Jon Hamilton

Jon Hamilton appears in the following:

Scans Show Former NFL Player Aaron Hernandez Had A Severe Case Of CTE

Friday, September 22, 2017

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with NPR Science Correspondent Jon Hamilton about the Hernandez family's announcement and the connections between CTE, the degenerative brain disease, and violent behavior.


When Irma Arrived, Most Florida Health Care Facilities Were Ready

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Eight deaths at a Florida nursing home got a lot of media attention. But a tour of other health care centers in the Miami area found mostly good care after Hurricane Irma struck.


At Least 6 People Dead After Florida Nursing Home Loses Power

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Six people are reportedly dead and 12 other elderly patients are in critical care after being evacuated from a nursing home north of Miami. The home was reportedly left without power by Hurricane Irma.


Hurricane Center In Florida Keeps Watch Over Irma

Monday, September 11, 2017

Hurricane Irma is weakening as it moves away from the Florida coast and north toward Georgia. It's now a Category 1 storm, but it still poses a big threat to much of Florida.


Update From The National Hurricane Center

Sunday, September 10, 2017

We have an update from the National Hurricane Center in Miami as Hurricane Irma passes over the Florida Keys.


Hurricane Irma Heads Toward Miami As Forecasters Downgrade Storm To Category 4

Friday, September 08, 2017

Miami is preparing for the arrival of Hurricane Irma this weekend. Forecasters downgraded the storm to Category 4 on Friday as it slammed through the Turks and Caicos Islands with winds at 150 mph.


Really? Really. How Our Brains Figure Out What Words Mean Based On How They're Said

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Scientists have identified the brain cells that detect pitch changes in speech, allowing us to understand whether someone is asking a question or making a statement.


From Rats To Humans, A Brain Knows When It Can't Remember

Friday, July 28, 2017

When we see a familiar face, we know instantly if we can remember that person's name. That's because the human brain has an ability called metamemory. Looks like rats may have that higher power, too.


Female Athletes Are Closing The Gender Gap When It Comes To Concussions

Monday, July 24, 2017

Gina "Danger" Mazany is a professional mixed martial arts athlete, and she's helping researchers learn more about head injuries and the female brain.


John McCain Was Diagnosed With A Glioblastoma, Among The Deadliest Of Cancers

Thursday, July 20, 2017

About 12,000 people are diagnosed with a glioblastoma each year in the U.S. Fewer than a third of them will survive beyond two years.


Stress And Poverty May Explain High Rates Of Dementia In African-Americans

Sunday, July 16, 2017

New research finds that African-Americans who grow up in harsh environments and have many stressful experiences are much more likely to develop Alzheimer's or some other form of dementia.


Forget Freud: Dreams Replay Our Everyday Lives

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Sigmund Freud thought dreams were all about wish fulfillment and repressed desire. But scientists now think they're linked to memory processing and consciousness. And they're often quite mundane.


Brain Cell Transplants Are Being Tested Once Again For Parkinson's

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

In 2003, researchers declared a moratorium on the use of transplanted brain cells to treat Parkinson's disease. Now, armed with better cells, they're giving the approach another try.


Cracking The Code That Lets The Brain ID Any Face, Fast

Thursday, June 01, 2017

People and other primates have an amazing ability to instantly recognize faces. Scientists at Caltech found that we do that by having 205 specialized brain cells divvy up the task.


As Brains Mature, More Robust Information Networks Boost Self-Control

Friday, May 26, 2017

Sometime between grade school and grad school, the brain's information highways get remapped in a way that dramatically reins in impulsive behavior.


Why Brain Scientists Are Still Obsessed With The Curious Case Of Phineas Gage

Sunday, May 21, 2017

In 1848, a railroad worker survived an accident that drove a 13-pound iron bar through his head. The injury changed his personality, and our understanding of the brain.


Orangutan Moms Are The Primate Champs Of Breast-Feeding

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Orangutans breast-feed up to nine years, longer than any other primate. That may help offspring survive food shortages. But humans may have gained a survival advantage from weaning earlier.


Spit Test May Reveal The Severity Of A Child's Concussion

Thursday, May 04, 2017

By measuring fragments of genetic material in saliva, scientists were able to accurately predict whether a young person's concussion symptoms would last days or weeks.


'Minibrains' In A Dish Shed A Little Light On Autism And Epilepsy

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Experiments with small clusters of networked brain cells are helping scientists see how real brains develop normally, and what goes awry when cells have trouble making connections.


Electrical Stimulation To Boost Memory: Maybe It's All In The Timing

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Research in epilepsy has found a key to why small pulses of electricity to the brain sometimes help and sometimes hurt a failing memory. Brains hurt by physical trauma or dementia might benefit, too.