Brain Disease

The Atlantic: On Campus, Young Veterans Are Learning How To Be Millenials

Millennials are lazy. Millennials are privileged, overeducated, and basking in an extended adolescence. Millennials will earn less than their parents. They’re anxious. They’re entitled. Ask anyone. Ask The New York Times. Or ask James Cetto, a former Marine. He was born in the 80s, when the American image of war looked like Tom Cruise playing […]

Medical Xpress: Detecting concussion-related brain disease in its earliest stages

Autopsies have shown that some high-profile athletes who suffered repeated blows to the head during their careers have unusual protein clumps in their brains. Those clumps suggest the athletes had a disease called chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Now, scientists are working on tests that might be able to detect CTE in its earliest stages, according […]

Science Daily: Stampede supercomputer used to study common link between addiction, neurological disease

The XSEDE-allocated Stampede supercomputer has been used to study the dopamine transporter. Stampede is ranked seventh on the Top 500 list of supercomputers. Its research links altered dopamine signaling and dopamine transporter function to neurological and psychiatric diseases including early-onset Parkinsonism, ADHD, and cocaine addiction. (July 22, 2014) Read the full article here

Medicine Net: Parents of Children With Autism Need Help, Too

Most therapies for autism focus on the child, but new research suggests the child’s stressed-out parents could benefit from treatments designed specifically for them. Mothers of autistic children who took part in a coping skills program found they connected better with their child and felt less stress, anxiety and depression, report researchers at Vanderbilt University, […]

Science Daily: Diagnostic criteria for Christianson Syndrome

A new study provides the most definitive characterization of the autism-like intellectual disability disorder Christianson Syndrome and provides the first diagnostic criteria to help doctors and families identify and understand the condition. Initial evidence suggests CS could affect tens of thousands of boys worldwide. (July 21, 2104) Read the full article here      

SF Gate: $650 million donation for mental illness research

Late Monday, the Broad Institute, a biomedical research center in Cambridge, Mass., announced a $650 million donation for psychiatric research from the Stanley Family Foundation – one of the largest private gifts ever for scientific research. It comes at a time when basic research into mental illness is sputtering, and many drugmakers have all but […]

CNN: Identifying the genetic roots of schizophrenia

After analyzing the DNA of 150,000 people, scientists say they can pinpoint the genetic roots of schizophrenia. In the largest study of its kind, a consortium of researchers from around the world linked the mental illness to 108 spots on people’sDNA. Previously, scientists had only discovered 30 such locations. The study was published Monday in […]

CBS News: Autism risk linked to common gene variants

Most of the genetic risk for autism appears to come from common gene variants rather than spontaneous gene mutations, according to a new study. Researchers compared about 3,000 people in Sweden with and without autism and found that about 52 percent of autism was linked to common gene variants and rare inherited variations. Spontaneous genetic […]

Medical Xpress: Researchers discover neuroprotective role of immune cell

A type of immune cell widely believed to exacerbate chronic adult brain diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease and multiple sclerosis (MS), can actually protect the brain from traumatic brain injury (TBI) and may slow the progression of neurodegenerative diseases, according to Cleveland Clinic research published today in the online journal Nature Communications. The research team, […]