Neuroscience

Extra Virgin Olive Oil Protects Brain Tissue Against Alzheimer's In New Study

This has been a fantastic month for olive oil. A recent study showed that it stops brain cancer tumors in lab tests, and now a new study shows that it protects brain tissue from the toxic substances thought to cause Alzheimer’s disease.<p>The experiment used a well-verified Alzheimer’s mouse model to …

Life Sciences

At The Molecular Level: A New Study Examines The Deep Benefits Of Meditation, Yoga And Tai Chi

<b>Mind-body interventions (MBIs) such as meditation, yoga and Tai Chi don’t simply relax us; they can ‘reverse’ the molecular reactions in our DNA</b> …

T'ai Chi

Immune system may turn on the brain in Parkinson's disease

For decades, scientists have suspected that the immune system is involved in Parkinson's disease but didn't know how because the body's defenses …

Life Sciences

Arkansas man boxes to fight Parkinson's disease

At one point, Bud Hough and his brother used to box for fun. The 78-year-old never thought he'd be doing it again. This time, he throws a "perfect" …

Parkinson's Disease

How Video Games Can Change Your Brain

Scientists have collected and summarized studies looking at how video games can shape our brains and behavior. Research to date suggests that playing …

The Brain

Tiny bubbles offer sound solution for drug delivery

Noninvasive approach to drug delivery for next generation brain therapies uses ultrasound and bubbles<p>WASHINGTON, D.C., June 25, 2017 -- Your brain is …

The Brain

Corpus callosum: Function and disorders

The corpus callosum connects the left side of the brain to the right side, each side being known as a hemisphere. The connection allows information …

Neurophilosophy

Neuroscientists figure out how to wipe individual memories from the brain — of a snail

Why it matters to you<p>Research on selectively wiping snails' memories could make it possible to develop drugs that can delete traumatic memories, …

The Brain

New Discovery Could Allow Us to Edit Memories to Make Them Less Traumatic

This is huge for those with PTSD.<p>Researchers have recently discovered two different types of memory use completely different processes in the same …

The Brain

Physical Activity Is Linked to Brain Health, Says a New Alzheimer's Study

Just keep moving.<p>Scientists studying Alzheimer's have found that staying moderately active can lead to healthier brain functions in those at risk of …

The Brain

Blood May Indicate Brain Cancer 5 Years Before Diagnosis | International Business Times

Detectable changes in blood may provide a tell-tale sign of brain cancer nearly five years before a person experiences any symptoms, according to a …

Cancer

Scientists Just Showed That Cannabis Literally Reverses Aging

Memory Performance<p>Memory performance decreases with increasing age. Cannabis can reverse these ageing processes in the brain. This was shown in mice …

Life Sciences

Alan Turing: Life, Interrupted

Alan Turing was undoubtedly one of the greatest intellects of the 20th century. In January, <i>Nature</i> called him “one of the top scientific minds of all …

Neurophilosophy

Genes, Ions, and Other New Frontiers in Psychiatry

Source: Wikimedia CommonsBack in 2008, the National Institute of Mental Health said, in a nutshell, to heck with the old-fashioned DSM, we want to …

Mental Disorders

How Ketamine Successfully Treats Depression | International Business Times

Scientists at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center are one step closer to understanding what makes ketamine so successful at treating …

Depression

New study by Arizona's TGen will attempt to detect CTE through biomarkers in living

It’s been 15 years since forensic pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu discovered and diagnosed chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in the brain of former Pittsburgh Steelers center Mike Webster, spawning additional research on the subject and a movie, "Concussion," starring Will Smith.<p>In those 15 …

Research

Could the Universe Be Conscious?

For centuries, modern science has been shrinking the gap between humans and the rest of the universe, from Isaac Newton showing that one set of laws …

Neurophilosophy

Could Prozac be a treatment for children with autism?

After drinking mother’s milk spiked with the antidepressant Prozac for 19 days, infant mice bred to mimic the distinctive behaviors and brain abnormalities seen in autism experienced dramatic improvements in their social interactions, communication patterns and a wide range of neurochemical …

Autism

OCD linked to inflammation in the brain

<i>A common symptom of OCD is an obsession with cleanliness.</i><p>Obsessive-compulsive disorder is an intrusive condition that remains difficult to treat. …

Life Sciences

New Study Finds Olive Oil May Prevent Alzheimer’s

A newly published study points out a linkage between olive oil and positive brain effects.<p>Often touted as one of the healthiest fats you can consume, …

Alzheimer's Disease

Study shows protein in human umbilical cord blood rejuvenates old mice’s impaired learning, memory

Umbilical cord blood from human newborns, and in particular a single protein contained in it, boosted old mice’s brain function and cognitive …

Life Sciences

Addiction policies should accord with neuroscience, Stanford researchers argue

In “Neuroscience of Need: Understanding the Addicted Mind,” an article I wrote for <i>Stanford Medicine</i> magazine a few years ago, I tried to describe the …

Stanford University

Frequent Sexual Activity Predicts Specific Cognitive Abilities in Older Adults

Objectives:<p>This study replicates and extends the findings of previous research (Wright, H., & Jenks, R. A. (2016). Sex on the brain! Associations …

Research

Special cells explain why cabbage and stress churn your guts

When a type of cell in the intestine detects dietary irritants and stress hormones, it sends distress signals to the brain, telling it to move things …

Health

Researchers Discover New ” Neuron ” Neighborhood Cell

Researchers over at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) have recently discovered a new type of neuron and have subsequently nicknamed it the …

Life Sciences

Stars of Stanford Medicine: Poetry lover and aspiring physician-scientist

<i></i>Elizabeth “Ellie” Beam, a MD-PhD student, hails originally from the suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio. After graduating from Duke University, Beam conducted …

Stanford University

Yoga: Passing Trend or Scientific Practice?

Photo Courtesy: Tara Freeman<p><i>By Katie Wingert, Swimming World College Intern.</i><p>Yoga has been trendy for quite some time now, and swimmers everywhere, …

Neurophilosophy

Lights out: The neural relationship between light and sleep

How light directly affects sleeping and waking<p>Humans are diurnal animals, meaning that we usually sleep at night and are awake during the day, due at …

Sleep

MRI without contrast agents? Yes, with sugar!

In magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), contrast agents are used to enhance the imaging of tissue structures. While they enhance signals in blood …

Life Sciences

Our gut talks and sometimes argues with our brain. Now we know how.

Scientists finally have a better idea why certain meals send you running for the bathroom. The discovery provides insight into the connection between your gut and brain and may point toward new therapies for intestinal disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome.<p>The team behind this is led by Holly …

Microbiome