Researchers have identified a causal link between strenuous exercise and ALS in people with genetic risk factors for the neurodegenerative disease. The study reports intense physical exercise contributes to motor neuron injury in those susceptible to ALS.
PINK1, a gene associated with Parkinson's disease, is not just responsible for the premature death of dopaminergic neurons, it also plays a key role in the neurogenesis of dopamine neurons throughout life.
Neuroimaging study reveals obesity may contribute towards neural tissue vulnerability in Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers say maintaining a healthy weight could help preserve brain structure for those in the early stages of Alzheimer’s.
The day following the lockdown of the UK amid the COVID-19 outbreak, 38% of study participants reported significant symptoms of depression, and 36% reported increased levels of anxiety. The day before lockdown, 16% reported depression, and 17% reported feelings of anxiety. The rates of depression and anxiety remained high for a week after the announcement, but not as high as was reported immediately following the lockdown.
Researchers have sequenced their first two genomes of COVID-19 from samples of patients in the UK. The genomes have been published on an international viral sequence database. The sequences will provide critical information to track the spread and evolution of the virus in the UK and worldwide.
Celiac disease, an autoimmune response to ingesting gluten, has been linked to an increased risk of neurological damage and negative mental health outcomes. Those with celiac disease are more likely to experience depression, anxiety, and thoughts of self-harm, in addition to a reduction in reaction times and cognitive function. Neuroimaging of patients with the disorder reveals white matter changes in the brain.
Brain training exercises do not help boost early math learning. However, core thinking skills, including memory and attention, are key skills that support early math learning.
Researchers reveal the phenomenon of ASMR videos may have a positive physiological effect on viewers. The study reports those who experience ASMR have lower heart rates while watching the videos, as well as an increase in positive emotions.
According to researchers, if the ventral tegmental area is unable to produce the correct amount of dopamine for the hippocampus, it will not work efficiently and the impairment can result in dementia.
A new study suggests honeybees adhere to the same laws as the human brain when embarking on collective decisions.
Researchers reveal that a year after receiving autologous haematopoietic stem cell transplantation for relapse remitting multiple sclerosis, almost all of the patients showed no signs of the disease and the level of their disability was significantly improved.
Researchers believe a newly discovered mechanism may contribute to cell death in people suffering from ALS and dementia.