Brain Disease

Medical News Today: Alzheimer’s could be diagnosed early with sniff tests

Testing the sense of smell of people at a high risk of Alzheimer’s disease might help to provide an early diagnosis, a new study suggests. Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible condition characterized by memory loss and damage of other cognitive functions. At present, there are no effective ways of diagnosing progression toward Alzheimer’s early on […]

Scientific American: Baby siblings could hold clues to autism diagnosis

In October 2010, Lisa and Eugene Jeffers learned that their daughter Jade, then nearly 2 and a half years old, has autism. The diagnosis felt like a double whammy. The parents were soon engulfed by stress from juggling Jade’s new therapy appointments and wrangling with their health insurance provider, but they now had an infant […]

Cosmos: Adult brain’s fear HQ can grow new cells

A new cradle of brain cell formation has been discovered in the adult amygdala, a region that gives memories their emotional bite. The discovery could lead to a deeper understanding of post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, and phobias – and also to better treatments. (August 16, 2017) Read the full article here

UPI: New brain region identified in spatial memory, navigation

Researchers at the Flanders Institute for Biotechnology have identified a new region of the brain responsible for navigation and spatial memory. Patients with Alzheimer’s disease or other neurological conditions have a failure in the specialized neural networks in the brain that are responsible for navigation — leading to memory deficits and disorientation. (August 16, 2017) […]

Medical News Today: Alzheimer’s: Low serotonin levels may drive development

Could Alzheimer’s disease be caused by low levels of serotonin, the brain chemical known to affect mood and sleep? New research investigates. It is not yet known what causes Alzheimer’s disease, but researchers are hard at work trying to unravel the neurological, molecular, and genetic underpinnings of the disease. (August 15, 2017) Read the full […]

Medical Daily: 4 brain differences in patients with genetic autism, revealed by MRI scans

Researchers used MRI scans to uncover clear and visible differences in the brain structure related to cognitive and behavioral impairments in individuals with genetic autism. These results suggest that brain imaging could play a role in better identifying patients who are in most critical need of special interventions. (August 9, 2017) Read the full article […]

Huffington Post: Depression versus bipolar

Depression looks different on each person. Some people are irritable, others isolate from their friends and many people sleep too much or not enough. Depression isn’t a “one-size-fits-all” condition. There are different types of depression and it’s important each of them. That’s why it can be hard to figure out if your friend is depressed. […]

Medical Xpress: Insight into brain via ‘friend of fragile X’ gene

We can learn a lot about somebody from the friends they hang out with. This applies to people and also to genes and proteins. Emory scientists have been investigating a gene that we will call—spoiler alert —”Friend of fragile X.” Fragile X syndrome is the most common inherited form of intellectual disability, studied by research […]