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‘Zombie’ genes? Research shows some genes come to life in the brain after death

In the hours after we die, certain cells in the human brain are still active. Some cells even increase their activity and grow to gargantuan proportions, according to new research from the University of Illinois Chicago. In a newly published... Continue Reading →

Sugar not so nice for your child’s brain development, study suggests

Sugar practically screams from the shelves of your grocery store, especially those products marketed to kids. Children are the highest consumers of added sugar, even as high-sugar diets have been linked to health effects like obesity and heart disease and... Continue Reading →

COVID-19 Attack On Brain, Not Lungs, Triggers Severe Disease In Mice

Georgia State University biology researchers have found that infecting the nasal passages of mice with the virus that causes COVID-19 led to a rapid, escalating attack on the brain that triggered severe illness, even after the lungs were successfully clearing themselves of... Continue Reading →

Forgetfulness May Be a Sign of Brain Efficiency

Have you ever run into a work colleague at the supermarket and failed to recognize them? Blame your brilliant, lazy brain. A new study led by Assistant Professor Oliver Baumann of Bond University sheds fresh light on the way the... Continue Reading →

What Social Distancing Does to a Brain

Have you recently wondered how social-distancing and self-isolation may be affecting your brain? An international research team led by Erin Schuman from the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research discovered a brain molecule that functions as a “thermometer” for the... Continue Reading →

Chilling concussed cells shows promise for full recovery

In the future, treating a concussion could be as simple as cooling the brain. That's according to research conducted by University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers, whose findings support the treatment approach at the cellular level. "There are currently no effective medical... Continue Reading →

Where in the brain does creativity come from? Evidence from jazz musicians

According to a popular view, creativity is a product of the brain's right hemisphere -- innovative people are considered "right-brain thinkers" while "left-brain thinkers" are thought to be analytical and logical. Neuroscientists who are skeptical of this idea have argued... Continue Reading →

Want to learn a new skill? Take some short breaks

In a study of healthy volunteers, National Institutes of Health researchers found that our brains may solidify the memories of new skills we just practiced a few seconds earlier by taking a short rest. The results highlight the critically important... Continue Reading →

Empathy can be detected in people whose brains are at rest

UCLA researchers have found that it is possible to assess a person's ability to feel empathy by studying their brain activity while they are resting rather than while they are engaged in specific tasks. Traditionally, empathy is assessed through the... Continue Reading →

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