Brain Research

Science Daily: Stroke drug may also prevent Alzheimer’s disease

Researchers have discovered that a drug currently being developed to treat stroke patients could also prevent Alzheimer’s disease. The study shows that the genetically engineered protein 3K3A-APC protects the brains of mice with Alzheimer’s-like symptoms, reducing the buildup of toxic peptides and preventing memory loss. (January 15, 2019) Read the full article here

U.S. News & World Report: Social support key to good mental health after stroke: Study

Two-thirds of stroke survivors who live at home have good mental health, and social support plays an important role, researchers say. The new study included 300 stroke survivors, aged 50 and older, in Canada. Survivors living in long-term care facilities, who tend to have the most serious disabilities, were not included. (January 14, 2019) Read […]

Medical Xpress: Study identifies a new way by which the human brain marks time

With a little help from HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” University of California, Irvine neurobiologists have uncovered a key component of how the human brain marks time. Using high-powered functional MRI on college students watching the popular TV show, they were able to capture the processes by which the brain stores information related to when events […]

Reuters: Just one or two experiences with marijuana may alter teen brains

Teens who use pot just one or two times may end up with changes to their brains, a new study finds. There were clear differences on brain scans between teens who said they had tried cannabis a couple of times and those who completely eschewed the drug, researchers reported in the Journal of Neuroscience. (January […]

MIT News: Brain study finds circuits that may help you keep your cool

The big day has come: You are taking your road test to get your driver’s license. As you start your mom’s car with a stern-faced evaluator in the passenger seat, you know you’ll need to be alert but not so excited that you make mistakes. Even if you are simultaneously sleep-deprived and full of nervous […]

Yale Daily News: New brain model shows prediction potential

Though many health campaigns are designed for all patients, the last decade has seen a rise in personalized medicine. By examining specific features of individuals’ biological makeups, doctors have been able to more accurately prescribe effective treatments. (January 15, 2019) Read the full article here

Medical News Today: Safer sleeping pills keep brain alert to danger

Most sleeping pills are so strong that the sound of a fire alarm is unlikely to wake those who take them. However, a new study, published in the journal Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, proposes a safer alternative to these drugs. One-third of adults in the United States do not get enough sleep on a regular […]

Quanta Magazine: The brain maps out ideas and memories like spaces

We humans have always experienced an odd — and oddly deep — connection between the mental worlds and physical worlds we inhabit, especially when it comes to memory. We’re good at remembering landmarks and settings, and if we give our memories a location for context, hanging on to them becomes easier. To remember long speeches, […]

The Epoch Times: Fitness affects stroke risk

Low fitness levels have long been tied to higher risk for heart problems. Now researchers say men’s cardiorespiratory fitness is tied to their risk for stroke as well. Researchers in Norway followed 2,014 middle-aged men for more than 20 years.Those who were unfit for the whole study period, or who started out fit but became […]