Treating the Brain Through the Stomach: Tweaking the Gut Microbiome Slowed Alzheimer in Mice

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Ask any neuroscientist 20 years ago if gut bug excrement could slow down an untreatable brain disease, and they’d brush off the idea without a second thought.


These Scientists Just Completed a 3D ‘Google Earth’ for the Brain

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Human brain maps are a dime a dozen these days. Maps that detail neurons in a certain region. Maps that draw out functional connections between those cells. Maps that dive deeper into gene expression. Or even meta-maps that combine all of the above.


Amazingly Detailed Map Reveals How the Brain Changes With Aging

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If a brain is our Earth, then we, as inhabitants, are individual brain cells.


This Strange Rule Is What Makes the Human Brain So Powerful

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Run a supercomputer every second of every day, and eventually its storage will fill up, its speed decrease, and its components burn out.


Decoding the Brain Goes Global With the International Brain Initiative

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Few times in history has mankind ever united to solve a single goal. Even the ultimate moonshot in history - putting a man on the moon - was driven by international competition rather than unification.


How a Good Night's Sleep Can Clean Your Brain

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How deep we sleep can affect our brain’s ability to efficiently wash away waste and toxic proteins, new research suggests.

Because sleep often becomes increasingly lighter and more disrupted as we get older, the study reinforces and potentially explains the links among aging, sleep deprivation, and heightened risk for Alzheimer’s disease.


Science Shows Yoga May Protect Your Brain in Old Age

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Scientists in Brazil have imaged elderly female yoga practitioners’ brains and found they have greater cortical thickness in the left prefrontal cortex, in brain areas associated with cognitive functions like attention and memory. The results suggest that yoga could be a way to protect against cognitive decline in old age.


Brain Scans Show Why People Get Aggressive After a Drink or Two

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Researchers have used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans that measure blood flow in the brain to better understand why people often become aggressive and violent after drinking alcohol. After only two drinks, the researchers noted changes in the working of the prefrontal cortex of the brain, the part normally involved in tempering a person's levels of aggression.