Brain Disease

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, […]

News-Medical: New discovery links two important hypotheses in Alzheimer’s disease research

Important new study results showing that plaque buildup in one area of the brain can negatively affect metabolism in a more distant brain region have been published in Brain Connectivity. “This research may be an important new discovery that links two important hypotheses in Alzheimer’s disease research: the amyloid buildup hypothesis and the network degenerating […]

Futurity: Brain scans predict PTSD risk after Boston bombing

The area of the brain that plays a primary role in emotional learning and the acquisition of fear may hold the key to who is most vulnerable to post-traumatic stress disorder, according to a new study with teenagers following the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013. Prior to the current study, researchers had performed brain scans […]

Huffington Post: Mood, Food and Bipolar Disorder: A New Prescription

If you’re one of the estimated 5.7 million U.S. adults dealing with bipolar disorder, you know the potent control it can have on your moods, energy and emotions. What you may not know is how much power you have to control it. Thanks to an emerging science called epigenetics, researchers have learned that DNA is […]

The News: Brain disorders constitute 13 percent of global disease burden

Brain disorders including mental, neurological and substance-use conditions amount to 13 per cent of the global burden of disease, surpassing both cardiovascular disease and cancer. Many of these disorders are preventable and treatable if we act without delay. Shifa’s consultant and head of neurology department Dr. Maimoona Siddiqui stated this while quoting the World Federation […]

Medscape: Tau Imaging Strong Predictor of Memory Loss

Tau protein in key brain areas of cognitively normal older individuals is strongly correlated to memory loss over time, preliminary research shows. In the largest study of its kind reported to date, investigators at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts, found that F18 T807 (Eli Lilly and Company), a novel positron emission tomography (PET) tau […]