How Our Body "Hears" VibrationsNews
Researchers have observed what happens in the brains of mice whose forepaws perceive vibrations. They discovered that neurons in the somatosensory cortex are activated in a manner similar to those in the sound-reactive auditory cortex. These results suggest that feeling a phone vibrate or hearing it ring is ultimately based on the same brain codes.READ MORE
Hunting the Brain Circuits Behind Alcohol CravingsNews
Scientists at Scripps Research have found that they can reverse the desire to drink in alcohol-dependent rats—with the flip of a switch. The researchers were able to use lasers to temporarily inactivate a specific neuronal population, reversing alcohol-seeking behavior and even reducing the physical symptoms of withdrawal.
BRAIN Scientists Make Strides in Mapping the Mouse CortexNews
Researchers have outlined a way to classify neurons based not only on how they look, but on with which other neurons they are capable of communicating.READ MORE
Pediatric onset multiple sclerosis accounts for approximately 3-10% of all multiple sclerosis cases. This study interviewed parents of children with a confirmed diagnosis, and provides insights and recommendations for improving family support.READ MORE
Researchers have for the first time developed a strategy for targeting a key molecule, Nurr1, implicated in Parkinson’s disease, opening up a potential new treatment strategy for the currently incurable movement disorder.READ MORE
The debilitating behaviours and all-consuming thoughts, which affect people with severe obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), could be significantly improved with targeted deep brain stimulation, according to new research published today.
Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, moderate in nuts, fish and alcohol and low in meat and full-fat dairy is associated with better cognitive performance in middle age.READ MORE
Researchers are teaching machines how to predict recovery time from sports-related concussions based on symptoms like headache, dizziness and fatigue. Their study can be used as the foundation for a decision support system that would aid clinicians in developing individualized treatment for injured athletes.READ MORE
A new study reveals regeneration of amputated body parts is not always an ancient trait and scientists might need to rethink the way they compare animals with regenerative abilities.READ MORE
Scientists at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) have identified gene “partners” in the axolotl salamander that, when activated, allow the neural tube and associated nerve fibers to functionally regenerate after severe spinal cord damage. Interestingly, these genes are also present in humans, though they are activated in a different manner.READ MORE
Researchers from Arizona State University and Stanford University analyzed patterns of brain activity in humans and discovered a previously unknown role for the hippocampus, a brain area important to memory, in forming associations during learning.READ MORE
Scientists at USC, Queen’s University (Ontario) and Duke University have developed a new tool that can screen children for fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) quickly and affordably