Neuroscience

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

Aromatherapy Against Pests: Essential Oils Work To Protect Broccoli, If The Oil Is Garlic

Aromatherapy, essential oils, and such, have no medical benefit in humans, but they do work against some pests, if you don't want to use something better. The process is simple enough for simpler creatures; insects are attracted to some smells and rep ...

Article - News Staff - Jul 23 2019 - 2:32pm

If The Keto Diet Cures Your Migraines, You Don't Have Migraines

A recent paper claims the ketogenic diet (basically the Atkins diet, except you can't sell new diet books using old names) will help with migraines. Other more dangerous claims are that it will help with schizophrenia and epilepsy. The reality is that ...

Article - Hank Campbell - Aug 19 2019 - 5:32pm

Altruism And The Pathways To Imagination

If you never care about Haiti until a hurricane hits, are you really altruistic or did you instead imagine how others will perceive your actions? Can altruism even exist or does it all come down to social exchange? When people see someone in distress, neur ...

Article - News Staff - Aug 29 2019 - 3:11pm