Brain Disease

Medical News Today: Nutrient in mother’s diet may help fight Alzheimer’s in offspring

Recent research suggests that a maternal diet that is high in an essential nutrient can reduce the impact of Alzheimer’s disease on future generations. In the study, scientists bred mice that were genetically predisposed to develop hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease from females whose diet contained added choline. (January 9, 2019) Read the full article here

Science Alert: One of the most common assumptions about autism may be a complete misunderstanding

Putting yourself in another person’s shoes is never easy, and for those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), the practice is thought to be especially challenging. But even though this neurological condition is often considered a barrier to understanding complex emotions, recent research suggests this may be nothing more than a simple misunderstanding. (January 8, 2019) […]

Medical Xpress: Anxiety-depressive disorder changes brain genes activity

Russian neuroscientists discovered that anxiety-depressive disorder in mice is associated with impaired energy metabolism in the brain. The obtained data provides a fresh look at depression development and other psycho-emotional conditions. The results of the study are published in the BMC Neuroscience. (January 8, 2019) Read the full article here

New Atlas: Exercise-induced hormone may protect against Alzheimer’s and dementia

A new study has revealed a compelling association between a hormone released during exercise and the prevention of neurodegeneration seen in conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease. The research in mice suggests the exercise-induced hormone irisin may improve brain plasticity and memory, helping explain how exercise confers beneficial effects on brain health. (January 7, 2019) Read […]

Medical Xpress: Three studies show gains being made in using AI to create speech from brainwaves

Three teams working independently have uploaded papers to the bioRxiv preprint server outlining their research involving attempting to use neural network-based AI systems to translate brainwaves into decipherable speech. The first, by a team with members from Columbia University and Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine, focused on recordings made using brain electrode implants with epilepsy […]

UPI: Cerebral small vessel disease, hypertension increase cognitive impairment risk

High blood pressure, in combination with periventricular white matter hyperintensities progression, could bring on cognitive impairment, even with medication to lower blood pressure, a new study says. New research published in the journal Hypertension showed that, among 345 men and women over age 65 with hypertension, 9 percent developed cerebral small vessel disease, bringing with […]

Science Daily: A new hope in treating neurodegenerative disease

A research team led by Professor Sung Bae Lee of Brain and Cognitive Sciences and Professor Daehee Hwang of New Biology (Vice-head of the Plant Age and Life Research Group, IBS) has identified the early neuropathology mechanism of structural characteristics of polyglutamine toxic protein on neurodegenerative brain disorders. It was through a joint research with […]

Spectrum: New method exposes structures inside ‘rainbow’ of brain cells

Molecules from alpacas may enable scientists to identify cell types in the brain while also revealing their interior structures. The method may help researchers better visualize how the brain is wired in autism. Researchers often stain tissue with fluorescent antibodies to certain proteins so they can identify cell types. They can also use electron microscopy […]

Medical News Today: Innovative brain implant could improve Parkinson’s treatment

A new, smart implant that “listens” to brain signals could help treat epilepsy and other neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease. Doctors use neurostimulation to treat various conditions, including epilepsy, the effects of stroke, and even depression. This treatment involves using special devices that send electrical impulses to control the activity of the brain and […]