Brain Disease

Medical Xpress: Brain activity alternates while stepping

Human steps are associated with neural activity that alternates between the left and right sides of the brain, finds a study of Parkinson’s disease patients published in JNeurosci. The research recommends future investigations address whether alternating deep brain stimulation accordingly may improve gait in movement disorders. (May 14, 2018) Read the full article here

Science Alert: Schizophrenia could be physically changing the body, not just the brain

Schizophrenia is considered a disorder of the mind, influencing the way a person thinks, feels and behaves. But our latest research shows that organs, other than the brain, also change at the onset of the disease. Scientists have known for a long time that people with schizophrenia have much higher rates of physical illness compared […]

Science Daily: Details of brain networks in autism

A new study analyzing more than 1,000 brain scans reveals surprising new insights into brain networks in people with autism, after applying a new personalized approach to brain mapping. The new approach provides a way to examine the location of individual brain networks with more precision. (May 14, 2018) Read the full article here

Medical News Today: Why does mental illness arise? Clues found in the visual brain

The quality of communication between the parts the brain that process and make sense of vision could be vital for mental health. So concluded a brain imaging study — led by researchers at Duke University in Durham, NC — that is now published in the journal Biological Psychiatry. (May 11, 2018) Read the full article […]

Medical Xpress: Schizophrenia affects your body, not just your brain – new study

Schizophrenia is considered a disorder of the mind, influencing the way a person thinks, feels and behaves. But our latest research shows that organs, other than the brain, also change at the onset of the disease. Scientists have known for a long time that people with schizophrenia have much higher rates of physical illness compared […]

Medical News Today: Alzheimer’s: Are changes in the brain’s attention hub at fault?

Researchers suggest that we become more easily distracted as we age, and that it’s all down to a part of our brains called the locus coeruleus. Could this advance our understanding of Alzheimer’s disease? The “locus coeruleus” is a part of the brain stem that regulates the release of norepinephrine, a hormone linked to our […]

Medical Xpress: Diverse Parkinson’s-related disorders may stem from different strains of same protein

Different Parkinson’s-related brain disorders, called synucleionpathies, are characterized by misfolded proteins embedded in cells. Researchers in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania found that the type of brain cell afflicted dictates which pathological form of α-synuclein (α-syn) protein becomes the disease culprit. (May 9, 2018) Read the full article here