Brain Disease

HealthCanal: Brain Connectivity Associated with Autism

Through this developmental lens, the San Diego State University psychology research professor hopes to understand the typical and atypical patterns of brain organization and brain connections that give rise to either normative, or abnormal behaviors, especially in the sphere of social behavior such as interacting with or understanding of others. “Social skills and the ability […]

The Score: An 18-year-old intern who kept messing up brain surgery on mice accidentally stumbled on a scientific breakthrough

The researchers found that brain damage could be significantly reduced if an antioxidant is applied immediately after the trauma. The study, which was of great interest to the NFL world, was based on the observation of mice immediately after brain trauma. In a remarkable happenstance, the study wouldn’t have been possible if Roth hadn’t been so bad […]

The Health Site: Are Brain Disorders An Evolutionary Problem?

Why is it that our Neanderthal ancestors never suffered from brain disorders like autism or schizophrenia but it’s a common malice in the modern world? The reason is that our cave-dwelling ancestors didn’t have the DNA triggers which can lead to these ailments. They were essentially turned off while the identical genes in today’s humans […]

Medical Xpress: Cancer Drugs Block Dementia-Linked Brain Inflammation, Study Finds

A class of drugs developed to treat immune-related conditions and cancer – including one currently in clinical trials for glioblastoma and other tumors – eliminates neural inflammation associated with dementia-linked diseases and brain injuries, according to UC Irvine researchers. In their study, assistant professor of neurobiology & behavior Kim Green and colleagues discovered that the drugs, […]

Red Orbit: Gene Variant Confers Higher Alzheimer’s Risk for Women

New research from scientists at Stanford University has revealed a genetic variant that raises the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease in women, but not in men. After analyzing information on numerous older individuals who were followed over time, the scientists recognized a genetic variant called ApoE4 that conveyed the sex-specific elevated risk level, according to their report in the Annals of Neurology. […]

Medical News Today: Modified Stem Cells May Offer Way to Treat Alzheimer’s Disease

A new study suggests genetically modified stem cells may offer a new way to treat Alzheimer’s disease. When implanted in mice bred to have symptoms and brain hallmarks of Alzheimer’s, they increased connections between brain cells and reduced the amyloid-beta protein that accumulates to form plaques that clog up the brain. A report on the […]

Huffington Post UK: Apathy in Older People Could Be a Sign of Brain Shrinkage

Older people who show signs of apathy – a lack of emotion, interest or energy – are more likely to have smaller brain volumes than those who aren’t apathetic, a new study has revealed. “Just as signs of memory loss may signal brain changes related to brain disease, apathy may indicate underlying changes,” said Lenore J. Launer, […]