Glial Cells: How Learning and Memory May Be Preserved in the Brain

Glial, Glial Cells

  Learning and memory are acquired in the brain by long-term synaptic potentiation, a process consisting of consecutive, long-lasting increases in synaptic strength. Usually, this process results in runaway excitation of synapses and leads to imbalance and instability in neural network dynamics. After years of research on the acquisition of […]

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Histone Acetylation Changes May Contribute to Parkinson’s

Histone Acetylation, Parkinson’s-Parkinson’s-Disease

The origin of Parkinson’s disease is frustratingly vague, an ambiguous cocktail of biological and environmental puzzle pieces which defies any simple fix. In a May 2016 study, a team of scientists began to explore whether epigenetic modification could hold the key to Parkinson’s pathology. The group analyzed the chemical variants of […]

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Are Cats Responsible for Schizophrenia?

T. Gondii, T. Gondii and Schizophrenia

  Our feline friends may have earned a bad reputation as the moodiest common house pets, but can they be responsible for schizophrenia? While cats certainly cannot cause such severe mental illness, recent research has, in fact, revealed a link between a particular cat parasite and development of the disorder. […]

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Hippocampus Functions, Epigenetic Study Links Obesity and Memory

Hippocampus Functions, Hippocampuand Epigenetic Study

A new study from the University of Birmingham, Alabama by Frankie Heyward et al. has presented the first evidence links hippocampus functions and epigenetic modifications, caused by obesity, to memory impairment. Obesity, Neurobiology, and Epigenetics Obesity is an epidemic that is currently plaguing developed nations around the world. 76 million […]

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Sonogenetics, How Soundwaves Can Activate Neurons

Sonogenetics, Sonogenetic Research

Sonogenetics is a revolutionary science that offers a noninvasive surgery using low-frequency sound to activate specific ultrasonically sensitized neurons. A group of scientists at Salk Institute have developed a new method called sonogenetics to selectively stimulate brain, heart, muscle and other cells using ultrasonic sound waves. The technique uses the same type of […]

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Mickey Hart’s Brain Enhanced With Rhythm, Neuroscience Suggests

Mickey Hart, Mickey Hart Brain and Rhythm

The Role of Rhythm in Higher-Order Brain Functions  Mickey Hart is a Grammy-award winning musician. He is best known as one of the drummers of the rock band The Grateful Dead. In 2012, the Grateful Dead drummer exposed his brain to a live audience.  With an electroencephalography (EEG) device on his head, Mickey Hart played the […]

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How Mindfulness Meditation Changes Your Genetic Expression

Mindfulness Meditation and Epigenetics, Meditation and Epigenetics

Mindfulness meditation has become an important topic of conversation within the context of the new science of epigenetics. The conventional belief dictates that our genetic makeup determines our fate; in other words, everyone is stuck with random genes passed down from our parents.  However, recent discoveries in epigenetics, a new […]

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