Brain Disease

MedicalXpress: Actions Versus Objects: The Role of the Motor System

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a very severe disease that mainly affects the motor system. Recently the focus of public attention thanks to a viral campaign (remember last summer’s ALS Ice Bucket Challenge?), ALS leads to progressive paralysis and ultimately death. Among the lesser known symptoms of the disease are cognitive impairments, which may even […]

MedwireNews: Cognition and Mood Predict Life Quality After Deep-Brain Stimulation

Measures of cognition and depression, rather than motor outcomes, predict the quality of life (QoL) of patients undergoing subthalamic nucleus deep-brain stimulation (DBS) for Parkinson’s disease (PD), research shows. Single-trial learning performance and depressive symptoms, as well as QoL prior to surgery predicted QoL at follow-up, report Darlene Floden (Cleveland Clinic, Ohio, USA) and team. […]

Huffington Post: Your Moodiness May Be Putting You at Risk for Alzheimer’s

A new study has found that staying calm and avoiding intense mood swings can help women avoid the onset of Alzheimer’s. For those who are worriers, who feel lonely, or distressed and for those who experience drastic mood swings, they may be putting themselves at risk for Alzheimer’s. A new study found that women between […]

Science Daily: Scientists Create Parkinson’s Disease in a Dish

A team of scientists led by The New York Stem Cell Foundation (NYSCF) Research Institute successfully created a human stem cell disease model of Parkinson’s disease in a dish. Studying a pair of identical (monozygotic) twins, one affected and one unaffected with Parkinson’s disease, another unrelated Parkinson’s patient, and four healthy control subjects, the scientists […]

Science 2.0: Here’s A Brainwave – Magnetic Pulses Could Treat Autism

Around 1 in 68 children has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to the US Centers for Disease Control – an extraordinarily high number. Although the prevalence rise is probably due mainly to changes in how we diagnose and classify ASD – autism was once considered a rare condition affecting only one among thousands – […]

Medical Xpress: High-Fat Diet Postpones Brain Aging, Study Suggests

New Danish-led research suggests that signs of brain aging can be postponed in mice if placed on a high-fat diet. In the long term, this opens the possibility of treatment of children suffering from premature aging and patients with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. The research project is headed by the Center for Healthy Aging, University […]

Science 2.0: No Brain Differences Between Autistic And Typical Individuals Over Age 6

In what they are terming the largest MRI study to date, a group of researchers writing in Cerebral Cortex have found that the brain anatomy in MRI scans of people with autism above age six is mostly indistinguishable from that of typically developing individuals and, therefore, of little clinical or scientific value. The researchers used […]

The Independent: Common Diabetes Medicine Could Help Treat Alzheimer’s Sufferers

Two drugs commonly used to treat type-2 diabetes have also been found to work against Alzheimer’s disease in laboratory mice, a study has found. Scientists have shown that the drugs lixisenatide and liraglutide protect the nerve cells of the brain from injury or degeneration in mice with Alzheimer’s disease. Tests showed that the drugs were […]

Yale Daily News: Early Life Stress Permanently Affects Brain Development

For the first time, researchers have been able to study in a controlled environment the long term effects of early-life stress on the developing brain. While research has previously indicated that brain development is governed by more than just genetics, a team of researchers from universities and medical centers across the globe, including from the […]