The Neuroscience Roundup - 07/26/19
List Jul 26, 2019 | by Ruairi J Mackenzie, Science Writer for Technology Networks
Here's a short selection of our favorite neuroscience stories from the last week!
At the British Neuroscience Association (BNA)’s Festival of Neuroscience, we were lucky enough to sit down with some influential neuroscientists to discuss their work. We’ve assembled these transcripts into our BNA Interview Series. Here, we interview the University of Aberdeen's Lora Heisler on the topic of brain control of hunger.
1. Hallucinations are spooky and, fortunately, fairly rare. But, a new study suggests, the real question isn't so much why some people occasionally experience them. It's why all of us aren't hallucinating all the time.
2. Researchers have discovered how the cannabis plant creates important pain-relieving molecules that are 30 times more powerful at reducing inflammation than Aspirin. The discovery unlocks the potential to create a naturally derived pain treatment.
3. Having a bigger waistline and a high body mass index (BMI) in your 60s may be linked with greater signs of brain aging years later, according to a new study. The research suggests that these factors may accelerate brain aging by at least a decade.
4. A research team has developed a way for the "LUKE Arm" (so named after the robotic hand that Luke Skywalker got in "The Empire Strikes Back") to mimic the way a human hand feels objects by sending the appropriate signals to the bra
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5. A new study has shown that gentle, controlled stimulation of the ear canal can help reduce symptoms of Parkinson's disease. The randomised, controlled study, showed that twice daily stimulation for two months was associated with a significant reduction in both motor and non-motor features of Parkinson's disease.