Jon Hamilton

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New Markers For Alzheimer's Disease Could Aid Diagnosis And Speed Up Drug Development

Thursday, July 04, 2019

Researchers are using brain scans, blood and spinal fluid to detect early signs of Alzheimer's disease. These "biomarkers" may also offer a quicker way to test new Alzheimer's drugs.


A Year After Spinal Surgery, A $94,000 Bill Feels Like A Backbreaker

Monday, June 17, 2019

A service called neuromonitoring can cut the risk of nerve damage during delicate surgery. But some patients are receiving large bills they didn't expect.


A Musical Brain May Help Us Understand Language And Appreciate Tchaikovsky

Monday, June 10, 2019

Compared with monkeys, humans have a brain that is extremely sensitive to a sound's pitch. And that may reflect our exposure to speech and music.


How The Brain Shapes Pain And Links Ouch With Emotion

Monday, May 20, 2019

Pain is more than an unpleasant sensation. When pain signals reach the brain, they interact with areas involved in thinking, memory and emotion.


After A Big Failure, Scientists And Patients Hunt For A New Type Of Alzheimer's Drug

Friday, May 03, 2019

Now that so many experimental drugs targeting amyloid-beta have bombed, scientists are looking for different approaches for treating Alzheimer's, including a drug that failed as a cancer treatment.


Decoded Brain Signals Could Give Voiceless People A Way To Talk

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Scientists have found a way to transform electrical signals in the brain into intelligible speech. The advance may help people paralyzed by a stroke or disease, but the technology is experimental.


Ketamine May Relieve Depression By Repairing Damaged Brain Circuits

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Scientists are learning how the party drug ketamine relieves depression so quickly — and why its effects fade over time.


Blech! Brain Science Explains Why You're Not Thirsty For Salt Water

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Fresh water quenches thirst almost instantly, but salt water doesn't. New research shows how cells in the gut and on the tongue help the brain keep just the right concentration of salt in our bodies.


Doubts Rise About Evidence That U.S. Diplomats In Cuba Were Attacked

Monday, March 25, 2019

Nearly two years after the U.S. said diplomats in Cuba had been injured in a series of "health attacks," many scientists say there's still no proof anyone was injured.


Is It Alzheimer's Or Another Dementia? The Right Answer Matters

Monday, March 18, 2019

Many older people diagnosed with Alzheimer's actually have dementia caused by something else. Without the right diagnosis, these people are less likely to get the best care.


FDA Approves Esketamine Nasal Spray For Hard-To-Treat Depression

Tuesday, March 05, 2019

Three decades after Prozac arrived, consumers are getting a new kind of antidepressant. The medicine is based on the anesthetic ketamine, which has been used illicitly as a party drug.


Alzheimer's Screenings Often Left Out Of Seniors' Wellness Exams

Tuesday, March 05, 2019

A brief cognitive test can detect signs of Alzheimer's in older patients. Only half of primary care doctors routinely give one, despite coverage by Medicare as part of annual wellness visits.


FDA Expected To Approve Esketamine Nasal Spray For Depression

Monday, March 04, 2019

The Food and Drug Administration is expected to approve a new type of drug for depression. It is esketamine, a chemical cousin of the anesthetic and party drug ketamine.


Scans Show Female Brains Remain Youthful As Male Brains Wind Down

Monday, February 04, 2019

Researchers say the metabolism of a woman's brain remains higher than a man's throughout a lifetime. And that may help with late-life creativity and learning.


From Fruit Fly To Stink Eye: Searching For Anger's Animal Roots

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Scientists say comedian Lewis Black has a lot in common with fruit flies. They're both really good at acting angry, probably because human anger has roots in animal aggression.


How California's Worst Oil Spill Turned Beaches Black And The Nation Green

Monday, January 28, 2019

In 1969, oil from an offshore well left beaches in Santa Barbara, Calif., coated with crude and littered with dead birds. The country's reaction helped create the modern environmental movement.


Alzheimer's Disease May Develop Differently In African-Americans, Study Suggests

Monday, January 07, 2019

Black Americans are more likely than whites to develop Alzheimer's. Yet black people studied appeared to have lower levels of a toxic substance associated with the disease, researchers say.


When Too Cute Is Too Much, The Brain Can Get Aggressive

Monday, December 31, 2018

Adorable babies and cute puppies can make us happy. But researchers say their cuteness can be so overwhelming that it unleashes some ugly thoughts.


Bad Vibes: How Hits To The Head Are Transferred To The Brain

Monday, December 24, 2018

A question about heading soccer balls inspired a series of experiments to understand how the brain changes shape when someone's head takes a hit.


Scientists Find A Brain Circuit That Could Explain Seasonal Depression

Friday, December 21, 2018

Research suggests the winter blues are triggered by specialized light-sensing cells in the retina that communicate directly with brain areas involved in mood.