Brain Research

Spectrum: Top autism gene may rewire brain by altering expression of other genes

The autism gene TBR1 controls the expression of several other candidate genes that govern the architecture of the cerebral cortex, the brain’s outer section, a new study suggests. TBR1 is among a select set of genes with strong ties to autism. The new findings explain that connection: Mutations in TBR1 may disrupt gene expression in […]

Science Magazine: Reprogrammed cells could tackle brain damage

If a diseased or injured brain has lost neurons, why not ask other cells to change jobs and pick up the slack? Several research teams have taken a first step by “reprogramming” abundant nonneuronal cells called astrocytes into neurons in the brains of living mice. “Everybody is astonished, at the moment, that it works,” says […]

UPI: Exercise may help beat drug addiction, study says

Exercise makes drug addicts less susceptible to succumbing to the cues that trigger a relapse, a new study suggests. Where an addict normally uses drugs, the people an addict uses drugs with and the paraphernalia they use to consume the drugs all act as cues that can derail an addict’s recovery process. (November 14, 2018) […]

Reader’s Digest: 13 signs you could have early-onset Alzheimer’s disease

Memory loss is the most common symptom of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease (and late-onset as well), which occurs before the age of 65, according to the Mayo Clinic. It’s typically one of the first signs that something is wrong. Symptoms of early-onset Alzheimer’s—which are similar to those that appear in other cases of the condition—usually start […]

Medical Xpress: New brain imaging research shows that when we expect something to hurt it does, even if the stimulus isn’t so painful

Expect a shot to hurt and it probably will, even if the needle poke isn’t really so painful. Brace for a second shot and you’ll likely flinch again, even though—second time around—you should know better. That’s the takeaway of a new brain imaging study published in the journal Nature Human Behaviour which found that expectations […]

Neurology Advisor: In-hospital infection may up readmission after stroke

For patients with ischemic stroke, infection during stroke hospitalization is associated with increased odds of 30-day readmission, according to a study published online Nov. 1 in Stroke. Amelia K. Boehme, Ph.D., from Columbia University in New York City, and colleagues examined the correlation between infection during stroke hospitalization and 30-day readmission among ischemic stroke survivors. […]

Medical News Today: MS: When good brain cells turn bad

A new study is the first to suggest that the brain cells that multiple sclerosis attacks, called oligodendrocytes, may actually play a significant role in the development of the disease. The researchers behind this discovery are from the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden, and they hope that their findings might lead to a new class […]

U.S. News & World Report: Childbirth in the age of opioid addiction

When she was in early 20s, Nicole Veum says, she made a lot of mistakes. “I was really sad and I didn’t want to feel my feelings,” she said. “I turned to the most natural way I could find to cover that all up and I started using drugs: prescription pills, heroin for a little […]