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Alzheimer’s plaque emerges early and deep in the brain

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Long before symptoms like memory loss even emerge, the underlying pathology of Alzheimer’s disease, such as an accumulation…
Technique can image individual proteins within synapses

September 27, 2019

Our brains contain trillions of synapses — the connections that transmit messages from neuron to neuron. Within these…
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How Our Brains Cope with the Constancy of Change

September 26, 2019

Change is the only constant, according to Heraclitus. It may also be the most important variable for how…
Detecting patients’ pain levels via their brain signals

September 16, 2019

Researchers from MIT and elsewhere have developed a system that measures a patient’s pain level by analyzing brain…
Discovery concerning the nervous system overturns a previous theory

September 13, 2019

It appears that when our nervous system is developing, only the most viable neurons survive, while immature neurons…
Hearing through the clatter

September 9, 2019

In a busy coffee shop, our eardrums are inundated with sound waves — people chatting, the clatter of…
Brain region for close-up exploration

August 16, 2019

When viewing objects within reach of our hands, specific areas in the brain become active. This is true…
Brain Molecule Identified as Key in Anxiety Model

August 16, 2019

oosting a single molecule in the brain can change “dispositional anxiety,” the tendency to perceive many situations as…
How brain cells pick which connections to keep

August 16, 2019

Brain cells, or neurons, constantly tinker with their circuit connections, a crucial feature that allows the brain to…
Model predicts cognitive decline due to Alzheimer’s, up to two years out

August 16, 2019

A new model developed at MIT can help predict if patients at risk for Alzheimer’s disease will experience…
Single protein plays important dual shipping role in the brain

August 16, 2019

Just as a packaging breakdown can hamstring delivery of cables, switches and connectors to a house under construction,…
Tissue model reveals role of blood-brain barrier in Alzheimer’s

August 15, 2019

Beta-amyloid plaques, the protein aggregates that form in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients, disrupt many brain functions and…
Experimental treatment slows prion disease, extends life of mice

August 5, 2019

Scientists using an experimental treatment have slowed the progression of scrapie, a degenerative central nervous disease caused by…
Loneliness affects long-term brain function, according to new study

July 26, 2019

Using the zebra finch, a songbird, the researchers looked at the effects of short-term social isolation on measures…
The impact of genetics on motor neurone disease

July 24, 2019

Trinity College Dublin researchers have found that one in 347 men and one in 436 women can be…
For anemonefish, male-to-female sex change happens first in the brain

July 24, 2019

The anemonefish is a gender-bending marvel. It starts out as a male, but can switch to female when…
Newly discovered neural pathway processes acute light to affect sleep

July 24, 2019

Either to check the time or waste time, people often look at their smartphones after waking in the…
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…
High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) may prevent cognitive decline

July 15, 2019

High intensity interval training (HIIT) may be doing more than just keeping you fit and strong – it…
New findings about how Parkinson’s disease develops

July 12, 2019

A new study by researchers at Karolinska Institutet shows that the protein alpha-synuclein, which accumulates in patients with…
Human brains reorganise experiences while resting to find new solutions

July 8, 2019

Humans are particularly good at using generalisations from past experiences to make broad assumptions when they are faced…
Sense of smell, pollution and neurological disease connection explored

July 3, 2019

A consensus is building that air pollution can cause neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease,…
Protein Clumps in ALS Neurons Provide Potential Target for New Therapies

July 3, 2019

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a neurological condition that affects motor neurons — the nerve cells that control…
Study reveals roots of Parkinson’s in the brain

July 3, 2019

Researchers from King’s College London have uncovered the earliest signs of Parkinson’s disease in the brain, many years…
Neurons’ “antennae” are unexpectedly active in neural computation

June 11, 2019

Most neurons have many branching extensions called dendrites that receive input from thousands of other neurons. Dendrites aren’t…
Study Shows How the Nervous System Can Transmit Information Across Multiple Generations

June 7, 2019

Nematodes, worms found in virtually all environmental habitats, are among the most studied model organisms. They reproduce quickly…
Multiple Brain Regions Moderate and Link Depressive Mood and Pain

May 22, 2019

Depression is linked to diminished activity in parts of the brain believed to regulate mood, which previous research…
New method developed to target cause of Parkinson’s

May 14, 2019

The discovery of a new way to target and treat the leading genetic contributor to Parkinson’s may open…
New approach to drug discovery could lead to personalised treatment of neuropsychiatric disorders

May 14, 2019

Researchers have developed a method that could drastically accelerate the search for new drugs to treat mental health…
Study Seeks to Better Understand Causes of Autism

May 14, 2019

U-M is looking for families with a child or children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder to take part…
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