Veterans with PTSD have higher risk of a rare sleep disorder

Oct 14, 2019 Kshitij Jadhav

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It has been seen that military veterans with PTSD or head concussions are at a higher risk of suffering from a thrashing form of sleep disorder, which is higher than the general population.

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Protecting transplanted brain cells from rejection without medication

Oct 08, 2019 Kshitij Jadhav

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Researchers have developed a novel approach which bypasses the immune response to transplanted cells thereby facilitating their survival and protecting the brain tissue even without the use of immune-suppr... Read more

Neurons dump their waste to astrocytes

Jun 03, 2019 Erwin van den Burg

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Neurons that are highly active damage their lipids, which can become toxic. A new study found that these neurons secrete these toxic, damaged lipids, which are then being taken up and processed by astrocyt... Read more

Genetic mutation protects against dementia

May 27, 2019 Erwin van den Burg

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A mutation in the PLCG2 gene protects against various forms of dementia. Carriers of this mutation have a greatly increased chance of turning 100 without dementia. This finding is the result of genetic res... Read more

Kids who watch more TV sleep less

May 15, 2019 Kshitij Jadhav

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Approximately 35% of 3-5 year old kids have TV in their bedrooms and atleast a third of them fall asleep with the TV on mostly watching violent stimulating videos. Now, researchers have shown that this aff... Read more

Regular coffee drinkers are better to catch a whiff of it

May 15, 2019 Kshitij Jadhav

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Researchers have shown that regular coffee drinkers can sniff out even trace amounts of coffee as well as faster at recognizing its aroma as compared to non-coffee drinkers.

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Key brain protein involved in food intake discovered

May 14, 2019 Kshitij Jadhav

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This might come as a shock; however researchers have revealed that controlling your weight might be dependent on a brain protein regardless of the amount of exercise or diet you could be doing. The protein... Read more

Gut bacteria and depression?

May 08, 2019 Kshitij Jadhav

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Gut microbiome has been the center of the new wave of research over the last couple of years. In a recent study, researchers have shown that gut bacteria altered depression linked behavior as well as gut i... Read more

Alternative treatment of epilepsy in children identified

May 07, 2019 Erwin van den Burg

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In a collaborative effort, clinicians and scientists have identified an alternative to phenytoin in the second order treatment of convulsive status epilepticus in children.

By assessing 0ve... Read more

Why do we love bitter coffee and beer?

May 02, 2019 Kshitij Jadhav

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Ever wonder why some people love the bitter taste of coffee, while some just can’t stand it? While the scientists predicted that variations in the genes associated with taste sensations could account... Read more

New gene mutation makes mice brave

May 02, 2019 Kshitij Jadhav

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Researchers used a gene manipulation technology to delete the P4h-tm gene from mice and made an unexpected discovery. These mice showed increased courage, lower anxiety and fear and also increased social i... Read more

A thermostat in the brain to balance electrical activity: implication for future epilepsy treatment

Apr 30, 2019 Erwin van den Burg

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Researchers have discovered how the setpoint of neuronal activity is determined, a thermostat which prevents the brain from going into a state of epilepsy (too much brain activity) or coma (too little brai... Read more

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.

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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