Category: "Memory"

Neuroscientists interpret code the brain uses to make noisy neuronal circuits

Neuroscientists interpret code the brain uses to make noisy neuronal circuits

By analyzing the signals of individual neurons in animals undergoing behavioral tests, neuroscientists at Rice University, Baylor College of Medicine, the University of Geneva and the University of Rochester have deciphered the code the brain uses to make the most of its inherently “noisy” neuronal circuits. The human brain contains about 100 billion neurons, and […]

Iowa researchers gain important insight into sudden unexpected death in epilepsy

Sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP) is becoming increasingly recognized as a very real and devastating problem in which impaired breathing is thought to play a critical role. Researchers believe breathing may be impaired during and after seizures, without the patient’s knowledge. By using electrical stimulation to activate the amygdala, a group of University of […]

Scanning the brain’s magnetic fields offers hope for epilepsy patients

Scanning the brain’s magnetic fields offers hope for epilepsy patients

Stewart Duguid used to have an epileptic seizure every fortnight. He never knew when they  would strike,  and they proved impossible to control with medication. “I had the tonic clonic seizures, the ones where you fall to the ground and shake,” the 26-year-old said. “I’d wake up exhausted and need to get my breath back.” However, […]

New Drug To Provide Relief for Epilepsy and Tinnitus

New Drug To Provide Relief for Epilepsy and Tinnitus

A new drug may treat epilepsy and prevent tinnitus by selectively affecting potassium channels in the brain, UConn neurophysiologist Anastasios Tzingounis and colleagues report in the 10 June Journal of Neuroscience.d Epilepsy and tinnitus are both caused by overly excitable nerve cells. Healthy nerves have a built-in system that slams on the brakes when they […]

Diabetic Diet for Autism?

Diabetic Diet for Autism?

Autism symptoms can be reduced in an animal model with low glycemic index diets, similar to those diabetics follow to control blood sugar levels, according to a new study. The study by Salk Institute scientists found that the brains of mice fed diets with a high glycemic index accumulated more activated immune cells called microglia, […]

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