Wareable: Clevercare smartwatch aims to help Alzheimer’s suffers and carers

We tend to think of wearables being for the techy early adopter, but a New Zealand startup called Clevercare is using the technology to help older people live more independent lives. The Clevercare smartwatch is designed to help people with conditions such as Alzheimer’s or diabetes, with features to offer piece of mind to caregivers […]

Medical Xpress: Research into aggression reveals new insights

An international research consortium, including a biologist from Leicester, has heard that aggression in young male prisoners can be reduced by treating ADHD. Dr. Will Norton, from the University of Leicester’s Department of Biology, is part of the Aggressotype Consortium – a large international consortium funded by the European Union consisting of 18 academic and […]

Huffington Post: Research Links Addictive Social Media Behavior with Substance Abuse

Plenty of research has demonstrated that the addictive quality of social media is very real. And according to a new study, heavy social media use may also contribute to a different type of addiction. Psychologists at the University of Albany found that not only is social media (particularly Facebook) itself potentially addictive, those who use […]

Medical Xpress: Signaling mechanism could be target for survival, growth of tumor cells in brain cancer

UT Southwestern Medical Center neurology researchers have identified an important cell signaling mechanism that plays an important role in brain cancer and may provide a new therapeutic target. Researchers found that this mechanism—a type of signaling termed constitutive or non-canonical epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) signaling—is highly active in glioblastomas, the most common type of […]

NY Daily News: Scientists put worm’s ‘brain’ into Lego robot’s body

Scientists believe they could be on the brink of creating artificial life after they digitized the brain of a worm and successfully placed it inside a robot. Researchers and computer programmers from the “OpenWorm” project made the astonishing development by first mapping the neural connections of parasitic roundworms. They then translated the “code” into software […]

Inside Science: Brain-Like Circuits Can Mimic Pavlov’s Dogs

Artificial electronic circuits that mimic the pathways connecting neurons in the brain can learn, unlearn and store memories, researchers have reported. These inventions could not only help researchers better understand how the brain works, but could also lead to advanced new computers. (December 16, 2014) Read the full article here  

News Medical: Environmental factors influence how genetic variants affect the brain, behavior

Both positive and negative experiences influence how genetic variants affect the brain and thereby behavior, according to a new study. “Evidence is accumulating to show that the effects of variants of many genes that are common in the population depend on environmental factors. Further, these genetic variants affect each other,” explained Sheilagh Hodgins of the […]

U.S. News & World Report: Study Shows Why Expert Pilots Are Experts

Expert pilots process visual information more efficiently than less experienced pilots, which explains why they make better decisions during landings, a new study shows. “The data show that the expert pilot seems to just know what to look for, where to look and when to look,” lead author Maheen Adamson, a clinical associate professor of […]