Stroke: New drug limits brain damage and promotes repair

A stroke is an event that blocks or interrupts the blood supply to the brain, depriving cells of essential oxygen. Without oxygen, cells die within minutes. There are few effective treatments for stroke and they apply to a low proportion of patients

Stroke: New drug limits brain damage and promotes repairStroke is the second leading cause of death and disability worldwide. By blocking blood flow in the brain, it destroys brain cells. Now, new research shows a drug already approved to treat other conditions not only limits stroke damage, but it also promotes repair. In rats, it reduced the number of brain cells killed and […]

Here’s how to stop your brain from shrinking and improve your thought process

Researchers say shrinking the brain may be worth it because it decreases the dopamine activity that controls reward and pleasure centres of the brain by decreasing hallucinations and psychosis

Here’s how to stop your brain from shrinking and improve your thought processShrinking brains sound frightening and painful, but it could actually be caused by a mindless activity, drug, or habit that you’re unknowingly doing every single day. Brain shrinkage has been linked to a declining memory, difficulty thinking, or putting together metaphorical puzzle pieces together. By changing a few aspects in your life and adding a […]

New information reveals how dopamine works in Parkinson’s patients

Researchers use high-end technology to examine dopamine levels in Parkinson’s patients who were undergoing brain surgery at thousand times faster rate than previously recorded in humans

New information reveals how dopamine works in Parkinson’s patientsResearchers from Virginia Tech’s Carilion Institute have known about dopamine’s link to learning for some time, but they wanted to dig a little deeper in a new study. Using high-end technology, the researchers examined dopamine levels in Parkinson’s patients who were undergoing brain surgery at a rate a thousand times faster than previously recorded in […]

3D printed skull gives new life to seven-year-old

Teddy Ward lost the left half of his skull falling down a cliff in 2014 and spent two years wearing a helmet to protect his brain

3D printed skull gives new life to seven-year-oldThe impact crushed his head, shattering all of the bone on his left side. After surgery to replace the skull was unsuccessful, he was sent home with a helmet, ordered to wear it 24 hours a day. It meant Teddy – described by his mother as a ‘rambunctious kid’ – could not go to friends […]

Explained: Pain – how and why we feel it

Brain Research have now discovered that pain is not just a matter of nerves but that non-neuronal cells, the glial cells, are also involved in clinically relevant pain models

Explained: Pain – how and why we feel itThe sensation of pain occurs when neural pathways conduct excitation generated by tissue damage to the spinal cord, where the nociceptive information is extensively pre-processed. From there, the information is transmitted to the human brain, where the sensation of “pain” is finally created. This is the general belief. However, researchers from the Division of Neurophysiology […]

How abnormalities in the brain’s communication network maybe causing insomnia

The findings revealed that insomnia patients had significantly reduced white matter integrity in several parts of the right brain, including the body corpus callosum

How abnormalities in the brain’s communication network maybe causing insomniaWe’ve all had those sleepless nights filled with endless tossing and turning, no shuteye in sight. For 3 to 5 per cent of the population, insomnia is a nightly struggle that takes over their lives. Its causes and consequences remain elusive, but recent MRI scans suggest a connection between the sleeping disorder and abnormalities in […]

Proven: Women have better memories than men

Researchers from The North American Menopause Society (NAMS) found middle-aged women outperform age-matched men when it comes to measures of memory

Proven: Women have better memories than menMen have the notorious reputation of forgetting birthdays, anniversaries, and other important dates. On the other hand, women are better at recalling memories faster, more accurately, and in specific detail. A new study published in the journal Menopause suggests there’s a science behind these gender differences in memory. Researchers from The North American Menopause Society […]

Why are we ticklish?

It is no coincidence that the most ticklish parts of the body are also the most vulnerable, like the neck, the ribs and the stomach.

Why are we ticklish?The only people in this world who haven’t been tickled are probably infants who have not yet achieved this rite of passage. Everyone has giggled, gasped for breath, and gone into convulsions during a tickling attack, whether they still love tickling or grew to hate it. It’s one of those things that are hard to […]

Discovered: ‘Missing link’ between brain and immune system

The true significance of the discovery lies in the potential effects this finding could have on Alzheimer’s disease and multiple sclerosis

Discovered: ‘Missing link’ between brain and immune systemThe recent discovery of a “missing link” between the brain and the immune system may lead to a complete revision of biology textbooks. The link, vessels of the lymphatic system that run through the sinuses, were previously unidentified and thought not to exist. However, the true significance of the discovery lies in the potential effects […]

Lateral sleeping position influences clean-up of brain’s metabolic waste products, halts neurological diseases

Sleeping in lateral position is most popular in human and most animals and it most efficiently clears our brain of the metabolic waste products

Lateral sleeping position influences clean-up of brain’s metabolic waste products, halts neurological diseasesWhen we all go to bed, we tend to sleep on our back, side, stomach, or assume the fetal position. Our body posture when we sleep can influence our personality, well-being, and even our brain health. According to a recent study published in the The Journal of Neuroscience, sleeping on our side rather than our […]