Xenon gas revealed to offer long-term protection following traumatic brain injury

The anesthetic gas, if administered within three hours of a head injury, could help prevent long-term ...

A new study has affirmed the anesthetic drug xenon can help prevent long-term damage associated with traumatic brain injury (TBI). The researchers, from Imperial College London and Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, have effectively demonstrated in mice that if xenon is administered within a few hours of a TBI it can prevent brain tissue damage that would result in long-term cognitive problems.

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Lamprey molecules squirm into the brain to deliver cancer drugs

Researchers have used molecules from the lamprey's immune system to help fight brain cancer

With a mouth like a whirlpool full of teeth, the lamprey is not something you'd normally want anywhere near your brain. But now, researchers from the Universities of Texas and Wisconsin-Madison have used molecules taken from the freaky fish's immune system to deliver drugs inside the body – and even managed to sneak them into the brain.

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URGOnight uses EEG-based brain training to help improve your sleep

The device uses neurofeedback to train the user into entering a brainwave state claimed to improve ...

With a good night's sleep being so important to our health, it's not surprising to see so many gadgets designed to deliver us into the Land of Nod. URGOnight is a novel sleep training device designed to improve your ability to get to sleep, and stay asleep, through the use of neurofeedback and brain training. The system, comprising an EEG headset and accompanying mobile app, is currently crowdfunding on Indiegogo.

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Yale research suggests brain scan can detect suicide risk in PTSD sufferers

New research suggests increased activity of a certain brain receptor can signal suicidal thoughts in patients ...

Researchers from Yale University are suggesting they have homed in on a specific biomarker that can be linked to suicidal thoughts in subjects suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The new study adds to a growing body of research into novel ways clinicians can identify patients at high risk of suicide.

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Striking study reveals how dietary fats enter the brain and cause depression

A new study demonstrates how fatty acids can enter the brain and disrupt signaling pathways that ...

An intriguing new study, led by scientists from the University of Glasgow, suggests there is a direct causative link between eating a high-fat diet and the development of depression. The new research demonstrates how certain dietary fats can enter the brain, disrupt specific signaling pathways in the hypothalamus, and subsequently induce signs of depression.

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Stress eating causes more weight gain than eating when calm

Stressed mice were found to gain more weight from a high-calorie diet than mice eating the ...

A striking new study from Australian researchers has discovered that eating while stressed may lead to greater weight gain than if the same caloric load was consumed in a stress-free environment. The study reveals a molecular pathway activated by stress can alter the body's metabolic processes and lead to increased weight gain.

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Brain implant developed than turns brain signals into synthesized speech

This brain implant works with a neural network to match brain patterns to vocal tract movements

Scientists have developed an implant that interprets signals in the brain and converts them into understandable, synthesized speech. This innovative piece of technology could one day give a voice to people otherwise unable to communicate.

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Brain function partially restored in pigs – four hours after death

Researchers have managed to restore some brain function in pigs as long as four hours after ...

In a breakthrough study, researchers have managed to restore some brain function in pigs as long as four hours after death. Using a system that pumps preserving chemicals through the brain's circulatory system, the team not only staved off cell death but actually restored some functions like synaptic activity. The astounding discovery raises some ethical questions and may spark new debate about the very definition of death.

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