Brain Disease

Newsmax: CTE marker identified for brain-injured NFL players

A potential marker, or warning sign, for a devastating brain disease caused by repeated concussions has been identified in living people for the first time by researchers. Until now, it has only been possible to diagnose chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) after death. Scientists in Boston studied the brains of 23 former college and professional football […]

New York Times: Vision and hearing loss are tied to cognitive decline

Now and then I hear someone (myself included) proclaim “my brain is on overload.” This is not surprising given the myriad complex tasks the brain performs, among them enabling you to learn, plan, remember, communicate, see, hear and smell. Perhaps also not surprising, a growing number of studies have linked compromised sensory functions like poor […]

Science Daily: Creating brain cells to detect Tourette’s

Scientists have used a genetic engineering technique for the first time to create brain cells from the blood cells of individuals in a three-generation family with Tourette syndrome to help determine what causes the disease. “This is so important to the future research of Tourette’s and other neuropsychiatric disorders because before this technique was discovered […]

Medical News Today: Depression: Is brain inflammation tied to suicidal thoughts?

A new study confirms the link between inflammation of the brain and the prevalence of suicidal thoughts in people diagnosed with major depression. This is the first study of its kind to measure relevant biomarkers in living individuals. Major depression is a very common mental condition, with 6.7 percent of all adults in the United […]

Spectrum: Brain, behavior distinguish autism from language delay

Babies with autism show behavioral and brain features that differ from those of babies with language delay. These findings from a new study hint at different biological origins for autism and language delay. The results, based partly on brain scans, could help clinicians identify and treat subgroups of children with language problems. (September 25, 2017) […]

Health Imaging: Changes in brain connectivity correlates with Parkinson’s symptoms

By using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to study the organization of the brain’s connectome, researchers have shown certain alterations in the brain’s connectivity correlate with symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease (PD), such as motor disturbances. The study—led by Xueling Suo with the Huaxi MR Research Center at the West China Hospital in Sichuan, China—was published […]

Medical Xpress: Gene immunotherapy protects against multiple sclerosis in mice

A potent and long-lasting gene immunotherapy approach prevents and reverses symptoms of multiple sclerosis in mice, according to a study published September 21st in the journal Molecular Therapy. Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease in which T cells destroy the myelin sheath—the material that surrounds and protects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. […]

The Guardian: One in four girls have depression by the time they hit 14, study reveals

One in four girls is clinically depressed by the time they turn 14, according to research that has sparked new fears that Britain’s teenagers are suffering from an epidemic of poor mental health. A government-funded study has found that 24% of 14-year-old girls and 9% of boys the same age have depression. Their symptoms include […]