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How deep learning is about to transform biomedical science

Human induced pluripotent stem cell neurons imaged in phase contrast (gray pixels, left) — currently processed manually with fluorescent labels …

Machine Learning

New drug uses antibodies to stop chronic migraines, without side effects

When other medications have failed, new injection treatment may help some patients with disabling headaches.<p>People who have tried unsuccessfully to prevent migraine with other treatments may find relief with a new drug, according to a preliminary study released Tuesday.<p>Erenumab is part of new class …

Medicine

MIT just discovered a way to mass-produce graphene in long rolls

Scientists used to make graphene-based membranes in small batches in a laboratory. But a new breakthrough at MIT enables researchers to spool out …

Nanotech

The Menopause-Alzheimer’s Connection

In the next three minutes, three people will develop Alzheimer’s disease. Two of them will be women.<p>There are 5.7 million Alzheimer’s patients in the United States. By 2050, there will probably be as many as 14 million, and twice as many women as men will have the disease.<p>And yet research into …

Alzheimer's Disease

Brain 'pacemakers' prove a success

It may sound like something out of Frankenstein, but it’s a milestone in the field of brain surgery. By implanting micro-electrodes in the brain, …

The Brain

Science Has Found a Drug-Free Way to Unlock Lucid Dreaming

Try this at home.<p>In Tibetan Buddhism, the group of tantric techniques known as <i>milam</i> aim to reveal the illusory nature of waking life by having …

GABA: Here's How It Works In Your Brain + Why It's So Important

Have you heard about GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid)? It's an important neurotransmitter in the central nervous system, which controls most of the …

Neuroscience

Alzheimer's: Scientists find the cause of evening agitation

A new study has uncovered a biological clock circuit that may explain why people with Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia can become more …

Neuroscience

Alzheimer's gene neutralised in human brain cells for the first time

Scientists have claimed an important breakthrough in the battle against Alzheimer’s after neutralising the most significant gene responsible for the disease for the first time.<p>A team in California successfully identified the protein associated with the high-risk apoE4 gene and then managed to …

Dementia

Science Is Getting Closer to Understanding What Goes on Inside The Mind When We Dream

Here's why dreams matter.<p>Dreams are so strange and carry so much significance to us that we often feel the need to tell people about our nocturnal …

The Brain

New Brain Maps With Unmatched Detail May Change Neuroscience

Sitting at the desk in his lower-campus office at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, the neuroscientist Tony Zador turned his computer monitor toward me …

Neuroscience

There’s No Such Thing As A “Man’s Brain” Or A “Woman’s Brain”

In almost every episode of <i>Bones</i>, a show that followed a fictional forensic anthropologist on her adventures analyzing skeletons for the FBI, Dr. …

Humanity

A Brain-Boosting Prosthesis Moves From Rats to Humans

The shape on the screen appears only briefly—just long enough for the test subject to commit it to memory. At the same time, an electrical signal …

The Brain

The Magnetic Therapy That Could Recover Your Memories

Transcranial magnetic stimulation has been used for treatment of schizophrenia and depression. But could it also bring back long lost memories?<p>Try to …

The Brain

Is Alzheimer's Caused by Poor Blood Flow to the Brain?

It is well known that Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, involves the accumulation of sticky proteins (plaques and tangles) in …

Dementia

Scientists Probe an Enduring Question: Can Language Shape Perception?

The idea that language shapes our ability to think fell out of favor in the 1960s, but new tools have some researchers revisiting the concept.<p>Picture …

The Brain

DARPA-funded prosthetic memory system successful in humans, study finds

Hippocampal prosthesis restores memory functions by creating “MIMO” model-based electrical stimulation of the hippocampus — bypassing a damaged brain …

Neuroscience

Mini Brains Just Got Creepier—They’re Growing Their Own Veins

The first human brain balls—aka cortical spheroids, aka neural organoids—agglomerated into existence just a few short years ago. In the beginning, …

University of Pennsylvania

Anti-Alzheimer's antibodies clean out brain plaques in mice

Researchers from the Washington University School of Medicine have tested a new weapon in the fight against Alzheimer's. In mice tests, the team has …

Dementia

Alzheimer’s memories could be switched back on with implant

Alzheimer’s sufferers could once again remember the faces of loved ones, or find their way back home, after scientists developed a way to boost memories.<p>In a groundbreaking pilot study, US researchers recorded memories as they were being formed and then later played them back into the brains of 10 …

The Brain

Brainstorm: Detective Stories from the World of Neurology; Unthinkable: The World’s Strangest Brains – review

Books by Suzanne O’Sullivan and Helen Thomson offer fascinating insights into the ‘maverick brain’ and rare mental conditions<p>When I was a boy I had a recurring dream that Lilliputian figures were scurrying under my bed. I can’t recall if they bound my hands and feet like Gulliver, but I certainly …

The Brain

Captured on film for the first time: Microglia nibbling on brain synapses

Microglia help synapses grow and rearrange, EMBL researchers show<p>For the first time, EMBL* researchers have captured microglia nibbling on brain …

Neuroscience

Brain abnormalities found in 4- and 5-year-olds with ADHD, researchers say

In the first comprehensive imaging study of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in preschoolers, researchers have found evidence that structural changes in the brain are already recognizable at the age of 4.<p>“One of our big questions was thinking about an early-onset disorder and linking it to …

The Brain

A neuroscientist explains why reality may just be a hallucination

Anil Seth, professor of Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience at the University of Sussex, explains the link between perception and reality. Seth believes reality as we know it comes from activity of our brain. Following is a transcript of the video.<p><b>Anil Seth:</b> How do we know that we experience …

Consciousness

Stress in Your Early Childhood Could Actually Make The Brain's DNA Remap Itself

Your genes are not written in stone.<p>Our first few years of life play a crucial role in our brain's wiring. New research suggests our experiences …

Genetics

Neuroscience News wrote a new post, Myelin Continues to Grow Throughout Life, on the site Neuroscience News

Summary: Researchers report myelin continues to form and restructure in the adult brain.Source: Yale.Myelin acts as insulation for millions of brain …

Neuroscience

Adults Stop Growing New Neurons in This Part of the Brain

<i>This article was originally published at The Conversation. The publication contributed the article to Live Science's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & …

Gray Matters: Too Much Screen Time Damages the Brain

<b>“Taken together, [studies show] internet addiction is associated with structural and functional changes in brain regions involving emotional</b> …

Neuroscience

Scientists Show How LSD Dissolves the Barrier Between You and Everyone Else

There's a reason acid trips create feeling of "oneness."<p>A distorted “sense of self” underlies certain psychiatric disorders, like schizophrenia and …

Neuroscience

What Are Glial Cells and What Do They Do?

You've likely heard of the "gray matter" of the brain, which is made up of cells called neurons, but a lesser-known type of brain cell is what makes …