Brain Disease

Science Daily: Scientists discover schizophrenia gene roles in brain development

A USC research team identified 150 proteins affecting cell activity and brain development that contribute to mental disorders, including schizophrenia, bipolar condition and depression. It’s the first time these molecules, which are associated with the disrupted-in-schizophrenia 1 (DISC1) protein linked to mental disorders, have been identified. The scientists developed new tools involving stem cells to […]

The New York Times: Depression in older people tends to be more severe

Depression in older people tends to be more severe, last longer and be less likely to remit than the same disease in younger people, a new study concludes. The reason remains unknown, but it is apparently unconnected to known risk factors like social isolation or the chronic diseases of old age. (June 7, 2018) Read […]

Healthline: Depression can make your brain age more quickly

The brains of people who experience depression or anxiety may age more quickly than other people. And researchers in a new study say this increases their odds of developing dementia. According to the National Institute of Mental Health about 16 million adults in the United States (almost 7 percent of all American adults) had experienced […]

Medical Xpress: Researchers create first artificial human prion

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine researchers have synthesized the first artificial human prion, a dramatic development in efforts to combat a devastating form of brain disease that has so far eluded treatment and a cure. The new findings are published in Nature Communications. (June 5, 2018) Read the full article here

Science Daily: What effect does transcranial magnetic stimulation have on the brain?

Researchers have gained new insights on the question of how transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) effects functional interconnectivity of neurons. For visualization, they employed fluorescent dyes which provide information on the activity of neurons by light. Using this technique, they showed in an animal model that TMS predisposes neuronal connections in the visual cortex of the […]

UPI: Protein in brain linked to alcoholism cure in study

A protein in the brain that’s active in developing a person’s tolerance to alcohol could help researchers create drugs to help with alcoholism, according to a study. The researchers, who studied binge drinking, published their findings Monday in eNeuro, a journal of the Society for Neuroscience. (June 5, 2018) Read the full article here

Science Daily: How does alcohol influence the development of Alzheimer’s disease?

Research from the University of Illinois at Chicago has found that some of the genes affected by alcohol and inflammation are also implicated in processes that clear amyloid beta — the protein that forms globs of plaques in the brain and which contributes to neuronal damage and the cognitive impairment associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Previous […]

Spectrum: Autism brains show widespread alterations in structure

The brains of people with autism show a variety of structural differences from those of controls, according to a large imaging study1. The differences appear throughout the brain, not just in regions linked to the condition. The findings suggest that many more regions are involved in autism than previously thought. (June 4, 2018) Read the […]