Brain Health

Medical News Today: Cannabis and the brain: Recent studies shed new light

Recent research sheds new light on the effects of cannabis on the brain. It reveals a complex pattern of potential harms and benefits that varies with age and disease. The findings came from a number of studies that featured at the 2018 annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, held in San Diego, CA. (November […]

Science Alert: Our brains could actually have bacteria living inside, new evidence suggests

The microbes that inhabit the human gut are thought to be responsible for many things, affecting our health, our genes, and even our emotions. Scientists are continually making new discoveries about the scale and influence of the human microbiome, but the latest evidence is particularly startling: this thriving bacterial kingdom might not be alone, but […]

Medical Xpress: In live brain function, researchers are finally seeing red

For years, green has been the most reliable hue for live brain imaging, but after using a new high-throughput screening method, researchers at the John B. Pierce Laboratory and the Yale School of Medicine, together with collaborators at Stanford University, have identified a new fluorescent protein that will make it possible for live neurons to […]

NBC News: How to train your brain to accept change, according to neuroscience

“Change can be a good thing.” This is the sort of quote we hear often when we’re gearing up for a transition in our lives that is sure to challenge our routines. Perhaps we’re starting a diet or incorporating a new exercise plan into our regimen. Maybe the change is more intensive, like switching jobs, […]

Science Daily: Eye contact reduces lying

A new study from the University of Tampere found that eye contact can make us act more honestly.In everyday life, we often find ourselves in situations where we suspect that someone is being untruthful, whether it is a child claiming cluelessness about a missing cookie or a colleague arriving late and blaming the traffic. When […]

Medical News Today: How a key protein boosts memory, learning in the adult brain

A protein that plays a key role in early neural development is also essential for learning and memory in the adult brain. The protein, called netrin, strengthens connections between brain cells. This is according to recent research led by the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital (The Neuro), a teaching and research institute of McGill University […]

NPR: Researchers uncover a circuit for sadness in the human brain

Scientists may have caught a glimpse of what sadness looks like in the brain. A study of 21 people found that for most, feeling down was associated with greater communication between brain areas involved in emotion and memory, a team from the University of California, San Francisco reported Thursday in the journal Cell. (November 8, […]

Spectrum: Gene expression ‘barcode’ maps cells in brain tissue

A new technique transforms the previous broad-brush picture of a brain region into a pointillist masterpiece of neuronal subpopulations associated with specific activities. The method, called multiplexed error-robust fluorescence in situ hybridization (MERFISH), detects gene expression in intact tissue1. It uses DNA probes to tag individual RNA molecules inside brain cells with a fluorescent dye. […]

NPR: Neuroscientists debate a simple question: How does the brain store a phone number?

You hear a new colleague’s name. You get directions to the airport. You glance at a phone number you’re about to call. These are the times you need working memory, the brain’s system for temporarily holding important information. “Working memory is the sketchpad of your mind; it’s the contents of your conscious thoughts,” says Earl […]

Medical News Today: How coffee protects the brain

Scientists have now proved that drinking certain types of coffee can be beneficial to brain health, but how does this popular brew support cognitive function? A new study identifies some of the mechanisms that allow coffee to keep mental decline at bay.According to data from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, […]