Neurology
Scientists focus light on a key molecular family with regulatory roles in neurocognitive functions

Scientists focus light on a key molecular family with regulatory roles in neurocognitive functions

Puducherry: A new study conducted by Indian researchers has unravelled regulatory role of an exclusive family of molecules, Nerve Growth Factors (NGFs), in comprehensive neurocognitive functions and etiogenesis of neuropsychiatric disorders, raising hopes for preventive, rehabilitative and therapeutic use of these molecules in such disorders. more

Scientists suggest new approach unravelling aetiology and possible reversal of complex psychiatric disorders

Scientists suggest new approach unravelling aetiology and possible reversal of complex psychiatric disorders

New Delhi: Aetiology of the complex psychiatric disorders remains elusive owing to unapproachability of intricate neural circuits in living human. Indian scientists have published a study in the journal ‘Neurology, Psychiatry and Brain Research’ proposing the possible use of an emerging advanced neuroscience research technique optogenetics in transgenic zebrafish model for understanding genesis, progression and possible reversal of various psychiatric disorders. more

Women with dementia receive less medical attention: Study

Women with dementia receive less medical attention: Study

London: Women with dementia have fewer visits to the GP (general practitioner), receive less health monitoring and take more potentially harmful medication than men with dementia, reveals a new study by the University College London (UCL). more

Scientists use ultrasound to jump-start a man’s brain after coma

Scientists use ultrasound to jump-start a man’s brain after coma

Washington: A 25-year-old man recovering from a coma has made remarkable progress following a treatment at UCLA to jump-start his brain using ultrasound. The technique uses sonic stimulation to excite the neurons in the thalamus, an egg-shaped structure that serves as the brain’s central hub for processing information. more

Singapore scientists grow mini human brains

Singapore scientists grow mini human brains

Singapore: Scientists in Singapore have made a big leap on research on the ‘mini-brain’. These advanced mini versions of the human midbrain will help researchers develop treatments and conduct other studies into Parkinson’s Disease (PD) and ageing-related brain diseases. more

New imaging method may predict risk of post-treatment brain bleeding after stroke

New imaging method may predict risk of post-treatment brain bleeding after stroke

Washington: In a study of stroke patients, investigators confirmed through MRI brain scans that there was an association between the extent of disruption to the brain’s protective blood-brain barrier and the severity of bleeding following invasive stroke therapy. The results of the National Institutes of Health-funded study were published in Neurology. more

Scientists discover and test new class of pain relievers

Scientists discover and test new class of pain relievers

Washington: A research team at Duke University has discovered a potential new class of small-molecule drugs that simultaneously block two sought-after targets in the treatment of pain. more

Once-a-day epilepsy drug may prevent seizures as well as twice-a-day drug

Once-a-day epilepsy drug may prevent seizures as well as twice-a-day drug

Vancouver (Canada): A new study suggests that an epilepsy drug that can be taken once a day may control seizures as well as a drug that must be taken twice a day, according to a preliminary study released on Thursday. more

New device to get people with paralysis back on their feet

New device to get people with paralysis back on their feet

Melbourne: Australian medical researchers have created a new minimally invasive brain machine interface, giving people with spinal cord injuries new hope to walk again with the power of thought. more

Portable, dry brain monitoring system in the offing

Portable, dry brain monitoring system in the offing

New York: In their bid to get brain monitoring out of the lab, scientists have developed the world’s first portable and dry wearable brain activity monitoring system that is comparable to the state-of-the-art equipment found in research laboratories. more