Anti-Aging Protein Protects the Brain from the Immune SystemNews
The choroid plexus is a complex network of cells that produce cerebrospinal fluid, and form an important barrier between the CNS and the blood. A new study has set out to discover why it also contains vastly higher levels of the anti-aging protein klotho that any other brain region.READ MORE
Soundwave Surgery Improves Life for Parkinson's PatientsNews
A high-tech form of brain surgery that replaces scalpels with sound waves improved quality of life for people with Parkinson’s disease that has resisted other forms of treatment, a new study has found.
Neurons that Fire Together, Wire Together? Not AlwaysNews
As the adage goes "neurons that fire together, wire together," but a new paper that analyzed connections in the visual cortex of mice suggests that things aren't always that simple.READ MORE
Three patients with chronic paraplegia were able to walk over ground thanks to precise electrical stimulation of their spinal cords via a wireless implant. In a double study published in Nature and Nature Neuroscience, Swiss scientists Grégoire Courtine (EPFL and CHUV/Unil) and Jocelyne Bloch (CHUV/Unil) show that, after a few months of training, the patients were able to control previously paralyzed leg muscles even in the absence of electrical stimulation.READ MORE
Largest study of its kind shows the appendix acts as a reservoir for disease-associated proteins and appendectomy lowers the risk of developing Parkinson’s.
A stunning report concludes that researchers often ask statisticians to make "inappropriate requests." Not accidental requests for incorrect statistical analyses; but unscrupulous data manipulation or even fraud.READ MORE
For someone with hydrocephalus – a potentially life-threatening condition in which excess fluid builds up in the brain – even something as benign as a headache can indicate a serious problem that can result in a hospital visit and sometimes surgery. A new wireless, Band-Aid-like sensor could revolutionize the way patients manage hydrocephalus and potentially save the U.S. health care system millions of dollars.READ MORE
Neuroscientists have moved one step closer to understanding the complete list of cell types in the brain. In the most comprehensive study of its kind to date, the researchers sorted cells from the cortex, the outermost shell and the cognitive center of the brain, into 133 different “cell types” based on the genes the cells switch on and off.
LSD changes the communication patterns between regions of the brain, a new study by researchers of the University of Zurich and Yale University shows. The study also provides insights into how mental health disorders develop and how these could be treated.
Pathway identified which affects stress-induced lipid metabolism, implicates epigenetic dysregulation in relevant human diseases.READ MORE
Researchers are always seeking more reliable and more efficient communications, for everything from televisions and cellphones to satellites and medical devices. However, some of the most exciting techniques are highly energy demanding. Now, researchers are using brain-inspired machine learning techniques to increase the energy efficiency of wireless receivers to make communications greener.
By studying barn owls, scientists believe they've taken an important step toward solving the long-standing mystery of how the brain chooses what most deserves attention. The finding likely applies to all animals, including humans, and offers new insight into what goes wrong in brains of people who have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.
Liquid biopsy approach provides a molecular-based tool for tumor characterization, and is the first to indicate clinical utility of ctDNA for longitudinal surveillance of diffuse midline glioma.READ MORE