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Research Provides Clues to Treat Depression, Autism and Other Neuropsychiatric Disorders

Alterations in a naturally occurring chemical in the brain called serotonin have been linked to a number of neuropsychiatric disorders including depression, anxiety and autism. Researchers are revealing critical insights into the mechanisms...Show More Summary

Differential brain network changes in Alzheimer's patients with and without CeVD

(Duke-NUS Medical School) A new study by researchers at Duke-NUS Medical School and the National University of Singapore Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, on a local cohort of 235 Singapore residents with prodromal and clinical Alzheimer's disease showed differential functional connectivity and structural network changes in the brains of patients with and without CeVD.

Cognitive behavior therapy found to have tangible effect on OCD patient brains

People with obsessive thoughts feel the need to check things repeatedly. This is their compulsion—they feel that they have to complete certain tasks or “rituals” in order to be comfortable. This feeling is characteristic of a condition...Show More Summary

Lumbering giants had agile ancestors

The best known sauropod dinosaurs were huge herbivorous creatures, whose brain structures were markedly different from those of their evolutionary predecessors, for the earliest representatives of the group were small, lithe carnivo...

Using black-box machine learning predictions as inputs to a Bayesian analysis

Following up on this discussion [Designing an animal-like brain: black-box “deep learning algorithms” to solve problems, with an (approximately) Bayesian “consciousness” or “executive functioning organ” that attempts to make sense of...Show More Summary

Have Analytics Made Baseball, Basketball & Football Too Predictable and Boring?

yesterdaySports : The Big Lead

The media has been tripping over itself in recent years anointing this the “Analytics Age” in sports. Brains over brawn. (...)

The Showrunner Podcasting Course Is Open (For a Limited Time)

Yes, the course is open (temporarily). Yes, I want you to join our community. Yes, podcasting is an excellent marketing channel. But first, we need to answer the question burning inside your brain … Who is The Showrunner Podcasting Course...Show More Summary

RIPK1 as a Target to Reduce Microglial Dysfunction in Alzheimer's Disease

yesterdayHealth / Aging : Fight Aging

One component of most neurodegenerative diseases is that classes of immune cells resident in the brain adopt disruptive, inflammatory behaviors. This is a reaction in some way to growing levels of damage in the form of aggregated proteins, such as amyloid-? and tau in Alzheimer's disease, but it isn't a helpful reaction. Show More Summary

Scientists say AI can predict Alzheimer’s a decade before symptoms show

Researchers from the University of Bari in Italy have created algorithms that can analyze MRI scans to identify structural changes in the brain that signify a person is afflicted with the disease, reports the Times. Unlike human doctors, the AI doesn’t need to specifically be told to looks for signs of Alzheimer’s in brain scans. Show More Summary

Boost brain power with this one thing

In previous e-mails, we told you about the benefits of sex, which include burning calories, reducing stress, improving sleep, increasing intimacy, and improving your mood. Well, you can now add boosting brain power to that list too,Show More Summary

This Old Brain

A writer taking part in an aging study explores his senior moments.

Bobby Heenan, quick-witted promoter of the bad boys of wrestling, dies at 72

Nicknamed “The Brain,” Mr. Heenan was a master of insult and bombast in promoting his villainous wrestling “heels.”

Bug brains help AI solve navigation challenges

GUEST: Drones and other autonomous robots require mobile and efficient solutions to real-life issues, from mundane package transportation to urgent search and rescue missions. Using machine learning and a vector-based navigation system inspired by insects, agents could navigate to key locations without relying on a GPS — becoming truly autonomous. Show More Summary

PET imaging tracks Zika virus infection, disease progression in mouse model

For the first time, scientists have used Positron Emission Tomography (PET) imaging to study brain inflammation following Zika virus infection in mice, according to a study recently published online in the journal Molecular Imaging and Biology. The technology has the added benefit of allowing investigators to study the progression of the disease over time.

A piece of the puzzle: Eight autism-related mutations in one gene

Researchers discover a large number of clustered mutations in a single gene, TRIO, that disrupt the development of the brain's connections and likely contribute to the development of autism-spectrum disorders. The scientists also find that a sister gene linked to schizophrenia, KALRN, is inactive in early brain development, but becomes active in adolescence.

Cell model of the brain provides new knowledge on developmental disease

By reprogramming skin cells into nerve cells, researchers are creating cell models of the human brain. In a new study, the researchers describe how cells from patients with the severe developmental disease lissencephaly differ from healthy cells. The method can provide vital new knowledge on difficult-to-study congenital diseases.

11 Times Celebrities Dressed Up as Iconic Foods and Chefs

Whether dressing as their favorite chef or a fine assortment of snacks, celebs have chosen costumes with food on the brain. We're fans - after all, the results are hilarious! Related 10 Celebrity Chef Costumes You'll Want to Re-Create 20 Food Costumes to DIY on the Cheap

Imagine You'd Never Seen A Movie. How Would Your Brain Process Fast Clip Cuts?

"Before the emergence and rapid proliferation of film editing at the dawn of the 20th century, humans had never been exposed to anything quite like film cuts: quick flashes of images as people, objects and entire settings changed in an instant. But rather than reacting with confusion to edits, early filmgoers lined up in droves […]

5 Quick Ways to Snap Out of a Creative Slump at Work

Let's face it: nothing can seem more dreadful than the idea of your brain running out of gas, especially when you're trying to make a dire deadline. And yet, as hard as you might try to prevent these mental burnouts, they still happen, time and time again. Show More Summary

REPORT: Brain Expert Says He Doesn’t Think Children Should Play Tackle Football

Since the initial reports of CTE were made known to the public years ago and the ever-growing lists of former NFL athletes taking their lives as a result, the debate on whether kids should be playing tackle football has been a hot topic. A study released on Tuesday seemed to side with those that believe […]

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