Metamemory and Alzheimer's: How humans (and rats) monitor their own thoughts

Metamemory and Alzheimer’s: How humans (and rats) monitor their own thoughts

Rats have shown that they have the ability to monitor the strength of their own memories, researchers from Providence College reported...in ...
Brain cell transplants to treat Parkinson's disease may return after 14-year ban

Brain cell transplants to treat Parkinson’s disease may return after 14-year ban

Researchers are working to revive a radical treatment for Parkinson's disease. The treatment involves transplanting healthy brain cells to replace ...
Natural chefs? Chimps learn to use an oven, sparking debate on how humans learned to cook

Natural chefs? Chimps learn to use an oven, sparking debate on how humans learned to cook

If you give a chimp an oven, he or she will learn to cook. That's what scientists concluded from a ...
Pinhead-sized 'minibrains' could revolutionize drug discovery for diseases from Zika to Alzheimer's

Pinhead-sized ‘minibrains’ could revolutionize drug discovery for diseases from Zika to Alzheimer’s

Known as "minibrains," these rudimentary networks of cells are small enough to fit on the head of a pin, but ...
Can Lumosity, other 'brain games' improve cognition? Exhaustive evaluation says no

Can Lumosity, other ‘brain games’ improve cognition? Exhaustive evaluation says no

Want to be smarter?...If so, don't count on brain games to help you. That's the conclusion of an exhaustive evaluation ...

Future of Alzheimer’s detection: Smelling coffee, fruits or smoke

Two studies released at an international Alzheimer's meeting [July 26] suggest doctors may eventually be able to screen people for this ...

How did our genes make humans so smart?

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Patterns of gene expression ...

Women hit harder than men by Alzheimer’s and memory loss

There's new evidence suggesting that women's brains are especially vulnerable to Alzheimer's disease and other problems with memory and thinking ...
What's your brain doing while you sleep?

What’s your brain doing while you sleep?

There's new evidence that the brain's activity during sleep isn't random. And the findings could help explain why the brain ...

Gene therapy cure for colorblindness may be on its way

More than 10 million Americans have trouble distinguishing red from green or blue from yellow, and there's no treatment for ...

Autism, schizophrenia may have similar origins in brain

A new understanding of the brain's cerebellum could lead to new treatments for people with problems caused by some strokes, ...

Taking the sting out of California superbug outbreak

News reports are describing a "nightmare superbug" killing people in California. But scientists who study infectious diseases say the risk ...

Did early humans have innate ability to make speechlike vocalizations?

An orangutan named Tilda is providing scientists with fresh evidence that even early human ancestors had the ability to make ...

New direction for Alzheimer’s research, with hope of finding cure

After years of setbacks, Alzheimer's researchers are sounding optimistic again. The reason: a brain protein called tau. At this year's ...

New research challenges oxytocin’s connection to autism

Scratch one more simple explanation for autism off the list. This time it's the idea that children with autism have ...
Like digital cameras, brain 'geotags' new memories

Like digital cameras, brain ‘geotags’ new memories

New research suggests that the human brain saves certain information, such as location, in order to help new memories form, ...
How a pregnant woman's choices could shape a child's health through epigenetics

How a pregnant woman’s choices could shape a child’s health through epigenetics

Researchers are trying to understand how a pregnant mother's actions affect the developing fetus in childhood and beyond through epigenetics ...

Gene affects how tough situations influence parenting

A gene that affects the brain's dopamine system appears to have influenced mothers' behavior during a recent economic downturn, researchers ...

Genetically modified rat is promising model for Alzheimer’s

The following is an excerpt. A rat with some human genes could provide a better way to test Alzheimer's drugs ...

Matching DNA with medical records to crack disease and aging

A massive research project in California is beginning to show how genes, health habits and the environment can interact to ...