Lab-made brains shed light on Angelman syndrome

"Organoids" let researchers watch brain development to find new info about the earliest stages of Angelman syndrome, a complex genetic disorder.

Matt Shipman-NC State • futurity
Sept. 17, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: neurons brains health-and-medicine genetic-diseases

Nappers may have higher neurological disorder risk

The brain's way to remove waste, the glymphatic system, is synced to circadian rhythms, research in mice shows. The findings may be bad news for nappers.

Mark Michaud-Rochester • futurity
Sept. 14, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: sleep brains neurological-disorders featured health-and-medicine circadian-rhythms

Sleep is like a ‘crystal ball’ to predict Alzheimer’s

Your sleep today can forecast when you might get Alzheimer's, a new study shows. Researchers say improving your sleep could help ward off the disease.

Yasmin Anwar-UC Berkeley • futurity
Sept. 9, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: alzheimers-disease sleep brains health-and-medicine

Brain signals reveal how musicians sync with the rhythm

"...this signal was sensitive enough to distinguish the 'good' from the 'better' or 'super-synchronizers,' as we sometimes call them."

Katherine Gombay-McGill • futurity
Sept. 2, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: music brains science-and-technology perception rhythm

‘Snapshot’ captures fast-acting drugs at work in brain

New research outlines a method of showing how fast-acting drugs affect the brain within minutes to hours of being taken.

Brown University • futurity
Sept. 2, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: brains health-and-medicine medications imaging-technology

Could simple tests predict which OCD treatment will work?

Brains scans of people who have obsessive-compulsive disorder reveal that "different brains respond to different treatments."

Kara Gavin-U. Michigan • futurity
Aug. 31, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: obsessive-compulsive-disorder brains health-and-medicine personalized-medicine

Extra genome copies might protect aging fruit fly brains

The discovery that fruit fly brains add chromosomes as an anti-aging defense may help answer questions about human age-related brain disease.

Morgan Sherburne-Michigan • futurity
Aug. 27, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: aging brains fruit-flies science-and-technology chromosomes

MRI scans reveal how your brain handles fatigue

Pinpointing the part of the brain that handles efforts to deal with fatigue could lead to ways to treat it in people with MS, depression, and more.

Vanessa Wasta-Johns Hopkins • futurity
Aug. 27, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: brains fatigue health-and-medicine

Brains may signal who’ll benefit from workouts for depression

A new study shows that exercise can help relieve depression symptoms in young adults. It also shows that it may be possible to predict who'll benefit most.

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
Aug. 26, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: depression exercise antidepressants brains featured health-and-medicine

Electric fish ignore their own zaps with a cool trick

Electric fish use zaps to communicate but all that zapping can get confusing. When they sense their own signal, a brain function says, "Ignore it."

Talia Ogliore-WUSTL • futurity
Aug. 25, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: electricity fish brains communication science-and-technology

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