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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...

Brain-imaging Tool Used To Identify Concussion-related Abnormal Brain Proteins In Retired NFL Players
2013-01-22 15:04:06

University of California - Los Angeles Health Sciences Technique may lead to earlier diagnosis, tracking of brain disorders in athletes Sports-related concussions and mild traumatic brain injuries have grabbed headlines in recent months, as the long-term damage they can cause becomes increasingly evident among both current and former athletes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that millions of these injuries occur each year. Despite the devastating consequences...

The Impact Of fMRI Over The Past 20 Years
2013-01-17 06:07:29

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online A new study published in the January edition of the Perspectives of Psychological Science reveals the impact of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) over the last 20 years, and argues that there are some issues that remain unclear. To begin, fMRI has been used to evaluate real-time brain activity. The tool can determine changes in blood flow and help researchers better understand the human brain. Past studies at...

2013-01-16 22:12:53

Findings also illustrate how individuals can train their brains to handle injuries more efficiently For the first time, scientists at Carnegie Mellon University's Center for Cognitive Brain Imaging (CCBI) have used a new combination of neural imaging methods to discover exactly how the human brain adapts to injury. The research, published in Cerebral Cortex, shows that when one brain area loses functionality, a "back-up" team of secondary brain areas immediately activates, replacing not...

Watching Sesame Street Helps Children’s’ Brain Develop Intellectual Abilities
2013-01-04 11:21:14

[Watch Video: Sesame Street Helps Brain Development] Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Using brain images, researchers are gaining insight into how humans process thought during real-life experiences. The same researchers studied brain scans of children and adults while they watched Sesame Street and found that a child´s brain changes as they develop intellectual abilities like reading and math. The scientists say that the novel use of brain imaging in this...

2013-01-02 10:42:12

Scientists have developed a quick, easy and cheap vision test to find out which part — and how much — of the brain of a stroke victim has been damaged, potentially enabling them to save more lives. The test requires patients to look into a device for about ten minutes, enabling it to be used in the early stages of a stroke — even if the patient cannot move their limbs or speak. This can help doctors diagnose and treat the stroke quickly and accurately, which is vital,...

Improving Alzheimer’s Prediction
2012-12-11 19:52:40

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online According to a new study published in the journal Radiology, a combination of a few diagnostic tests could improve prediction of Alzheimer's disease. More than 35 million people around the world are living with Alzheimer's disease, according to the World Health Organization. This disease is incurable and the prevalence is expected to double by 2030. "Although there is no cure for Alzheimer's disease, there are four...


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negawatt
  • A unit of saved energy.
Coined by Amory Lovins, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute as a contraction of negative watt on the model of similar compounds like megawatt.