Brain Disease

Science Daily: X chromosome reactivation could treat Rett syndrome, other X-linked disorders

A study from a team of Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators points toward a potential strategy for treating X-linked disorders — those caused by mutations in the X chromosome — in females. Their report published online in PNAS Early Edition, describes how a dual-modality approach was able to reactivate the inactive X chromosome in mouse […]

CBS News: Combat veterans suffering from same brain disease as concussion victims

As America’s enemies continue to make roadside bombs or improvised explosive devices a central battlefield tactic, more combat veterans are expected to come home like Sgt. Kevin Ash. “His whole personality changed… he had just become hardened… He was having blackouts… it frightened him,” says Ash’s mother, Joy Kieffer. Ash had been exposed to 12 […]

Reuters: Immune boosting virus could be used to treat brain tumors

A trial of a potential new brain cancer treatment has shown that a virus injected directly into the bloodstream can reach tumors deep inside the brain and switch on the body’s own defense system to attack them. The trial involved just nine patients, but scientists said that if the results could be replicated in larger […]

U.S. News & World Report: New hope for ‘ringing’ in the ears

For people with tinnitus, the persistent sense of ringing in the ears is mildly annoying at best and disabling at worst. But a new device may help ease the phantom noises, researchers report. The experimental device uses precisely timed sound and skin stimulation to target nerve activity in the brain. (January 3, 2018) Read the […]

News-Medical: New brain mapping technique reveals link between connectivity and IQ

According to a team of researchers at the University of Cambridge and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), USA, a novel and comparatively simple technique that maps the wiring of the brain has indicated a relationship between how well connected a person’s brain regions are and their intelligence. The study, which was published in the […]

CBS News: U.S. autism rates appear to be stabilizing, new study suggests

Autism rates are much higher than originally thought but may have stabilized in recent years, a new study suggests. An estimated 2.41 percent of children in the United States have autism spectrum disorder, according to a new analysis of data from the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH). (January 2, 2018) Read the full article […]

Newsmax: Aging causes brain cells to develop more mutations

Brain cells – neurons – develop gene mutations over the course of a lifetime, contributing to normal aging and potentially presenting a target for treatments that stave off dementia and other types of cognitive decline, researchers say. The team developed a way to sequence the genomes of individual neurons, which allowed them to see what […]

Medical News Today: How a gene mutation could help to treat chronic pain

Scientists have discovered a rare genetic mutation in one family that causes low sensitivity to pain, a discovery that could lead to new treatment strategies for chronic pain, which is one of the most debilitating conditions in the United States. In a study newly published in the journal Brain, researchers reveal how an Italian family […]