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Mesoamerican nephropathy: geographical distribution and time trends of chronic kidney disease mortality between 1970 and 2012 in Costa Rica

ObjectivesMesoamerican nephropathy is an epidemic of chronic kidney disease (CKD) unrelated to traditional causes, mostly observed in sugarcane …

Psychiater geeft op sterfbed toe dat ADHD een verzonnen ‘ziekte’ is

<b>A</b>ttention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder<p>Leon Eisenberg<p>Als jij, of iemand die je kent, een kind heeft dat gediagnosticeerd is met ADHD (Attention …

Simple Chemical Stops Prion Disease

Mad cow, scrapie and Creutzfeld-Jakob disease are all diseases of the brain that debilitate before they kill, and have no cure, or even many good …

Why modern life is making dementia in your 40s more likely | Colin Pritchard

From background radiation to chemicals in the food chain, environmental changes are contributing to a rapid global rise in neurological disease<p>My interest in neurological disease was triggered by a second friend dying of motor neurone disease (MND), which in purely statistical terms was …

15-year-old schoolboy develops test for Alzheimer's disease

Krtin Nithiyanandam has developed a test which could not only pick up the early signs of Alzheimer's disease but potentially stops it spreading further<p>A 15-year-old British boy has developed a potential test for Alzheimer’s disease which could allow the condition to be diagnosed 10 years before the …

Explaining 'Epigenetics': The Health Buzzword You Need to Know

Most of us get an introduction—whether we remember it or not—to genetics in our first biology class. We learn that genes, made up of DNA, are the …

Genetics

While you were sleeping, your brain was working overtime

Sleep has profound importance in our lives, such that we spend a considerable proportion of our time engaging in it. Sleep enables the body—including the brain—to recover metabolically, but contemporary research has been moving to focus on the active rather than recuperative role that sleep has on …

Sleep

MRI predicts if whiplash will evolve into chronic pain

While most people fully recover from whiplash injuries within the first few months, about 25 percent have long-term pain and disability that last …

Pain

Researchers identify gatekeeper neurons that control pain and itch

New research provides direct evidence for an influential model of pain first proposed in 1965.<p>During the 1960s, neuroscientists Ronald Melzack and Patrick Wall proposed an influential new theory of pain. At the time, researchers were struggling to explain the phenomenon. Some believed that specific …

Tons of data turn into neuron ‘Wikipedia’

Researchers have amassed decades’ worth of data about the billions of neurons in the brain. To help make sense of it all, researchers have used data …

Neuroscience

For concussion sufferers, a brain scan may warn it's time to call it quits

To date, no living person has gotten a definitive diagnosis of chronic traumatic encephalopathy - the constellation of cognitive and psychiatric symptoms that appears to result from repeated blows to the head. The definition of the disease itself remains a work in progress, and its key physical …

Gene linked to long life also protects against mental decline in old age

Photograph: Daniel Karmann/Corbis<p>People who have a gene linked to longer life seem to have a larger brain region that makes them resilient to diseases such as …

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Blood test could pick up Alzheimer's Disease 10 years before symptoms appear

The test developed by researchers at the National Institute on Aging, distinguishes between patients and healthy elderly with 100 percent accuracy<p>A new blood test for Alzheimer’s could detect the disease as many as 10 years before clinical diagnosis is possible - far sooner than other tests in …

Can coconut fat keep brains from aging too fast?

Mice placed on a high-fat diet appear to fight off symptoms of aging that affect the brain.<p>The mice had a defect in their DNA repair system. In …

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Brain damage could be repaired by creating new nerve cells

Researchers have regenerated damaged areas in the brains of mice by converting structural cells into functioning neurons<p>Scientists have raised hopes that brain damage caused by strokes, stab wounds and even bullets could one day be repaired by converting structural cells into functioning …

The Truth About How Your Brain Gets Smarter

“What’s your greatest fear?” I asked Bill Gates one night, over Tom Yum Gai.<p>“Easy—not getting smarter.”<p>Bill then laid out his plan to ensure he’d always be surrounded by super smart people.<p>Maybe he didn’t know about myelin.<p><b>The Smarter Secret</b><p>Let’s assume “smarter” means making better choices, …

Neuroscientists Are Fed Up With the Brain Training Industry

Becoming smarter doesn't take some expensive thing purchased from the internet.<p>For those in the general demographic of "people that might donate to NPR," advertisements for brain training schemes are nearly ubiquitous. People who fancy themselves as smart—that is, it's part of their …

Daily glass of wine aids memory (if you're over 60)

Older people who consume between one and six alcoholic drinks a week have a 'significantly' better ability to recall memories<p>Drinking almost one glass of wine a day can sharpen the memory of people over the age of 60, research has found.<p>Older people who consume between one and six alcoholic drinks …

Toxin-Secreting Stem Cells May Destroy Brain Tumors From Inside Out

Poisoning cancer from within<p>In the realm of cancerous diseases, tumors affecting the brain can be particularly difficult to cure. Many are fast moving and take hold of key sections of the body’s most fundamental organ, rendering surgical removal extremely difficult or impossible.<p>Now, researchers at …

Therapy cures hearing loss from loud noises

Scientists restored hearing to mice that were partly deafened by noise. They did it by increasing a key protein in their ears.<p>The protein, called …

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You're Getting Dumber as You Age: Here's How to Slow the Decline

A healthy brain processes information as a wave (via electrical impulses) and as a particle (via the brain chemicals) at a fast pace along the neuronal highway. Think of "the wave" that goes around a sports stadium during a football game. Every person in the stadium represents a single cell in the …

Dementia diagnosis targets: a problem of scale?

Doctors in the UK are under increasing pressure to boost diagnosis rates. For example, GP practices have been set targets in dementia and can trigger an inspection if they fall behind in other clinical areas such as asthma, diabetes and even depression. There are understandable concerns that …

Brain: Why exercise boosts IQ

If you want your mind to be sharper, the evidence suggests you should visit the gym. But how can exercising your muscles boost your brain power?<p>We tend to assume that brains don’t go with brawn – but that assumption is turning out to be seriously flawed. As the latest video from the Head Squeeze …

Mechanism that repairs brain after stroke discovered

A previously unknown mechanism through which the brain produces new nerve cells after a stroke has been discovered at Lund University and Karolinska …

Brains grow and shrink like ‘rainbows’ as we age

Researchers have used a new magnetic resonance imaging technique to show, for the first time, how human brain tissue changes throughout life. They …

The Brain

The neuroprotective lifestyle | Mo Costandi

6 ways to reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer’s Disease.<p>September is the third annual World Alzheimer’s Month, a worldwide campaign organized by Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) to raise awareness of, and challenge the stigma associated with, this debilitating condition.<p>Alzheimer’s is …

WATCH: Why Your Brain Needs to Forget Stuff

Forgetting things is frustrating and unproductive - I mean, I KNOW I put my wallet in a safe place somewhere - but it turns out it’s not necessarily …

The Brain

Memory: Why cramming for tests often fails

You may think you know your own mind, but when it comes to memory, research suggests that you don't. If we’re trying to learn something, many of us study in ways that prevent the memories sticking. Fortunately, the same research also reveals how we can supercharge our learning.<p>We’ve all had to face …

The Brain