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.

Closing the Gap Between Cochlear Implants and Natural Hearing

August 21, 2014

Approaches include stimulating the growth of nerve fibers to improve sound perception and scanning the cortex to improve the device’s programming.

Can Hearing Loss Predict—or Lead to—Cognitive Decline?

August 18, 2014

Possible links between impaired hearing and loss of cognitive abilities raise the tantalizing possibility that restoring hearing could slow cognitive decline.

Beyond Serotonin: Depression at the microRNA Level

August 11, 2014

Researchers focusing on glutamate pathways may have found a potential biomarker for the mood disorder.

Patterning the Brain

July 28, 2014

Molecular neurobiologist Dennis O'Leary described his work during a special lecture after being awarded the European Dana Alliance for the Brain (EDAB)/ Max Cowan Prize at the 9th FENS Forum of Neuroscience.

Stem Cell Transplants Show Promise for Future Parkinson’s Treatments

July 24, 2014

Stem Cell Transplants Show Promise for Future Parkinson’s Treatments 2014-07-24 Parkinson's disease is a debilitating neurodegenerative disorder that targets dopaminergic cells in an area of the brain called the substantia nigra. Most patients are treated with the drug Levodop

An Antidepressant to Prevent Alzheimer’s?

July 21, 2014

Scientists report promising results from a small clinical trial of an SSRI drug to lower amyloid beta levels, but years of further tests lie ahead.

How Far Should Brain Researchers Go?

July 14, 2014

How much should we enhance our brains, how far should we go to treat risky pre-term pregnancies, and when can we morally do research on people having surgery for something else were among the topics at the William Safire Seminar on Neuroethics.

Obesity Linked to Changes in Brain’s White Matter Structure—and Cognition

July 7, 2014

Reducing fat levels in obese mice through exercise or surgery appears to result in better cognitive performance.

A Purposeful Life is a Healthier Life

June 26, 2014

Results from programs like Experience Corps suggest that having a goal or purpose helps protect against cognitive decline as we age.

‘Smart’ Drugs Alter Developing Brain

June 23, 2014

Though many “normal” people—students, lawyers, doctors—are taking drugs that may enhance cognitive function, there is little research into how these drugs affect non-disordered brains. A research review suggests that using cognitive-enhancing drugs may have unintended and quite negative consequences, especially in youngsters.

A Fountain of Youth for the Brain?

June 12, 2014

Scientists have reported promising rejuvenation experiments on mouse brains-but it isn't clear that such results can be translated usefully into human therapies.

NIH Calls for ‘Sea Change’ Regarding Sex Differences in Research

June 9, 2014

New policy for US National Institutes of Health funding will require that researchers propose studies that have balance of male and female cells, tissues, or animals.

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