Genetic, environmental factors contribute to how socioeconomic status impacts the brain

Genetic, environmental factors contribute to how socioeconomic status impacts the brain

A study in Science Advances has revealed correlations among socioeconomics, genetics, environmental factors and brain structure. Socioeconomic status is typically defined by characteristics such as an individual’s income, education and occupation, and is related to quality of life and physical and mental health. The findings provide greater understanding about how socioeconomic, environmental and genetic factors … Read more

Long-Term Space Travel May ‘Rewire’ Astronauts’ Brains | Smart News

Long-Term Space Travel May ‘Rewire’ Astronauts’ Brains |  Smart News

Scans of the astronaut’s neural networks were taken before they blasted off into space, as soon as they landed safely back home, and some cosmonauts had an additional brain scan seven months after their return to Earth. (Pictured: Astronaut Bruce McCandless II during an untethered spacewalk in 1984) NASA via Wikimedia Commons under Public Domain … Read more

Soft implant monitors brain and gut chemistry | MSUToday

Soft implant monitors brain and gut chemistry |  MSUToday

Working with Stanford University, engineers at Michigan State University have invented what they call “NeuroString” — a soft implantable probe that enables researchers to study the chemistry of brain and gut health. They described the probe June 1 in the journal Nature. MSU Assistant Professor Jinxing Li “The mainstream way people are trying to understand … Read more

Genetic testing results in lower length of stay in the NICU for infants with epilepsy

Genetic testing results in lower length of stay in the NICU for infants with epilepsy

Genetic testing results in lower length of stay in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) for infants with epilepsy, according to a study published in the journal Pediatric Neurology. The reduction in hospital stay time in babies with epilepsy who spent time in the NICU was not explained by changes in the episode of illness, … Read more

Multiple heart-related conditions may increase dementia risk to a greater extent than genetics

Multiple heart-related conditions may increase dementia risk to a greater extent than genetics

Having multiple conditions that affect the heart are linked to a greater risk of dementia than having high genetic risk, according to a largescale new study. Led by Oxford University and the University of Exeter, the study is among the largest ever to examine the link between several heart-related conditions and dementia, and one of … Read more

New research helps to better understand the basic biology of nerve cells

New research helps to better understand the basic biology of nerve cells

Scientists are starting to understand the precise workings of a type of gene that, unlike other genes, does not code for proteins – the building blocks of life. New research led by the University of Bath shows the mechanism by which genes coding for a subset of long non-coding RNA lncRNA interact with genes (to … Read more

Scientists identify new genetic disease that delays children’s intellectual development

Scientists identify new genetic disease that delays children’s intellectual development

Scientists have identified a new genetic disease, which causes some children’s brains to develop abnormally, resulting in delayed intellectual development. The majority of patients with the condition, that is so new it doesn’t have a name yet, have severe learning difficulties which affect their quality of life. An international team of researchers from the universities … Read more

Combinations of multiple genetic factors play a role in the broad spectrum of autism

Genetic testing results in lower length of stay in the NICU for infants with epilepsy

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is referred to as a “spectrum” because clinical features of ASD range from mild social impairments in some people to severe intellectual disability or epilepsy in others. Genetic studies have offered clues, identifying genes associated with ASD, but despite finding many pieces to the puzzle, scientists have not yet figured out … Read more

Genetic discovery may pave the way to new diagnostic approaches, treatments for motor neurone diseases

Genetic discovery may pave the way to new diagnostic approaches, treatments for motor neurone diseases

A new genetic discovery adds weight to a theory that motor neurone degenerative diseases are caused by abnormal lipid (fat) processing pathways inside brain cells. This theory will help pave the way to new diagnostic approaches and treatments for this group of conditions. The discovery will provide answers for certain families who had previously had … Read more