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2013-02-21 10:51:30

A study combining genetic data with brain imaging, designed to identify genes associated with the amyloid plaque deposits found in Alzheimer´s disease patients, has not only identified the APOE gene -- long associated with development of Alzheimer´s -- but has uncovered an association with a second gene, called BCHE. A national research team, led by scientists at the Indiana University School of Medicine, reported the results of the study in an article in Molecular Psychiatry...

2013-02-20 23:03:18

Awake craniotomy — a procedure in which the patient remains awake during brain tumor surgery in order to determine if the operation will touch on any areas that affect such abilities as speech, movement and vision — can now be done on many patients whose tumors were previously thought inoperable, or for whom surgery would have been very risky, due to the tumors´ location. This good news is due to new neuronavigation, neurosurgical, microneurosurgical and functional brain...

2013-02-19 10:07:52

New study reveals how control of brain blood flow develops with age A new study by Columbia Engineering researchers finds that the infant brain does not control its blood flow in the same way as the adult brain. The paper, which the scientists say could change the way researchers study brain development in infants and children, is published in the February 18 Early Online edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). "The control of blood flow in the brain is very...

Ancient Mummy Gets Modern CT Scan
2013-02-04 10:42:21

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online While modern technology often extends our gaze into the future, giving us an idea of what lies on the horizon, it can also allow us to look even deeper into our past. For example, while CT scans are helping medical professionals quickly diagnose and treat their patients today, one museum is using the technology to capture in-depth pictures of a 4,000-year old mummy named Tjeby. Partnering with a nearby medical imaging center,...

fMRI Used To Unravel The Brain's Vision Secrets
2013-02-04 04:59:42

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The areas of the human brain responsible for our perception of shape and orientation have been discovered by researchers from a pair of UK-based universities — a discovery which they call an important advance in the understanding of how our minds process visual information. Scientists from the University of York Department of Psychology and the University of Bradford School of Optometry & Vision Science used functional...

2013-01-31 14:48:04

Magnetic fields produced by the naturally occurring electrical currents in the brain could potentially be used as an objective test for schizophrenia and help to better understand the disease, according to new research published today. A team of researchers from Plymouth and Spain have used the non-invasive magnetoencephalogram (MEG) technique to find two spectral features that are significantly different in schizophrenia patients compared to healthy control subjects. Furthermore, they...

Brain Structure Can Predict Language Learning Ability
2013-01-23 06:18:56

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online A new study from the University of Washington (UW) that incorporated a brain-imaging technique on the whole infant brain revealed that there are certain parts of the brain, such as the hippocampus and cerebellum, that can help predict a child's language abilities when they are one year old. The researchers believe that their study is the first to link specific brains structures with language learning ability, and the findings...


Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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