World’s most powerful MRI machine captures first stunning brain scans

An image of a human brain captured with the new Iseult MRI machine at a power of 11.7 Teslas, showing the level of detail possible

The world’s most powerful MRI machine has started proving its worth, by scanning living human brains. The resulting images give an ultra high resolution glimpse into the brain, which will help us better understand the nature of consciousness and treat neurodegenerative diseases.

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Beyond plaques: New Alzheimer’s treatment pathway discovered

New pathways to combating and treating Alzheimer's disease are emerging as researchers look for mechanisms beyond brain plaques

Researchers have discovered that limiting a certain enzyme can have a dramatic impact in protecting against the effects of Alzheimer’s disease. The finding could lead to a new class of drugs that fight the disease.

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New images show ‘demonic’ face distortions from rare condition

Imagine waking up one morning and finding that every face you see is distorted into demonic proportions, with pointy ears, narrow eyes and a terrifying grin. That’s a reality for some patients with a rare condition called prosopometamorphopsia (PMO), a… Continue reading New images show ‘demonic’ face distortions from rare condition

Golf, and other men’s hobbies, drive a 300% increase in ALS risk

Men who engage in recreational activities such as golf, gardening and woodworking are at higher risk of developing ALS, an incurable progressive nervous system disease, a study has found. The findings add to mounting evidence suggesting a link between … Continue reading Golf, and other men’s hobbies, drive a 300% increase in ALS risk

Middle-age obesity linked to shape-shifting brain neurons

A change in shape to a particular structure of neurons was found to have a significant impact on obesity in rats. Researchers believe the finding will translate to humans and could help us fight our own middle-aged bulges one day.Continue ReadingCatego… Continue reading Middle-age obesity linked to shape-shifting brain neurons

Chemotherapy brain fog cleared with simple light and sound treatment

MIT scientists have shown in mice that a simple light and sound exposure therapy can reduce symptoms of 'chemo brain,' the cognitive issues that arise during chemotherapy

If you or someone you know has gone through chemotherapy, you might be familiar with the side effect commonly called ‘chemo brain.’ Scientists have now demonstrated a simple way to protect brain cells from damage using flashing lights and sounds at a certain frequency.

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Flow: We really are unconscious when we’re ‘in the zone’

By analyzing the brain waves of improvising jazz musicians, researchers now understand how the brain achieves a creative flow state. The findings have practical implications for anyone – not just musicians – wanting to get ‘in the zone’ to generate cre… Continue reading Flow: We really are unconscious when we’re ‘in the zone’

Time cell discovery reveals the bizarre way the nose powers actions

From sniffing out diseases and explosives, to some clever animal and dinosaur adaptations for life, the nose and its broad olfactory functions are an important, if somewhat underappreciated, part of many animals’ sensory systems.Continue ReadingCategor… Continue reading Time cell discovery reveals the bizarre way the nose powers actions

Could heat therapies relieve depression? Scientists believe so

In the largest study of its kind, researchers have found that people suffering from major depressive disorder (MDD) are also more likely to have higher body temperatures, opening the door to treatments that could help regulate this function and potenti… Continue reading Could heat therapies relieve depression? Scientists believe so

ADHD affects connectivity across the whole brain, study confirms

Using neuroimaging data of nearly 12,000 participants, researchers have confirmed there is a need for a ‘whole brain approach’ to diagnosing, researching and treating attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).Continue ReadingCategory: Medical, Sc… Continue reading ADHD affects connectivity across the whole brain, study confirms