Pain is an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience caused by stimulating nerve receptors contained within tissue damaged by trauma. Usually, the pain dissipates once the traumatic stimulus is removed and … Continue Reading Study claims to have found the center of pain in the brain.
Plasma cells are a type of immune cell originating in the bone marrow as B cells, another type of white blood cell. Once the B cells leave the bone marrow … Continue Reading Brain pathway capable of controlling adaptive immunity discovered.
Easily accessible and highly habit-forming, alcohol is now one of the world’s most addictive substances, with roughly two billion individuals worldwide consuming it and three million associated with its misuse … Continue Reading Researchers map key neural circuit regulating alcohol consumption.
A person’s memory is where the brain encodes, stores, and retrieves information, where it can also be used as a record of experience for guiding learned behavior. Different areas of … Continue Reading Specific neurons responsible for location-based memories decoded and identified.
Neurologically capable neurobot a step closer to integrating nanobots into biological nerval systems.
The human brain presents a powerful, low-energy computing model, made up billions of networked neurons connected by synapses which provide the memory elements. Synaptic connections can become stronger or weaker, … Continue Reading Neurologically capable neurobot a step closer to integrating nanobots into biological nerval systems.
Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide, affecting more than 300 million people globally, characterized by persistent sadness and a loss of interest in activities, accompanied by an inability … Continue Reading Gender-distinct circuit for depression identified in mice.
Chronic pain is defined as any persistent pain which lasts more than 3 months, with research indicting over 85% of patients suffering from chronic pain are affected by severe depression, … Continue Reading Molecular link between chronic pain and depression identified.
In another amazing feat, the brain can measure time continuously, keeping the person aware of how long they have performed a certain task, such as eating or sleeping. This exact … Continue Reading Long hypothesized, elusive neuron finally discovered.
Memorizing and predicting aversive or unpleasant events is a critical function of neural circuits responsible for survival and emotional well-being. There is much interest in how the brain creates the … Continue Reading Brain pathways of aversion identified.
Insomnia is a sleep disorder where people have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep for a healthy amount of time, with over 770 million people suffering from sleeplessness worldwide. Currently, … Continue Reading 1.3 million patient genetics study identifies brain cells involved in insomnia.
All of our thoughts, bodily functions, memories, and senses are controlled by the central nervous system (CNS), consisting of the brain and spinal cord. Inside the CNS it is the … Continue Reading Textbooks redefined as microglia seen entering the Peripheral Nervous System.
Self-harm is when somebody intentionally damages or injures their body as a way of coping with very difficult feelings, painful memories or overwhelming situations. Self-inflicted injury in adolescence is a … Continue Reading Neuroimaging maps brain changes in self-harming teenage girls.
According to Marketdata LLC, the U.S. weight-loss market was estimated to be worth an incredible $68.2 billion in 2017 alone. However, despite the amount of money spent on weight-loss, nearly … Continue Reading Weight-loss success linked to regions of the brain regulating self-control.
Interestingly, the current definition of free will is described as a combination of two cognitive processes, namely the desire to act, also known as volition, and a sense of responsibility … Continue Reading Origins of free will mapped in the human brain.
The neurons of the human brain are widely assumed to be encoded within a constant genome, with set genetic variant products and functions for neuronal networks. Somatic gene recombination, known … Continue Reading DNA recombination identified in brain cells, linked to Alzheimer’s.
The world’s greatest supercomputer, also known as the human brain is composed of neurons with tail-like extensions known as axons. Axons are wrapped in layers of myelin, serving as insulation … Continue Reading Astrocytes shown to regulate signal speeds of neurons.