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Brain patterns help to detect conciousness

Scientists have identified brain activity patterns that appear to indicate when an unresponsive patient is conscious. The finding helps to characterize brain activity patterns that can identify signs of awareness in seemingly vegetative patients.

Can broccoli extract ease autism symptoms?

An initial study has found improvements in behavior and communication skills among young men treated with sulforaphane. This chemical is a constituent of vegetables like broccoli.

New clues about learning and neurons

To learn how to run on a wheel with unevenly spaced rungs, mice must be able to make new myelin, the fatty sheaths that insulate neuronal axons. This finding changes some perceptions on how animals learn.

Op-Ed: Trio shares Nobel for finding brain GPS

Another startling discovery about how the brain works has won a Nobel prize, this time for revealing how we know where we are on the planet.

More funding for Obama's BRAIN

Washington - A mix of public, private, philanthropic, and academic investments have been collected in order to fund additional BRAIN Initiative-related projects. This is a project to map out the human brain, launched by President Obama in 2013.

Family of brain-dead California girl says she's still responsive

Oakland - An attorney for an Oakland, Calif., girl declared brain dead after a tonsillectomy last year released video clips Thursday he said shows her responding to verbal commands.

Altering neurons improves autism in mice

Fixing impaired neurons appears to ease the symptoms of autism in laboratory studies on mice, where mice have the disorder. This is according to a new study published in the journal Neuron.

Bacterial meningitis incidence falls in the U.S.

Advances in the prevention and treatment of bacterial meningitis appear to be paying dividends in the U.S. A new report has revealed a significant drop in prevalence and mortality following the introduction of new treatments.

Lab grown 3-D brain tissue could help with brain injuries

Researchers have engineered rat tissue so that it forms complex networks of functioning neurons. The developed tissue appears to behave normally after an injury, and could lead to innovative research on human brain injury.

Rare brain disorder made a U.S. disease priority

Frontotemporal degeneration (FTD), a disease process that results in progressive damage to the temporal or frontal lobes of the brain, has been made a major disease priority in the U.S.

Heavy marijuana use affects dopamine response

People who use marijuana heavily appear to have blunted brain responses to dopamine, according to a new study. Dopamine is a chemical messenger associated with pleasant feelings, motivation and reward.

European human brain project officials respond to criticisms

Officials behind the European brain mapping effort have taken steps to tackle concerns voiced about the project from the scientific community.

Earliest predator brain found

The fossilized remains of the brain of the world's earliest known predators has been unearthed. The creature is called Lyrarapax unguispinus. Although it is now extinct, it is remarkably similar to a living creature called an onychophoran.

Neuroscientists set to boycott European brain project

More than 250 European researchers have signed a letter criticizing the European Commission’s (EC) $1.6 billion effort to create a computer simulation of the human brain.

Is intelligence inheritable?

Atlanta - The inheritance of intelligence has proved to be a controversial subject over many decades, and one fused with the nature-nurture debate. To add to the mix, some researchers have said that chimpanzees inherit general intelligence from their parents.

UK Dementias research program launches

London - Some £16 million will be invested into neurodegenerative conditions research in the U.K. This includes developing new drug treatments and discovering methods of prevention.

Potential new drug may bring hope for Alzheimer's sufferers

New York - Experiments conducted by researchers at Sidney Strickland’s Laboratory of Neurobiology and Genetics at Rockefeller University have discovered a compound which may stop the progression of Alzheimer’s.

Obama's brain initiative asks for extra $4.5 billion

Washington - A committee for the U.S. BRAIN Initiative (a neuroscience research program), has said that taxpayers should provide a further $4.5 billion in funding.

Concussions and youth sports Special

Suffering from a concussion can occur in any sport, and at all levels of play. The U.S. Center for Disease Control estimates 1.6 million to 3.8 million concussions occur in sports and recreational activities each year.

Some brain cells deal with stress better than others

Scientists may have found the brain cells responsible for the varying reactions to stress. The research also suggests that there are variations between animals in how the brain responds to stressful situations.

New way of watching 'neurons in action' (video)

Researchers have imaged the electrical impulses of a worm and in the zebrafish nervous system. It is hoped that the pioneering technology could be used soon to show activity in the human brain.

Why can’t you remember life as a baby?

The growth and development of new neurons may explain why adults cannot remember being infants, according to a new study.

New study finds casual pot use alters the brain

Young adults who occasionally use pot show abnormalities in two key areas of their brain related to emotion, motivation, and decision making, new research reveals.

Mapping the mouse brain

New research charts the entire brain of the mouse at the cellular level. The collected data is the most comprehensive analysis of an animal's brain to be published.

New finding about autism (video)

Abnormal cellular layering has been found within the brains of children with autism. This points to inappropriate development prenatally, according to new research.

U.S. and Europe get their heads together

Europe and the U.S. have launched a collaboration linking their government-backed initiatives to study the human brain and nervous system.

Breast cancer gene linked to brain development

The breast cancer-associated gene BRCA1 appears to play a protective role in neural stem cells, a new mouse study has found.

Brain region linked to schizophrenia

Researchers have identified a region of the brain which is sensitive to small changes in memory. The results provide a clue as to why this area is often found to be abnormal in people suffering with schizophrenia.

What makes a jazz musician tick?

Baltimore - With jazz maestros, some areas of the brain that typically process language are highly active, according to a new study, which was carried out at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland.

Pesticide DDT linked to Alzheimer’s

DDT may increase the risk of the neurodegenerative disease Alzheimer's, according to some troubling new research conducted by Rutgers University.
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