BRAIN ACTIVITY MAY MARK THE BEGINNING OF MEMORIES


By tracking brain activity when an animal stops to look around its environment, neuroscientists at the Johns Hopkins University believe they can mark the birth of a memory. Using lab rats on a circular track, James Knierim, professor of neuroscience in the Zanvyl Krieger Mind/Brain Institute at Johns Hopkins, and a team of brain scientists […]

Study identifies possible biomarker for Parkinson’s disease


Researchers discover that an important clue to diagnosing Parkinson’s disease may lie just beneath the skin. Although Parkinson’s disease is the second most prevalent neurodegenerative disorder in the U.S., there are no standard clinical tests available to identify this widespread condition. As a result, Parkinson’s disease often goes unrecognized until late in its progression, when […]

Setting blurred images in motion improves perception


‘Optic flow’ is especially important for people with low vision, says study in optometry and vision science   Blurred images that are unidentifiable as still pictures become understandable once the images are set in motion. That’s because of a phenomenon called “optic flow”—which may be especially relevant as a source of visual information in people […]

Diabetes increases risks for mortality of cancers


Diabetes increases risk of developing and dying from breast and colon cancer   Diabetes is linked to an increased risk of developing cancer, and now researchers have performed a unique meta-analysis that excludes all other causes of death and found that diabetic patients not only have an increased risk of developing breast and colon cancer […]

Statins and memory loss


Study finds link between commonly prescribed statin and memory impairment New research that looked at whether two commonly prescribed statin medicines, used to lower low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or ‘bad cholesterol’ levels in the blood, can adversely affect cognitive function has found that one of the drugs tested caused memory impairment in rats. Between six and […]

New drug reduces pain for men with metastatic prostate cancer


Abiraterone acetate, a recently FDA-approved drug used to treat men with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer, significantly delays progression of pain and quality of life deterioration when taken in conjunction with prednisone according to a recent study. The study, published Sept. 24 in Lancet Oncology, was led by Ethan Basch, MD, director of the Cancer Outcomes Research […]

Predicting who will have chronic pain


Abnormalities in brain axons predispose people to chronic back pain after injury   Abnormalities in the structure of the brain predispose people to develop chronic pain after a lower back injury, according to new Northwestern Medicine® research. The findings could lead to changes in the way physicians treat patients’ pain. Most scientists and clinicians have […]