Category: "Alzheimer’s"

New book details role of astrocytes in epileptic brain tissue

New book details role of astrocytes in epileptic brain tissue

Devin K. Binder, an associate professor of biomedical sciences in the School of Medicine at the University of California, Riverside, and Jacqueline A. Hubbard, a recent UC Riverside alumna, have coauthored a book, “Astrocytes and Epilepsy” (Academic Press, Elsevier, 2016), that provides a comprehensive overview of astrocyte biology, the role astrocytes play in epileptic brain […]

UNDERSTANDING THE BRAIN: New technology allows researchers to temporarily shut down brain area to better understand function

UNDERSTANDING THE BRAIN: New technology allows researchers to temporarily shut down brain area to better understand function

Capitalizing on experimental genetic techniques, researchers at the California National Primate Research Center, or CNPRC, at the University of California, Davis, have demonstrated that temporarily turning off an area of the brain changes patterns of activity across much of the remaining brain. The research suggests that alterations in the functional connectivity of the brain in […]

OCD RESEARCH: Genetic Cause Of OCD May Be Discovered

OCD RESEARCH: Genetic Cause Of OCD May Be Discovered

A single chemical receptor in the brain is responsible for a range of symptoms in mice that are reminiscent of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), according to a Duke University study that appears online in the journal Biological Psychiatry. The findings provide a new mechanistic understanding of OCD and other psychiatric disorders and suggest that they are […]

TBI: Athletes may experience long-term brain changes after sports-related concussion

TBI: Athletes may experience long-term brain changes after sports-related concussion

New research finds white matter changes in the brains of athletes six months after a concussion. The study will be presented at the Sports Concussion Conference in Chicago, July 8-10, hosted by the American Academy of Neurology, the world’s leading authority on the diagnosis and management of sports-related concussion. The conference brings together leading experts […]

Epilepsy ‘Holy Grail’ drug could be consumed in a sports drink to prevent seizures, say researchers

Epilepsy ‘Holy Grail’ drug could be consumed in a sports drink to prevent seizures, say researchers

Melbourne, Australia researchers think they have found a “Holy Grail” treatment to prevent epilepsy after a head injury. Pre-clinical trials have shown the drug sodium selenate slows the progression of changes in the brain that cause epilepsy. The researchers are looking into whether the drug could one day be put into sports drinks, for athletes […]

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