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Neurology / Neuroscience News From Medical News Today

Neuroscience describes the scientific study of the mechanics of the central nervous system such as its structure, function, genetics and physiology as well as how this can be applied to understand diseases of the nervous system. Neurology is a specialized

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The 'worm' holds the key to treating epilepsy: New possibilities for rapid drug discovery

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 05:00:00 PDT

Current methods to control epilepsy are not only inefficient but haven't improved in more than 150 years when the first anticonvulsant drug was developed.

Custom-tailored strategy against glioblastomas

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 02:00:00 PDT

Glioblastomas are incurable malignant brain tumors. Usually the patients affected survive for only a few months. In addition, every tumor is quite different, which makes treatment very difficult.

Scientists track down possible new treatment for epilepsy

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Increasing the concentration of specific fats in the brain could suppress epileptic seizures.

New hope in fight against aggressive and often hard to treat brain tumour

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 06:00:00 PDT

Researchers from the University of Southampton have discovered a potential way of stopping one of the most aggressive types of brain tumour from spreading, which could lead the way to better...

Nicotine has the potential to prevent brain aging, study suggests

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PDT

The addictive chemical nicotine may have a positive role in the brain; researchers suggest it could protect against age-related neurodegeneration.

Hormone changes during menstrual cycle alter problem-solving strategies

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Research demonstrates that women's problem solving ability is not altered by hormone fluctuations, but it is handled by different parts of the brain.

"Sixth sense" may be more than just a feeling

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 09:00:00 PDT

NIH study of rare genetic disorder reveals importance of touch and body awareness.

ALS could be prevented with technique that halts protein clumping

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 08:00:00 PDT

SOD1 gene mutations form protein clumps, leading to motor neuron degeneration in ALS, but researchers may have found a way to halt this process.

TSRI study illuminates how mystery MS drug works

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 05:00:00 PDT

A study by scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) has helped to de-mystify the molecular workings of the multiple sclerosis (MS) drug Tecfidera®.

Long-term alcohol dependence affects cognitive abilities

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PDT

New evidence shows that long-term alcohol dependence can significantly disrupt a range of specific cognitive abilities, particularly as we age.

LSU health New Orleans research reveals how psychedelics alter brain function with innovative method

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Surprising findings of LSU Health New Orleans research on the brain's response to psychedelic drugs include that psychedelics directly activate only about 5% of brain cells, even in the most highly...

Vitamin D levels in pregnant women could be linked to some learning disabilities in children

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 05:00:00 PDT

Learning disabilities are more common in children who were conceived between January and March - the time of year when there is insufficient sunlight to produce vitamin D - according to a new study...

Brain's hippocampus helps fill in the blanks

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 05:00:00 PDT

A new study shows that when you finish your spouse's sentences or answer a fill-in-the-blank question, you're engaging the brain's relay station for memories, the hippocampus.

A common genetic variant regulates the mental health benefits of exercise

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 05:00:00 PDT

A new study revealed that a common genetic variant in the brain-derived neurotrophic factor gene reduces the neurobiological benefits induced by physical exercise in mice.

High blood pressure drugs have potential to counter leading cause of death in malaria patients

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Adding a popular high blood pressure drug to standard malaria treatment more than tripled the survival rate of infected mice.

Smoking linked to shorter survival after motor neurone disease diagnosis

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PDT

...and younger age at symptom start.Smoking is linked to shorter survival after a diagnosis of motor neurone disease, also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, as well as younger age when the...

Alzheimer's protein changes shape to enter brain cells

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 07:00:00 PDT

A new study finds that amyloid beta - a protein involved in Alzheimer's disease - changes into a long, flat sheet before it enters brain cells.

Tension Headaches: Treatment, Causes, and Symptoms

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 07:00:00 PDT

Tension headaches, often described as a pressing or tightening pain of mild to moderate intensity, are the most common type of headache.

Brain benefits of aerobic exercise lost to mercury exposure

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 05:00:00 PDT

Cognitive function improves with aerobic exercise, but not for people exposed to high levels of mercury before birth, according to research funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health...

Lipoic acid shows great potential as a disease modifying treatment for secondary progressive MS

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 05:00:00 PDT

Promising early results on the potential benefits of lipoic acid in secondary progressive MS were presented at the 32nd Congress of the European Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple...

Stimulating neurons could protect against brain damage, research shows

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 05:00:00 PDT

A breakthrough in understanding how brain damage spreads - and how it could potentially be limited - has been made through a collaboration between neuroscientists and engineers at the Universities...

Can traditional Chinese medicine offer treatments for dementia and Alzheimer's disease?

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 05:00:00 PDT

A new study of classical Chinese medical texts identifies references to age-related memory impairment similar to modern-day Alzheimer's disease, and to several plant-based ingredients used...

Artificial intelligence reveals mechanism behind brain tumour

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Researchers at Uppsala University have used computer modelling to study how brain tumours arise.

Parkinson's Disease protein plays vital "marshalling" role in healthy brains

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 01:00:00 PDT

Researchers have established how a protein called alpha-synuclein, which is closely associated with Parkinson's Disease, functions in healthy human brains.

Is it art? If so, we will see it differently, say researchers

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PDT

We see things differently if we think they are art, say neurologists. Find out more about how the brain looks at art, compared with real-life images.