Brain Disease

Medical Xpress: Heart-brain connection could be predictive biomarker for epilepsy

Heartbeat irregularities connected to brain activity abnormalities may lead to the ability to predict eventual epileptic seizures in subjects who suffered physical or infectious brain insults, according to Penn State researchers who studied mouse models of cerebral malaria, which often causes epilepsy in those who survive.(August 27, 2018) Read the full article here

Phys.org: In sync: How cells make connections could impact circadian rhythm

If you’ve ever experienced jet lag, you are familiar with your circadian rhythm, which manages nearly all aspects of metabolism, from sleep-wake cycles to body temperature to digestion. Every cell in the body has a circadian clock, but researchers were unclear about how networks of cells connect with each other over time and how those […]

Health Day: Study finds some patients with a-fib have hidden brain damage

In a new study of patients with the heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation (a-fib), 4 in 10 had previously undetected brain damage, though none had a history of stroke or mini-stroke. This brain damage could put them at risk for mental decline and dementia, researchers said. (August 27, 2018) Read the full article here

Science Daily: Epigenetic analysis of aggressive brain tumors

Glioblastoma is a highly aggressive brain cancer that predominantly affects people in their 50s, 60s and 70s. Even under the best available care, half of the patients die within one year after diagnosis, and very few live on for more than three years. Many efforts to develop new, targeted treatments have failed over the last […]

USA Today: Researchers close in on CTE diagnosis in living, one brain at a time

Submerged in chemicals in the stainless-steel bowl is the key to life and, researchers hope, death.It’s a human brain. That of a man who played college football in the 1950s, to be exact. His family donated his brain to get answers for themselves, but what’s found also could lead to more answers about chronic traumatic […]

Science Daily: On-again, off-again relationships might be toxic for mental health

Sam and Diane from “Cheers.” Ross and Rachel from “Friends.” Carrie and Mr. Big from “Sex and the City.” These are just some of the notable on-again, off-again couples found in pop culture. While their relationships made for storylines that kept viewers entertained, a researcher from the University of Missouri says that the pattern of […]

Science News: How antibodies attack the brain and muddle memory

Antibodies in the brain can scramble nerve cells’ connections, leading to memory problems in mice. In the past decade, brain-attacking antibodies have been identified as culprits in certain neurological diseases. The details of how antibodies pull off this neuronal hit job, described online August 23 in Neuron, may ultimately lead to better ways to stop […]

Newsweek: Parkinson’s disease could be predicted with eye scan, study suggests

They say the eyes are the window to the soul—but they could also reveal our risk of developing Parkinson’s disease according to a small study. Every year, around 50,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with the neurodegenerative condition. Currently, Parkinson’s disease is generally not picked up until symptoms—like tremors, stiffness of the limbs and […]

The New York Times: The healthier your heart, the healthier your brain may be

Cardiovascular health in older people is associated with lower risk of dementia and lower rates of cognitive decline, a study in JAMA reports. The analysis included 6,626 people over 65 who were rated for cardiovascular health using seven metrics: nonsmoking, plus optimal levels of physical activity, diet, body mass index, cholesterol, glucose and blood pressure. […]