Jon Hamilton en Bursts Of Light Create Memories, Then Take Them Away You can't just open up a living brain and see the memories inside.<p>So Roberto Malinow, a brain scientist at the University of California, San Diego, has spent years trying to find other ways to understand how memories are made and lost. Mon, 02 Jun 2014 20:36:00 +0000 Jon Hamilton 61843 at Pregnancy Hormone May Reduce Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms For decades, women with multiple sclerosis have noticed that they tend to do better while they are pregnant. That has led to an experimental drug for the disease that's based on a hormone associated with pregnancy.<p>The hormone is a form of estrogen called estriol. It's abundant in a woman's body only when she is pregnant. Mon, 02 Jun 2014 07:33:00 +0000 Jon Hamilton 61809 at Military Plans To Test Brain Implants To Fight Mental Disorders The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, is launching a $70 million program to help military personnel with psychiatric disorders using electronic devices implanted in the brain.<p>The goal of the five-year program is to develop new ways of treating problems including depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder, all of which are common among service members who fought in Iraq or Afghanistan.<p>"We've seen far too many times where military personnel have neuropsychiatric disorders and there's very few options," says <a href=" Tue, 27 May 2014 06:08:00 +0000 Jon Hamilton 61475 at Anti-Aging Hormone Could Make You Smarter A hormone associated with longevity also appears to make people's brains work better.<p>The <a href="">finding</a> in <em>Cell Reports</em> could someday lead to drugs that improve memory and learning, researchers say.<p>"We've discovered a way to potentially boost cognition," says <a href="">Dena Dubal</a>, one of the study's authors who does research on aging and the brain at the University of California, San Francisco. Thu, 08 May 2014 20:03:00 +0000 Jon Hamilton 60332 at Max Planck Goes To Florida, Invites Brain Scientists To Join Germany's famous Max Planck Society has opened a brain research institute in Jupiter, Fla. It's another move in the international competition to attract the best brain researchers. Mon, 05 May 2014 20:25:00 +0000 Jon Hamilton 60098 at Education May Help Insulate The Brain Against Traumatic Injury A little education goes a long way toward ensuring you'll recover from a serious traumatic brain injury. In fact, people with lots of education are seven times more likely than high school dropouts to have no measurable disability a year later.<p>"It's a very dramatic difference," says <a href="">Eric Schneider</a>, an epidemiologist at Johns Hopkins and the lead author of a new study. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:36:00 +0000 Jon Hamilton 59207 at One Scientist's Quest To Vanquish Epileptic Seizures In the early 1990s, a young brain researcher named <a href="">Ivan Soltesz</a> heard a story that would shape his career.<p>His adviser told him about a school for children whose epileptic seizures were so severe and frequent that they had to wear helmets to prevent head injuries. The only exception to the helmet rule was for students who received an award.<p>"The big deal for them is that they can take the helmet off while they're walking across the stage," Soltesz says. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:37:00 +0000 Jon Hamilton 58837 at Gene Linked To Alzheimer's Poses A Special Threat To Women A gene associated with Alzheimer's disease appears especially dangerous to women and may be one reason that more women than men are diagnosed with the disease.<p>The gene, known as APOE4, increases the risk of developing Alzheimer's in both sexes. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:48:00 +0000 Jon Hamilton 58511 at The Forgotten Childhood: Why Early Memories Fade Francis Csedrik, who is 8 and lives in Washington, D.C., remembers a lot of events from when he was 4 or just a bit younger. There was the time he fell "headfirst on a marble floor" and got a concussion, the day someone stole the family car ("my dad had to chase it down the block"), or the morning he found a black bat (the furry kind) in the house.<p>But Francis looks puzzled when his mom, Joanne Csedrik, asks him about a family trip to the Philippines when he was 3. "It was to celebrate someone's birthday," she tells him. "We took a long plane ride, two boat trips," she adds. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 21:46:00 +0000 Jon Hamilton 58047 at Map Of The Developing Human Brain Shows Where Problems Begin A high-resolution map of the human brain in utero is providing hints about the origins of brain disorders including schizophrenia and <a href="">autism</a>.<p>The map shows where genes are turned on and off throughout the entire brain at about the midpoint of pregnancy, a time when critical structures are taking shape, researchers <a href="">reported</a> Wednesday in the journal <em>Nature</em>.<p>"It's a pretty big leap," says <a href="http://www.alleninstit Wed, 02 Apr 2014 18:24:00 +0000 Jon Hamilton 57592 at