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Three ways neuroscience can advance the concussion debate

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 13:34:56 EDT

While concussion awareness has improved over the past decade, understanding the nuances of these sports injuries, their severity, symptoms, and treatment, is still a work in progress. Neurologists and neurotraumatologists have reviewed the science of concussions and outlined several areas where neuroscience and clinical research can help create consensus in the field: definitions of what acute and chronic concussions are, diagnostics, and management and treatment.

Neurons that regenerate, neurons that die

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 13:29:13 EDT

Investigators report on a transcription factor that they have found that can help certain neurons regenerate, while simultaneously killing others.

New technique makes brain scans better

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 12:53:21 EDT

To help scientists take advantage of huge numbers of low-quality patient brain scans, a team of researchers has devised a way to boost the quality of these MRI scans so that they can be used for large scale studies of how strokes affect different people.

Long-term memories made with meaningful information

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 14:06:24 EDT

When trying to memorize information, it is better to relate it to something meaningful rather than repeat it again and again to make it stick, according to a recent study.

First randomized controlled trial of deep brain stimulation for chronic pain shows promise

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 12:11:05 EDT

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) of the ventral striatum/anterior limb of the internal capsule is safe and feasible in addressing the affective component of pain in patients with post-stroke pain syndrome, report investigators.

Pre-clinical study suggests Parkinson's could start in gut endocrine cells

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 10:06:16 EDT

A potential new mechanism has been identified in both mice and human endocrine cells that populate the small intestines. Inside these cells is a protein called alpha-synuclein, which is known to go awry and lead to damaging clumps in the brains of Parkinson's patients, as well as those with Alzheimer's disease.

Concussion effects detailed on microscopic level

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 16:33:04 EDT

New research has uncovered details about subcellular-level changes in the brain after concussion that could one day lead to improved treatment.

Female and male mice suffer, recover from TBI differently

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 10:20:27 EDT

Male mice have much greater brain distress in the week following a traumatic brain injury (TBI) than female mice, including skyrocketing inflammation and nerve cell death, say researchers.

How blows to the head cause numerous small swellings along the length of neuronal axons

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 09:40:58 EDT

Researchers have discovered how blows to the head cause numerous small swellings along the length of neuronal axons. The study observes the swelling process in live cultured neurons and could lead to new ways of limiting the symptoms associated with concussive brain injuries.

Scientists try to crack the brain's memory codes

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 11:28:06 EDT

In a pair of studies, scientists explored how the human brain stores and retrieves memories. One study suggests that the brain etches each memory into unique firing patterns of individual neurons. Meanwhile, the second study suggests that the brain replays memories faster than they are stored.