Hearing / Deafness Neurology / Neuroscience

Human brains have evolved to ‘prefer’ music and speech

What makes humans so different from other primates? Though our brains are similar, it seems that they react differently to various stimuli. New evidence suggests that human brains “listen” for musical pitch, a preference that scientists have not detected in monkeys. Human brains have a particular ‘bias’ for music and speech, a new study shows. […]

Multiple Sclerosis Neurology / Neuroscience

What to know about neuralgia

Neuralgia refers to severe, shooting pain that occurs due to a damaged or irritated nerve. Neuralgia can affect any part of the body, causing mild to severe pain. Certain medications and surgical procedures can effectively treat neuralgia. Severe neuralgia can interfere with a person’s ability to perform everyday tasks and may impact their quality of […]

Neurology / Neuroscience Seniors / Aging

Scientists discover anti-aging potential in old drug

Clinical trials are underway to test whether rapamycin, a drug that has served as an immune suppressor for decades, could also treat cancer and neurodegeneration. Scientists are also interested in exploring its anti-aging properties. Scientists may have found anti-aging and neuroprotective benefits in an existing immunosuppressant drug. Rapamycin gets its name from Rapa Nui, the […]

Neurology / Neuroscience Parkinson's Disease

Using EEG data to diagnose Parkinson’s disease

Currently, diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease relies on a neurologist’s professional opinion. Researchers behind a new study believe that an EEG may be a more effective alternative. New research suggests that an EEG test could help diagnose Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s disease affects more than 10 million people worldwide, according to the Parkinson’s Foundation, but no scan […]

Cancer / Oncology Neurology / Neuroscience

How a parasitic fish could help us fight brain cancer and stroke

Researchers turn to an ancient species of fish in a bid to find a better way of delivering therapeutic drugs into the brain to treat conditions and events ranging from cancer to stroke. Lampreys (pictured above) may help boost brain therapies.Image credit: T. Lawrence, Great Lakes Fishery Commission Lampreys are one of the oldest surviving […]

Neurology / Neuroscience

What to know about EEG tests

An electroencephalogram, or EEG, is a test that helps doctors diagnose problems with the brain’s electrical activity, such as seizures. An EEG test uses a special cap with electrodes to detect the electrical activity of the brain. The EEG test is one of the best diagnostic tools for epilepsy and other seizure disorders. Doctors may […]