Gene Variants May Help Predict Recovery from TBI and PTSD

April 22, 2014

Researchers investigating the gene that directs the building of protein BDNF find that people with one variation seem to recover more slowly and less well than those with other variations.

Glycotoxicity: A New Risk Factor for Alzheimer’s?

April 16, 2014

Advanced glycation end-products from high-temperature cooking have already been linked to diabetes and heart disease, and scientists are now looking at their effects on the brain.

Protein May Offer Insights into Regenerating Brain Function After Injury

April 10, 2014

A single gene in the fruit fly does double duty, spurring neuron connections at larval stage and then again into mature fly. This gene is in humans, as well, but we don’t see a similar effect. Might we learn to reignite this gene’s regrowth properties to help injured people?

Alzheimer's Early-Warning Biomarkers: Are We There Yet?

April 8, 2014

A recent finding of an Alzheimer's early-warning "biomarker" needs replication, but researchers expect to have reliable ones before too long.

 

Brain Evolution

March 25, 2014

Beyond basic science, researchers believe that identifying genes and gene expression patterns unique to humans may illuminate how higher cognitive processes go wrong—and suggest treatments for disorders like autism and schizophrenia.

Are Face-Blindness and Synesthesia Linked to Autism Spectrum Disorders?

March 19, 2014

Both perceptual conditions occur at higher rates in people with autism. Teasing out why could help explain how all our brains process such information.

Older, Slower—But Wiser?

March 17, 2014

Two new studies reinterpret classic signs of cognitive decline.

The Solitary Brain

March 13, 2014

While the use of solitary confinement in US prisons has grown in recent decades, so has research showing its lasting harmful effects.

Poverty and Cognition: How the Poor Get Poorer

February 25, 2014

Poverty and Cognition: How the Poor Get Poorer 2014-02-25 The rich get richer and the poor get poorer. It's a trend that every free society says it wants to reduce or reverse, in favor of greater socioeconomic equality. But how? Rich people tend to be smarter  than poor pe

The Discovery and Potential of Nerve Growth Factor

February 20, 2014

At a recent memorial symposium for Italian neurologist Rita Levi-Montalcini, colleagues recounted her discovery of nerve growth factor (NGF) and explained its significance to potential treatments for Alzheimer’s disease and brain tumors.

Tweaking Genes to Target a Form of Alzheimer’s

February 12, 2014

Researchers develop genetic “structure corrector” that unfolds misfolded protein apoE4 in mice into shape of its helpful sibling, apoE3. If it works in people, that protein change might improve healing for a range of brain injuries.

Study Suggests Autism-Prevention Strategy

February 6, 2014

A single day of drug treatment before birth reportedly prevents an autism-like condition in two different rodent models

Neuroessentialism: The 'Dark Side' of Focus on Brain Plasticity?

January 23, 2014

Have we tipped too far in considering addiction a disease of only the brain, with no reference to the outside world? Some addiction researchers say yes.

Visualizing Art

January 13, 2014

Researchers tap into the brain’s intricate circuitry as it draws and judges its work.

Amyloid Imaging and Beyond

January 13, 2014

Researchers are developing a host of new PET-scan tracers for proteins associated with neurodegenerative diseases

 

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