Brain Disease

Reuters: Mom’s depression tied to kids’ emotional, intellectual development

A mother’s depression is linked with her children’s development from infancy through adolescence, according to a new study. Researchers studied 875 middle- or lower-class mothers in Chile and their healthy children over a 16-year period, evaluating participants roughly every four years. (April 25, 2018) Read the full article here

Medical Xpress: Brain scans may uncover signs of autism and developmental delays

In the brains of elementary school children may lie clues for understanding differences in behavior among those with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental delays. UO researchers Laura Lee McIntyre and Fred Sabb are now using functional magnetic resonance imaging, or fMRI, to find those clues, which, they say, may help plot a roadmap to […]

Science Daily: Brain activity linked to stress changes chemical codes

Scientists have identified light-induced electrical activity as the brain mechanism controlling chemical code switching in relation to stress. While investigating neurotransmitter switching in rats, the researchers found that specific brain neurons were responsible, with possible implications for chemical imbalances in the brain underlying mental illness. (April 24, 2018) Read the full article here

Medical Xpress: People expect their memory to fade as early as their 50s

People across the UK expect their memory to worsen in their 50s, according to new research from Heriot-Watt University. The results from the “What Keeps You Sharp?” survey, released today, reveals the majority of those asked believe lifestyle and genetics are equally important contributors to the changes they might experience. (April 24, 2018) Read the […]

News-Medical: Studies offer leads for new approaches to treat neurological problems

Technological advances have ushered in a new era of discovery in neuroscience. The Experimental Biology 2018 meeting (EB 2018) will feature an array of research findings on the brain and nervous system. The studies shed new light on the intricate circuitry behind our thought processes, feelings and behaviors and offer leads for both high-tech and […]

BBC News: The foods that might help with dementia

Berries are part of the flavonoid nutrient family which is known for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory abilities. Investigators have claimed that blueberries may activate part of the brain which controls learning and memory, but more studies are needed. (April 23, 2018) Read the full article here

BBC News: Scientists discover mechanism behind motor neurone disease

Scientists say they have made a breakthrough in understanding the cause of both motor neurone disease and a rare form of dementia. They have discovered that a protein called FUS causes brain cells to die in both conditions. The researchers, from Cambridge and Toronto, said they were cautiously optimistic their findings could one day to […]