Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, affecting over 44 million people worldwide. Inside the brain, Alzheimer’s disease is characterized by loss of neurons, and presence of abnormal … Continue Reading Protein involved in Alzheimer’s proven to have a role in weakening synaptic plasticity.
Previous studies have shown that the connection in the adult brain are hard to change, while in children, novel experiences rapidly mold new connections during critical periods of brain development. … Continue Reading Researchers reactivate juvenile neural plasticity in adult brains.
A research collaboration between the universities of Oslo and Aarhus has resulted in the development of a new method with diagnostic potential. The new method that combines phase extraction with … Continue Reading New technique developed for determining possible stress marker in blood samples.
A chemical in the brain typically associated with cognition, movement and reward-motivation behaviour, among others, may also play a role in promoting chronic pain, according to new research from researchers … Continue Reading Researchers map dopamine based chronic-pain pathway in the spinal cord and brain.
Repeated alcohol exposure during adolescence results in long-lasting changes in the region of the brain that controls learning and memory, according to a research team at Duke Medicine that used … Continue Reading Researchers find that repeated alcohol exposure during adolescence results in lasting impairments.
A new study by Brown University neuroscientists details how the neocortex selectively samples from the flow of sensory information that might otherwise flood it. The team state that the usual … Continue Reading Researchers begin to map the corticothalamic pathway in selective neuroplasticity.
Hyperactivity and social abnormalities are defining characteristics of ADHD and autism, two developmental disorders that parents and scientists around the world are struggling to understand. At the RIKEN Brain Science … Continue Reading Researchers identify protein responsible for regulating dopamine levels in the brain.
Although serotonin is well known as a brain neurotransmitter, it is estimated that 90 percent of the body’s serotonin is made in the digestive tract. In fact, altered levels of … Continue Reading Researchers identify gut’s role in peripheral serotonin production and shaping the nervous system.
Researchers show for the first time that mitochondria are altered in human model of Parkinson’s disease.
It has long been suspected that the most common mutation linked to both sporadic and familial Parkinson’s disease wreaks its havoc by altering the function of mitochondria in neurons that … Continue Reading Researchers show for the first time that mitochondria are altered in human model of Parkinson’s disease.
Depression affects an estimated 350 million people worldwide and poses a major public health challenge, according to the World Health Organization. Researchers have discovered an unconventional way that serotonin is … Continue Reading New source of serotonin in the brain found and the effects on SSRI’s identified.
Researchers from the University of Bern have discovered a mechanism that is responsible for the level of chronic pain in the brain. The results of this study point to new … Continue Reading Researchers begin to map chronic pain memory in the brain.
Epilepsy is a very prevalent neurological disorder. Approximately one-third of patients are resistant to currently available therapies. A team of researchers from the University of Bonn has discovered a new … Continue Reading Astrocytic ‘uncoupling’ identified and reversed in temporal lobe epilepsy.
Researchers at Aalto University and University of Turku have revealed how obesity is associated with altered opioid neurotransmission in the brain. New research reveals how obesity is associated with altered … Continue Reading Neuroimaging study maps brain neurotransmission system involved in obesity.
The human body consists of almost 100 billion neurons that contain synapses, point-to-point contacts for information transfer. Every function, feeling and action depends on the ability of synapses within neurons … Continue Reading New insights into the regulation of neuroplasticity.
Researchers at the University of Copenhagen have gained new insight into the mechanism behind a protein dopamine transporter that could help in the development of future medical treatment against cocaine … Continue Reading Researchers one-step closer towards an antidote for cocaine addiction.
Even with modern whole-genome sequencing techniques, it has proven difficult to identify genetic factors affecting risk for depression, according to an opensource literature review in the Harvard Review of Psychiatry. … Continue Reading Harvard-led literature review on genetics in depression, what’s known, what’s next.