Archive for July, 2008

Can Depression Change Your DNA?

July 31st, 2008
BrainNew research points to significant modifications of an important gene that suggests depression may play a role in changing the very makeup of the brain. Researchers at the Robarts Research Institute at The University of Western Ontario compared the ...

Potential to Minimize Bad Memories

July 31st, 2008
Innovative research by UC Irvine scientists has lead to the identification of a brain mechanism that switches off traumatic feelings associated with bad memories. The finding is salient in that this could lead to the development of drugs to treat panic ...

Analyzing Alliterations Affect

July 31st, 2008
The poetic or literary style using several words that begin with the same or similar consonants is an ageless method to communicate in a format that fosters memory while being fun to read. In several experiments, researchers R. Brooke Lea of Macalester ...

Early Detection of Alzheimer’s Among Those at High Risk

July 31st, 2008
Researchers report children of Alzheimer's patients who are carriers of a genetic risk factor for Alzheimer's disease have neurological changes that are detectable long before clinical symptoms may appear. Functional MRI brain imaging revealed that these symptomless carriers of the APOE-4 gene ...

Early Life Experiences Shape Social Skills

July 31st, 2008
While it often seems that certain aspects of our personalities are influenced by events that occurred in our childhoods, tangible evidence supporting this assertion has been difficult to obtain. A recent study by Dr. Akaysha Tang's research team from the University of New ...

Improved Use of Estrogen Sharpens Memory

July 31st, 2008
A new University of Florida study finds that recharging a naturally occurring estrogen receptor in the brain may improve mental performance. The discovery is consistent with the acknowledgement that estrogen treatments improve mental performance in women with certain medical conditions. The finding suggests ...

Place and Time Can Lead to Relapse

July 30th, 2008
Being in a particular setting can trigger strong cravings for alcohol. The desire can be sparked by the mere sight, smell and taste of a person's favorite drink. Responses to such cues that are associated with the positive effects of drinking are ...

How Aging Disrupts Memory

July 30th, 2008
New research suggests aging impairs the consolidation of memories during sleep, a process important in converting new memories into long-term ones. The findings shed light on normal memory mechanisms and how they are disrupted by aging. During sleep, the hippocampus, a brain region ...

New Drug Holds Promise for Alzheimer’s

July 30th, 2008
Results from a small study suggest a new drug may offer a means to improve the brain function of people with early stage Alzheimer's disease. The study, which also finds that the medication can reduce a key protein associated with the disease in ...

Brain Rewards Obesity

July 30th, 2008
A new study of food reward and addictive behaviors finds that the tendency toward obesity is directly related to a response from the brain. Researchers at Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM) and colleagues have demonstrated a link between a predisposition to obesity ...
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