Brain Disease

NPR: Scientists explore ties between Alzheimer’s and brain’s ancient immume system

Neuroscientists Robert Moir and Rudolph Tanzi were sipping Coronas in separate offices during “attitude adjustment hour” at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard’s largest teaching hospital. And, by chance, each scientist found himself wondering about an apparent link between Alzheimer’s disease and the immune system. (February 18, 2018) Read the full article here

Medical Xpress: Fragile X syndrome neurons can be restored, study shows

Fragile X syndrome is the most frequent cause of intellectual disability in males, affecting one out of every 3,600 boys born. The syndrome can also cause autistic traits, such as social and communication deficits, as well as attention problems and hyperactivity. Currently, there is no cure for this disorder. (February 16, 2018) Read the full […]

Science News for Students: To hear the beat, your brain may think about moving to it

If you’ve ever felt the urge to tap along to music, this research may strike a chord. Recognizing rhythms doesn’t involve just parts of the brain that process sound — it also relies on a brain region involved with movement, researchers report online January 18 in the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. When an area of […]

Futurism: Brain-zapping pacemaker implant could be a new treatment for opioid addiction

The opioid epidemic continues to sweep across the U.S. as manufacturers flood towns with millions of opioid pills. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that an average of 115 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. Researchers and medical professionals are scrambling to find treatment options for opioid addiction. (February 15, […]

MD Magazine: Working memory, vigilance linked to ADHD

New research singles out working memory and arousal regulation as promising cognitive endophenotypes when it comes to mediating genetic risk of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The scientific literature has no shortage of studies proposing links between various traits and ADHD. Researchers from the Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) and the State University of […]

News-Medical: Poor fitness levels increase the risk dementia, concludes study

A study conducted at UT Southwestern’s O’Donnell Brain Institute has added to the growing body of evidence that regular exercise improves brain health and reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. The findings suggest that the lower a person’s fitness level is, the greater the deterioration of white matter in their brain. (February 15, 2018) Read […]

Big Think: Depression, schizophrenia, autism and other psychiatric disorders show common genetic link

In his book The Gene, journalist and physician Siddhartha Mukherjee borrows Richard Dawkins’s description of genes not as ‘blueprints’ but ‘recipes’ that specify processes inside of our bodies, calling them ‘formula for forms.’ Our understanding of disease must now consider the most elementary of molecules, he continues. In order to wrap our heads around the […]

Newsmax: Active lifestyle keeps older brains healthy

Older adults who maintain a high level of ordinary physical activity, such as house cleaning and walking the dog, as well as exercise, have more gray matter in their brains than those who are less active, according to a study conducted at Rush University Medical Center. The gray matter in the brain includes regions responsible […]

Well + Good: An inflammatory diet could impact your mental health, new research shows

The gut-mind connection is becoming an increasingly prominent part of the conversation surrounding mental health. While it might be an overstatement to contend that certain diets are more effective than anti-psychotic medications, a growing number of doctors and experts are cementing the connection between the belly and the brain. (February 13, 2018) Read the full […]

The Scientist: Molecule found in Huntington’s patients kills cancer cells

Small interfering RNAs (siRNAs) responsible for brain damage in Huntington’s patients are also toxic to cancer cells, according to researchers at Northwestern University. The findings, published yesterday (February 12) in EMBO Reports, could provide a novel approach to cancer therapy. Huntington’s is caused by trinucleotide repeat (TNR) expansions, excessive repeats of RNA sequences in the […]