When a person touches something hot or bumps into a sharp object, it’s no surprise that it hurts. But for people with certain chronic pain disorders, including fibromyalgia and phantom … Continue Reading Scientists begin to map spinal chord-to-brain circuitry responsible for chronic pain.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has stated in a release that human sperm can carry the Ebola virus for at least 82 days, urging men recovering from the disease to use condoms … Continue Reading Four studies find Ebola virus in semen of men who have recovered from the disease.
The nervous system may play a bigger role in infections and autoimmune diseases than previously known. If researchers can learn more about that role, it could provide insight into diagnosing … Continue Reading Nervous system may play bigger role in infections than previously known.
New neuroimaging technique identifies copper levels essential for activity whilst the brain is at rest.
In recent years it has been established that copper plays an essential role in the health of the human brain. Improper copper oxidation has been linked to several neurological disorders … Continue Reading New neuroimaging technique identifies copper levels essential for activity whilst the brain is at rest.
While neurons rapidly propagate information in their interior via electrical signals, they communicate with each other at special contact points known as the synapses. Chemical messenger substances, the neurotransmitters, are … Continue Reading Scientists identify proteins responsible for synapse-vesicle fusion.
Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have discovered that a gene mutation linked to hereditary spastic paraplegia, a disabling neurological disorder, interferes with the normal breakdown of triglyceride fat … Continue Reading Scripps Research Institute scientists shed light on cause of spastic paraplegia.
Researchers at University of California have identified a control mechanism for an area of the brain that processes sensory and emotive information that humans experience as ‘disappointment.’ The discovery of … Continue Reading Scientists discover ‘dimmer switch’ for mood disorders.
The same sex hormone that helps protect females from stroke may also reduce their risk of autism, scientists say. In the first look at a potential role of the female … Continue Reading Estrogen receptor expression may help explain why more males have autism.
People who are obese may be more susceptible to environmental food cues than their lean counterparts due to differences in brain chemistry that make eating more habitual and less rewarding, … Continue Reading Eating habits, body fat related to differences in brain chemistry.
An international team of researchers has identified a new inherited neuromuscular disorder. The rare condition is the result of a genetic mutation that interferes with the communication between nerves and … Continue Reading A new rare neuromuscular disease has been discovered by researchers.
A gene crucial for brain and heart development may also be associated with sudden unexplained death in epilepsy (SUDEP), the most common cause of early mortality in epilepsy patients. Scientists … Continue Reading Gene crucial for brain and heart development linked to sudden death in epilepsy.
Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have solved the mystery of why a specific signalling pathway can be associated with alcohol dependence. This signalling pathway is regulated by a … Continue Reading Scientists link alcohol-dependence gene to neurotransmitter.
Scientists at the University of Warwick have provided the first evidence that the lack of a naturally occurring protein is linked to early signs of dementia. The research found that … Continue Reading Lack of naturally occurring protein linked to dementia.
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.
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.
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?