Verbal Memory In Blind People Is Better Than Sighted People’s

Blind people have a better ability to remember speech compared to sighted people, but visual ability makes no difference in how well a person remembers sound effects, according to a new study1 by Johns Hopkins University and the University of California, Irvine. It’s interesting that people who are blind only showed an advantage with verbal…

Ending A Toxic Friendship

Ending a relationship with someone you love is a complicated process. But often what’s more difficult to navigate is breaking up a friendship. After all, humans are hardwired for empathy and friendship. When you consider the amount of history both of you share, you might feel tempted to keep on in a toxic relationship. That…

The Claustrum May Be Linked To Perception Of Pain

A poorly understood area of the brain called the claustrum could play an important role in how we experience pain, a new review paper shows. Researchers looked at studies of patients having lesions in the claustrum – such cases are rare, and feature cognitive impairments and seizures. A lack of clinical focus on the claustrum…

What Makes Someone A Success?

When many people imagine success, they think of those who have a lot of money, power, and fame. Although a person can have all of these things and still be unsuccessful, a person who is not wealthy, powerful, or famous can still be considered successful. For example, a person may have a successful business and…

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Helps Relieve Symptoms Of IBS

Cognitive behavioral therapy can teach patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) information-processing skills that address the biological roots of their gastrointenstinal symptoms, new research shows for the first time. The findings raise the possibility that CBT-responsive IBS patients can be identified in clinical practice using microbial biomarkers, before less effective treatments are initiated at great…

SenP5 Helps Regulate Mitochondrial Dynamics In Brain Development

Mitochondrial dynamics are mainly regulated by dynamin-related protein 1 (Drp1). The molecular mechanisms that affect the functioning of Drp1 influence brain development. But little has been known on how exactly this happens. A recent study1 describes a newly discovered protein in the brain that helps regulate Drp1 and thus, brain function. The finding offers new…

How Scientists Are Untangling The Mystery Of Developmental Disorders

Evie Walker sits on Alison’s lap, playing a game she never grows tired of: turning her mum’s hand over and over, stroking and examining it. When she takes a break and looks around, it is with the open-mouthed look of curiosity and awe that you see in many infants. Evie’s vocabulary currently consists of a…

Microglial TREM2 Has Protective Role In Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

Microglia play a protective role in a mouse model of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), according to new preclinical studies from Mayo Clinic scientists and collaborators1. The finding could provide a potential therapeutic target for the disease. The loss of neurons characterizes the neurodegenerative diseases of Alzheimer’s and ALS. In Alzheimer’s, the lost neurons handle memory…