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Evolving a Bigger Brain With Human DNA

Duke University
Thursday, February 19, 2015

The size of the human brain expanded dramatically during the course of evolution, imparting us with unique capabilities to use abstract language and do complex math.

Brain’s iconic seat of speech goes silent when we actually talk

University of California, Berkeley & Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Monday, February 16, 2015

For 150 years, the iconic Broca’s area of the brain has been recognized as the command center for human speech, including vocalization. Now, scientists at UC Berkeley and Johns Hopkins University in Maryland are challenging this long-held assumption with new evidence that Broca’s area actually switches off when we talk out loud.

What Autism Can Teach Us About Brain Cancer

Johns Hopkins Medicine
Monday, February 9, 2015

Applying lessons learned from autism to brain cancer, researchers at The Johns Hopkins University have discovered why elevated levels of the protein NHE9 add to the lethality of the most common and aggressive form of brain cancer, glioblastoma.

UVA finds trigger for protective immune response to spinal cord injury

University of Virginia
Friday, February 6, 2015

Hot on the heels of discovering a protective form of immune response to spinal cord injury, researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have pinpointed the biological trigger for that response – a vital step toward being able to harness the body’s defenses to improve treatment for spinal cord injuries, brain trauma, Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative conditions.

Anti-epilepsy drug preserves brain function after stroke

UT Health Science Center San Antonio
Wednesday, February 4, 2015

New approach stops nerve activity instead of breaking up clots.

Neurologists find movement tracking device helps assess severity of Parkinson’s

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Tuesday, February 3, 2015

A device that measures movement and balance can effectively help assess and track the progression of Parkinson’s disease, even when medications are used to reduce Parkinson’s symptoms, UT Southwestern Medical Center research found.

Study ties immune cells to delayed onset of post-stroke dementia

Standford University
Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Researchers say that the appearance in the brain of a type of immune cell has been implicated in delayed dementia in mice and humans who have suffered a stroke.

New reset button discovered for circadian clock

Vanderbilt University
Monday, February 2, 2015

The discovery of a new reset button for the brain's master biological clock could eventually lead to new treatments for conditions like seasonal affective disorder, reduce the adverse health effects of working the night shift and possibly even cure jet lag.

Laying a foundation for treating ALS, spinal cord injury

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Monday, February 2, 2015

This story starts in 1955, upon the death of Albert Einstein, when the pathologist charged with performing the famous scientist’s autopsy stole his brain.

Glioblastoma: Three Genes Tied to Radiation Resistance in Recurrent Tumors

The Ohio State University
Friday, January 30, 2015

A new study has identified several genes that together enable a lethal form of brain cancer to recur and progress after radiation therapy.