers have characterized the effects of a series of opioids on proteins in the brain other than opioid receptors. In the British Journal of Pharmacology study, several synthetic opioids inhibited serotonin and norepinephrine transporters, which may contribute to their analgesic properties but may also increase the risk of serotonin toxicity, a […]