Tracking Neuroinflammation in Development, Neurodegenerative Disease

December 22, 2014

Researchers use new techniques and drugs to see if inflammation is a cause or an effect of brain illnesses.

The Brain–Gut Axis and Neuropsychiatric Disease: A Paradigm Shift

December 16, 2014

“As our understanding of the microbiome grows, we see a new opportunity for new questions and new understanding of brain disorders ranging from autism and depression,” says one researcher at the recent Society for Neuroscience annual meeting. Others agree.

Seeking the Neural Signature of Consciousness

December 9, 2014

Cambridge researchers using EEG find network activity differs among minimally conscious patients, and the possibility of predicting the potential to communicate even in non-responsive people.

Environmental Influence on the Developing Brain

November 26, 2014

A panel at the recent Aspen Brain Forum discussed how certain social and psychological aspects of environment influence biology and behavior.

Nutrition and Brain Development

November 24, 2014

Speakers on an Aspen Brain Forum panel about nutrition focused on iron deficiency—the most common single nutrient deficiency in the world—and its effects on neurodevelopment.

This is Your Brain in Space

November 18, 2014

Want to travel to Mars? Bring empathy, communication skills; expect trouble with seeing, thinking—and keeping food down.

What Does it Mean to be ‘Amyloid Positive?’

November 11, 2014

Studies suggest amyloid accumulates for 3 decades or more before dementia symptoms show.

Fear and the Brain, an Introduction

October 28, 2014

Researchers are teasing out brain areas and networks that respond to threats, real and imagined.

The Secrets of Cerebrospinal Fluid

October 21, 2014

Discovery that the fluid between brain cells acts as sewer lines while we sleep has some researchers theorizing that we might find biomarkers that could predict diseases at a much earlier stage.

All About A4: An Important Test of Alzheimer’s Prevention

October 14, 2014

Researchers, doctors, and patients await the results of the first clinical trial to prevent Alzheimer’s in ordinary elderly people.

Sleep Deprivation Increases Susceptibility to False Memories

October 7, 2014

Learning false information when sleepy can change a person’s memory of a photograph, researchers find.

Target: Tau

September 23, 2014

Scientists have new insights into how the tau protein spreads within and harms the brain, in Alzheimer’s and other diseases--and tau-targeting therapies are now entering clinical trials.

Taking Out The Garbage: New Hope for Treating Neurodegeneration

September 15, 2014

Dementias, ALS, and Huntington’s show different outward symptoms, but researchers theorize the disease process may be similar—a buildup of proteins that normally are cleared away.

More Evidence That Vitamin D Protects Against Alzheimer’s

August 27, 2014

Lower vitamin D levels linked to higher dementia risk in two separate studies.

The Link Between Depression, Sleep, and Stress

August 25, 2014

 Researchers discussed the molecular mechanisms linking sleep to depression and stress at the 9th FENS Forum of Neuroscience in Milan last month.

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