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Hands Free Does Not Mean Brain Free
2013-03-01 05:11:20

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Making a left-hand turn at a busy intersection while talking on a hands-free cellphone could be the “most dangerous” thing we do on the road due to the high level of brain activation involved, according to a new Canadian study. Researchers tested healthy young drivers operating a novel driving simulator equipped with a steering wheel, brake pedal and accelerator inside a high-powered functional MRI. This methodology...

Evolution Gave Humans Unique Brain Structures Over Primates
2013-02-24 06:04:08

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Researchers have discovered a pair of functional networks in the human cerebral cortex that are not present in the brains of rhesus macaque monkeys, leading them to theorize that the networks were added during the evolution from ancient primates to the modern day homo sapiens. The networks were discovered by a team of researchers led by neurophysiologist Wim Vanduffel of University of Leuven and Harvard Medical School (HMS), who...

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...


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