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New tool may help spot ‘invisible’ brain damage in college athletes

An artificial intelligence computer program that processes magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can accurately identify changes in brain structure that result from repeated head injury, a new study in student athletes shows. These variations have not been …

Low-flavanol diet drives age-related memory loss, large study finds

Age-related memory loss is likely caused, in part, by lack of flavanols — nutrients found in certain fruits and vegetables — according to a large study in older adults.

Improvement in older adults’ cognitive function and manual dexterity due to repetitive training

Older adults, who were trained at home daily for 12 weeks using a digital trail-making peg test device improved their manual dexterity and cognitive functioning.

Induction of a torpor-like state with ultrasound

Researchers induced a hibernation-like state in mice by using ultrasound to stimulate the hypothalamus preoptic area in the brain, which helps to regulate body temperature and metabolism. The findings show the first noninvasive and safe method to induc…

The white matter of the MS brain shows abnormalities even before inflammation

Patients with MS show structural abnormalities in their white matter even before MS inflammation develops. Could this finding lead to a target for a new treatment to prevent MS inflammation?

Running throughout middle age keeps ‘old’ adult-born neurons ‘wired’

A new study provides novel insight into the benefits of exercise, which should motivate adults to keep moving throughout their lifetime, especially during middle age. Long-term exercise profoundly benefits the aging brain and may prevent aging-related …

Study finds brain connectivity, memory improves in older adults after walking

Regular walks strengthen connections in and between brain networks, according to new research, adding to growing evidence linking exercise with slowing the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. The study examined the brains and story recollection abilities of …

How tasty is the food?

A hormone and specialized brain cells regulate feeding behavior in mice.

Vitamin D alters developing neurons in the brain’s dopamine circuit

Neuroscientists have shown how vitamin D deficiency affects developing neurons in the brain’s dopamine circuit, which may lead to the dopamine dysfunction seen in adults with schizophrenia.

Researchers comprehensively assess the safety of using your head in youth soccer

Repeatedly heading a soccer ball has been previously associated with negative long-term brain health for professional players. However, a new study found that a small number of repeated soccer headers equivalent to a throw-in did not cause immediate ne…