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Study discusses model for understanding nutrition and brain development

For nearly a decade, researchers have studied the piglet as a translational model to understand which aspects of early brain development are affected by nutrition interventions. In a recent review article, investigators provide background for the work …

In Alzheimer’s, excess tau protein damages brain’s GPS

Researchers have linked excess tau protein in the brain to the spatial disorientation that leads to wandering in many Alzheimer’s disease patients. The findings, in mice, could lead to early diagnostic tests for Alzheimer’s and point to treatments for …

Why the lights don’t dim when we blink

Every few seconds, our eyelids automatically shutter and our eyeballs roll back in their sockets. So why doesn’t blinking plunge us into intermittent darkness and light? New research shows that the brain works extra hard to stabilize our vision despit…

Brain stimulation used like a scalpel to improve memory

For the first time, scientists have found that non-invasive brain stimulation can be used like a scalpel to affect a specific improvement in precise memory. Precise memory, rather than general memory, is critical for knowing the building you are lookin…

Precision medicine advances pediatric brain tumor diagnosis and treatment

In the largest clinical study to date of genetic abnormalities in pediatric brain tumors, researchers performed clinical testing on more than 200 tumor samples and found that a majority had genetic irregularities that could influence how the disease wa…

Mapping brain in preemies may predict later disability

Scanning a premature infant’s brain shortly after birth to map the location and volume of lesions, small areas of injury in the brain’s white matter, may help doctors better predict whether the baby will have disabilities later, according to a new …