"Overfolded Brain" Condition Has Genetic Roots Revealed
In the childhood brain disorder polymicrogyria, the cortex of the brain has many irregular, small folds (gyria) and disorganization of its layers. A new study has revealed how a complex interplay of genes causes the disease.
Algorithm Could Predict Risk of Heart Attack in Young People
Researchers have tested an algorithm on 700,000 patient records in east London, to find out if the data routinely collected by GPs can reveal cases of Familial Hypercholesterolemia - a leading cause of heart attack in young people. The study was published in the journal Heart.
Possible Link Between Prostate Cancer and Schizophrenia
Researchers have studied the polymorphisms of neurotransmitter metabolism genes in patients with prostate cancer.
Naked Mole Rats Provide Clues to Curing Cancer and Dementia
Naked mole rats possess a unique DNA repair mechanism that protects them against cancers and other degenerative conditions, including dementia. Researchers are now trying to understand what makes them resistant, in efforts to develop new treatments for degenerative diseases such as cancer and dementia.
DNA Data Storage – Previewing Files Now Possible
Researchers have converted a longstanding challenge in DNA data storage into a novel tool, using it to offer users previews of stored data files.
Safe Water Thresholds Established for Antimicrobials
Researchers have developed a framework that provides guidance on performing risk assessments to ensure the levels of antimicrobials released into the environment are safe.
Microbots Designed To Combat Microplastics
Researchers have developed self-propelled microrobots that can swim, attach to plastics and break them down.
Non-Invasive Vagus Nerve Stimulation Can Fight Off Fatigue, New Study Claims
Humans have devised endless strategies to stave off tiredness in our busy modern world. Be it industrial-strength coffee, energy drinks of unearthly hues or complex sleep routines, everyone has their own go-tos for staying alert. Now, researchers claim, a new fatigue-fighting technique may have emerged in the form of non-invasive electrical brain stimulation.
Something To Chew Over: Eating Soft Foods May Alter How the Brain Controls Chewing
When rats were fed a diet of either soft or regular food, the different sensory inputs led to differences in muscle control and electrical activity of the jaw.
People Without a "Mind's Eye" May Have Weaker Brain Connections
New research has revealed that people with the ability to visualise vividly have a stronger connection between their visual network and the regions of the brain linked to decision-making.
Sensation-Seeking Personality Trait Linked to Risk of Cocaine Addiction
According to a study, people who have a high sensation-seeking personality trait may be more likely to develop an addiction to cocaine.