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Think Like a Younger Brain to Reduce the Cognitive Consequences of Ageing

News   Jul 23, 2018 | Original Story from the Society for Neuroscience

Increased Frontal Brain Activity with Age Indicates Reduced Brain Efficiency

Increased frontal brain activity in healthy older adults reflects reduced efficiency rather than a way to maintain cognitive function, finds a study of two human samples published in JNeurosci. The findings contradict a leading theory in the neuroscience of aging. Morcom et al., JNeurosci (2018)



Saliva-based Alzheimer's Test Could be the Future


Three biomarkers for detecting mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease in saliva samples have been identified.


Continuous EEG Proves Its Worth in Monitoring Childhood Seizures


A recent retrospective study evaluating continuous electroencephalography (cEEG) of children in intensive care units (ICUs) found a higher than anticipated number of seizures. The work also identified several conditions closely associated with the seizures, and suggests that cEEG monitoring may be a valuable tool for helping to identify and treat neurological problems in patients who are 14 months old or younger.


More Than Just an Unpleasant Sensation


Pain is a negative feeling that we want to get rid of as soon as possible. In order to protect our bodies, we react for example by withdrawing the hand. This action is usually understood as the consequence of the perception of pain. A team from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has now shown that perception, the impulse to act and provision of energy to do so take place in the brain simultaneously and not, as was expected, one after the other.



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