Brain Research

Tech Times: New study explains how coffee protects the brain from disease

Can coffee protect drinkers from Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s? A new study finds an evidence that certain types of coffee could prevent mental decline later in life. Plenty has been said about the benefits and risks of coffee, a common beverage that a large portion of the population consumes on a regular basis. (November 7, 2018) […]

Reader’s Digest: 15 things that slow down Alzheimer’s disease

Getting your blood flowing with regular physical activity helps your brain as well as your muscles. In fact, it’s one of the most researched areas of Alzheimer’s prevention. “A lot of my research is on physical activity, and we’ve been able to definitively show that physical activity is very good for people who have genetic […]

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 Xpress: Stroke survivors and those at risk urged to focus on yoga and tai chi

One of Australia’s biggest health issues could be checked if more people took up yoga or tai chi and reduced their blood pressure, an Australian study has found. Stroke costs the country $5 billion a year through treatment and loss of productivity, affecting 56,000 Australians in 2017, equivalent to one stroke every nine minutes. (November […]

BBC: Genetic defect link to early onset Parkinson’s disease

A genetic defect could explain why some people develop early onset Parkinson’s disease, according to researchers. Scientists at Dundee University have studied two genes, called Pink and Parkin, that communicate to protect the brain from damage. They also worked with international colleagues to find patients with a rare mutation affecting these genes. (November 7, 2018) […]

News-Medical: Artificial intelligence technology improves prediction of Alzheimer’s disease

Researchers at the University of California in San Francisco have developed artificial intelligence (AI) technology that improves the effectiveness of brain imaging for the prediction of Alzheimer’s disease. Early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s can make a big difference to disease progression, as treatments and interventions are more effective the earlier they are started in the disease […]

U.S. News & World Report: The bigger the brain, the bigger the tumor risk?

The bigger your brain, the greater your risk for a deadly brain cancer, new research from Norway suggests. It’s a matter of math: A large brain means more brain cells, and more cells means more cell divisions that can go wrong and cause mutations that trigger cancer, the study authors explained. (November 6, 2018) Read […]

Entrepreneur: 9 ways to rewire your brain for creativity

Creativity isn’t necessarily a characteristic you’re born with; it’s a trait that can be honed through habit. With the right practice and persistence, you can rewire your brain to make the most of your inherent ability to generate original ideas. The best way build your creative mind is through practice. Pick your favorite creative pursuits […]

Science Blog: Chronically anxious? Deep sleep may take the edge off

Extreme angst is on the rise nationally and globally, especially among teens and millennials. Among other factors, preliminary findings from UC Berkeley sleep researchers point to a chronic lack of deep restorative sleep. Investigating the neural link between sleep and anxiety, UC Berkeley neuroscientists Matthew Walker and Eti Ben Simon are finding that non-Rapid Eye […]