Dangerous brain tumours hijack the brain’s existing blood supply throughout their progression, by growing only within narrow potential spaces between and along the brain’s thousands of small blood vessels, new … Continue Reading Hijacking the brain’s blood supply, tumour discovery could aid treatment.
A new technique developed by Columbia University has demonstrated for the first time that the size of molecules penetrating the blood-brain barrier (BBB) can be controlled using acoustic pressure, the … Continue Reading New non-invasive technique controls the size of molecules penetrating the Blood-Brain Barrier.
A new study from the University of Lubeck identifies a novel gene that controls nerve conduction velocity. Investigators report that even minor reductions in conduction velocity may aggravate disease in multiple … Continue Reading Gene that controls nerve conduction velocity linked to multiple sclerosis.
Two years ago, the parents of Chloe Olivarez watched painfully as their daughter experienced epileptic seizures hundreds of times a day. The seizures, caused by a rare metabolic disease that … Continue Reading Precursor reduces debilitating epileptic seizures.
A recent study conducted by researchers at the University of California and the University of Hawaii demonstrates a new approach to measuring early brain development of infants, resulting in more … Continue Reading Novel study maps infant brain growth via MRI in first three months of life.
With the aid of new methods, a research team at Karolinska Institutet have developed a detailed map of the networks of the brain that control the neurotransmitter serotonin. The study, … Continue Reading Discovery of new pathways controlling the serotonergic system.
Nature is thrifty. The same signals that embryonic cells use to decide whether to become nerves, skin or bone come into play again when adult animals are learning whether to … Continue Reading Notch developmental pathway regulates fear memory formation.
Researchers from The University of Western Australia have shown that electromagnetic stimulation can alter brain organisation which may make the brain work better. Researchers from The University of Western Australia … Continue Reading Could your brain be reprogrammed to work better?
Vitamin D deficiency is associated with a substantially increased risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease in older people, according to the most robust study of its kind ever conducted. An … Continue Reading Link between vitamin D and dementia risk confirmed.
Scientists studying depression in teens have discovered that subtle changes in a gene can predict how the brain reacts to stress, which can cause such health issues as depression, post-traumatic … Continue Reading Researchers find multiple new predictors of stress-related illnesses.
In the first study of its kind researchers from the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles found that children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) showed weaker brain activation during specific cognitive … Continue Reading Study shows prenatal alcohol exposure alters development of brain function.
Understanding eye diseases is tricky enough. Knowing what causes them at the molecular level is even more confounding. Now, University of Iowa researchers have created the most detailed map to … Continue Reading Most detailed molecular map of eye region associated with vision loss to-date launched.
Prolonged exposure to loud noise alters how the brain processes speech, potentially increasing the difficulty in distinguishing speech sounds, according to neuroscientists at The University of Texas at Dallas. The … Continue Reading Scientists begin to map hearing loss in the brain.
Researchers at Johns Hopkins have mapped the sound-processing part of the mouse brain in a way that keeps both the proverbial forest and the trees in view. Their imaging technique … Continue Reading New mapping approach lets scientists zoom in and out as the brain processes sound.
Many women suffer from baby blues after giving birth. Some even develop full-blown postpartum depression in the weeks that follow. Monoamine oxidase A, an enzyme responsible for the breakdown of … Continue Reading Researchers identify the biomarker for postpartum depression.
Johns Hopkins researchers say they have discovered a chemical alteration in a single human gene linked to stress reactions that, if confirmed in larger studies, could give doctors a simple … Continue Reading A blood test for suicide?