Brain Disease

Wired: This breakthrough could help diagnose CTE in living patients

Athletes who repeatedly suffer blows to the head face brain injuries and in the most extreme cases, death. Now, a new study has identified a biomarker that could be used to diagnosis a brain disease that affects athletes with repeated head injuries. CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy), which can currently only be diagnosed after death, is […]

Science Daily: Bright light therapy at midday helped patients with bipolar depression

Daily exposure to bright white light at midday significantly decreased symptoms of depression and increased functioning in people with bipolar disorder, a recent study found. More than 68 percent of patients who received midday bright light achieved a normal level of mood, compared to 22.2 percent of patients who received a dim placebo light. (October […]

Newser: Doctors find way to halt deadly child brain disease

Without a risky bone-marrow transplant before symptoms appear, children with brain disease ALD can expect to live no longer than five years as nerve cells in the brain die off and erase one’s ability to walk, talk, and think. Even a successful transplant can result in permanent disabilities, reports the New York Times. (October 10, […]

Wired: This new Alzheimer’s test looks beyond a single problem gene

America is entering a period that may one day be known as The Great Forgetting. Alzheimer’s, a disease defined as much by the accumulation of mental lapses as by tangled proteins in the brain, is an ailment of the aging. Sixty-five-year-olds have a one in 10 chance of a positive diagnosis. By age 85, the […]

PBS Newshour: How a brain gets hooked on opioids

Pain and pleasure rank among nature’s strongest motivators, but when mixed, the two can become irresistible. This is how opioids brew a potent and deadly addiction in the brain. Societies have coveted the euphoria and pain relief provided by opioids since Ancient Sumerians referred to opium poppies as the “joy plant” circa 3400 B.C. But […]

Medical News Today: Dementia: Study helps to unravel the cause of brain cell death

Dementia arises as a result of brain cell death, which may lead to a decline in learning, memory, and other cognitive functions, but precisely what triggers this process has been unclear. Now, a new study helps to shed some light. Researchers found that lack of a gene called lysine specific histone demethylase 1 (LSD1) triggers […]

The Atlantic: Scientists somehow just discovered a new system of vessels in our brains

You are now among the first people to see the brain’s lymphatic system. The vessels in the photo above transport fluid that is likely crucial to metabolic and inflammatory processes. Until now, no one knew for sure that they existed. Doctors practicing today have been taught that there are no lymphatic vessels inside the skull. […]