Brain function partially restored in pig after death

Apr 18, 2019 Kshitij Jadhav

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Immediately after death, once the oxygen and blood supply is cut off, the electrical brain activity disappears immediately, while the energy stores get depleted within minutes. This has always lead to beli... Read more

Where do angry dreams arise in the brain?

Apr 16, 2019 Kshitij Jadhav

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In a new study conducted in healthy adults, researchers have identified a pattern of brain activity which can predict anger experienced during dreams.

Researchers collected EEG recordings... Read more

How to change your brain: Train it

Apr 15, 2019 Kshitij Jadhav

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Researchers have found out that even 1 hour of brain training exercises using neurofeedback can increase the strength of neuronal connections and improved communication between different brain regions. Read more

NFL players have higher abnormal proteins in the brain

Apr 12, 2019 Kshitij Jadhav

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Scientists conducted a PET scan in living National Football League (NFL) players who displayed certain cognitive and behavioural symptoms. They found that these players had abnormal levels of tau protein i... Read more

Electrical pulses to restore memory

Apr 10, 2019 Kshitij Jadhav

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Researchers have shown that a decline in memory due to ageing can be temporarily reversed using electrical brain stimulation.

Scientists used non-invasive brain stimulation in 42 individu... Read more

More insight into Parkinson’s disease

Apr 05, 2019 Erwin van den Burg

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Brain cells that produce dopamine are the ones that are lost in Parkinson’s disease patients.

A new study has found that these cells regenerate constantly from a pool of specialized s... Read more

Cognition restored in old mice by blocking a protein

Apr 05, 2019 Kshitij Jadhav

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Microglia, the garbage collecting cells in the brain have several genes which are linked to Alzheimer’s disease and these genes are active only in the microglia. These genes show abnormal activity pa... Read more

Digital multitasking linked to obesity

Apr 03, 2019 Kshitij Jadhav

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Researchers have found out that mindlessly switching between several digital devices is associated with increased susceptibility to food temptations and lower self-control which could ultimately lead to we... Read more

How poverty affects brain activity of children

Apr 02, 2019 Kshitij Jadhav

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Researchers compared the brain activity of children from poor rural Indian background to those coming from families in Midwest America and found that the former had weaker brain activity and hence were mor... Read more

The source of new neurons in the brain discovered

Apr 01, 2019 Kshitij Jadhav

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While it was once believed that mammals cannot make new neurons throughout life, researchers have shown that in mice there is a type of stem cell that makes adult neurons in the brain hippocampus all along... Read more

Real-life X-men: A woman living pain free

Mar 29, 2019 Kshitij Jadhav

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How is that for a superpower? A woman in Scotland has a genetic mutation in a previously unidentified gene, now dubbed as FAAH-OUT. This gene is involved in endocannabinoid signalling, which is involved in... Read more

Neurons that love salt

Mar 28, 2019 Kshitij Jadhav

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Salt is truly one of the main components of today’s fast food. However excessive salt consumption is also associated with cardiovascular diseases and cognitive disorders. Now, researchers have discov... Read more

Why 30% of depressed individuals do not respond to treatment

Mar 25, 2019 Erwin van den Burg

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Abnormal neural growth may explain why SSRI’s do not work in 30% of depressed individuals, a new study found.

Neurons from depressed people that do not respond to the SSRI treatment, ... Read more

Taste center in the human brain discovered

Mar 15, 2019 Erwin van den Burg

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The part of the human cortex that is known as the insula has been found to be able to discriminate tastes, a new study reports.

Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and novel ... Read more

Another reason to like mushrooms. They reduce cognitive impairment

Mar 13, 2019 Kshitij Jadhav

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Mushrooms are usually liked across the population for their taste and texture. Now researchers have found that elderly who consume more than two portions of mushrooms a week have a 50% reduced chance of de... Read more

Forgetting takes more effort

Mar 13, 2019 Kshitij Jadhav

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Researchers have found out that choosing to forget something requires more mental effort than remembering it. Further, the research indicates that, if one wants to forget an unwanted experience, one needs ... Read more

For kids, the difference between a friend and stranger is a laugh

Mar 11, 2019 Kshitij Jadhav

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We need to give more credit to kids than we do. Infants who are as young as 5 months are able to distinguish between friends and strangers. Smart, isn’t it?

It has been recently sho... Read more

Why do we need sleep?

Mar 08, 2019 Kshitij Jadhav

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This question has been bugging biologists since several years. Why do animals sleep when there is this constant threat of predators? Researchers have found the first evidence of an unexpected function of s... Read more

Common risks genes discovered for autism

Feb 26, 2019 Erwin van den Burg

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While pinpointing the precise contribution of genes to the development of autism spectrum disorders has been difficult, researchers have now established a set of several genes that are common to all forms ... Read more

Missing a gene helps recovery from mild stroke

Feb 22, 2019 Alexandru Ciobanu

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Scientists have found that patients missing a gene called CCR5 recover better from mild stokes than patients having the gene.

The study looked at 446 patients recovering after stroke and dis... Read more