Neanderthals May Have Had A Lower Pain Threshold

Nerve cells have a special ion channel that has a key role in starting the electrical impulse that signals pain and is sent to the brain. New research finds that people who inherited the Neanderthal variant of this ion channel experience more pain. As several Neanderthal genomes of high quality…Continue readingNeanderthals May Have Had A Lower Pain Threshold

More Rapid Language Learning Using Non Invasive Vagus Nerve Stimulation

A growing body of evidence suggests that processing of language and processing of music make use of similar cognitive abilities. One audacious hypothesis argues that, outside of their basic building blocks, language and music are, in fact, the same phenomenon. This idea could help explain why it can be difficult…Continue readingMore Rapid Language Learning Using Non Invasive Vagus Nerve Stimulation

Transcranial Stimulation To Prevent Fear Memory Return

What if we were able to modify the negative effect of a returning memory that elicits fear? A research group from the University of Bologna succeeded was able to do this and has developed a new non-invasive experimental protocol. The result of this study, published in the journal Current Biology,…Continue readingTranscranial Stimulation To Prevent Fear Memory Return

Maternal Depression Raises Odds Of Depression In Offspring

Depression in mothers during and after pregnancy increased the odds of depression in their children during adolescence and adulthood by 70%, finds a new study by researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). The systematic review was recently published in JAMA Network Open. It is…Continue readingMaternal Depression Raises Odds Of Depression In Offspring

Gene Therapy Shows Potential To Reverse Alzheimer’s Memory Loss

A world-first new treatment that reverses the effects of memory loss associated with Alzheimer’s disease has been discovered by Macquarie University researchers in a study of mice with advanced dementia. The research, co-led by two brothers, Dr. Arne Ittner and Professor Lars Ittner, from Macquarie University Dementia Research Center, builds…Continue readingGene Therapy Shows Potential To Reverse Alzheimer’s Memory Loss

Antioxidant-rich Foods Like Black Tea, Chocolate, And Berries May Increase Risk For Certain Cancers

  One fact that has long baffled doctors is that cancer in the small intestine is quite rare, whereas colorectal cancer, taking place in the neighboring though much smaller organ, is one of the leading causes of cancer death for men and women. What is it about the colon that…Continue readingAntioxidant-rich Foods Like Black Tea, Chocolate, And Berries May Increase Risk For Certain Cancers

Bacteria In The Gut Have A Direct Line To The Brain

With its 100 million neurons, the gut has earned a reputation as the body’s “second brain” — corresponding with the real brain to manage things like intestinal muscle activity and enzyme secretions. A growing community of scientists are now seeking to understand how gut neurons interact with their brain counterparts,…Continue readingBacteria In The Gut Have A Direct Line To The Brain