Neuroscience

Did Sucking Bone Marrow Give Humans Our Big Brains?

Long before human ancestors began hunting large mammals for meat, a fatty diet provided them with the nutrition to develop bigger brains, according to a paper in Current Anthropology. The paper argues that our early ancestors acquired a taste for fat by ea ...

Article - News Staff - Feb 7 2019 - 3:24pm

Oxytocin And Vasopressin- An Experiment Tackles The Chemistry Of Love And Altruism

Love is a complex topic. You love your dog differently than you love chocolate. There are times when you might put your dog, or a loved one, ahead of yourself, but you would never jump in front of a moving car to save chocolate. ...

Article - Hank Campbell - Feb 12 2019 - 12:49pm

The Genetics Of Having Perfect Pitch

Perfect pitch may be more strongly under genetic control than previously thought, according to a new study. Mozart, Bach, and Beethoven were able to precisely identify musical notes and there is certainly a genetic component to music like there is math or ...

Article - News Staff - Feb 12 2019 - 2:41pm

4 Drug Cocktail Regenerates Neurons Following Neural Insult

     Neuronal loss/destruction is the leading cause of symptoms in patients suffering from neural injury or neurodegenerative disorders. Following neural insult astrocytes proliferate and become active glial cells to form glial scarring in order to protec ...

Blog Post - Scott Beers - Feb 25 2019 - 11:21am

Scottish Woman Has Lived Her Life Pain Free, And Never Realized That Was Different

A woman in Scotland can feel virtually no pain due to a mutation in a previously-unidentified gene, FAAH-OUT, according to a new research paper in the British Journal of Anaesthesia. She also experiences very little anxiety and fear, and may have enhanced ...

Article - News Staff - Mar 28 2019 - 12:15pm

Your Brain On Deception: Why April Fools’ Day Pranks Work

I enjoy hearing about or even falling for a good harmless prank — and I certainly enjoy pulling a child or two’s string, in a cheerful, happy way, just to keep them on their toes — so, April Fools’ is one of my favorite days of the year. The holiday unders ...

Article - Michael Merzenich - Mar 29 2019 - 11:56am

New Genetic Markers For 'Chemobrain', Cognitive Impairment Associated With Cancer Treatment

Scholars recently characterized plasma levels of the biomarker dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) and its sulfated form (DHEAS) – jointly referred to as DHEA(S) – to be biological determinants of chemobrain, difficulties related to memory and attention in cance ...

Article - News Staff - Apr 24 2019 - 1:55pm

Muscle Relaxers Statistically Linked To Increased Risk Of Dementia

A statistical correlation showed nearly a 50 percent increased risk of dementia among patients aged 55 and over who had used strong anticholinergic medication to contract and relax muscles  daily for three years or more.  Anticholinergic drugs work by bloc ...

Article - News Staff - Jun 24 2019 - 11:13am

Optogenetics: Electronic Chip Mimics The Way The Brain Stores And Loses Information

Optogenetics biotechnology, using light to manipulate neurons so that they can be turned on or off, has led to a device that replicates the way the brain stores and loses information. The new chip is based on an ultra-thin material that changes electrical ...

Article - News Staff - Jul 16 2019 - 9:41am

Exercise In Space Leads To Reduced Astronaut Fainting Upon Return

For nearly as long as man has traveled into space, it has been known that it brings a greater risk of fainting upon return; and the longer the time in a gravity-free environment like space, the greater the risk appeared. Orthostatic hypotension is the tech ...

Article - News Staff - Jul 21 2019 - 9:23am