Defective Glial Cells Can Push Neurons Toward Parkinson's DiseaseNews
Scientists have discovered that defective astrocytes are linked to the buildup of a toxic protein that is one the hallmarks of Parkinson's disease. The studied astrocytes, derived from Parkinson's disease patients with a genetic mutation that affects cell clean-up functions, caused more accumulation of the toxin, α -synuclein, than those derived from healthy individuals.READ MORE
Watching TV Under fMRINews
With a little help from HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” neurobiologists have uncovered a key component of how the human brain marks time. Using high-powered functional MRI on college students watching the popular TV show, they were able to capture the processes by which the brain stores information related to when events happen, or what is known as temporal memory.READ MORE
The 'Oops Centers' of the BrainNews
Psychiatrists diagnose people with mental illnesses by spending time with them, looking for the particular behavior symptoms of each. By deciphering the circuitry of the medial frontal cortex – an area beneath the top of the head — those diagnoses could become much more efficient and precise by allowing physicians to diagnose based on how neurons respond to a simple series of behavior tests.READ MORE
Researchers have discovered that a drug currently being developed to treat stroke patients could also prevent Alzheimer's disease.
Research led by stem cell scientists at Harvard University points to a potential new biomarker and drug target for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a neurological disease that is difficult to diagnose and treat.READ MORE
Methyl groups of neurons derived from mouse fibroblast cells match those from naturally developed cells, providing further validation of these cells as a suitable model for research.READ MORE
A study concludes that fake ISO 9001 quality certificates are very widespread across Chinese companies and that the certification processes of the auditing companies lack credibility.READ MORE
In rat models, the novel scaffolding mimicked natural anatomy and boosted stem cell-based treatment; the approach is scalable to humans and advances effort toward clinical trials
In high pressure situations, you need your brain to moderate your level of arousal so that you do your best. A new study by neuroscientists at MIT’s Picower Institute for Learning and Memory might help to explain how the brain strikes that balance.
When we remember a past event, the human brain reconstructs that experience in reverse order, according to a new study at the University of Birmingham.
Individuals with early cognitive function develop brain capillary damage and blood-brain barrier breakdown in the hippocampus, regardless of amyloid beta/tau biomarker changes.READ MORE