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Designer cytokine allows paralysed mice to walk again

Using gene therapy, a research team has succeeded for the first time in getting mice to walk again after a complete cross-sectional injury, according...

UK scientist with MND converts himself into a cyborg

A 61-year-old British scientist suffering from a life-threatening muscle wasting disease – motor neurone disease (MND) – has managed to convert himself fully into...

Epilepsy: Seizures not forecastable as expected

Epileptic seizures can probably not be predicted by changes in brain wave patterns that were previously assumed to be characteristic precursors. This is the...

Fumigation neurotoxin may be cause of Cuban 'sonic attacks'

Fumigation against mosquitoes in Cuba and not “sonic attacks” may have caused some 40 US and Canadian diplomats and family members in Havana to...

Electrical current to part of cortex improves memory retrieval

A study by University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) provides evidence that using transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) to a specific area of the...

Scientists restore some functions of pig brain hours after death

Circulation and cellular activity were restored in a pig's brain four hours after its death, a finding that challenges long-held assumptions about the timing...

Sleep apnoea link to memory loss and depression risk

People with sleep apnoea struggle to remember details of memories from their own lives, potentially making them vulnerable to depression, a small Australian study...

Even minor changes in nightly sleep impact on next-day pain burden

Even very subtle changes in nightly sleep have a clear impact on the next-day pain burden, amplifying the pain-sensing regions in the brain and...

Blood marker an early predictor of Alzheimer's risk

Years before symptoms of Alzheimer's disease manifest, the brain starts changing and neurons are slowly degraded. Scientists at the German Centre for Neurodegenerative Diseases...

Researchers probe secrets of key compound in memory and addiction

A team led by researchers at Imperial College London is leading an international effort to uncover the role of one of the brain’s key chemical...

Smoking linked to higher dementia risk

In an Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology analysis of nationwide health claims from Korea, men who smoked had an elevated risk of dementia. Researchers at...

Neurogenetic determinants and mechanisms of nicotine, tobacco addiction

A review of research has found a large gap in accounting for the heritability of key phenotypes involved in each stage of addiction to...

Diplomats' mystery illness linked to radio-frequency microwave radiation

Dr Beatrice Golomb, professor of medicine at University of California San Diego School of Medicine, says publicly reported symptoms and experiences of a "mystery...

Testosterone shot increases males' preference for upmarket goods

Giving men a single dose of testosterone increased their preference for higher-status goods, found a double-blinded and randomised US trial The finding supports previous research...

Learning music enhances cognitive abilities in children

Structured music lessons significantly enhance children's cognitive abilities – including language-based reasoning, short-term memory, planning and inhibition – which lead to improved academic performance....

NSAIDs could prevent onset of Alzheimer's — Canadian study

Once identified, those at risk of Alzheimer's disease can prevent disease development through self treatment by consumption of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), adhering to...

Brain response during controlled whole-body exposure

Dutch adventurer Wim Hof is known as "The Iceman" after establishing several world records for prolonged resistance to cold exposure, an ability he attributes...

Children's brain structure affected by exercise

Researchers from the University of Granada (UGR) have proven, for the first time in history, that physical fitness in children may affect their brain...

Nerve stimulation restores some consciousness after 15 years of PVS

A 35-year-old man who had been in a persistent vegetative state (PVS) for 15 years has shown signs of consciousness after receiving a pioneering...

Being even just a little generous makes people happier

Being even a little generous or merely promising to be so, triggers a change in the brain that makes people happier, found a University...

A lover's touch eases pain as heartbeats, breathing synchronise

When an empathetic partner holds the hand of a woman in pain, their heart and respiratory rates synchronise and her pain dissipates, found a...

Runners' brains have greater connectivity

MRI scans reveal that endurance runners' brains have greater functional connectivity than the brains of more sedentary individuals, found University of Arizona study. The researchers...

Music training in youth boosts listening skills

A Canadian study has found that older adults who had musical training in their youth were 20% faster in identifying speech sounds than their non-musician peers, a benefit already observed in young people with musical training.

Anti-epilepsy drug may reduce stroke impact

Research on mice suggests that anti-epilepsy drug retigabin could dramatically reduce the debilitating impact of strokes.

How the brain senses low glucose levels

UK and  University of Michigan research has advanced the understanding how the brain senses low glucose levels and triggers the body's response, with implications for diabetes control.

Study suggests copper compound FOR Lou Gehrig’s, Parkinson’s

A new study on mice suggests that a copper compound could be used in therapy for Lou Gehrig’s disease – also known as amyotrophic...

Homicidal youths have different brain structures

A new study suggests that youths between the ages of 12 and 18 who have committed homicide have significantly different brain structures, compared with...

Finding has implications for understanding cognitive decline in ageing

Research on mice suggests that certain types of brain cells may be ‘picky eaters,’ seeming to prefer one specific energy source over others. News-Medical...

Young marijuana smokers face potential brain abnormalities

Young, casual marijuana smokersexperience potentially harmful changes to their brains, with the drug altering regions of the mind related to motivation and emotion, researchers...

New research offers hope for motor neurone disease sufferers

The paralysed have been offered a ray of hope after scientists used light to move and control frozen muscles. The Daily Mail reports that...

Evidence found that autism begins in the womb

Scientists say they have new evidence that autism begins in the womb – patchy changes in the developing brain long before birth may cause...

Stem cell research leads to potential new bipolar treatments

New stem cell research has opened doors to potential new treatments for bipolar disorder, reports Health India. The team from the University of Michigan...

Alterations in eye movements – an early indication of Alzheimer’s

Researchers have suggested that alterations in eye movements when reading could be linked to impairments in working memory and an early indication of Alzheimer’s...

Sleep loss causes permanent loss of brain cells

Sleep loss may be more serious than previously thought, causing a permanent loss of brain cells, reports BBC News. According to a study in...