Brain Research

EurekAlert: Study maps extroversion types in the brain’s anatomy

“These are people just sharing with you how they tend to experience the world and what’s important to them,” said Tara White, assistant professor (research) of behavioral and social sciences in the Brown University School of Public Health and corresponding author of the new study. “The fact that that’s validated in the brain is really […]

The Guardian: Why reading and writing on paper can be better for your brain

Reading, unlike speaking, is a young activity in evolutionary terms. Humans have been speaking in some form for hundreds of thousands of years; we are born with the ability to acquire speech etched into our neurones. The earliest writing, however, emerged only 6,000 years ago, and every act of reading remains a version of what […]

Brain Blogger: What Do Smartphones Do to the Brain?

Even as the smartphone continues to evolve in functionality and power, parents are anxious that their kids seem to be addicted to their device. According to them, all that their kids do is switch off their ears, bury their heads, and tap, flick, and scroll on their touchphone screens. But, scientists have discovered at least […]

Medical Xpress: Magnetic nanoparticles could stop blood clot-caused strokes

By loading magnetic nanoparticles with drugs and dressing them in biochemical camouflage, Houston Methodist researchers say they can destroy blood clots 100 to 1,000 times faster than a commonly used clot-busting technique. The finding, reported in Advanced Functional Materials (early online), is based on experiments in human blood and mouse clotting models. If the drug […]

Science Codex: Brain cancer: Modules that Regulate Glioblastoma Genes

Researchers have shown for the first time a pyramid hierarchical network of “coherent gene modules” that regulate glioblastoma genes, involved in a highly aggressive form of brain cancer. By identifying the most important gene modules responsible for cancer growth and proliferation, the study informs a strategy that could elucidate these modules at the top levels […]

Montreal Gazette: Brain surgery: Montreal at forefront of simulation technology

Aurélie Mourot tried again to grasp the green plastic triangle with her metal pincers, watching her failed efforts on a video screen with mounting frustration. The triangle squirted out of her grasp and sailed away. Mourot looked stressed, with cause. Her next challenge was brain surgery, and a slip-up amid the folds of meaty tissue […]

Medical Xpress: 3D-printed guides can help restore function in damaged nerves

Scientists at the University of Sheffield have succeeded in using a 3D printed guide to help nerves damaged in traumatic incidents repair themselves. The team used the device to repair nerve damage in animal models and say the method could help treat many types of traumatic injury. The device, called a nerve guidance conduit (NGC), […]

South China Morning Post: Grilled and fried food may raise Alzheimer’s risk, study finds

Swapping that grilled beef burger for beef stew, or having poached salmon instead of fish and chips, could benefit more than just your waistline. New research suggests that avoiding foods that have been fried, grilled or smoked could help keep your risk of Alzheimer’s disease in check. According to the study, published in the Journal […]

South Morning China Post: Bilingual children may have lower Alzheimer’s risk

Being raised bilingual is good for you. It can boost your language attainment, enhance overall academic performance and perhaps even protect you against Alzheimer’s disease in later life. That is the good news for Hong Kong from one of the world’s leading experts on the biological foundations of language learning. Cognitive neuroscientist Dr Laura-Ann Petitto […]

Medical Xpress: Scientists have discovered that switching on one area of the brain chemically can trigger a deep sleep.

The new study, which explored how sedatives work in the brain’s neural pathways, could lead to better remedies for insomnia and more effective anaesthetic drugs. Scientists from Imperial College London found that certain types of sedative drugs work by ‘switching on’ neurons in a particular area of the brain, called the preoptic hypothalamus. Their work, […]