Brain Changes for Sculpted, Efficient Memory
Aging / Brain Development / Learning and Memory / Neuro News

Brain Changes for Sculpted, Efficient Memory

While I was growing up, I remember my parents and teachers saying, “Your brain is like a sponge.” Of course, I didn’t understand what they meant, but as cliché as this statement is, it actually reveals a lot about children’s amazing abilities to absorb and remember impressive amounts of information. From new words and concepts, … Continue reading

Mitochondria: More Than Just a Powerhouse
Aging / Brain Basics / Brain Development / Did You Know? / Neurological and Psychiatric Disorders

Mitochondria: More Than Just a Powerhouse

Mitochondria are frequently implicated in several human disease states. From neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s disease and Autism Spectrum Disorder, to metabolic conditions like diabetes and obesity, energy abnormalities are seen in diverse illnesses. In fact, mitochondrial dysfunctions have also been shown to be involved in Parkinson’s disease, Down syndrome, heart failure, and even cancer. What … Continue reading

When Cellular Power Plants Fail
Aging / Neuro News / Neurological and Psychiatric Disorders

When Cellular Power Plants Fail

Humans normally have 23 pairs of chromosomes, but sometimes an error during cell division causes there to be an abnormal number of chromosomes. One of the most common chromosome abnormalities in humans is Down syndrome (DS). In most cases, this occurs when there is an extra copy of chromosome 21, which is called Trisomy 21. … Continue reading

Bringing Statues to Life
Did You Know? / Movement / Neurological and Psychiatric Disorders

Bringing Statues to Life

It’s 1920, and an epidemic is in full effect.  Encephalitis lethargica (also known as sleepy sickness) has spread across the globe, leaving some of its victims as still as statues, unable to move or speak.  With no known cure, these people become passive observers of the world around them as it evolved from the jazz … Continue reading

Treating the diseased brain with artificial stimulation
Aging / Movement / Neuro News / Neurological and Psychiatric Disorders

Treating the diseased brain with artificial stimulation

We often fail to appreciate the small and precise functions of our motor system. How effortless and smooth our movements are when getting up from a chair! How quick and fine our movements are when driving a car! These coordinated voluntary movements can be attributed to a region in the brain called the basal ganglia, … Continue reading

What Songbirds Tell Us About Human Nature
Brain Development / Did You Know? / Learning and Memory / Sensation and Perception

What Songbirds Tell Us About Human Nature

Every once in a while, we hear of amazing scientific feats about how some new drug successfully reduces weight without dieting or exercise in monkeys, or how scientists slowed aging in worms and doubled their lifespans. These studies are often a cause for ridicule in the media, which reduces their significance and validity by implying … Continue reading