Tag: Neuroscience

  • Garbled Text Messages Could Indicate Stroke

    Dystextia is when a person sends garbled messages, it could simply be that the auto-correct is turned off or that there is something else is going on. Scientists have discovered that dystextia could indicate some kind of a stroke, if taken in context with other symptoms. Read more @ SciTechDaily

  • Area of Monkey Brain Keeps Tally of Altruistic Acts

    Steve Chang and his colleagues from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, have discovered that monkeys have a specific area in their brains to keep track of altruistic acts. This might help researchers understand the mechanisms underlying normal social behavior in primates and humans, and could even provide insight about autism spectrum disorder. Read more…

  • Curing Boredom

    Many normal situations have the potential to be unbelievably boring. Boredom is more than just one of life’s minor irritations; it has been linked to drug use, alcoholism, problematic gambling and compulsive behavior. It has even been tied to potentially lethal errors in job execution since bored personnel preform less reliably than people engaged in…

  • Why People Like Watching the Same Thing Over and Over Again

    There’s a reason why people are spending money on television show DVDs and Blu rays that are essentially reruns, but this behavior is more complicated than previously thought. Read more @ SciTechDaily

  • Test for Alzheimer’s May Be Undermining Drug Trials

    Flaws in a test used in clinical trials to assess patients could be undermining the search for a drug to treat Alzheimer’s. Read more @ SciTechDaily

  • Scorpion Protein Helps Illuminate Brain Tumors

    In order to help surgeons come up with a way to distinguish brain tumors from healthy tissue, scientists are trying to use a scorpion protein. Read more @ SciTechDaily

  • Nostalgia Makes Us Warm & Colder Temperatures Make Us Nostalgic

    Smell, touch, and music have all proven to evoke nostalgia and researchers at the University of Southampton have discovered that nostalgia is linked to the physical feeling of warmth. Read more @ SciTechDaily

  • Diuretic Drug Could Help Treat Autism

    The drug bumetanide, which has been used for decades to treat high blood pressure and other conditions, has now shown some promise in a small clinical trial for autism spectrum disorder. The drug reduced the overall severity of behavioral symptoms after 3 months of daily treatment. Read more @ SciTechDaily

  • Using Urine to Make Brain Cells

    Urine could be used as a powerful source of brain cells to study some disease, and could even be used one day in therapies to study neurodegenerative diseases. Scientists have found a way to persuade the cells discarded in urine to turn into useful neurons. Read more @ SciTechDaily

  • Brain Pacemaker Implanted to Treat Alzheimer’s

    In November, researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine implanted a pacemaker-like device into the brain of a patient in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. This device provides deep brain stimulation and has been used in thousands of people with Parkinson’s disease. It is seen as a possible way of boosting memory and reversing cognitive decline.…