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Memory loss from West Nile virus may be preventable

More than 10,000 people in the United States are living with memory loss and other persistent neurological problems that occur after West Nile virus infects the brain. Now, a new study in mice suggests that such ongoing neurological deficits may be due to unresolved inflammation that hinders the brain’s ability to repair damaged neurons and

January 15th, 2018|Categories: Around The State, Disease Specific|Tags: , , , |

New Clues to Alzheimer’s Disease

Researchers probing the complexities of Alzheimer’s disease have detected issues involving cellular energy production, and those problems may be an important contributor to the late-onset form of the illness. A team at Harvard-affiliated McLean Hospital tested the cells of late-onset Alzheimer’s patients and found malfunctions in their energy production, including problems with the health of

December 13th, 2017|Categories: Alzheimer's/Dementia, Disease Specific|Tags: , , |

Brain activity ripples linked to creation of long-term memories

While we’re asleep, the brain is working to store new information as long-term memories. Storing a memory likely involves interactions between the brain’s hippocampus and parts of the cortex. Scientists have been trying to determine the precise connections by examining electrical activity within these regions of the brain. When hundreds or thousands of nerve cells,

November 25th, 2017|Categories: Alzheimer's/Dementia, Disease Specific|Tags: , , |

In autism, too many brain connections may be at root of condition

A defective gene linked to autism influences how neurons connect and communicate with each other in the brain, according to a study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Rodents that lack the gene form too many connections between brain neurons and have difficulty learning. The findings, published Nov. 2 in Nature Communications,

November 9th, 2017|Categories: Around The State, Autism, Disease Specific|Tags: , , , |

Higher brain glucose levels may mean more severe Alzheimer’s

For the first time, scientists have found a connection between abnormalities in how the brain breaks down glucose and the severity of the signature amyloid plaques and tangles in the brain, as well as the onset of eventual outward symptoms, of Alzheimer’s disease. The study was supported by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), part

New Class of Molecules Protect Neural Cell Integrity Upon Injury

Research led by Nicolas Bazan, MD, PhD, Boyd Professor and Director of the Neuroscience Center of Excellence at LSU Health New Orleans, has discovered a new class of molecules in the brain that synchronize cell-to-cell communication and neuroinflammation/immune activity in response to injury or diseases. Elovanoids (ELVs) are bioactive chemical messengers made from omega-3 very

October 15th, 2017|Categories: General News|Tags: , , , |

Virtual Brain Lab Brings Together World-leading Neuroscientists

Twenty-one leading neuroscience groups from around the world, including seven from UCL, have formed a "virtual brain lab" to test how the brain controls learning and decision making. The £10 million International Brain Lab brings together groups from UK, USA, France, Switzerland and Portugal to uncover how complex networks of brain cells support our ability to

October 14th, 2017|Categories: General News|Tags: , |

Memory For Details Matures Gradually

In contrast to previous assumptions, the hippocampus, a brain structure that is central to learning and memory, does not complete its maturation until adolescence. Scientists of the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, the Max Planck UCL Centre for Computational Psychiatry and Ageing Research, and the University of Stirling were able to show this for

October 8th, 2017|Categories: General News|Tags: , |

Zika virus kills brain cancer stem cells

While Zika virus causes devastating damage to the brains of developing fetuses, it one day may be an effective treatment for glioblastoma, a deadly form of brain cancer. New research from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the University of California San Diego School of Medicine shows that the virus kills brain