Brain Disease

News-Medical: Schizophrenia: A byproduct of the brain’s complex evolution?

New genetic evidence, published in the journal Schizophrenia, suggests that the condition is an “unwanted side effect” of the evolution of the complex human brain. More and more studies have been illuminating the genetic components of schizophrenia, a condition that affects about 1 percent of the world’s population. (February 24, 2018) Read the full article […]

Medical News Today: Could your tears help to diagnose Parkinson’s?

One day, it might be possible to diagnose Parkinson’s disease noninvasively by checking for biological markers in tears, new research suggests. The study — led by the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles — found that tear samples from individuals with Parkinson’s disease had different levels of a protein linked to the disease […]

Live Science: Does anesthesia cause memory problems in adults?

“Going under” for surgery might lead to future memory problems, but any effects appear to be small, a new study suggests. Middle-age adults who underwent surgery using general anesthesia performed slightly worse on memory tests afterward, according to the study, published today (Feb. 22) in the journal Anesthesia. (Februayr 22, 2018) Read the full article […]

Newsweek: Perfectionists are more likely to be depressed – but one thing might help them

Perfectionists may be more susceptible to depression—unless they can learn to be kind to themselves, according to research published Wednesday in PLoS One. The paper, based on surveys given to more than 1,000 Australian teenagers and adults, found that perfectionists who were more self-compassionate were less depressed, regardless of their age. (February 21, 2018) Read […]

BBC News: Alcohol and dementia: What’s the truth?

There are lots of reasons why drinking too much alcohol on a regular basis is not a good idea. It can damage the liver, the heart and the brain and is bad for our general health – that much is known. That is why UK guidelines advise men and women to drink no more than […]

Forbes: Science reveals more about the secrets of ‘super-agers’

Aging well is a topic most people have a personal interest in—science certainly does. And it’s revealed some interesting findings in recent years, as long-term studies on “super agers” from across the globe have come in. Of the general population, about a third of people above the age of 90 have dementia, and another third […] Using organoids to understand how the brain wrinkles

A team of researchers working at the Weizmann Institute of Science has found that organoids can be used to better understand how the human brain wrinkles as it develops. In their paper published in the journal Nature Physics, the team describes how they used a modified form of organoid development to study the development of […]

Medical Xpress: Brain immune system is key to recovery from motor neuron degeneration

The selective demise of motor neurons is the hallmark of Lou Gehrig’s disease, also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Yet neurologists have suspected there are other types of brain cells involved in the progression of this disorder—perhaps protection from it, which could light the way to treatment methods for the incurable disease. (February 20, […]

R&D Magazine: New study looks at calcium’s role in Parkinson’s disease

According to a new study, excess levels of calcium in brain cells may play a crucial role in the early development of Parkinson’s disease. A team from the University of Cambridge have discovered that calcium can mediate the interaction between small membranous structures inside nerve endings—crucial for neuronal signaling in the brain—and alpha-synuclein—the protein associated […]