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New treatments for brain damage in the offing

New treatments for brain damage in the offing

The study suggests that rather than a single circuit being responsible for memory enhancement there are distinct independent circuits each capable of supporting the same enhancement.

Scientists create new brain cells from human skin

Scientists create new brain cells from human skin

The study, led by researchers at University of California, Irvine (UCI) in the US, used a genetic process to reprogramme these cells into a pluripotent state capable of developing into any type of cell or tissue of the body.

Study suggests regular, moderate exercise for those over 50 years to 'keep the mind sharp'

Study suggests regular, moderate exercise for those over 50 years to 'keep the mind sharp'

In this analysis of previous studies, researchers from the University of Canberra looked at the effects of at least four weeks of structured physical exercise on the brain function of adults.

Chocoholics, take note! Dark chocolate may protect your brain from ageing

Chocoholics, take note! Dark chocolate may protect your brain from ageing

The findings may help explain the beneficial effects on memory seen in people who consume dark chocolate, researchers said.

Brain games may no longer make you smarter

Brain games may no longer make you smarter

An increasing number of people believe brain training helps protect them against memory loss or cognitive disorders, said Neil Charness, Professor of Psychology.

Zapping the brain through electrical stimulation can evoke honesty!

Zapping the brain through electrical stimulation can evoke honesty!

This non-invasive brain stimulation method makes brain cells more sensitive ie they are more likely to be active.

Soon, take your brain medication with just a sniff!

Soon, take your brain medication with just a sniff!

The scientists have developed an aerosol nasal spray that can non-invasively deliver drugs to the brain.

Interpersonal abuse in early life may affect cognitive skills

Interpersonal abuse in early life may affect cognitive skills

For the study, the team compared two groups of young: One had a history of early life abuse, while the other did not.

3D 'mini-brains' help understand rare developmental disorders

3D 'mini-brains' help understand rare developmental disorders

In their work, the scientists investigated the Miller-Dieker syndrome - a hereditary disorder is attributed to a chromosome defect. As a consequence, patients present malformations of important parts of their brain.

Marmite may be brain food: Study

Marmite may be brain food: Study

Experiments found that volunteers who ate a daily spoonful of the dark-brown yeast extract seemed to have higher levels of a vital neuron chemical associated with a healthy brain.

People exposed to electromagnetic fields at double the risk of developing ALS

People exposed to electromagnetic fields at double the risk of developing ALS

Researchers have warned that people who are exposed to very low frequency electromagnetic fields at workplace are at double the risk of developing ALS.

Exposing children to lead may impact cognitive development: Researchers

Exposing children to lead may impact cognitive development: Researchers

The findings, published by JAMA, showed that children with more than 10 micrograms of lead per decilitre of blood at age 11 had 4.25 points lower intelligence quotients (IQ) at age 38.

Over 100 genes linked to memory in humans identified

Over 100 genes linked to memory in humans identified

The study is part of the nascent but growing field of "imaging genetics," which aims to relate genetic variation to variation in brain anatomy and function.

Feeling low? Visit a spiritual retreat to lift your mood, says study!

Feeling low? Visit a spiritual retreat to lift your mood, says study!

Researchers from Thomas Jefferson University in the US observed about 14 participants ranging in age from 24 to 76.

Brains of blind people 'rewire' to boost other senses

Brains of blind people 'rewire' to boost other senses

Researchers from Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in the US used MRI multimodal brain imaging techniques to reveal these changes in a group of 12 subjects with early blindness and they compared the scans to a group of 16 normally sighted subjects.

Alzheimer's disease linked to fatty acids in brain, says study

Alzheimer's disease linked to fatty acids in brain, says study

Currently it is thought that the main reason for developing memory problems in dementia is the presence of two big molecules in the brain called tau and amyloid proteins, researchers said.

Brain imbalance linked to impulsive Facebook use: Study

Brain imbalance linked to impulsive Facebook use: Study

The greater the imbalance between the two systems, the more likely individuals were to engage in problematic social media use behaviours, researchers said.

Disrupted sleep in kids may affect brain cells

Disrupted sleep in kids may affect brain cells

Obstructive sleep apnea is a common sleep disturbance which affects up to five per cent of all children. 

Do you constantly check Facebook? If yes, then your brain might be at risk – Read story

Do you constantly check Facebook? If yes, then your brain might be at risk – Read story

The findings showed that when there is an imbalance between two cognitive-behavioural systems in the human brain, there is a higher rate of problematic use of social networking sites. 

Memory augmentation possible through electrical stimulation: Study

Memory augmentation possible through electrical stimulation: Study

The team found that applying a weak electrical current through the scalp helped to align different parts of the brain, synchronising their brain waves and enabling them to keep the same beat.