Mosquito neurons for tasting blood ‘break the rules’

A unique group of neurons lights up in female mosquitoes only when they're eating the combined ingredients of blood, researchers report.

Katherine Fenz-Rockefeller • futurity
Oct. 14, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: neurons blood taste science-and-technology mosquitoes

2 brain networks team up for long-term memory

A new study in mice reveals more information about how long-term memory works. Researchers also found how they can manipulate the process.

Katherine Gombay-McGill • futurity
Oct. 8, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: alzheimers-disease memory neurons brains hippocampus science-and-technology

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

Tweaked enzyme may treat spine injury and stroke damage

An enzyme called chondroitinase ABC that regrows damaged nerve tissue in animals has been too unstable for human use. New work could change things.

Jim Barlow-Oregon • futurity
Sept. 8, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: stroke neurons enzymes health-and-medicine traumatic-injury spinal-cord

Fat-burning neurons in mice grow with leptin

Evidence that fat-burning neurons can grow in response to leptin suggests a potential way to promote weight loss, say researchers.

Katherine Fenz-Rockefeller • futurity
July 23, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: neurons hormones health-and-medicine body-fat body-weight

Sodium affects biological clocks in mice

There could be ways to speed up biological clocks, researchers say. That could be help people adapt to the time change associated with long distance travel.

Cynthia Lee-McGill • futurity
July 13, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: neurons health-and-medicine circadian-rhythms salt sodium

AI tracks seizures in real time

By treating the brain as a network, researchers say they can use artificial intelligence and EEG data to ID and locate seizures in real time.

Brandie Jefferson-WUSTL • futurity
July 6, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: artificial-intelligence neurons epilepsy health-and-medicine seizures eeg

COVID-19 affects human neurons, mini-brains show

Does COVID-19 affect the brain? A new study shows that the coronavirus can infect the human brain cells and multiply.

Carly Kempler-Johns Hopkins • futurity
July 2, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: covid-19 neurons brains featured health-and-medicine artificial-organs

‘Barcode’ IDs special glial cells in the brain

"...this discovery could be of immense consequence for treating a myriad of brain conditions..."

Brian Clark-Brown • futurity
June 25, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: alzheimers-disease neurons als aging brains muscles health-and-medicine glial-cells neurodegenerative-diseases

Pink cast reveals brain’s amazing ‘disuse pulses’

To see how mobility loss affects the brain, a neuroscientist wore a pink cast and spent lots of time in an MRI machine. Here are the findings.

Kristina Sauerwein-Washington University • futurity
June 19, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: neurons brains disabilities featured health-and-medicine mobility imaging-science

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