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Using a fluorescent probe that lights up when brain cells are electrically active, MIT and Boston University researchers…
Alzheimer’s plaque emerges early and deep in the brain

6 days ago

Long before symptoms like memory loss even emerge, the underlying pathology of Alzheimer’s disease, such as an accumulation…
Robotic thread is designed to slip through the brain’s blood vessels

September 2, 2019

MIT engineers have developed a magnetically steerable, thread-like robot that can actively glide through narrow, winding pathways, such…
A much less invasive way to monitor pressure in the brain

August 26, 2019

Traumatic brain injuries, as well as infectious diseases such as meningitis, can lead to brain swelling and dangerously…
Scientists reverse ageing process in rat brain stem cells

August 16, 2019

New research reveals how increasing brain stiffness as we age causes brain stem cell dysfunction, and demonstrates new…
Neuroscientists discover neuron type that acts as brain’s metronome

July 23, 2019

By measuring the fast electrical spikes of individual neurons in the touch region of the brain, Brown University…
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Brain Changes in Autism Traced to Specific Cell Types

May 22, 2019

Changes in gene activity in specific brain cells are associated with the severity of autism in children and…
The amacrine cell CT1 from the Drosophila brain works with its subunits like 1400 individual cells. Credit: MPI of Neurobiology / Meier
Multitasking with perfection: Nerve cell works like 1400 individual cells

May 13, 2019

Amacrine cell in the fruit fly visual system consists of electrically isolated subunits. CT1 is different. In general,…
How the Brain Learns New Skills

May 3, 2019

The human brain is “plastic”: it can adapt and rewire itself, often more easily when learning new things…
This gene could play a major role in reducing brain swelling after stroke

April 19, 2019

Could a medication someday help the brain heal itself after a stroke, or even prevent damage following a…
Scientists restore some functions in a pig’s brain hours after death

April 19, 2019

Circulation and cellular activity were restored in a pig’s brain four hours after its death, a finding that…
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International team of scientists detect cause of rare pediatric brain disorder

March 4, 2019

Mathilde came into the world with chubby cheeks and a full head of auburn hair. But she was…
Brain blood flow finding gives hope for Alzheimer’s therapy

February 12, 2019

You know that dizzy feeling you get when, after lying down for an extended period, you stand up…
A little known fact - tonic water will fluoresce under ultraviolet light and appears visibly fluorescent in direct sunlight. Image credit: Splarka via Wikimedia
Do you like tonic water? Scientists say that people with bigger brain typically have a very particular opinion about it

February 5, 2019

Some people absolutely hate tonic water. Other ones say they cannot live without it. For some it is…
Thanks to rapid, 3D imaging, anyone can tour the fly brain

January 21, 2019

A new fly-through of the fly brain allows anyone to whizz past neurons and visit any of the…
Alzheimer’s researchers find new culprit and potential treatment target for disease

January 15, 2019

Leaky capillaries in the brain portend early onset of Alzheimer’s disease as they signal cognitive impairment before hallmark…
Study links nutrient patterns in blood to better brain connectivity, cognition in older adults

December 21, 2018

A new study links higher levels of several key nutrients in the blood with more efficient brain connectivity…
MDMA makes people cooperative, but not gullible

November 21, 2018

New research from King’s College London has found that MDMA, the main ingredient in ecstasy, causes people to…
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How to make an open-source, computerized map of the brain

November 16, 2018

In search of a way to improve how scientists analyze brain images, researchers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison…
Brain activity pattern may be early sign of schizophrenia

November 13, 2018

Schizophrenia, a brain disorder that produces hallucinations, delusions, and cognitive impairments, usually strikes during adolescence or young adulthood.…
Dopamine primes the brain for enhanced vigilance

November 13, 2018

Imagine a herd of deer grazing in the forest. Suddenly, a twig snaps nearby, and they look up…
One graphene to brain them all

October 31, 2018

Brain-computer interface, hybrids between human and machine, neuralink. Are these phenomena technologically possible, or just another great but…
Make the Brain a Joyful Place and Combat Depression

October 16, 2018

This morning, before I had my cup of coffee, I took some photos of a mushroom—one of many…
Effects of epilepsy on neural activity in mice fluctuate with reproductive cycle, study finds

October 15, 2018

Mice with epilepsy have altered patterns of neuron activity in the portion of the brain that controls the…
Study finds multiple sclerosis drug slows brain shrinkage

September 7, 2018

Results from a clinical trial of more than 250 participants with progressive multiple sclerosis (MS) revealed that ibudilast was better…
How Experience Changes Basics of Memory Formation

July 24, 2018

We know instinctively that our experiences shape the way we learn. If we are highly familiar with a…
Switching Brain Circuits On and Off Without Surgery

July 12, 2018

The latest findings from the laboratory of Mikhail Shapiro, assistant professor of chemical engineering and an affiliated faculty member…
Brain Arousal Compound Noradrenaline Plays Critical Role in Sensory Perception

July 11, 2018

Being aware of our surroundings is a fundamental aspect of our existence. But what in our biological makeup…
Pucker up, baby! Lips take center stage in infants’ brains, study says

July 11, 2018

A typically developing 2-month-old baby can make cooing sounds, suck on her hand to calm down and smile…
Study finds similar outcomes for voluntary and involuntary ECT treatment

June 29, 2018

People who have involuntary electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) for depression have similar outcomes to those who have voluntary treatment,…
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