Brain Disease

Medical Xpress: A piece of the puzzle: Eight autism-related mutations in one gene

Scientists have identified a hotspot for autism-related mutations in a single gene. By studying data from thousands of genomes of people with autism-spectrum disorders, an interdisciplinary team of USC researchers homed in on a gene called TRIO. The TRIO gene produces a protein that influences the development and strength—or weakness—of the connections between brain cells. […]

Science Daily: Cell model of the brain provides new knowledge on developmental disease

By reprogramming skin cells into nerve cells, researchers are creating cell models of the human brain. In a new study, the researchers describe how cells from patients with the severe developmental disease lissencephaly differ from healthy cells. The method can provide vital new knowledge on difficult-to-study congenital diseases. (September 19, 2017) Read the full article […]

Neurology Advisor: Age, gender, and cognition predict weight loss in Parkinson’s disease

Cognitive score, female gender, age, postural instability, and type of dopaminergic therapy are among independent predictors for weight loss in patients with early Parkinson disease (PD), according to an analysis of patient data from a randomized, double-blind trial reported in the Journal of Neurology. Investigators examined weight loss predictors among 1619 people with early PD […]

News-Medical: Scientists genetically engineer mice that display behavioral hallmarks of human bipolar disorder

Johns Hopkins researchers report they have genetically engineered mice that display many of the behavioral hallmarks of human bipolar disorder, and that the abnormal behaviors the rodents show can be reversed using well-established drug treatments for bipolar disorder, such as lithium. Specifically, the mice lacked the protein ankyrin-G, in particular neurons in the brain, a […]

Medical Xpress: Researchers find the key to loss of smell with Parkinson’s disease

University of Auckland research has found an anatomical link for the loss of the sense of smell in Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s disease is a progressive, degenerative disorder of the brain. Symptoms include tremors, stiffness or rigidity, and slowness of movement. According to Parkinson’s New Zealand, approximately 1 percent of people over the age of 60 […]

Newsweek: Yoga and mental health: How it helps depression and four other conditions

Yoga can help quiet the mind, alleviating the worries and stress that plague our day-to-day lives. But the benefits can also extend to more serious psychological issues. In the U.S., nearly 1 in 5, or roughly 43 million Americans, suffer from a mental illness, including conditions like depression, anxiety, or schizophrenia. These individuals often experience […]

Futurism: Potential vaccine and oral medication for Alzheimer’s disease in human trials

Researchers from the University of Southern California (USC) Keck School of Medicine are tackling Alzheimer’s disease (AD) proactively by focusing on prevention. AD, the sixth-leading cause of death in the US which affects 47 million people worldwide, is the subject of a new study and series of clinical trials testing both a vaccine and oral […]

Simple Most: New study suggests women have more active brains than men

A new study shows men and women have differences in the way we think and use our brains—and it also shows that one of us is using our brains a whole lot more. Sure, women might not need a study to know we use our brains a lot more than men, but science is here […]