High cholesterol diet helps mice with Pelizaeus-Merzbacher disease (BBC News from Nature) A diet high in cholesterol may help people with a fatal genetic disease which damages the brain, according to early studies in mice. (17 June 2012)
The brain uses sleep to wash away the waste toxins built up during a hard day's thinking, researchers have shown. The US team believe the "waste removal system" is one of the fundamental reasons for sleep. Their study, in the journal Science, showed brain cells shrink during sleep to open up the gaps between neurons and allow fluid to wash the brain clean.
New brain scanner helps paralysed people spell words
New brain scanner helps paralysed people spell words (BBC Technology) It uses functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to help patients choose between 27 characters - the alphabet and a blank space - enabling them to spell words using their thoughts. Each character produces a different pattern of blood flow in the brain, and the device interprets these patterns. (29 June 2012)
Brain change link to anti-social behaviour in girls
The brains of teenage girls with behavioural disorders are different to those of their peers, UK researchers have found. The Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry study of 40 girls revealed differences in the structure of areas linked to empathy and emotions. Previous work has found similar results in boys. Experts suggest it may be possible to use scans to spot problems early, then offer social or psychological help.
Could hypnosis help you? Yes, if you have the brain for it
Article: Why hypnosis might NOT work for you. You may have trouble if you cannot allow your imagination to overcome competing cognitive demands. Can you just let go of your busy mind and enjoy the ride that can lead to healing? Then you may find tremendous help here.
Newly identified protein function protects cells during injury
A type of protein called thrombospondin. Results suggest that medically this protein could be targeted as a way to help people with many different disease states where various organs are under stress,''