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Best and Worst of Neuroscience and Neurology – May 2017

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 15:30:39 +0000

What is genetic basis of our intelligence? How to stimulate deep areas of the brain? How to prevent Alzheimer’s disease?  How to slash the cost of treatment of multiple sclerosis? These are some of the questions highlighted in this monthly review of research literature. As usual, while we answer some questions, research studies also dispel […]

The Neuroanatomy of Gossips

Mon, 29 May 2017 15:30:32 +0000

We talk a lot. We are the only species on the planet that exchange information predominantly through talking. Other species, such as dolphins or primates, have their own languages, but they do not rely on verbal communication to the same degree, almost to the exclusion of other communication channels, as we do. Verbal communication is […]

Best and Worst of Neuroscience and Neurology – April 2017

Wed, 17 May 2017 15:30:56 +0000

The number of neuroscience publications steadily grows over the years. In 2006, around 27,000 paper on this subject were published, while in 2015 this number went up to almost 37,000. This is a seriously big increase that reflects the importance of brain science and the growing interest in this field of research. The selection of […]

Does High Testosterone Mean Low Empathy?

Tue, 16 May 2017 15:30:13 +0000

Empathy is defined as the ability to understand the feelings, emotions, and perspective of another person.  Empathy is critical for healthy social interactions, and impairments in empathy contribute to disorders of social interaction such as autism and psychopathy. Women score higher on tests of empathy than men, leading researchers to examine a potential role for […]

Motor Neurons – Why Are They Important and How Are They Made?

Thu, 11 May 2017 15:30:31 +0000

Motor neurons are the nerve cells in the body responsible for controlling movement.  A number of diseases are caused by damage to motor neurons, including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and spinal muscular atrophy (SMA).  In order to treat these diseases, scientists are developing methods to generate new, healthy motor neurons from stem cells. A recent […]

HIV Medications Linked to Increase in Alzheimer’s Disease Protein

Mon, 08 May 2017 15:30:36 +0000

A class of drugs called protease inhibitors have been lifesaving for people with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). However, these medications come with a long list of side effects that may include impairments in cognitive function. How protease inhibitors might cause cognitive side effects has remained a mystery for some time. New research from the […]

Targeting Alzheimer’s: New Unorthodox Approaches

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 15:30:05 +0000

Alzheimer’s disease affects an estimated 5 million individuals in the US and causes a devastating loss of cognitive function due to the buildup of beta-amyloid and tau proteins in the brain. Previous efforts to combat this disease have focused on developing drugs that target beta-amyloid, but such treatments have been unsuccessful in patients so far. […]

New Developments in Treating Parkinson’s Disease

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 15:20:42 +0000

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is the second most common neurodegenerative disease that affects more than 10 million people worldwide. The disease primarily results from selective degeneration of dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra pars compacta part of the brain. Its key clinical features include motor symptoms of rigidity, tremor, and bradykinesia. However, recent findings have confirmed that the […]

Connection Between Brain, Depression and Effectiveness of Chemotherapy

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 15:25:48 +0000

Chemotherapy is a type of therapy that uses various, rather aggressive, medicines to eliminate cancer cells from the body or slow down the growth of tumors. Cancer cells are different from normal cells as they reproduce a lot faster. Chemotherapy specifically targets the fast dividing cells and thus affects cancer cells the most. However, chemotherapy […]

Alzheimer’s Disease – Now You See It

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 15:30:39 +0000

The exact mechanisms underlying the devastation that is Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) are not entirely understood, but researchers do know that inflammation in the brain is related to the onset of the disease. Now, through a basic eye exam, clinicians may be able to spot AD warning signs, including inflammation, long before symptoms appear Normally, the […]

Neuroeconomics – Capitalisation on Consumer Control?

Sun, 05 Feb 2017 12:46:23 +0000

In an attempt to explain the internal processes governing the occurrences in the economic world, neuroeconomics is an emerging interdisciplinary field attempting to merge psychology and economic theory. Simply put, the biological basis of behavioral economics; how and why people make judgements and decisions with economic consequences in terms of simple cerebral biology. But why […]

Boost Confidence with Brain Training

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 05:04:05 +0000

Confidence is an attractive and necessary quality to succeed in business, relationships, and life. But, it is a subjective and, sometimes, misunderstood characteristic. From the painfully shy to the arrogantly over-confident, what makes people think and feel what they think and feel about themselves? The authors of a new study report that they have uncovered […]

Sniff Out Alzheimer’s Risk with Powerful New Smell Test

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 16:00:45 +0000

A provocative new report suggests a low-cost, non-invasive testing protocol may identify older individuals at increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators discovered testing individuals’ ability to recognize, remember and distinguish between odors provided similar recommendations as genetic, imaging, and more detailed memory tests. The report — suggesting testing of both olfactory […]

Using Magnets on the Brain to Bring Back Memories

Sun, 11 Dec 2016 16:00:30 +0000

New research is challenging the idea that working memory helps us remembers things through sustained brain activity. Instead, researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison have found that our brains tuck less-important information away beyond the reach of the tools that typically monitor brain activity. The researchers then were able to bring that information back into […]

The Science of Raising a Friendly Psychopath

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 16:00:24 +0000

What makes someone a psycopath? Nature or nurture? And can we stop at risk children from growing up into dangerous adult psycopaths? One of the oldest queries in psychology — Nature Vs Nurture — asks if what makes us who we are is predisposed by our DNA, or by life experiences. It is a pretty […]