Jon Hamilton http://wwno.org en Your Brain's Got Rhythm, And Syncs When You Think http://wwno.org/post/your-brains-got-rhythm-and-syncs-when-you-think Even if you can't keep a beat, your brain can. "The brain absolutely has rhythm," says <a href="http://www.cmu.edu/bio/faculty/urban.html">Nathan Urban</a>, a neuroscientist at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.<p>When you concentrate, Urban says, your brain produces rapid, rhythmic electrical impulses called gamma waves. When you relax, it generates much slower alpha waves.<p>The internal cadences of the brain and nervous system appear to play an important role in everything from walking to thinking, Urban says. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:13:44 +0000 Jon Hamilton 64821 at http://wwno.org Bingeing On Bad News Can Fuel Daily Stress http://wwno.org/post/binging-bad-news-can-fuel-daily-stress If you're feeling stressed these days, the news media may be partly to blame.<p>At least that's the suggestion of <a href="http://www.rwjf.org/en/research-publications/find-rwjf-research/2014/07/the-burden-of-stress-in-america.html">a national survey </a>conducted by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health.<p>The survey of more than 2,500 Americans found that about 1 in 4 said they had experienced a "great deal" of stress in the previous month. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 07:27:00 +0000 Jon Hamilton 64175 at http://wwno.org Bursts Of Light Create Memories, Then Take Them Away http://wwno.org/post/bursts-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 http://wwno.org Pregnancy Hormone May Reduce Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms http://wwno.org/post/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 http://wwno.org Military Plans To Test Brain Implants To Fight Mental Disorders http://wwno.org/post/military-plans-test-brain-implants-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="http://www.darpa.mil/Our_Work/BTO/Personnel Tue, 27 May 2014 06:08:00 +0000 Jon Hamilton 61475 at http://wwno.org Anti-Aging Hormone Could Make You Smarter http://wwno.org/post/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="http://www.cell.com/cell-reports/abstract/S2211-1247(14)00287-3">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="http://memory.ucsf.edu/ourcenter/staff/ddubal">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 http://wwno.org Max Planck Goes To Florida, Invites Brain Scientists To Join http://wwno.org/post/max-planck-goes-florida-invites-brain-scientists-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 http://wwno.org Education May Help Insulate The Brain Against Traumatic Injury http://wwno.org/post/education-may-help-insulate-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="https://www.hopkinsresearch.org/BIO/BIO_BioPg.aspx?User_ID=37446">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 http://wwno.org One Scientist's Quest To Vanquish Epileptic Seizures http://wwno.org/post/one-scientists-quest-vanquish-epileptic-seizures In the early 1990s, a young brain researcher named <a href="http://www.anatomy.uci.edu/solteszres.html">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 http://wwno.org Gene Linked To Alzheimer's Poses A Special Threat To Women http://wwno.org/post/gene-linked-alzheimers-poses-special-threat-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 http://wwno.org