New Scientist: Very creative people have a special kind of brain activity

Need to get creative? A type of brainwave has been linked to creativity, and the more synchronised these are, the higher the quality of your creative output. Joel Lopata at the University of Western Ontario, Canada, and his colleagues found this out by asking 22 pianists to listen to, play back, or improvise jazz melodies. […]

Cheat Sheet: The side effects of common stroke medications may surprise you

A stroke occurs when a blockage prevents oxygenated blood from reaching your brain. Obviously, strokes are extremely serious, and if you’re at risk, medication can help prevent one from happening or stop a second one. Obviously, natural prevention measures like eating lots of produce and getting plenty of exercise are the best ways to stop […]

CNN: Teenager’s brain research could one day help Alzheimer’s patients

When Indrani Das needed motivation, she left the lab. The 2017 winner of the Regeneron Science Talent Search — one of the United States’ most prestigious science and math competitions — enrolled in her local ambulance corps as an emergency medical technician. She needed to be close to people: the kind of lives she one […]

Medical News Today: ‘Electrical map of depression’ may predict onset

Researchers have uncovered patterns of electrical brain activity in depression-prone mice. If replicated in humans, the findings may help to predict a person’s vulnerability to the condition. Depression is more common than we may think. (March 1, 2018) Read the full article here

Science Daily: A neuron can cause a domino effect

If the sense of smell disappears, this can indicate a disease such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease. However, unlike previously assumed, general degenerations in the nervous system do not play a leading role in the loss of the sense of smell with increasing age, but individual nerve cells or classes of nerves are decisive. (March […]

WBUR: Collection of brain from people with eating disorders to be launched at Harvard

Anorexia, bulimia and binge eating affect tens of millions of Americans, but eating disorders remain very difficult to treat, in part because it’s not clear what goes wrong in the brain. “We don’t really have a lot of information on what kind of brain changes, what kind of underlying pathology may be not only contributing […]

News-Medical: Study uncovers changes to the brain during unconsciousness

Three new studies from the Center for Consciousness Science have uncovered the mechanism by which brain networks are degraded whilst a person is unconscious. The findings were recently published in the Journal of Neuroscience, Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, and Trends in Neurosciences. The researchers investigated the degradation of spatial and temporal aspects of information processing […]

CNN: These health problems can be predicted with a look into your eyes

More proof that the eyes reflect overall health just arrived in the form of a study adding a disease to the list of what can be predicted by examining “the windows to the soul.” Small changes in the blood vessels within our eyes at age 60 can foretell a significant loss of memory over the […]

Medical Xpress: Understanding the smallest brain circuits

Roberto Fernández Galán, an assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science at the university’s School of Engineering, and a team of undergraduate researchers at Case Western Reserve have been recording the electrical activity of hundreds of neurons as they fire inside the brain of a mouse model-for up to half an hour at a […]