Revolutionary “Brain Pacemaker” Reverses Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease

By |2022-06-13T08:21:44+00:00June 13th, 2022|Brain Science|

A hospital in England is the first in the world to implant a deep brain stimulation (DBS) device to deliver electrical impulses to areas of the brain impacted by Parkinson’s. It’s the smallest DBS system ever created, and Tony Howells, the first surgical patient, is thrilled with the results saying, “It’s given me my life [...]

New Nose Spray Shows Promise as an Alzheimer’s Treatment

By |2022-04-25T18:30:04+00:00April 25th, 2022|Brain Science|

When beta amyloid and tau proteins go rogue, they form the characteristic brain plaques and tangles thought to be a cause of Alzheimer's. But inflammation is also an early feature of the disease and strongly involved in its development. Previous attempts to relieve inflammation in Alzheimer's patients have not been successful, but a new study [...]

The Aging Brain Keeps Up with Younger Brains Well into Middle Age

By |2022-03-31T16:54:57+00:00April 1st, 2022|Brain Science|

It's usually assumed - and backed up by a large body of research - that thinking speed peaks when we're in our twenties, after which it's downhill all the way. But a massive new study using machine learning came to a different conclusion that will certainly please all middle-aged folks. According to the new research, [...]

Is Information Overload Stealing Your Memory?

By |2022-03-28T10:01:45+00:00March 28th, 2022|Brain Science|

Our ability to access and use our memory grows with age. Hence the saying, with age comes wisdom. Yet it’s also known that our memory declines with age. How can wisdom and forgetfulness occur at the same time? This paradox is due in part to an aspect of memory that’s received little attention – memory [...]

The Awful Truth About Multitasking and Your Memory

By |2022-03-14T10:58:14+00:00March 14th, 2022|Brain Science|

Many people pride themselves on their ability to multitask – juggling Zoom meetings, while also writing memos, exchanging text messages, watching videos, and composing emails as well as coping with other inputs from electronic communications. But along with serious doubts about the quality of work that you can get done while multitasking, researchers are questioning [...]

Is a Powerful Treatment for Cancer Hiding in Your Brain?

By |2021-12-27T08:57:29+00:00December 27th, 2021|Brain Science|

Scientists who study how the brain can influence the growth of cancer have become convinced that brain cells hold a cure for the disease. This belief stems from studies that reveal how the brain’s links to the body through the nervous system can stimulate the immune system and the way it attacks tumors. Here’s the [...]

Revolutionary Drug Designed to Heal Brain, Might Reverse Alzheimer’s

By |2021-12-13T10:48:04+00:00December 13th, 2021|Brain Science|

No drug has ever been approved for nerve repair, but that may be about to change thanks to groundbreaking research by prize-winning scientist Jerry Silver. His discovery, NVG-291, has been thirty years in development and shows considerable promise in the treatment of nerve damage. If this drug is all it’s cracked up to be, it [...]

When Memory-Damaging Toxins Come from Your Own Body

By |2021-12-10T10:31:26+00:00December 10th, 2021|Brain Science|

As we get older, our brain faces new challenges in defending against toxins. There are well-known toxins such as industrial pollutants in the air we breathe and the water we drink that compromise the brain's neurons and affect memory—but these are only the beginning. Now researchers believe that along with environmental toxins, the brain is [...]

Memory-Sharpening Benefits of a Beginner’s Mind

By |2021-11-22T10:05:58+00:00November 22nd, 2021|Brain Science|

When was the last time you tried something new that was totally out of your comfort zone? Perhaps it was flailing around the pickleball court with a friend. Or that ceramics class you took, even though you’re a self-described “non-creative.” Whatever the new pursuit, there’s a slew of cognitive benefits to be had, say researchers. [...]

New Algorithm Might Predict Alzheimer’s

By |2021-11-19T09:47:46+00:00November 19th, 2021|Brain Science|

According to researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, they've come up with an algorithm that can predict Alzheimer’s disease and its progress. The researchers use brain scans to determine your Alzheimer’s risk and, if the disease has already begun, how much time you have left until your memory and sense [...]

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