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Why does sleep deprivation affect some more than others?

Why does sleep deprivation affect some more than others?

Losing sleep is never a good idea. It has adverse health consequences on everyone if the deprivation is chronic or regular. However, some people are affected more than others for reasons that scientists are just starting to uncover. “The uneven affect of sleep deprivation among different people may be owing to our varied genetic make-up,” […]

'zombie cells' could check Parkinson’s

Purging ‘zombie cells’ could check Parkinson’s

A trial has revealed that it may be possible to stave off Parkinson’s disease by flushing out zombie cells from the brain, signalling a fresh approach to treating this incurable neurodegenerative disease that disables and kills thousands of people around the world every year. The new study conducted on mice promises to open a new […]

Breakthrough in treating neurodegenerative diseases

Breakthrough in treating neurodegenerative diseases

The future for patients of Alzheimer’s and other similar diseases has until recently been hopelessly bleak. But a new class of drugs promises to dispel the sense of despair surrounding these neurodegenerative diseases that inexorably strip patents of their memories, personalities and ability to move and speak before finally killing them. The drugs showed their [...]
Exciting! New drugs slow Huntington’s progress

Exciting! New drugs slow Huntington’s progress

In what is being hailed as ground-breaking, science has found a drug that promises to slow down the progress of Huntington’s, a thus far incurable genetic illness that kills brain cells. The drug retards the disorder by suppressing the effect of Huntington’s genetic mutation. This is the first drug to show any such promise and […]

Slowed walking signals cognitive decline: Study

Slowed walking signals cognitive decline: Study

A new study says that slowed walking speed could be indicative of cognitive decline that appears to arise in the right hippocampus, a finger-shaped region buried deep in the brain at ear-level, thought to be the centre of emotion, memory, and the autonomic nervous system. Based on the authors of the study at the University […]

How to Control Traffic on Cellular Highways

Controlling traffic on cellular highways

New treatments for spinal cord injuries and #neurodegenerative diseases may be arriving on the back of recent findings of researchers at the New Jersey based Rutgers University. Protein motors or kinesins or dyneins are like trucks that ferry life-sustaining cargo riding on slender cellular autobahns called microtubules. The Rutgers team has now discovered how cells […]

Depression is linked to weight of women

Depression is linked to weight of women

A new study says that women afflicted with eating disorders because of anorexia or obesity have low levels of a metabolic product responsible for mood maladies. Called allopregnanolone, (allo for short) allo is a metabolite of the two major female hormones, progesterone (the other being estrogen). The metabolite, which binds with receptors for a neurotransmitter […]

How do we make sense of our world?

How do we make sense of our world?

The brain uses supramodality, a single mechanism to evaluate our confidence in various senses like audition, touch, or vision according to a study published in the Journal of Neuroscience. Metacognition is a word often used by behavioural scientists and psychologists to describe high level cognitive skills like “thinking about thinking,” “knowing about knowing” and “being […]

Just 25 minutes of yoga, meditation

Just 25 minutes of yoga, meditation ‘boosts brain function, energy’

Practicing Hatha yoga enhances brain function far more significantly than other activities like reading says a study published in the journal Mindfulness by Kimberley Luu and Peter Hall at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. A 25-minute session of Hatha yoga or mindfulness meditation can bump up brain function and energy levels more significantly […]

How avocados and nuts could boost intelligence

How avocados and nuts could boost intelligence

It may be smart to go nuts on avocados, olive oil and dry fruit if you wish to boost your intelligence says a University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign study. The monounsaturated fatty acids in these foods promote greater general intelligence in older adults it says. The results of the study were recently reported by study […]