Medical News Today: Why does mental illness arise? Clues found in the visual brain

The quality of communication between the parts the brain that process and make sense of vision could be vital for mental health. So concluded a brain imaging study — led by researchers at Duke University in Durham, NC — that is now published in the journal Biological Psychiatry. (May 11, 2018) Read the full article […]

Medical Xpress: Schizophrenia affects your body, not just your brain – new study

Schizophrenia is considered a disorder of the mind, influencing the way a person thinks, feels and behaves. But our latest research shows that organs, other than the brain, also change at the onset of the disease. Scientists have known for a long time that people with schizophrenia have much higher rates of physical illness compared […]

Inverse: This is your brain on sugar, according to neuroscience

Sugar, in its most basic form, is a natural and simple combination of elements. But when artificially added to food, which is often done, sugar can throw our bodies and brains for a loop. To help understand how our brains react, resident neuroscience Ph.D. candidate Shannon Odell stuffed her face full of a dozen pounds […]

Scientific American: AI re-creates activity patterns that brain cells use in navigation

Scientists have used artificial intelligence (AI) to recreate the complex neural codes that the brain uses to navigate through space. The feat demonstrates how powerful AI algorithms can assist conventional neuroscience research to test theories about the brain’s workings—but the approach is not going to put neuroscientists out of work just yet, say the researchers. […]

News-Medical: Brain magnetic stimulation can increase walking speed for stroke victims

A technique of magnetic stimulation of the brain can increase walking speed in patients who are undergoing rehabilitation after a stroke, reports a research update in the American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, the official journal of the Association of Academic Physiatrists. The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer. (May 10, 2018) Read the […]

Reuters: Even young men who smoke have increased stroke risk

Young men who smoke are more likely to have a stroke before age 50 than their peers who avoid tobacco, a small study suggests. Smoking has long been linked to an increased risk of stroke in older adults, but research to date examining this connection in younger adults has mainly focused on women. (May 10, […]