Brain metastases are the final, lethal consequence of many aggressive cancers, and researchers are racing to discover preventive measures.
A new Tel Aviv University study finds a known adjuvant — an ingredient used in some vaccines to strengthen the immune response —may be an effective means of preventing brain metastases in patients whose primary tumors have been removed. Continue reading →
Our bodies may have their own internal clocks — but our brains sure like to hit the snooze button.
You know what I’m talking about. When your alarm goes off at 6 a.m. and your brain is so foggy and slow you couldn’t win a spelling bee with a dictionary. On those days it takes an hour and two cups of coffee before you can Continue reading →
A new study published in the European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences has revealed something quite counterintuitive about chocolate, one of the world’s most prized ‘high-fat’ foods. This strangely medicinal ‘sweat treat,’ which ironically you find in the candy aisle at the pharmacy, improved markers of cardiovascular disease, including the reduction of belly fat, and only after one week of consumption.
Findings could lead to greater understanding of sex differences in language acquisition
Male rat pups have more of a specific brain protein associated with language development than females, according to a study published February 20 in The Journal of Neuroscience. The study also found sex differences Continue reading →
Team apply new procedure to rapidly induce nerve regeneration in mammals
American scientists believe a new procedure to repair severed nerves could result in patients recovering in days or weeks, rather than months or years. The team used a cellular mechanism similar to that used by many invertebrates to repair damage to nerve axons. Their results are published today in the Journal of Neuroscience Research. Continue reading →
Difficult decisions can be made easier if you “sleep on it.” In contrast, after unfortunate news, trauma, a big argument or any emotional upset, sleep makes your bad feelings worse. So reduce mental strain after unpleasantness by staying awake for a while even if it’s the middle of the night. Otherwise, giving in to sleep magnifies and promotes your unsettled feelings. Continue reading →
To hear many people in the mainstream media as well as mainstream medicine describe it, dementia is something similar to a curse: you will get it or you won’t, so all you can do as you get older is just wait and see. Fortunately, evidence is mounting that shows this simply isn’t so, and healthy and natural lifestyle choices can protect the brain and may prevent various forms of memory and identity robbing dementia.
For example, as NaturalNews previously reported, scientist William B. Grant, PhD, of the Sunlight, Nutrition, and Health Research Center (SUNARC), is researching a link between a lack of vitamin D and Alzheimer’s disease and other vascular dementias (http://www.naturalnews.com/026392_V…). And now comes word from two new studies that restful sleep and exercise Continue reading →
MUNICH – A three-year project called CAMbrella will receive nearly 1.5 million euros of European Union funding to establish a research network for the study of complementary medicine. The center for complementary medicine research at “Rechtsder Isar,” the university hospital of the TechnischeUniversitaetMuenchen will coordinate the project for the winning applicant group, which includes 16 scientific organizations from 12 European countries.
BUENOS AIRES – An international team of researchers have found that brains of patients in vegetative and minimally conscious state still appears to have the ability to learn.
The team hopes that the finding will lead to a simple test that will enable practitioners to assess the patient’s consciousness without the need of imaging.
During the study, the researchers from University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, the University of Cambridge, UK and the Institute of Cognitive Neurology, Argentina used the classical Pavlonian conditioning to test the responsiveness of patients in vegetative state.
The researchers played a tone immediately prior to blowing air into a patient’s eye.
After some time training, they found that the patients would start blinking when the tone played but before the air puff to the eye.
However, this was not seen in the control subjects, volunteers who had been under anaesthesia.This test will hopefully become a useful, simple tool to test for consciousness without the need for imaging or instructions,” Nature magazine quoted lead author Dr Tristan Bekinschtein, from the University of Cambridge’s Wolfson Brain Imaging Unit, as saying.
“Additionally, this research suggests that if the patient shows learning, then they are likely to recover to some degree,” Bekinschtein added.
The findings appear in the online edition of Nature Neuroscience.