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2014-08-16 05:55:56

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Last night you couldn't get to sleep until the wee hours, and today you can't seem to concentrate on anything. You know the two are related, but how? A new study led by NYU Langone Medical Center and funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has found that just a few nerve cells in the brain may control the switch between internal thoughts and external distractions. The findings, published in Cell, may represent a breakthrough...

2014-06-05 23:02:04

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital scientists report that a disruption in a brain circuit may contribute to the auditory hallucinations of schizophrenia Memphis, Tenn. (PRWEB) June 05, 2014 St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital scientists have identified problems in a connection between brain structures that may predispose individuals to hearing the “voices” that are a common symptom of schizophrenia. The work appears in the June 6 issue of the journal Science. Researchers...

Spending A Week In Darkness May Improve Hearing Loss
2014-02-06 06:02:44

[ Watch the Video: Lights Out For Your Hearing ] April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online It has long been known that if you take away once sense from a person, the other four will become more finely tuned. A new study, published in Neuron, reveals that minimizing a person's sight for as little as a week may help improve the brain's ability to process hearing. Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles – both blind musicians – are often cited by music experts as examples of how a...

2014-02-05 23:03:17

Simulated blindness gives adult mice sharper hearing, according to a study published today by University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University scientists. College Park, MD (PRWEB) February 05, 2014 Call it the Ray Charles Effect: a young child who is blind develops a keen ability to hear things others cannot. Researchers have known this can happen in the brains of the very young, which are malleable enough to re-wire some circuits that process sensory information. Now researchers at...

Faulty Connections In Autistic Brains
2013-06-26 09:39:07

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online New light is being shed on the effects autism has on the brain by a group of researchers from San Diego State University’s Brain Development Imaging Laboratory. According to the findings, the connection between the thalamus – a deep brain structure critical to sensory and motor functions – and the brain’s outer layer known as the cerebral cortex is impaired in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). This first of...

2013-04-23 10:38:13

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) measurements of atrophy in an important area of the brain are an accurate predictor of multiple sclerosis (MS), according to a new study published online in the journal Radiology. According to the researchers, these atrophy measurements offer an improvement over current methods for evaluating patients at risk for MS. MS develops as the body's immune system attacks and damages myelin, the protective layer of fatty tissue that surrounds nerve cells within the...

2013-04-22 23:04:41

Magnetic resonance imaging measurements of atrophy in an important area of the brain are an accurate predictor of multiple sclerosis (MS), according to a new study published online Tuesday, April 23, in the journal Radiology. According to the researchers, these atrophy measurements offer an improvement over current methods for evaluating patients at risk for MS. Oak Brook, Ill (PRWEB) April 22, 2013 Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) measurements of atrophy in an important area of the brain...

2013-03-22 09:45:11

Atrophy of the thalamus is an important predictor of clinically definite MS, study shows A growing body of research by multiple sclerosis (MS) investigators at the University at Buffalo and international partners is providing powerful new evidence that the brain´s gray matter reflects important changes in the disease that could allow clinicians to diagnose earlier and to better monitor and predict how the disease will progress. Over the past three years, the UB researchers and...

2012-12-05 12:55:24

Where the nonspecific thalamus meets the prefrontal cortex Inside the brains of mice and men alike, a relatively big football-shaped region called the thalamus acts like a switchboard, providing the prefrontal cortex, the part that does abstract thinking and decision-making, with most of its information. The thalamus's responsibility even includes helping the prefrontal cortex to maintain consciousness and arousal. Essential as this "thalamocortical" partnership is, neuroscientists have...

2012-06-26 14:35:12

Success in applying the technique to the basal ganglia, a brain region that is involved in movement disorders such as Parkinson's disease In the brains of humans and non-human primates, over 100 billion nerve cells build up complicated neural circuits and produce higher brain functions. When an attempt is made to perform gene therapy for neurological diseases like Parkinson's disease, it is necessary to specify a responsible neural circuit out of many complicated circuits. Until now,...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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