Cooling receptors in the skin are critical for the perception of warmth, according to work from a team of neuroscientists at Max Delbrueck Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association (MDC). The recently published finding[1] challenges the predominant model of non-painful temperature perception, and provides clues about the way not just mice, but also… Read more

For researchers investigating Alzheimer’s Disease (AD), a devastating neurodegenerative illness afflicting close to 6 million Americans, it is the best and worst of times. Scientists have made exponential advances in understanding many aspects of the mysterious disease since it was first diagnosed over 100 years ago. Nevertheless, every effort to find a cure for AD… Read more

Is it possible for an adult brain to make new nerve cells? Scientists have debated this question for decades, with many concluding that neuron-making (neurogenesis) stops after childhood, or around the age of 13. However, a research team recently rocked the debate again after finding a thriving neuron ‘nursery’ in a section of adult human… Read more

Exposure to light pulsing at 40 hertz — 40 beats per second — causes brains to release a surge of signaling chemicals that may help fight Alzheimer’s Disease, Georgia Tech researchers have discovered. Though conducted on healthy mice, the study directly connects to human trials, in which researchers exposed Alzheimer’s patients to 40 Hz light… Read more

A protein in the membrane of our sensory neurons is involved in our capacity to feel mechanical pain, according to a new study. The finding lays the foundation for the development of powerful new analgesic drugs, researchers report. The research is the first to show that TACAN, a highly conserved protein among vertebrates whose function… Read more