Researchers report microglia, immune cells found in the brain, may trigger overeating and increase weight gain as a response to high fat diets. The study suggests targeting microglia could provide new treatment options to help curb obesity.
Children whose mothers were exposed to PBDEs during pregnancy may have a lower IQ than their peers who did not experience prenatal exposure, a new study reports. Researchers found that every 10 fold increase of maternal PBDE levels was associated with a drop of 3.7 IQ points in her child.
Researchers report klotho, a life extending protein, improved working memory, spatial memory and learning in mice. The researchers also noted a single injection of klotho was sufficient to improve cognitive ability and the effects were long lasting.
According to UCSF researchers, during non-REM sleep, newly learned useful neural patterns are replayed and recapped.
A new Neuron study reports blocking the action of the mTORC1 protein causes mice to stop problem drinking behaviors. The findings could help develop new treatments for addictive behaviors in people.
Two new studies published in PNAS suggest gut microbes may play a key role in the neurodegeneration associated with multiple sclerosis. The findings could help researchers identify new therapies to help treat the autoimmune disease, such as dietary changes and drugs based on microbial byproducts.
UCSF researchers have developed a new genetic risk factor test that takes into account more than 24 genetic variants, each of which are associated with a small risk of Alzheimer's disease. The researchers say the test is a better method to help identify preclinical Alzheimer's than testing for ApoE4 alone.
Researchers use new brain imaging technology to investigate how the nervous system of C. elegans works to generate specific behaviors.
UCSF researchers reveal a common over the counter antihistamine appears to accelerate neural signaling and restore nervous system functioning for some multiple sclerosis patients.
Researchers say failure to follow principles of population science can skew results of brain imaging studies.