Brain hand 'map' is maintained in amputees with and without phantom limb sensations
February 5, 2019
Researchers have found that the brain stores detailed information of a missing hand decades after amputation, regardless of whether amputees still experience phantom hand sensations.
Their study, published in , revealed detailed hand information in the brains of amputees compared with...
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Everything you need to know about convulsions
January 31, 2019
A convulsion is a general term that people use to describe uncontrollable muscle contractions. Some people may use it interchangeably with the word "seizure," although a seizure refers to an electrical disturbance in the brain.Seizures may cause a person to have convulsions, but ...
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Graphene can hear your brain whisper
January 24, 2019
The body of knowledge about the human brain is keeps growing, but many questions remain unanswered. Researchers have been using electrode arrays to record the brain's electrical activity for decades, mapping activity in different brain regions to understand what it looks like when everything is w...
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Speeding up genetic diagnosis of Huntington's disease
January 10, 2019
People with Huntington's disease suffer from jerky body movements and decreasing mental abilities. The condition usually leads to death 15-20 years after diagnosis. The cause of the disease is a region in the Huntingtin gene that is longer than in healthy people. The mutation causes the destructi...
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A new hope in treating neurodegenerative disease
January 4, 2019
A research team led by Professor Sung Bae Lee of Brain and Cognitive Sciences and Professor Daehee Hwang of New Biology (Vice-head of the Plant Age and Life Research Group, IBS) has identified the early neuropathology mechanism of structural characteristics of polyglutamine toxic protein on neuro...
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How neurons could disconnect from each other in Huntington's disease
December 25, 2018
A hallmark of neurodegenerative diseases like Huntington's is the progressive death of nerve cells in the brain. The cells don't die quickly, though. They first start to disconnect from each other because their neurites -- long finger-like extensions that make connections all through the brain --...
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High-tech epilepsy warning device could save lives
December 25, 2018
Scientists have developed a high-tech bracelet called the Nightwatch, which detects 85 percent of all severe nighttime epilepsy seizures — a much higher percentage than similar devices on the market today.
Smartwatches are gaining pop...
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The brain's support cells show defective development in Huntington's disease
December 21, 2018
The neurological disorder Huntington's disease causes behavioural and motor changes, which among other things are a result of dysfunctional maturation or formation of glial cells, the brain's support cells, researchers from the University of Copenhagen demonstrate in a new study based on mice tri...
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This form of brain training may help treat severe schizophrenia
December 9, 2018
New research has revealed that targeted cognitive training can successfully reduce cognitive impairment in treatment-resistant schizophrenia.
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Detecting schizophrenia before symptoms arise
November 9, 2018
Early diagnosis is key to the effective treatment of schizophrenia. In a recent study, scientists probed neural activity in the hunt for rogue connectivity. Their findings may help clinicians catch schizophrenia before the first psychotic episode....
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