Brain Disease

News Medical: Research project on risk taking behavior in teenagers

By looking at 40 different factors in a 14 year old teens, including brain structure and function, personality, life experiences and genetics, researchers can predict with 70% accuracy who will go on to develop binge drinking within the next two years. Impulsivity, hopelessness, sensation-seeking traits, lack of conscientiousness, and other variables such as life events […]

HealthDay: Stress, Depression May Boost Stroke Risk, Study Finds

A University of Minnesota study found that depression seemed to raise the risk of a stroke or a transient ischemic attack (TIA) by 86 percent. It also found that stress apparently raised stroke or TIA risk by 59 percent. And hostility doubled the risk, the researchers said. A TIA is a mini-stroke caused by a […]

CNN: 5 things you may not know about post-traumatic stress

Approximately 7.7 million American adults age 18 and older have post-traumatic stress disorder, according to the National Institutes of Health. While the disorder is often associated with war veterans who have been exposed to extended violence, PTSD and its treatments involve more than you might think. (July 9, 2014) Read the full article here

Neuroscience News: Scientists Find Key Piece in Brain Tumor Puzzle

Scientists at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital, McGill University and McGill University Health Centre have shown that a member of the protein family known as SUMO (small ubiquitin-like modifier) is a key to why tumour cells multiply uncontrollably, especially in the case of glioblastoma. The SUMO family proteins modify other proteins and the SUMOylation […]

Reuters: Study paves the way for a blood test to predict Alzheimer’s

British scientists have identified a set of 10 proteins in the blood that can predict the onset of Alzheimer’s and call this an important step towards developing a test for the incurable brain-wasting disease. Such a test could initially be used to select patients for clinical trials of experimental treatments being developed to try to […]

Psych Central: Addiction Starts With Overcorrection in the Brain

New research suggests that the process of a brain becoming addicted is similar to a driver overcorrecting a vehicle. When drugs and alcohol release unnaturally high levels of dopamine in the brain’s pleasure system, oxidative stress occurs in the brain, according to scientists from Brigham Young University. “Addiction is a brain disease that could be […] Researchers receive $12.6 million NIH grant to study genetics of Alzheimer’s

Researchers from Columbia University’s Taub Institute for Research on Alzheimer’s Disease and the Aging Brain and Departments of Neurology, Epidemiology, and Systems Biology are part of a five-university collaboration receiving a $12.6 million, four-year grant from the National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to identify rare genetic variants […]

USA Today: VA rejects link between Gulf War service and cancers

The Department of Veterans Affairs has rejected a request from members of Congress and veterans advocates to make brain cancer, lung cancer and migraines presumptive conditions for Gulf War veterans. Officials said they cannot prove the high rate of these illnesses among Gulf War vets are related to military service. VA officials said the number […]

Fox News: 99.6 percent of Alzheimer’s disease drug trials fail, experts find

Approximately 99.6 percent of Alzheimer’s disease drug trials are unsuccessful, according to new research from the Cleveland Clinic. Using data from – a government website that tracks ongoing clinical trials – researchers discovered that from 2002-2012, 244 drugs had been tested- and only one drug was a success. With 10,000 baby boomers reaching the […]

Purdue News: Purdue-designed tool helps guide brain cancer surgery

A tool to help brain surgeons test and more precisely remove cancerous tissue was successfully used during surgery, according to a Purdue University and Brigham and Women’s Hospital study. The Purdue-designed tool sprays a microscopic stream of charged solvent onto the tissue surface to gather information about its molecular makeup and produces a color-coded image […]