Brain Research

National Institutes of Health: Repurposed experimental cancer drug restores brain function in mouse models of Alzheimer’s disease

Scientists have found that a compound originally developed as a cancer therapy potentially could be used to treat Alzheimer’s disease. The team demonstrated that the drug, saracatinib, restores memory loss and reverses brain problems in mouse models of Alzheimer’s, and now the researchers are testing saracatinib’s effectiveness in humans. The study was funded by the […]

Medical Xpress: Researchers study the neurological links between smell sense and language

It is widely believed that people are bad at naming odors. This has led researchers to suggest smell representations are simply not accessible to the language centers of the brain. But is this really so? Psychologist Asifa Majid from Radboud University Nijmegen and linguist Niclas Burenhult from Lund University Sweden find new evidence for smell […]

NewsWise: Researchers Unravel Mechanism That Plays Key Role In Sexual Differentiation of Brain

During prenatal development, the brains of most animals, including humans, develop specifically male or female characteristics. In most species, some portions of male and female brains are a different size, and often have a different number of neurons and synapses. However, scientists have known little about how this differentiation occurs. Now, a new study by […]

Huffington Post: Garlic slows ageing and protects the brain from disease, study reveals

It may be handy for killing vampires, but garlic can keep humans alive in more ways than one, researchers have found. They say a nutrient in garlic offers the brain protection against ageing and disease. It could even prevent age-related neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. (March 30, 2015) Read the full article here […]

Huffington Post: How Sex Boosts Brain Power And Memory, According To Science

As you get older one of the biggest things that go is your brain function. Your memory starts to fade, and you can’t remember things like you used to. It’s one of the scariest things about getting older because memory loss really erases a person’s identity. Well, good news people, a new study has found […]

Science AAAS: Poverty may affect the growth of children’s brains

Stark and rising inequality plagues many countries, including the United States, and politicians, economists, and—fortunately—scientists, are debating its causes and solutions. But inequality’s effects may go beyond simple access to opportunity: a new study finds that family differences in income and education are directly correlated with brain size in developing children and adolescents. The findings […]

The Atlantic: For a More Creative Brain, Travel

Writers and thinkers have long felt the creative benefits of international travel. Ernest Hemingway, for example, drew inspiration for much of his work from his time in Spain and France. Aldous Huxley, the author of Brave New World, moved from the U.K. to the U.S. in his 40s to branch out into screenwriting. Mark Twain, […]

Tech Times: Researchers Attempting To Cure Brain Cancer Using Polio

Polio is hardly associated with anything pleasant but in the case of brain cancer research scientists at Duke University are carrying out, the virus can be considered a savior. Matthias Gromeier, M.D. has been working on using the polio virus as a cure for brain cancer for 25 years, the last 15 of which he […]