Brain Disease

Science Daily: Simulating a brain-cooling treatment that could one day ease epilepsy

Using computer simulation techniques, scientists have gained new insights into the mechanism by which lowering the temperature of specific brain regions could potentially treat epileptic seizures. The results are published in PLOS Computational Biology. About 50 million people worldwide deal with sudden, recurring seizures that are the hallmark of epilepsy. (October 5, 2017) Read the […]

UPI: Gene therapy may be breakthrough for boys with ‘Lorenzo’s Oil’ disease

Boys affected by a rare but deadly neurological illness made famous by the movie “Lorenzo’s Oil” may have new reason to hope, with gene therapy showing long-term promise in a new study. The disease, called adrenoleukodystrophy, affects about one in every 21,000 boys and occurs when boys lack one copy of the X chromosome. (October […]

Medical News Today: Disease and odor: An intriguing relationship

The relationship between odor and disease is an interesting two-way street. In this article, we discuss the aroma of illness, electronic noses, and the hidden dangers of losing your sense of smell. Olfaction, or smell, is, evolutionarily speaking, our oldest sense. Despite this pedigree, it receives much less attention than the show ponies of the […]

TIME: Just one hour of exercise a week may help prevent depression

Regular exercise may prevent many cases of future depression, according to a new Australian study, and researchers say that as little as one hour a week can make a real difference. The paper, published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, followed more than 22,000 healthy Norwegian adults without symptoms of anxiety or depression for an […]

NPR: Many young adults with autism also have mental health issues

College involved “many anxiety attacks and many trips home” for Daniel Share-Strom, an autistic 27-year-old motivational speaker in Bradford, Ontario. It wasn’t just the challenge of organizing his assignments and fighting the disability office for the extra time he needed for tests. It was also managing all the aspects of daily life that most people […]

Medical Xpress: Pathway in neurons may contribute to neurodegenerative disease

An injury pathway in the neurons of fruit flies may cause the loss of synapses in diseases such as Alzheimer’s and ALS, according to University of Michigan researchers. This pathway, called DLK, has received recent attention as a candidate drug target because it contributes to the deterioration of damaged neurons. (October 4, 2017) Read the […]

Scientific American: An inner look into the minds and brains of people with OCD

A new study published September 28 in Neuron uses mathematical modeling of decision-making during a simple game to provide insight into what might be going on. The game looked at a critical aspect of the way we perceive the world. Normally, a person’s confidence about their knowledge of the surrounding environment guides their actions. (October […]

The New York Times: For your brain’s sake, keep moving

Because we can never have enough reasons to keep exercising, a new study with mice finds that physical activity not only increases the number of new neurons in the brain, it also subtly changes the shape and workings of these cells in ways that might have implications for memory and even delaying the onset of […]

NPR: Brain’s link to immune system might help explain Alzheimer’s

Fresh evidence that the body’s immune system interacts directly with the brain could lead to a new understanding of diseases from multiple sclerosis to Alzheimer’s. A study of human and monkey brains found lymphatic vessels — a key part of the body’s immune system — in a membrane that surrounds the brain and nervous system, […]

Science Daily; Online parent training helps young kids with ADHD

Parents of children with ADHD can feel desperate for resources or treatments to help their children who struggle with inattention, distractibility and impulsiveness affecting school and home. Researchers at Lehigh University have discovered that brief online or in-person behavioral therapy for parents is equally effective in improving children’s behavior and parental knowledge — a potential […]