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Taking B-vitamins can slow onset of Alzheimer's disease
Posted On: Sept. 27, 2011
London, Sept 14 (ANI): A new study has found that large doses of B-vitamins could slow the cognitive decline in older people that is the precursor to dementias such as Alzheimer's disease. Celeste de Jager, a neuropsychologist at Oxford University, said that taking vitamins B6, B12 and folic acid in medicinal quantities reduced the overall shrinkage of a person's brain ...
Taking B-vitamins can slow onset of Alzheimer's disease
Infant formulas with polyunsaturated fatty acids benefit brain and heart
Posted On: Sept. 27, 2011
Washington, Sept 20 (ANI): Scientists have found new evidence that infant formulas fortified with long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LCPUFA) are good for developing brains and hearts. In the University of Kansas study, researchers fed 122 term infants one of four formulas from birth to 12 months, three were given varying levels of two LCPUFAs (DHA and ARA) and one ...
Infant formulas with polyunsaturated fatty acids benefit brain and heart
'Decision neuroscience' helping advance our understanding of the brain
Posted On: Sept. 27, 2011
Washington, Sept 17 (ANI): Scientists are beginning to decipher what exactly is happening in our brains when we are making choices, whether big or small, thanks to expanding research in "decision neuroscience." Recently, during a dialogue, researchers discussed how decision neuroscience hopes to greatly advance our understanding of the brain, and in turn our understanding of mental disorders ranging from ...
'Decision neuroscience' helping advance our understanding of the brain
Gene responsible for three forms of childhood neurodegenerative diseases found
Posted On: Sept. 14, 2011
Washington, Sept 13 (ANI): A Montreal led international team has identified the mutated gene responsible for three forms of leukodystrophies, a group of childhood-onset neurodegenerative disorders. Mutations in this gene were identified in individuals from around the world but one mutation occurs more frequently in French-Canadian patients from Quebec. The findings are crucial to the development of diagnostic tests and ...
Gene responsible for three forms of childhood neurodegenerative diseases found
Scientists produce 1st detailed map of human neuroreceptor
Posted On: Sept. 14, 2011
Washington, Sept 12 (ANI): Researchers at the University of Southern California have produced the world's first high-resolution images of the human neuroreceptor. The breakthrough is expected to revolutionize the engineering of drugs used to treat ailments such as Alzheimer's disease and schizophrenia. A7 (Alpha 7) receptor is a molecule responsible for transmitting signals between neurons - particularly in regions of ...
Scientists produce 1st detailed map of human neuroreceptor
Voice and face recognition areas in brain are directly connected
Posted On: Sept. 10, 2011
Washington, Sept 9 (ANI): Researchers have discovered that there is a direct structural connection consisting of fibre pathways between voice and face recognition areas in the human brain. The exchange of information, which is assumed to take place between these areas via this connection, could help us to quickly identify familiar people in everyday situations and also under adverse conditions, ...
Voice and face recognition areas in brain are directly connected
How managing people at work protects memory, learning centre of brain
Posted On: Sept. 10, 2011
Melbourne, Sept 8 (ANI): A new study has found that managing people at work triggers structural changes in the brain, which protects its memory and learning centre well into old age. The research from the UNSW has identified a link between managerial experience in a person's working life and the integrity and larger size of an individual's hippocampus - the ...
How managing people at work protects memory, learning centre of brain
Soon, a 10-min iPad test to accurately diagnose onset of Alzheimer's
Posted On: Sept. 7, 2011
London, Sept 7 (ANI): Soon, doctors will be able to identify the initial symptoms of Alzheimer's more quickly, simply and accurately - thanks to a new 10 minute, revolutionary iPad memory test. The touch-screen test, known as Cantab and is currently being piloted in GP surgeries, will be made available to people aged over 50. Developed by the Cambridge University ...
Soon, a 10-min iPad test to accurately diagnose onset of Alzheimer's
Scientists discover cradle of fear in the brain
Posted On: Sept. 7, 2011
Washington, Sept 7 (ANI): Scientists from the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry have discovered two opposing neuronal regulatory circuits behind the generation and elimination of fear. Both are controlled by the stress-inducing messenger substance corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) and its type 1 receptor (CRHR1). The availability of these factors in neurons that release glutamate in brain areas of the limbic system ...
Scientists discover cradle of fear in the brain
Short-term memory loss may best predict Alzheimer's
Posted On: Sept. 7, 2011
New Delhi, Sept 6 (ANI): Spanish researchers have found that a short-term memory loss may help predict Alzheimer's disease. Lead researcher Dr. Gomar of Centro de Investigation Biomedica en Red de Salud Mental, Barcelona, and colleagues looked at 116 people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) who developed Alzheimer's disease within two years, 204 patients with the condition who didn't develop ...
Short-term memory loss may best predict Alzheimer's
New study pinpoints bits of brain exclusively reserved for language
Posted On: Sept. 5, 2011
Washington, August 31 (ANI): A finding from MIT has marked a major advance in the search for brain regions specialized for sophisticated mental functions. By using an innovative technique Evelina Fedorenko, a research scientist in MIT's Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences and first author of the new study and her co-authors, yielded evidence that there are, in fact, bits ...
New study pinpoints bits of brain exclusively reserved for language
Decreased levels of key protein found in Alzheimer's patients' brains
Posted On: Sept. 5, 2011
Washington, Sept 2 (ANI): A new study has found that patients who suffer from Alzheimer's have lower levels of a key protein in their brains. The study shows that this protein, known as ubiquilin-1, 'chaperones' the formation of amyloid precursor protein, a molecule whose malformation has been directly tied to Alzheimer's pathology. "What we saw here is that in all ...
Decreased levels of key protein found in Alzheimer's patients' brains
Omega-3s reduces severity of brain damage after stroke
Posted On: Aug. 27, 2011
Washington, Aug 26 (ANI): A new study has found that a diet rich in omega-3s reduces the severity of brain damage after a stroke. Universite Laval researchers co-directed by professors Jasna Kriz and Frederic Calon, showed that the extent of brain damage following a stroke was reduced by 25percent in mice that consumed DHA type omega-3s daily. The team observed ...
Omega-3s reduces severity of brain damage after stroke
Older brains benefit more from trial-and-error learning
Posted On: Aug. 25, 2011
Washington, Aug 24 (ANI): Older brains get more benefit than younger brains from learning information the hard way, via trial-and-error learning, a study led by scientists at Baycrest's world-renowned Rotman Research Institute in Toronto has confirmed. The finding will surprise professional educators and cognitive rehabilitation clinicians as it challenges a large body of published science which has shown that making ...
Older brains benefit more from trial-and-error learning
How our brain makes predictions everyday
Posted On: Aug. 24, 2011
London, Aug 24 (ANI): Researchers at the Washington University in St Louis have explained how people sometime could predict what's going to happen before it does, particularly in day- to-day activities. People subconsciously make thousands of tiny predictions each day, whether it's contemplating when a bus will arrive, who is knocking on the door or if a dropped glass will ...
How our brain makes predictions everyday
Kids born to depressed mothers have 'different' brains
Posted On: Aug. 19, 2011
Washington, August 16 (ANI): Children of depressed mothers have a different brain, a new study has found. A Canadian team has discovered that the brain is sensitive to the quality of care received during childhood. Dr. Sonia Lupien and her colleagues from the University of Montreal worked with ten-year-old children whose mothers exhibited symptoms of depression throughout their lives, and ...
Kids born to depressed mothers have 'different' brains
Parkinson's medication leaves patients addicted to sex, shopping, Twitter, gambling!
Posted On: Aug. 16, 2011
London, Aug 10 (ANI): Parkinson's sufferers in the U.K. have claimed their drugs have led them addicted to sex, shopping, food, gambling and social networking. A woman who suffers from Parkinson's disease said her medication has left her craving sex, shopping and social networking. Vicki Dillon, 40, from Hexham, Northumberland, was diagnosed with the incurable illness four years ago and ...
Parkinson's medication leaves patients addicted to sex, shopping, Twitter, gambling!
Smoking, high BP, obesity in middle age may shrink your brain later in life
Posted On: Aug. 5, 2011
Washington, August 02 (ANI): Smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes and being overweight in middle age may cause brain shrinkage and lead to cognitive problems up to a decade later, a new study has suggested. "These factors appeared to cause the brain to lose volume, to develop lesions secondary to presumed vascular injury, and also appeared to affect its ability to ...
Smoking, high BP, obesity in middle age may shrink your brain later in life
Human brains are fast evolving to environmental changes
Posted On: Aug. 5, 2011
Washington, July 24 (ANI): Earlier evolutionary psychologists suggested that changes in the human brain lagged behind changes in our environment. But a new study, citing the advances in neuroscience and genetics, has claimed that the human brain has changed more rapidly-and in different ways-than was initially thought, reports Scientific American.There's been a lot of recent evolution-far more than anyone envisioned ...
Human brains are fast evolving to environmental changes
Only humans have brains that get smaller with age
Posted On: Aug. 5, 2011
London, July 27 (ANI): We have larger brains and live longer than our closest relatives, the chimpanzees, but these advantages come at a cost. A new study has found that only humans have brains that progressively shrink with increasing age. Age-related shrinkage of large-scale brain structures such as the hippocampus and frontal lobes has only ever been observed in humans. ...
Only humans have brains that get smaller with age
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