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Youths who commit homicide have less brains

The brain structures of murderers in the age group of 12-18 are significantly different as compared with other teenage criminals who have not committed homicide. The research team led by Dr. Kent Kiehl of The Mind Research Network in Albuquerque, New Mexico, believes that the findings may uncover new treatments and behavioural therapies to prevent […]

New generation brain scanner uses optical technology

It may soon be possible to scan the brain without radiation or bulky magnets. In the journal Nature Photonics, scientists from the School of Medicine at Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL), have presented a new optical approach to brain scanning, comparable to PET and MRI, which are currently the state-of-the-art when it comes to […]

Brain cells may be kept alive by learning in adolescence

It makes sense to use your brains– especially during your adolescence! This may not only help your cerebral cells survive—it could determine the functioning of your brain after puberty. These findings are published in the latest issue of Frontiers in Neuroscience. In experiments conducted by Rutgers behavioural and systems neuroscientist Tracey Shors, new-born brain cells […]

Breakthrough! Scientists closer to cracking Parkinson code

Marking a breakthrough in the medical battle against Parkinson’s disease, scientists have stepped closer to understanding what happens to patients of this degenerative disease at the cellular level. A research effort involving scientists at the University of Bristol, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and the Mayo Clinic has shown that a genetic change derails […]

Brisk Walking May Improve Symptoms of Parkinson’s

The trick to mitigating at least some of the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease might lie in something fairly simple: brisk walking. A study published in early July in the online edition of Neurology states that by hitting their strides patients of Parkinson’s disease might be able to improve their motor function, mood, tiredness, fitness and […]

Now an equation to predict happiness

It is natural for all of us to chase ‘happiness.’ But what is it that makes us do this? According to a team of scientists at the University College London (UCL) in the UK the mental state broadly referred to as happiness is in fact a product of the decisions we make and their consequences. […]

A neural way of shedding weight

With the number of obese people swelling around the world in step with bloating incomes, the battle against the bulges has intensified around the medical world. The outcomes are promising. For example, a Purdue University team has reported that by increasing activity in the vagus nerve, a neural pathway that links the gut to the […]

Music is medicine to brain

The effectiveness of chemical therapy improves significantly when mixed with a dose of music according to a study on stroke patients conducted in Finland. Music that connects emotionally with a listener is particularly potent, say the authors of the study. A unique interdisciplinary team composed of neuro-imaging specialist Christof Karmonik, composer Anthony Brandt of Rice […]