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Zika Virus Associated With New Type Of Brain Disease

By Tim Sandle

Rates of Zika virus have been increasing in many countries, with infection primarily through mosquito bites. The disease is associated with several ill-health effects. To add to those previously reported, an association with a new autoimmune disorder has been reported.   Zika virus is a member of the Flaviviridae virus family. In most people, the […]

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US Autism Rates Remain Unchanged

By Tim Sandle

Rates of autism in the U.S. show no change – at 1 in 68 children –according to new figures compiled by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The rate of 1 in 68 represents almost 15 school aged children per 1000. This rate is similar to the previous compilation of figures, undertaken in 2010. […]

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Brain Sensing – New Citizen Science Project

By Tim Sandle

Ever wanted to help with scientific experiments, aiding understanding into health and disease? Well, now there’s an opportunity, if you’re based in the U.K. A new initiative has been launched called “#BritainBreathing”. The citizen science project that aims to engage people from the U.K. in collecting valuable health data. The aim is for people to […]

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Starting Age Of Marijuana Use Affects Users’ Brains

By Tim Sandle

New research suggests the age at which a person starts sming cannabis (or marijuana), if they are still a teenager, influences their brain development. In particular those who start using the weed at age 16 or younger face a very real risk of reduced brain development. The region affected is in the prefrontal cortex, with […]

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Helping Paralyzed Patients With Graphene Electrodes

By Tim Sandle

A point-of-principle study has shown that graphene-based electrodes can be successfully implanted in the brain and can interface with neurones. Graphene is a remarkable material, a two-dimensional form of carbon that is very strong, lightweight, conductive and transparent. The aim with the graphene based electrodes is to help those who have lost sensory function – […]

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Sometimes Half The Brain Goes To Sleep

By Tim Sandle

New research suggests sleep is not an all or nothing state and the brain is not simply ‘awake’ or ‘unconscious’. Previously it was though there was a “switch” in the hypothalamus that turns the waking system off. MIT neuroscientists have identified a brain circuit that can trigger small regions of the brain become less alert. […]

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Tapping Happy Feelings To Manage Pain

By Tim Sandle

By stimulating regions of the brain associated with addiction and happiness, researchers are proposing a new method for pain management. Scientists based at Northwestern Medicine to two medicines and developed a combination therapy. One drug was designed to combat the effects of Parkinson ’s disease (a medicine called L-dopa); the second medication was a non-steroidal […]

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Autism Linked To Brain Blood Vessel

By Tim Sandle

Researchers investigating the potential causes of autism have identified a blood vessel in the brain that may explain some cases. Hitherto autism has been linked with the neurological make-up of the brain. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects social interaction, communication, interests and behaviour. Research, carried out at New York University, […]

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Bilinguals Have A Better Chance Of Surviving A Stroke

By Tim Sandle

A new study reveals bilingual people stand a better chance of surviving a stre compared with monolingual people (that is people who can speak than one language are better placed than those who can only speak one). This is the conclusion of research conducted at the Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS) in Hyderabad, India, […]

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High-Strength Cannabis Affects Nerve Fibers In Brain

By Tim Sandle

Many types of cannabis (or marijuana, if you prefer) available on the streets is much stronger than the type puffed away by the hippies of the past. New evidence suggests that the new ‘street grade’ cannabis (‘skunk‘) affects the nerve fibers in the brain. ‘Skunk’ refers to varieties of cannabis that smell strong, drawing a […]

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