Brain Health

UPI: Miniature human brain implants survive, grow inside mice for months

Miniature human brains, or human brain organoids, can survive and grow after being implanted in the skulls of mice. It’s the first time human cerebral organoids have been installed inside another species. Researchers describe the breakthrough in a new paper published Monday in the journal Nature Biotechnology. (April 16, 2018) Read the full article here

The New York Times: You share everything with your bestie. Even your brain waves

Researchers have long known that people choose friends who are much like themselves in a wide array of characteristics: of a similar age, race, religion, socioeconomic status, educational level, political leaning, pulchritude rating, even handgrip strength. The impulse toward homophily, toward bonding with others who are the least other possible, is found among traditional hunter-gatherer […]

Medical News Today: Could your fitness boost your kids’ brain power?

In a paper published in the journal Cell Reports, researchers from the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) and the University Medical Center Göttingen, also in Germany, explain how they came to this conclusion after studying mice. They found that exposure to a stimulating environment with lots of exercise not only increased learning ability in […]

Bel Marra Health: Do this one thing for a healthy heart and brain

With temperatures on the rise and the grass looking greener, it’s the perfect time of year to head outdoors. Not only to see spring in bloom but to protect your heart and mind. It is well documented that walking is a beneficial exercise when it comes to heart health and maintaining memory. (April 12, 2018) […]

News-Medical: Reducing sedentary behavior may be possible target to improve brain health

Sitting too much is linked to changes in a section of the brain that is critical for memory, according to a preliminary study by UCLA researchers of middle-aged and older adults. Studies show that too much sitting, like smoking, increases the risk of heart disease, diabetes and premature death. Researchers at UCLA wanted to see […]

Science Daily: Imagining an object can change how we hear sounds later

Seeing an object at the same time that you hear sound coming from somewhere else can lead to the “ventriloquist illusion” and its aftereffect, but research suggests that simply imagining the object produces the same illusory results. The findings are published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. (April 12, 2018) […]

Science Daily: Does physical activity influence the health of future offspring?

Physical and mental exercise is not only beneficial for your own brain, but can also affect the learning ability of future offspring – at least in mice. This particular form of inheritance is mediated by certain RNA molecules that influence gene activity. These molecules accumulate in both the brain and germ cells following physical and […]

Wired: New brain maps with unmatched detail may change neuroscience

Sitting at the desk in his lower-campus office at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, the neuroscientist Tony Zador turned his computer monitor toward me to show off a complicated matrix-style graph. Imagine something that looks like a spreadsheet but instead of numbers it’s filled with colors of varying hues and gradations. (April 8, 2018) Read the […]