Some of the Latest Mind & Brain Research – from Science Daily
  • Study revises the development, evolutionary origin of the vertebrate brain April 28, 2017
    Researchers have made the first detailed map of the regions into which the brain of one of the most closely-related organisms to the vertebrates is divided and which could give us an idea of what our ancestor was like.
  • Overweight/obese people with diabetes at increased risk of brain abnormalities April 27, 2017
    Overweight and obese individuals with early stage type 2 diabetes (T2D) had more severe and progressive abnormalities in brain structure and cognition compared to normal-weight study participants, research indicates.
  • Neurons' faulty wiring leads to serotonin imbalance, depression-like behavior in mice April 27, 2017
    A gene has been identified that allows neurons that release serotonin to evenly spread their branches throughout the brain. Without this gene, these branches become entangled, leading to haphazard serotonin distribution, and signs of depression in mice. These observations shed light on how neuronal wiring is critical to overall brain health, while also revealing a […]
  • Nose2Brain: Better therapy for multiple sclerosis April 27, 2017
    Medically active substances are normally distributed via the blood -- either directly by injection into the bloodstream or indirectly, for example through the digestive tract after oral administration. In many diseases, however, it is of decisive importance to transport the active substance as efficiently as possible to the required target site. An example of this […]
  • Antidepressant may enhance drug delivery to the brain April 27, 2017
    Pairing the antidepressant amitriptyline with drugs designed to treat central nervous system diseases, enhances drug delivery to the brain by inhibiting the blood-brain barrier in rats, new research shows. The blood-brain barrier serves as a natural, protective boundary, preventing most drugs from entering the brain.
  • New analysis of brain network activity offers unique insight into epileptic seizures April 27, 2017
    Little is known about which specific areas of the brain contribute to a patient's epileptic network or the roles these different areas play. As a group of researchers now reports one way to get closer to the complex wiring of the human brain is by merging concepts from a timed-based synchronization theory and space-based network […]
  • Cannabis use in adolescence linked to schizophrenia April 26, 2017
    A new study points to cannabis as a trigger for schizophrenia. The research finds that smoking pot or using cannabis in other ways during adolescence may serve as a catalyst for schizophrenia in individuals already susceptible to the disorder.
  • Immune system, brain structure and memory linked April 26, 2017
    Scientists have demonstrated that both the structure of the brain and several memory functions are linked to immune system genes.
  • Genes associated with resilience against brain pathology identified April 25, 2017
    Researchers have discovered two genes, known as UNC5C and ENC1, that are associated with aging individuals having better memory and brain function than would be expected, given the amount of pathologies that accumulated in their brains.
  • Estrogen alters memory circuit function in women with gene variant April 25, 2017
    Fluctuations in estrogen triggered atypical functioning in a key brain memory circuit in women with a common version of a gene. Brain scans revealed altered circuit activity linked to changes in the sex hormone in women with the gene variant while they performed a working memory task. The findings may help to explain individual differences […]
  • 'Diet' products can make you fat, study shows April 25, 2017
    High-fat foods are often the primary target when fighting obesity, but sugar-laden 'diet' foods could be contributing to unwanted weight gain as well.
  • Chemotherapy drug may increase vulnerability to depression April 25, 2017
    A chemotherapy drug used to treat brain cancer may increase vulnerability to depression by stopping new brain cells from growing, according to a new study.
  • Parents' use of emotional feeding increases emotional eating in school-age children April 25, 2017
    Emotional eating is not uncommon in children and adolescents, but why youth eat emotionally has been unclear. Now a new longitudinal study from Norway has found that school-age children whose parents fed them more to soothe their negative feelings were more likely to eat emotionally later on. The reverse was also found to be the […]
  • Novel mode of antidepressant action may help patients unresponsive to SSRIs April 25, 2017
    Scientists have identified a novel mode of action for a potential antidepressant that also leads to nerve cell growth in the mouse hippocampus. The activator of a serotonin receptor uses a different mechanism to the most commonly used antidepressants, SSRIs. This is a promising finding for the millions of patients who do not respond well […]
  • Predicting people's 'brain age' could help to spot who is at risk of early death April 25, 2017
    A method for predicting someone's 'brain age' based on MRI scans could help to spot who might be at increased risk of poor health and even dying at a younger age.