Psychedelic drug

Source: Yale University Summary: Researchers provide new insight into the psychedelic effects of LSD on the brain and potential therapeutic uses of the drug. More Information:  Katrin H Preller et al. Changes in global and thalamic brain connectivity in LSD-induced altered states of consciousness are attributable to the 5-HT2A receptor, eLife (2018). DOI: 10.7554/eLife.35082  Read More →

Memory lapse

Source: Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care Summary: Forgetfulness and age-related memory lapses are a common complaint for many older adults, but what is still not understood is what causes these changes. Recent research brings us a step closer to uncovering the answer. More Information: Zhong-Xu Liu et al, Age-related changes in the relationship betweenRead More →

Plant ester

Source: Leibniz Institute for Neurobiology Summary: A new study proves the memory-enhancing effect of a plant ester as an active ingredient from the medicinal plant Rhodiola Rosea. More Information: Birgit Michels et al, “Memory enhancement by ferulic acid ester across species”, Science Advances (2018). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aat6994 Read More →

Neuroprosthetics

Source: Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne Summary: Scientists have developed a miniaturized electronic platform for the stimulation and recording of peripheral nerve fibers on a chip. More Information: Sandra Gribi et al, “A microfabricated nerve-on-a-chip platform for rapid assessment of neural conduction in explanted peripheral nerve fibers”, Nature Communications (2018). DOI: 10.1038/s41467-018-06895-7  Read More →

Salmonella

Source: McMaster University Summary: Comparing two strains of Salmonella – one that causes disease in humans and the other in reptiles, researchers discovered a covert way that the human-affecting bacteria essentially tricks the immune system into not attacking. The immune system is very efficient at what it does, but if bacteria evolve ways to getRead More →

TMS

Source: Drexel University Summary: Researchers to survey over 800 individuals about their willingness to endorse specific uses of brain stimulation on themselves and others. More Information: John D. Medaglia et al, Moral attitudes and willingness to enhance and repair cognition with brain stimulation, Brain Stimulation (2018). DOI: 10.1016/j.brs.2018.09.014 Read More →

Cancer cells

Source: Queen Mary, University of London Summary: There is new hope for people with an aggressive type of breast cancer, as an immunotherapy trial shows for the first time that lives can be extended in people with triple-negative breast cancer. More Information: Peter Schmid et al, “Atezolizumab and Nab-Paclitaxel in Advanced Triple-NegativeRead More →

Leafy greens

Source: Westmead Institute of Medical Research Summary: A new study has shown that eating vegetable nitrates, found mainly in green leafy vegetables and beetroot, could help reduce your risk of developing early-stage age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Researchers at the Westmead Institute for Medical Research interviewed more than 2,000 Australian adultsRead More →

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