Brain Education

Medical News Today: Could these ‘molecular switches’ stop brain cancer?

It might be possible to change the course of glioblastoma, a very aggressive brain cancer, by manipulating small molecules that switch genes on and off inside cells. This was the conclusion of a study in which researchers in the United Kingdom and India manipulated gene-regulating molecules known as microRNAs (miRNAs) in “human glioblastoma cells.” (May […]

Medical Xpress: New study sheds light on brain’s ability to orchestrate movement

To carry out any action, whether playing the piano or dancing the jitterbug, the brain must select and string together a series of small, discrete movements into a precise, continuous sequence. How exactly the brain achieves this remarkable feat has been a mystery, but a new study in mice, led by scientists from Harvard Medical […]

Tech Times: Moderate exercise may not be able to slow down dementia, study says

On Wednesday, May 16, The British Medical Journal released a study prepared by a research team led by Dr. Sarah Lamb, an Oxford University professor. Dr. Lamb and her team sought results to see how a combination of aerobic and strength exercise training would affect people that were diagnosed with people diagnosed with varying levels […]

New Scientist: Aha! What happens in your brain when you have a lightbulb moment

Eureka! We’ve had the closest look yet at what happens in the brain when you experience a burst of genius. The insight may lead to ways to artificially push the brain into problem-solving mode. To better understand strikes of inspiration, Christian Windischberger at the Medical University of Vienna, Austria, and his colleagues used a type […]

Medical Xpress: New sensor discovery has implications for brain research

A new reagent discovered by research scientists at St George’s, University of London has shown real-time brain behaviour in more detail than ever before. An ultrafast sensor which binds to glutamate will allow scientists to visualise messaging at the synapses—which occurs on a millisecond timescale. Nerve cells communicate through synapses, which pass messages from one […]

BBC: What happens to the brain during a concussion?

Concussion is a common brain injury. Sports stars suffer from this condition on a weekly basis. But what actually happens to the brain when we are concussed? Concussions happen often, especially in contact sports such as rugby and American football. Our video explores what happens in the brain after a bang on the head. (May […]

New Atlas: Can magnetic pulses to the brain help drug users shake their addiction?

Transcranial magnetic stimulation, where magnetic pulses are delivered non-invasively through the skull to excite particular regions of the brain, is a promising technique with applications that could range from boosted memories to reduced food cravings. Now, scientists exploring its potential to tackle drug addiction have found that it can dampen brain activity in response to […]