Jon Hamilton

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Sleep's Link To Learning And Memory Traced To Brain Chemistry

Thursday, November 20, 2014

During sleep, the brain locks in existing memories and can even form new ones. Scientists say they are starting to understand how that happens. A midnight snack may interfere.


Toxic Tau Of Alzheimer's May Offer A Path To Treatment

Monday, November 17, 2014

Faulty forms of the brain protein tau trigger tangles inside and outside brain cells of Alzheimer's patients. Scientists say figuring out how to stop bad tau's spread from cell to cell might be key.


Ebola Today Could Mean Illiteracy Tomorrow In West Africa

Monday, November 10, 2014

Millions of children aren't going to school because of Ebola. The fear is that some kids will never return to class. For others, the time off means putting their career dreams on hold.


An Ebola Strategy Brings Good News To One Liberian Town

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The town of Foya has had no new cases in a month. Credit goes to a care center and an ongoing effort to calm fears and allow family members to communicate with patients — and view the dead.


Ebola Is Keeping Kids From Getting Vaccinated In Liberia

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The rate for routine vaccinations of babies used to be 97 percent. Now the figure is 27 percent. Blame it on the rippling effects of the oubreak.


For Healthy Liberians, Life Continues — With Some Adjustments

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The million-plus healthy residents of Liberia's capital, Monrovia, are doing their best to maintain their lives in a city where Ebola has killed more than 1,300.


Ebola In Church: A Reverend's Quarantine Spreads The Word

Monday, October 20, 2014

There's one place in Monrovia where people continue to gather together despite the threat of Ebola: Sunday church service. One reverend knows firsthand how the smallest mistake can be deadly.


BRAIN Initiative Bets on Wearable Scanners, Laser-Controlled Cells

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

A wearable PET scanner and lasers that could control individual brain circuits are among the projects funded by a $46 million federal effort to accelerate research on the human brain.


A Doctor Unlocks Mysteries Of The Brain By Talking And Watching

Monday, September 29, 2014

If you have a problem with your heart or liver, the diagnosis will likely be made by a lab test or medical image. But neurologist Allan Ropper says those tests often fail when it comes to the brain.

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Death Cuts Short The Life Of An Alzheimer's Research Volunteer

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Justin McCowan wanted to help find a cure for Alzheimer's because it's more common in people like him who have Down syndrome. He died in his sleep last week at age 40.


A Coastal Paradise Confronts Its Watery Future

Thursday, September 18, 2014

With rising seas, cities like Satellite Beach, Fla., are debating options: defend the shoreline to avoid destruction, or retreat, withdrawing homes and businesses from the water's edge.


People With Down Syndrome Are Pioneers In Alzheimer's Research

Monday, August 25, 2014

By age 40, the brains of people with Down syndrome start to resemble those of Alzheimer's patients. Scientists hope to speed up Alzheimer's drug development by studying people with Down syndrome.


Scientists Say Child's Play Helps Build A Better Brain

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Children learn their most important lessons on the playground, not in the classroom, researchers say.


Oxytocin Isn't Lacking In Children With Autism, Researchers Say

Monday, August 04, 2014

Since the hormone oxytocin makes people more social, it's easy to imagine it might cause the social deficits of autism. But a study found children with autism no more likely to be short of oxytocin.


Bingeing On Bad News Can Fuel Daily Stress

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Simply watching, reading or listening to steady news coverage of a traumatic event can be as stressful as experiencing the event in person, research suggests.


Your Brain's Got Rhythm, And Syncs When You Think

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Scientists have evidence that beats in the brain — in the form of rhythmic electrical pulses — are involved in everything from memory to motion. And music can help when those rhythms go wrong.


Bursts Of Light Create Memories, Then Take Them Away

Monday, June 02, 2014

Scientists seem to have answered a fundamental question about the nature of memory. They have found compelling evidence that memories are made by strengthening connections between certain brain cells.


Pregnancy Hormone May Reduce Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms

Monday, June 02, 2014

Women with multiple sclerosis often find that they have fewer problems when they are expecting. That led researchers to develop an experimental drug based on a hormone associated with pregnancy.


Military Plans To Test Brain Implants To Fight Mental Disorders

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The research project would place electronic devices in the brain in an attempt to combat post-traumatic stress, depression and other problems that have plagued many veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan.


NOAA Predicts Relatively Quiet Atlantic Hurricane Season

Thursday, May 22, 2014

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration expects a relatively quiet Atlantic hurricane season, with three to six hurricanes developing between June 1 and the end of November. Forecasters say they expect El Nino conditions to develop in the coming months, which should produce winds in the Atlantic that discourage hurricane formation.