Neurology / Neuroscience Seniors / Aging

Clues in brain’s waste system may help explain Alzheimer’s

New research reveals that a particular group of lymphatic vessels plays a pivotal role in helping the brain dispose of waste. It also suggests that deterioration of these vessels through aging could contribute to neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s. New findings into the brain’s clearance system may help us better understand aging-related neurological diseases. Until […]

Neurology / Neuroscience

Exploring the neuroanatomy of a murderer

By scanning the brains of hundreds of convicted murderers, a recent study has zeroed in on significant differences in the gray matter of homicide offenders, compared with that of people who have carried out other violent crimes. A new study examines the brains of killers. In 2016, there were an estimated 17,250 murders in the […]

Neurology / Neuroscience Schizophrenia

How do ancient viruses cause MS and other neurological diseases?

Ancient viruses have left behind traces in our DNA. Researchers believe these contribute to neurological conditions. Could inhibiting our viral passengers pave the way for future treatments? What links neurological conditions and ancient viruses? Transposable elements, which scientists also call transposons or jumping genes, are stretches of DNA that harbor the ability to move around […]

Alcohol / Addiction / Illegal Drugs Neurology / Neuroscience

Beating addiction: Why our brains may struggle to ignore alcohol, food cues

New research offers fascinating insights into how our brains ignore environmental cues of addictive substances or habits, why it’s harder to ignore such cues when we’re stressed, and how we might be able to beat addiction. New research explains why we sometimes find it so hard to ignore the sight of a delicious-looking drink. If […]

Neurology / Neuroscience

13 adults with complete paralysis benefit from nerve transfer surgery

A new study showcases the benefits of nerve transfer surgery — sometimes in combination with traditional tendon transfer surgery — for restoring upper limb function in people with complete paralysis. A team of Australia-based surgeons has restored the function of upper limbs in 13 young adults who experienced spinal cord injury. Spinal cord injury (SCI) […]