Neurology News

Lessons shared from pilot apps for dementia sufferers

16 Apr 2018

Nesta’s ‘Dementia Citizens’ app development project is helping researchers build better data on dementia.

NIH scientists watch the brain’s lining heal after a head injury

16 Apr 2018

Study provides insights into the immune system’s role in recovery after concussion in mice

NCNP and Siriraj Hospital produces teaching videos on muscle biopsy, fixation, and transportation

10 Apr 2018

NCNP and Siriraj Hospital produces teaching videos on muscle biopsy, fixation, and transportation

UCLA scientists pioneer new method for watching brain cells interact in real time

5 Apr 2018

An advance by UCLA neuroscientists could lead to a better understanding of astrocytes, star-shaped brain cells that are believed to play a key role in neurological disorders like Lou Gehrig’s, Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s diseases.

An international study is the first large survey on epilepsy

4 Apr 2018

An international research consortium used neuroimaging techniques to analyze the brains of more than 3,800 volunteers in different countries. The largest study of its kind ever conducted set out to investigate anatomical similarities and differences in the brains of individuals with different types of epilepsy and to seek markers that could help with prognosis and treatment.

Butterflies of the Soul

30 Mar 2018

New study sheds light on the developmental origins of interneurons. The findings serve as a guide for efforts to shed light on interneuron function and may help inform new treatment strategies for disorders involving their dysfunction.

New facial expression app to monitor mood in stroke patients

29 Mar 2018

A new medical app that helps brain-damaged stroke patients communicate how they are feeling has been developed and tested by researchers at the University of Nottingham. It uses scales of morphing facial expression images to help people communicate how they are feeling without the use of language. The results of a validation study are published in the journal Clinical Rehabilitation. 

European Board Examination in Neurology

24 Mar 2018

Exposure to psychological stress in the form of social conflict alters gut bacteria in Syrian hamsters, according to a new study by Georgia State University. It has been shown that gut microbiota, the complex community of microorganisms that live in the digestive tracts of humans and other animals, can send signals to the brain and vice versa.

Brain’s tiniest blood vessels trigger spinal motor neurons to develop

23 Mar 2018

A new study has revealed that the human brain's tiniest blood vessels can activate genes known to trigger spinal motor neurons, prompting the neurons to grow during early development. The findings could provide insights into how amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other neurodegenerative disorders may develop.

Social Stress Leads to Changes in Gut Bacteria, Study Finds

8 Mar 2018

Exposure to psychological stress in the form of social conflict alters gut bacteria in Syrian hamsters, according to a new study by Georgia State University. It has been shown that gut microbiota, the complex community of microorganisms that live in the digestive tracts of humans and other animals, can send signals to the brain and vice versa.

I Latin American Course of Neuroepidemiology

7 Mar 2018

The 1st Latin American Course of Neuroepidemiology introduces students to genetic epidemiology and gene-environment interaction, aspects of statistics applied to epidemiological research, and discusses the different types of characteristics of epidemiologic studies: population surveys, analytic studies, and clinical trials, with special emphasis in multiple sclerosis. 

Study reveals novel biomarkers for future dementia risk

6 Mar 2018

The new findings, published in the journal Alzheimer’s & Dementia, are thought to be the first to suggest that higher levels of branched-chain amino acids in a person’s blood could be a marker for a lower risk of developing dementia.

Scaling up neuroscience: High performance computing and modelling the brain

2 Mar 2018

This one-day event especially targets early career researchers and provides an overview of elements of brain modelling tools both from software and hardware perspectives. The programme comprises several sessions where participants get ample opportunities to exchange information and knowledge with peers as well as renowned experts working in the Human Brain Project.

Diet shown to reduce stroke risk may also reduce risk of depression

25 Feb 2018

People who eat vegetables, fruit and whole grains may have lower rates of depression over time, according to a preliminary study released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 70th Annual Meeting in Los Angeles, April 21 to 27, 2018.

Encephalitis: the rare disease with a million implications

22 Feb 2018

Up until recently, it was thought that encephalitis was simply either a viral or bacterial infection. However, in 2005, research described a new version of the disease: auto-immune or ‘anti-NMDAR encephalitis’, which is caused by antibodies that attack the brain tissue. 

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