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  • DEADLY DIET Stunning bodybuilder, 25, dies after her body fails to break down strict diet ...

    12/12/2017 2:30:36 PM PST · by Red Badger · 55 replies
    www.thesun.co.uk ^ | Updated: 16th August 2017, 2:30 pm | By Andrea Downey, Digital Health Reporter
    Full Title: 25, dies after her body fails to break down strict diet of protein supplements and egg whites Meegan Hefford was found unconscious in her apartment in June and was rapidly losing brain function. A BODYBUILDER was killed by her strict diet of protein shakes and egg whites. Meegan Hefford, 25, was found unconscious in her apartment in June by a real estate agent conducting a property inspection. She was rushed to hospital, but died the following day. Meegan, from Mandurah in Western Australia, had a genetic disorder that stopped her body breaking down the protein she was eating....
  • Major cause of dementia discovered

    12/11/2017 1:33:07 PM PST · by Red Badger · 93 replies
    medicalxpress.com ^ | 12-11-2017 | Provided by: University of Manchester
    An international team of scientists have confirmed the discovery of a major cause of dementia, with important implications for possible treatment and diagnosis. Professor Garth Cooper from The University of Manchester, who leads the Manchester team, says the build-up of urea in the brain to toxic levels can cause brain damage - and eventually dementia. The work follows on from Professor Cooper's earlier studies, which identified metabolic linkages between Huntington's, other neurodegenerative diseases and type-2 diabetes. The team consists of scientists from The University of Manchester, the University of Auckland, AgResearch New Zealand, the South Australian Research and Development Institute,...
  • Stasi: Maybe Trump is in need of emergency brain repair after slurred speech

    12/09/2017 10:16:54 PM PST · by Zakeet · 34 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | December 9, 2017 | Linda Stasi
    Loose dentures? More like loose screws. Donald Trump was slurring his words pretty good last week for a guy who fancied himself an expert when it came to Hillary Clinton's alleged brain damage. What would he make of his own slurred speech and bizarre behavior? Brain damage from inhaling too much hairspray? A brain tumor from the weight of that massive combover sitting on top of his head like a live farm animal? Simply slurred speech because his thoughts are so fantastic that his mouth can't keep up? Maybe it's a pesky case of dysphasia, the condition Trump's used-to-be-spokesperson Katrina...
  • Doctors find brain abnormalities in victims of Cuba mystery

    12/06/2017 8:43:24 AM PST · by bgill · 35 replies
    AP ^ | Dec. 6, 2017 | Josh Lederman
    Doctors treating the U.S. embassy victims of suspected attacks in Cuba have discovered brain abnormalities as they search for clues to explain hearing, vision, balance and memory damage...It’s the most specific finding to date about physical damage, showing that whatever it was that harmed the Americans, it led to perceptible changes in their brains. The finding is also one of several factors fueling growing skepticism that some kind of sonic weapon was involved. Medical testing has revealed the embassy workers developed changes to the white matter tracts that let different parts of the brain communicate, several U.S. officials said, describing...
  • Cyborg Sunday: Brain Maps

    12/03/2017 6:17:24 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 2 replies
    MOTUS A.D. ^ | 12-3-17 | MOTUS
    I’m so old that I remember when Democrats were all about lower taxes for the working class and could care less about the national debt. Now - of a sudden - they are all concerned about the deficit and don’t want to lower taxes for the middle class? It’s enough to make me ask if I’m totally misremembering; to give me pause and wonder if I’m showing the first signs of dementia. Perhaps I should have my brain examined.The drawing above came to me courtesy of American Digest’s impresario, Gerard Vanderluen. He scours the corners of the innertubes for facts...
  • Smarter people's brains have better wiring that helps with flow of information

    12/02/2017 10:55:38 AM PST · by mairdie · 63 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2 December 2017 | Daniel Roth
    The researchers, who examined the brains of 199 females and 110 males, found that individuals with better wiring of the anterior insula and the anterior cingulate cortex - two areas of the brain associated with the cognitive processing of task-relevant information - demonstrated better cognitive function. The university defined intelligence as the 'general mental capability that involves the ability to reason, to think abstractly, and to learn quickly from experiences,' and consulted graph theoretical network analysis methods to draw their conclusions. 'The different topological embedding of these regions into the brain network could make it easier for smarter persons to...
  • Controversial Study Claims 'Smartphone Addiction' Alters the Brain

    12/02/2017 6:27:27 AM PST · by dayglored · 38 replies
    Inverse (Science) ^ | Nov 30, 2017 | Peter Hess
    It’s an open secret that Silicon Valley exploits our tendency to seek the neurological rewards delivered by the likes, comments and mentions that pop up on our internet-connected devices. As such, smartphone use can certainly feel like it’s habit-forming. But a desire to engage with technology — and even what could be seen as compulsive use — is not the same thing as addiction, despite what a new study claiming that smartphone addiction changes our brains claims.In the new paper, presented Thursday at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America, a team of radiologists at Korea University...
  • Brain implant boosts human memory by mimicking how we learn

    11/14/2017 6:34:01 AM PST · by Red Badger · 16 replies
    www.newscientist.com ^ | 13 November 2017 | By Jessica Hamzelou
    A “memory prosthesis” brain implant has enhanced human memory for the first time. The device is comprised of electrodes implanted in the brain, and is designed to mimic the way we naturally process memories, and can boost performance on memory tests by up to 30 per cent. A similar approach may work for enhancing other brain skills, such as vision or movement, says the team behind the work. “We are writing the neural code to enhance memory function,” says Dong Song of the University of Southern California, who presented the findings at the Society for Neuroscience meeting in Washington DC...
  • The first effective therapy against glioblastoma by attacking telomeres

    11/13/2017 10:39:57 AM PST · by Red Badger · 9 replies
    www.eurekalert.org ^ | Public Release: 13-Nov-2017 | Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Oncológicas (CNIO)
    Blocking TRF1 interrupts tumor growth and increases survival in various mouse models of glioblastoma. This is a potential therapeutic option for a disease for which there are no curative treatments. The Telomere and Telomerase Group at the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO) has shown that it is possible to block the growth of human and murine glioblastoma in mouse models by blocking the TRF1 protein; an essential component of the telomere-protective complex known as shelterin. The study, published in Cancer Cell, describes a new and promising way to combat this type of brain tumour, considered one of the most...
  • Why our brains make it hard to grapple with global warming

    10/26/2017 10:23:29 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 47 replies
    Gulf News ^ | October 26, 2017 | By David G. Victor, Nick Obradovich, Dillon J. Amaya
    Houston is barely beginning to dry out from Hurricane Harvey, and Florida faces a massive rebuilding effort after the Irma catastrophe. So why isn’t the public heeding scientists and demanding climate action by politicians that could help deal with these destructive extremes? You can point fingers at the influence of fossil fuel companies, at misinformation from climate deniers and at political obstructionism, notably from a fragmented Republican party. But a much deeper force is also at work: the way our brains function. Humans aren’t well-wired to act on complex statistical risks. We put a lot more emphasis on the tangible...
  • What Happens After You Die? The Brain Keeps Working Long Enough for Thoughts to Form

    10/19/2017 6:45:43 PM PDT · by Innovative · 36 replies
    Newsweek ^ | Oct. 19, 2017 | Joseph Frankel
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  • Learning is a ubiquitous, mysterious phenomenon

    09/06/2017 4:23:06 PM PDT · by ETL · 25 replies
    Science News - Vol. 192 No. 4, Sept 16, 2017, p. 2 ^ | September 16, 2017 | Elizabeth Quill
    I’ll admit it. I’m addicted to learning. There’s nothing quite like the thrill that comes with finding out something new.It’s no surprise I ended up this way. My parents were public school teachers. They instilled in me the belief that education not only opens up new opportunities but also is enjoyable in itself. My parents regularly took my siblings and me to museums, encouraged us to read widely and entertained our incessant “whys?” and “hows?” And though neither of my parents taught science, I remember studying constellations at night and experimenting with chemistry at the dining table. (My parents passed...
  • Learning takes brain acrobatics: When neural areas more easily switch communication partners...

    09/05/2017 3:23:16 PM PDT · by ETL · 8 replies
    ScienceNews.com ^ | September 5, 2017 | Laura Sanders
    Learning takes brain acrobatics When neural areas more easily switch communication partners, learning improves Peer inside the brain of someone learning. You might be lucky enough to spy a synapse pop into existence. That physical bridge between two nerve cells seals new knowledge into the brain. As new information arrives, synapses form and strengthen, while others weaken, making way for new connections.You might see more subtle changes, too, like fluctuations in the levels of signaling molecules, or even slight boosts in nerve cell activity. Over the last few decades, scientists have zoomed in on these microscopic changes that happen as...
  • THE BLOBTerrifying blob creature that looks like a BRAIN discovered in a spooky lake...

    09/01/2017 6:26:28 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 57 replies
    www.thesun.co.uk ^ | Updated: 1st September 2017, 12:39 pm | By Jasper Hamill
    Video shows hideously ugly organism jiggling and pulsating as it's dragged from the water. A DISGUSTING blob creature that looks like a BRAIN has been discovered in a lake called The Lost Lagoon. The horrible beastie is a nasty brown colour and is said to feel squishy but firm to the touch, a bit like jelly. This horrible thing is made up of millions of tiny organisms ===================================================================== Celina Starnes, an ecologist from the Stanley Park Ecology Society, dragged the blob from its watery home This image gives a sense of the size of the horrible creature ====================================================================== Celina Starnes...
  • 2013 - Congress, Fearing 'Brain Drain,' Seeks to Opt Out of Participating in Obamacare's Exchanges

    07/30/2017 4:13:19 AM PDT · by Libloather · 17 replies
    Forbes ^ | 4/25/13 | Avik Roy
    As Obamacare was winding its way through the Senate in 2009, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa) slipped in an amendment requiring that members of Congress, and their staff, enroll in Obamacare’s health insurance exchanges. The idea was simple: that if Congress was going to impose Obamacare upon the country, it should have to experience what it is imposing firsthand. But now, word comes that Congress is quietly seeking to rescind that provision of the law, because members fear that staffers who face higher insurance costs will leave the Hill. The news has sparked outrage from the right and left. Here’s...
  • New Orleans doctors help regrow toddler's brain after drowning

    07/21/2017 3:34:25 PM PDT · by Wonder Warthog · 41 replies
    WWL ^ | July 21, 2017 | None Given
    Two-year-old Eden Carlson lost a significant amount of brain tissue after spending 15 minutes underwater. Director of Hyperbaric Medicine, Dr. Paul Harch, says she made remarkable improvements after being treated with oxygen for 45 minutes twice a day. Weeks later, Eden’s parents brought her to New Orleans, and Harch put her in a hyperbaric chamber. “I dosed it at the same level of oxygen but now with pressure, and she made another very noticeable improvement with just the first hyperbaric treatment and from there just accelerated,” Harch said. In February of 2016, Eden escaped the baby gate in her home...
  • [N. Korea] Doctors: Warmbier suffered "severe injuries to all areas" of his brain

    06/16/2017 2:18:12 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 74 replies
    NPR ^ | June 15, 2017 | Stefan Becket
    Doctors: Warmbier suffered "severe injuries to all areas" of his brain Doctors treating an American who was released earlier this week by North Korea said he suffered "severe injuries to all areas" of his brain while he was in captivity. Speaking at a press conference Thursday, Otto Warmbier's doctors said he is breathing on his own but does not consistently respond to verbal cues. Warmbier, who was in a coma when he was released, suffered "extensive loss of brain tissue in all regions of the brain," one of his doctors said. Doctors Daniel Kanter, Jordan Bonomo and Brandon Foreman briefed...
  • Researchers identify specific neurons that distinguish between reality and imagination

    06/01/2017 9:01:57 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 9 replies
    medicalxpress.com ^ | June 1, 2017 | Provided by: University of Western Ontario
    New Western University research shows that neurons in the part of the brain found to be abnormal in psychosis are also important in helping people distinguish between reality and imagination. The researchers, Dr. Julio Martinez-Trujillo, principal investigator and professor at Western University's Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry and Dr. Diego Mendoza-Halliday, postdoctoral researcher at M.I.T., investigated how the brain codes visual information in reality versus abstract information in our working memory and how those differences are distributed across neurons in the lateral prefrontal cortex region of the brain. The results were published today in Nature Communications. "You can look...
  • Cancer resources

    05/06/2017 11:29:57 AM PDT · by Dacula · 117 replies
    Self
    My wife has stage 4 metastatic cancer. She has battled this before and survived twice. This time the cancer has reached her brain and the doctors are a bit more apprehensive than before. Does anyone know about grants? All of her doctors are telling us to apply for grants to pay for her medicine. Any advice would be appreciated. I may not be able to respond right away, but I will do my best. Lots of planning and preparation on my part.
  • Artificial 'brain in a dish' created in a world first: could shed light on Alzheimer's

    04/27/2017 7:40:30 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 34 replies
    www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | Updated: 14:52 EDT, 26 April 2017 | Victoria Allen Science Correspondent
    Scientists have grown the first working 'mini-brains' in a dish which could provide future treatments for autism and epilepsy. The lab-grown organs have their own brain cells, formed into circuits similar to those of a two-month-old baby in the womb. Described as 'thrilling science', it is the first time a human forebrain has been seen in action outside the body. Scientists hope to use the mini-brains to watch in real time the triggers for epilepsy, when brain cells become hyperactive, and autism, where they are thought to form bad connections. It could pave the way for drugs to treat these...