Autism, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder share molecular traits

Autism, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder share molecular traits

Most medical disorders have well-defined physical characteristics seen in tissues, organs and bodily fluids. Psychiatric disorders, in contrast, are not defined by such pathology, but rather by behavior. A UCLA-led study, published in Science, has found that autism,...
Brain on a Chip” Reveals How the Brain Folds

Brain on a Chip” Reveals How the Brain Folds

Being born with a “tabula rasa” – a clean slate – in the case of the brain is something of a curse. Our brains are already wrinkled like walnuts by the time we are born. Babies born without these wrinkles – smooth brain syndrome – suffer from severe developmental...
Autism, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder share molecular traits

Autism, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder share molecular traits

Most medical disorders have well-defined physical characteristics seen in tissues, organs and bodily fluids. Psychiatric disorders, in contrast, are not defined by such pathology, but rather by behavior. A UCLA-led study, published in Science, has found that autism,...
Brain ageing may begin earlier than expected

Brain ageing may begin earlier than expected

Physicists have devised a new method of investigating brain function, opening a new frontier in the diagnoses of neurodegenerative and ageing related diseases. This new non-invasive technique could potentially be used for any diagnosis based on cardiovascular and...
Could lifelong reading protect against dementia?

Could lifelong reading protect against dementia?

“Reading keeps your brain fit and helps fight off dementia,” the Daily Express reports. The claim is based on a small US study in which older adults had annual tests of brain function during the last six years of their lives and completed questionnaires on their...
KEEP READING TO KEEP ALZHEIMER’S AT BAY

KEEP READING TO KEEP ALZHEIMER’S AT BAY

Reading books and magazines, writing and participating in other mentally stimulating activities, no matter your age, can help to keep memory and thinking skills intact, a new study suggests. The findings add to growing evidence that mental challenges like reading and...