Brain Health

CNN: These health problems can be predicted with a look into your eyes

More proof that the eyes reflect overall health just arrived in the form of a study adding a disease to the list of what can be predicted by examining “the windows to the soul.” Small changes in the blood vessels within our eyes at age 60 can foretell a significant loss of memory over the […]

Medical Xpress: Understanding the smallest brain circuits

Roberto Fernández Galán, an assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science at the university’s School of Engineering, and a team of undergraduate researchers at Case Western Reserve have been recording the electrical activity of hundreds of neurons as they fire inside the brain of a mouse model-for up to half an hour at a […]

NPR: Still thirsty? It’s up to your brain, not your body

When the body gets dehydrated, the brain tells us to start chugging fluids. But what tells us when to stop? The answer appears to be a brain circuit that acts like a water meter, constantly measuring how much fluid we are taking in, a team reports Wednesday in the journal Nature. (February 28, 2018) Read […]

The Health Site: Mother’s immunity during pregnancy influences child’s brain development

The state of a woman’s immune system during pregnancy may shape the connectivity of her child’s brain, suggests a study, emphasising the influence of maternal health on a child’s susceptibility to psychiatric disorders later in life. The findings showed that short and long-term brain functioning can be influenced by immune system activity during the third […]

Cosmos: New neurons in an adult brain

Although scientists have known for several years that the adult brain can produce new neurons, many questions about the properties conferred by these adult-born neurons were left unanswered. What advantages could they offer that are not offered by the neurons generated shortly after birth? (February 27, 2018) Read the full article here

Yale News: Electric wave engulfs brain at first blush of consciousness

Our brains are bombarded with information about events around us, but we only become conscious of a few of them. Yale researchers have captured what happens in the split second before the emergence of consciousness, a fundamental state of human life. (February 27, 2018) Read the full article here

Science Daily: Brain can navigate based solely on smells

Researchers have developed a new ‘smell virtual landscape’ that enables the study of how smells engage the brain’s navigation system. The work demonstrates, for the first time, that the mammalian brain can form a map of its surroundings based solely on smells. (February 26, 2018) Read the full article here

MIT News: Seeing the brain’s electrical activity

Neurons in the brain communicate via rapid electrical impulses that allow the brain to coordinate behavior, sensation, thoughts, and emotion. Scientists who want to study this electrical activity usually measure these signals with electrodes inserted into the brain, a task that is notoriously difficult and time-consuming. (February 26, 2018) Read the full article here

News-Medical: Study supports benefits of meditation in control of attention and emotions

The study’s findings show that mental silence experienced through Sahaja Yoga meditation is associated with the development of neural networks and areas that are crucial for the control of attention and emotions. A study on the human brain in a state of mental silence in meditation supports the benefits of this discipline in the control […]

Futurity: Brain signal shows when you understand what you hear

Researchers have identified a brain signal that indicates whether a person is comprehending what others are saying. The researchers have shown that they can track the signal using relatively inexpensive EEG (electroencephalography) readings taken on a person’s scalp. (February 23, 2018) Read the full article here