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Active Lifestyle Plays A Significant Role In Keeping The Brain Healthy
2012-11-26 12:28:43

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online We all know that exercise helps keep us healthy and feeling young, but it´s not just our body that is reaping the rewards. According to researchers from UCLA, an active lifestyle also keeps our brain healthier and younger compared to our less-active peers. Lead author Cyrus Raji and colleagues set out to determine what role physical activity plays in overall health of the brain during aging. Specifically, the researchers...

2012-06-07 09:21:21

Stress may affect brain development in children – altering growth of a specific piece of the brain and abilities associated with it – according to researchers at the University of Wisconsin—Madison. "There has been a lot of work in animals linking both acute and chronic stress to changes in a part of the brain called the prefrontal cortex, which is involved in complex cognitive abilities like holding on to important information for quick recall and use," says Jamie...

2011-09-08 10:14:09

(Ivanhoe Newswire) — Interior design may have a new meaning. Scientists have discovered a biological switch that gives energy-storing white fat the characteristics of energy-burning brown fat. The findings show the transformation occurs when an environment is designed with a variety of social and physical challenges included. The discovery could lead to new strategies for treating obesity. “One of the holy grails of obesity therapy is to understand how to switch white fat to...

2011-09-06 22:09:26

Scientists have discovered a biological switch that gives energy-storing white fat the characteristics of energy-burning brown fat. The findings could lead to new strategies for treating obesity. The animal study by researchers at The Ohio State University Medical Center shows that the change is due to the activation of a nerve and biochemical pathway that begins in the hypothalamus, an area of the brain involved in energy balance, and ends in white fat cells. This pathway, called the...

2011-06-13 15:37:21

    * Hippocampus adapts to environmental stresses    * Stockpiles neuronal stem cells under deprived conditions, produces more neurons under favorable conditions    * Knowledge of how neural stem cells produce neurons could lead to potential treatment for neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Scientists have known for years that neurogenesis takes place throughout adulthood in the hippocampus of the mammalian brain. Now...

2011-04-14 12:13:56

Breakthrough may aid treatment of learning impairments, strokes, tinnitus and chronic pain In a breakthrough that may aid treatment of learning impairments, strokes, tinnitus and chronic pain, UT Dallas researchers have found that brain nerve stimulation accelerates learning in laboratory tests. Another major finding of the study, published in the April 14 issue of Neuron, involves the positive changes detected after stimulation and learning were complete. Researchers monitoring brain...

2011-03-23 20:39:46

It is well established that environmental enrichment, providing animals with rich sensory, motor, and social stimulation, produces both dramatic increases in the number of synapses in the brain and enhanced learning. However, causal relationships between synapse formation and improved memory have not been definitively established. Now, a new study published by Cell Press in the March 24 issue of the journal Neuron introduces a valuable model system for investigating the role of synapse...

2010-03-01 12:00:00

BETHESDA, Md., March 1 /PRNewswire/ -- The Research Partnership in Cognitive Aging, a public-private effort to promote the study of brain function with age, will award up to $28 million over five years to 17 research grants to examine the neural and behavioral profiles of healthy cognitive aging and explore interventions that may prevent, reduce or reverse cognitive decline in older people. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20100301/NY62434LOGO ) The partnership, led by the...

2009-10-26 10:18:39

A research collaboration led by biologists and neuroscientists at the University of Pennsylvania has found a molecular pathway in the brain that is the cause of cognitive impairment due to sleep deprivation. Just as important, the team believes that the cognitive deficits caused by sleep deprivation, such as an inability to focus, learn or memorize, may be reversible by reducing the concentration of a specific enzyme that builds up in the hippocampus of the brain. It is known that sleep...

2009-07-21 14:02:57

UC Irvine scientists have shown for the first time that neural stem cells can rescue memory in mice with advanced Alzheimer's disease, raising hopes of a potential treatment for the leading cause of elderly dementia that afflicts 5.3 million people in the U.S.Mice genetically engineered to have Alzheimer's performed markedly better on memory tests a month after mouse neural stem cells were injected into their brains. The stem cells secreted a protein that created more neural connections,...


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lunula
  • A small crescent-shaped structure or marking, especially the white area at the base of a fingernail that resembles a half-moon.
This word is a diminutive of the Latin 'luna,' moon.
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