Brain Research

CBS News: Autism risk linked to common gene variants

Most of the genetic risk for autism appears to come from common gene variants rather than spontaneous gene mutations, according to a new study. Researchers compared about 3,000 people in Sweden with and without autism and found that about 52 percent of autism was linked to common gene variants and rare inherited variations. Spontaneous genetic […]

Daily News: Try, try again? Study says no

Neuroscientists find that trying harder makes it more difficult to learn some aspects of language. The young brain is equipped with neural circuits that can analyze sounds and build a coherent set of rules for constructing words and sentences out of those sounds. Once these language structures are established, it’s difficult to build another one […]

Medical Xpress: Researchers discover neuroprotective role of immune cell

A type of immune cell widely believed to exacerbate chronic adult brain diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease and multiple sclerosis (MS), can actually protect the brain from traumatic brain injury (TBI) and may slow the progression of neurodegenerative diseases, according to Cleveland Clinic research published today in the online journal Nature Communications. The research team, […]

News-Medical: New discovery links two important hypotheses in Alzheimer’s disease research

Important new study results showing that plaque buildup in one area of the brain can negatively affect metabolism in a more distant brain region have been published in Brain Connectivity. “This research may be an important new discovery that links two important hypotheses in Alzheimer’s disease research: the amyloid buildup hypothesis and the network degenerating […]

Futurity: Brain scans predict PTSD risk after Boston bombing

The area of the brain that plays a primary role in emotional learning and the acquisition of fear may hold the key to who is most vulnerable to post-traumatic stress disorder, according to a new study with teenagers following the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013. Prior to the current study, researchers had performed brain scans […]

Huffington Post: Mood, Food and Bipolar Disorder: A New Prescription

If you’re one of the estimated 5.7 million U.S. adults dealing with bipolar disorder, you know the potent control it can have on your moods, energy and emotions. What you may not know is how much power you have to control it. Thanks to an emerging science called epigenetics, researchers have learned that DNA is […]

Science Daily: Children’s impulsive behavior is related to brain connectivity

The changes in the brain that are associated with impulsiveness — a personality trait that causes difficulties in inhibiting a response in the face of a stimulus and leads to unplanned actions without considering the negative consequences — has been the focus of recent study. These patterns can serve as an indicator for predicting the […]

Medscape: Tau Imaging Strong Predictor of Memory Loss

Tau protein in key brain areas of cognitively normal older individuals is strongly correlated to memory loss over time, preliminary research shows. In the largest study of its kind reported to date, investigators at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts, found that F18 T807 (Eli Lilly and Company), a novel positron emission tomography (PET) tau […]