Brain Disease

BBC News: Alcohol and dementia: What’s the truth?

There are lots of reasons why drinking too much alcohol on a regular basis is not a good idea. It can damage the liver, the heart and the brain and is bad for our general health – that much is known. That is why UK guidelines advise men and women to drink no more than […]

Forbes: Science reveals more about the secrets of ‘super-agers’

Aging well is a topic most people have a personal interest in—science certainly does. And it’s revealed some interesting findings in recent years, as long-term studies on “super agers” from across the globe have come in. Of the general population, about a third of people above the age of 90 have dementia, and another third […] Using organoids to understand how the brain wrinkles

A team of researchers working at the Weizmann Institute of Science has found that organoids can be used to better understand how the human brain wrinkles as it develops. In their paper published in the journal Nature Physics, the team describes how they used a modified form of organoid development to study the development of […]

Medical Xpress: Brain immune system is key to recovery from motor neuron degeneration

The selective demise of motor neurons is the hallmark of Lou Gehrig’s disease, also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Yet neurologists have suspected there are other types of brain cells involved in the progression of this disorder—perhaps protection from it, which could light the way to treatment methods for the incurable disease. (February 20, […]

R&D Magazine: New study looks at calcium’s role in Parkinson’s disease

According to a new study, excess levels of calcium in brain cells may play a crucial role in the early development of Parkinson’s disease. A team from the University of Cambridge have discovered that calcium can mediate the interaction between small membranous structures inside nerve endings—crucial for neuronal signaling in the brain—and alpha-synuclein—the protein associated […]

NPR: Scientists explore ties between Alzheimer’s and brain’s ancient immume system

Neuroscientists Robert Moir and Rudolph Tanzi were sipping Coronas in separate offices during “attitude adjustment hour” at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard’s largest teaching hospital. And, by chance, each scientist found himself wondering about an apparent link between Alzheimer’s disease and the immune system. (February 18, 2018) Read the full article here

Medical Xpress: Fragile X syndrome neurons can be restored, study shows

Fragile X syndrome is the most frequent cause of intellectual disability in males, affecting one out of every 3,600 boys born. The syndrome can also cause autistic traits, such as social and communication deficits, as well as attention problems and hyperactivity. Currently, there is no cure for this disorder. (February 16, 2018) Read the full […]

Science News for Students: To hear the beat, your brain may think about moving to it

If you’ve ever felt the urge to tap along to music, this research may strike a chord. Recognizing rhythms doesn’t involve just parts of the brain that process sound — it also relies on a brain region involved with movement, researchers report online January 18 in the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. When an area of […]

Futurism: Brain-zapping pacemaker implant could be a new treatment for opioid addiction

The opioid epidemic continues to sweep across the U.S. as manufacturers flood towns with millions of opioid pills. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that an average of 115 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. Researchers and medical professionals are scrambling to find treatment options for opioid addiction. (February 15, […]