Lowered inhibition found in one study of concussion sufferers were mirrored in separate tests on Canadian university football players. The findings open new doors to predicting the impact of the often debilitating injury, as well as raise questions about the long-term impact of contact sports, according to researchers. Led by graduate student Clara Stafford, the… Read more

New research combines genetics and functional brain imaging to find that both genetic and neural factors influence attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) diagnosis. Genetic studies of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) show that it takes many common genetic variations combining together in one individual to increase risk substantially. At the same time, neuroimaging experts have found differences in how… Read more

Amid the global spread of COVID-19 we are witnessing an increased focus on gathering food and supplies. We’ve seen images of supermarket shelves emptied of basics such as toilet paper, pasta, and tinned foods. Messages to reassure people there would be continued supply of provisions has done little to ease public anxiety. Panic buying and… Read more

University of North Carolina scientists have conducted the largest-ever whole genome sequencing study of schizophrenia to provide a more complete picture of the role the human genome plays in this disease. “Our results suggest that ultra-rare structural variants that affect the boundaries of a specific genome structure increase risk for schizophrenia. Alterations in these boundaries… Read more

Researchers have discovered a technique for directly reprogramming skin cells into light-sensing rod photoreceptors used for vision. The lab-made rods enabled blind mice to detect light after the cells were transplanted into the animals’ eyes. “This is the first study to show that direct, chemical reprogramming can produce retinal-like cells, which gives us a new… Read more