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Researching the Brain, Seeking Cures

Prolonged rest is not ideal when it comes to treating concussion, and in fact, those who are active faster, appear to get better faster.
New research from the University at Buffalo Research Institute on Addictions that explored the potential side effects of Ritalin on those without ADHD showed changes in brain chemistry associated with risk-taking behavior, sleep disruption and other undesirable effects.
Boston University researchers found that people over age 65 who consistently sleep more than nine hours every night had twice the risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease within the next 10 years.
Boston University researchers have found that people who drink sugary beverages frequently are more likely to have poorer memory, smaller overall brain volume, and a significantly smaller hippocampus—an area of the brain important for learning and memory.
“Jumping genes” offer a new route to understanding the nature of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), the paralyzing muscular disorder also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
University of Virginia School of Medicine researchers have discovered a rare and powerful type of immune cell in the meninges around the brain, suggesting the cells may play a critical but previously unappreciated role in battling Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, meningitis and other neurological diseases.
Surgery can restore vision in patients who have suffered hemorrhaging in the eye after a traumatic brain injury, according to a small study from vision researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
A new study marks a step forward in knowledge about stimulating the brain via electricity or other means.
An alligator researcher, a crash test dummy and an ex-Boston Red Sox medic join forces to unravel the mystery of water polo concussions.