Brain Research

Inverse: Football concussion equipment is fighting a losing battle, science says

As his helmet collided violently with his opponent’s shoulder, Luke Kuechly looked like a life-size bobblehead doll. In an instant, the Carolina Panthers star linebacker suffered yet another concussion. His season, and perhaps career, was in jeopardy.A few weeks earlier, Kuechly began wearing an experimental collar around his neck designed to protect his brain from […]

Medical Xpress: Autism is associated with zinc deficiency in early development—now a study links the two

The emergence of autism in children has not only been linked to genes encoding synaptic proteins—among others—but also environmental insults such as zinc deficiency. Although it is unclear whether zinc deficiency contributes to autism, scientists have now defined in detail a possible mechanistic link. Their research shows how zinc shapes the connections or ‘synapses’ between […]

News-Medical: Scientists solve 125-year-old mystery of the brain, uncover potential treatment for epilepsy

Scientists at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute have solved a 125-year-old mystery of the brain, and, in the process, uncovered a potential treatment for acquired epilepsy. Since 1893, scientists have known about enigmatic structures called perineuronal nets wrapped around neurons, but the function of the nets remained elusive. (November 9, 2018) Read the full […]

Psychology Today: Feeling lonely? Singing could be a joyful remedy

Two new studies put the psychological and overall health benefits of singing with a group in the spotlight. Although approximately 32.5 million U.S. adults regularly sing in some type of choir, community singing is an often-overlooked way to unplug from our digital devices, connect with others, and reduce feelings of loneliness/perceived social isolation. (November 9, […]

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, […]

Medical Xpress: One type of brain cell might hold key to inflammation after head injury

By eliminating one type of immune cell in the brain, researchers were able to erase any evidence of inflammation following traumatic brain injury, according to a new study from The Ohio State University. “We used a drug to wipe out cells called microglia in mice that had experienced brain injury, and the inflammation that is […]