Jon Hamilton appears in the following:
Monday, February 08, 2016
The sighs we notice usually accompany emotions like relief or discontent. But our brains are programmed to make us heave an unconscious sigh every five minutes or so — no matter how we feel.
"Sighing is vital to maintain lung function," says
Jack Feldman, a brain scientist at UCLA. ...
Monday, January 04, 2016
A mouse's brain clears out toxins during periods of deep sleep — including toxins that form the sticky plaques associated with Alzheimer's disease. Could the same hold true for people?
Monday, December 14, 2015
Taking antidepressants during the second or third trimester of pregnancy may increase the risk of having a child with autism spectrum disorder, according to a study of Canadian mothers and children published Monday in
But scientists not involved in the research say the results are hard to interpret ...
Monday, November 23, 2015
By assessing the strength of certain connections in the brain with an MRI test, researchers were often able to tell whether children and adolescents had attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Monday, November 16, 2015
Differences in the patterns of genes that are turned on in brains of people and mice suggest glial cells may have helped humans develop brains that can acquire language and solve complex problems.
Wednesday, November 04, 2015
Brain cells that track our location also can track time and distance, a study finds. This could explain how the brain uses place and time to organize memories throughout our lives.
Thursday, October 22, 2015
Once an obscure hub of specialists, the yearly gathering of the Society for Neuroscience now draws some of the biggest and brightest from other fields too, seeking answers to brain and body secrets.
Monday, October 19, 2015
Brain scans found abnormally weak connections in the brains of premature infants may make them more prone to develop autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and other emotional disorders.
Saturday, October 17, 2015
A drug that's already approved for treating leukemia appears to dramatically reduce symptoms in people who have Parkinson's disease with dementia, or a related condition called Lewy body dementia.
A pilot study of 12 patients given small doses of
nilotinib found that movement and mental function improved in all ...
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Studies showing that a treatment works are more likely to be published than those with a negative result. So talk therapy and drug therapy for depression are probably less effective than thought.
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
The long-term forecast is still murky, but Virginia governor declares state of emergency for "major statewide rain event."
Monday, September 28, 2015
Doctors and patients are using ketamine to treat severe depression, even though the anesthetic and psychedelic club drug has not been approved by the FDA for that purpose. It's not without risks.
Sunday, September 20, 2015
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Friday, September 18, 2015
Research on fruit flies with different types of insomnia has revealed the same brain pathways that interfere with sleep in people. The result may be better sleeping pills that don't leave you groggy.
Wednesday, September 09, 2015
Eight people who received growth hormone treatments made from human brains died decades later from a rare disease. Some also had brain damage similar to that seen in Alzheimer's, autopsies reveal.
Friday, September 04, 2015
A new experimental drug is designed to slow down Alzheimer's by protecting brain cells from toxins associated with the disease. That's a different approach from other Alzheimer's drug...
Sunday, August 30, 2015
Oliver Sacks, a neurologist and best-selling author who explored the human brain one patient at a time, has died of cancer. He was 82.
Sacks was best known for his books
The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Awakenings, which became a 1990 feature film starring Robin ...
Monday, August 24, 2015
A lack of sleep can increase the risk of traffic accidents, heart attacks, diabetes and maybe even Alzheimer's disease, research suggests. Yet most people with sleep disorders don't get treatment.
Monday, July 27, 2015
Try to look inside the brain, and you're not going to get very far. But photoacoustic imaging may be a solution for the shortcomings of conventional imaging. It uses lasers to make the brain sing.
Thursday, July 23, 2015
A very rare genetic mutation causes some people to develop Alzheimer's in their 30s. It also makes these people the ideal candidates for tests of potential Alzheimer's drugs.