R&D Magazine: New brain scan provides more accurate Alzheimer’s diagnosis

Researchers from Lund University have developed a new brain imaging technique that reveals the spread of specific tau protein depositions that are associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Both the beta-amyloid protein- which forms as plaque in the brain and spreads throughout the brain several years before symptoms start showing—and the tau protein—which forms tangles within brain […]

NPR: This rapper tried to use neuroscience to get over her ex

When a relationship ends but love remains, it can be both frustrating and embarrassing. Dessa, a well-known rapper, singer and writer from Minneapolis, knows the feeling well. She’d spent years trying to get over an ex-boyfriend, but she was still stuck on him. (September 18, 2018) Read the full article here

Boston Globe: Why the brain tells time

For thousands of years, humans have experimented with different ways to tell time — from sundials and hourglasses to the digital clock. But even without gadgets, humans have a sense of when things happened and in which order. (September 14, 2018) Read the full article here

BBC: Bedside light tool could detect baby brain injury earlier

Sick babies admitted to a neonatal unit after a difficult birth could benefit from a new bedside tool to detect brain damage, researchers believe. The team at University College London has developed a device which shines light into the brain to monitor oxygen and energy levels. Broadband near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) could help doctors assess brain […]

Scientific American: Soccer headers cause more brain damage in female players

Repeatedly heading a soccer ball exacts a toll on an athlete’s brain. But this cost—measured by the volume of brain cells damaged—is five times greater for women than for men, new research suggests. The study provides a biological explanation for why women report more severe symptoms and longer recovery times than men following brain injuries […]

Medical News Today: Schizophrenia: ‘Resyncing’ brain circuits could halt symptoms

Schizophrenia is a complex mental condition that is still not fully understood in terms of how brain circuitry links up to behavioral symptoms. Now, however, scientists seem to have found a way to make some of the symptoms disappear.Recent studies have suggested that some of the symptoms of schizophrenia — such as memory problems, hallucinations, […]

Science Daily: Brain’s lymphatic vessels as new avenue to treat multiple sclerosis

The brain’s lymphatic vessels appear to carry previously unknown messages from the brain to the immune system that ultimately cause the disease symptoms. Blocking those messages may offer doctors a new way to treat a potentially devastating condition that affects more than 2 million people. (September 17, 2018) Read the full article here

UPI: Study: Low-dose aspirin doesn’t extend healthy living in older people

If healthy older people take a low dose of aspirin daily, it may not lead to a longer healthy life free of dementia and persistent physical disability, according to a new study. But researchers found in a study of 19,114 people conducted in the United States and Australia that the risk of dying from a […]