South African Daffodils may be a Future Cure for Depression
University of Copenhagen scientists have discovered that plant compounds from a South African flower may in time be used to treat diseases originating in the brain – including depression.
Using Brain Activity Patterns to Identify Autism in Kids as Young as 2
In a large new study, researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital used EEG to identify specific patterns of brain activity that can distinguish children with autism.
Stress Blocks Gene That Guards Brain Against Depression
Chronic stress appears to block a gene that guards against brain atrophy associated with depression, according to a study in rats that may help guide new treatments for mood disorders.
Natural Antidepressant Discovered
A newly recognized chemical factor in the brain, called neuritin, regulates plasticity and may play a role in depression.
Neuroscientists Develop ‘Search and Destroy’ Brain Cell Technique
A team of William & Mary neuroscientists has developed a “search and destroy” method of identifying—then zapping—brain cells individually — a technique that researchers expect to drive important advances in the understanding of how cell loss affects neural function.
Cancer Drug Shows Promise in Reversing Alzheimer’s Symptoms in Mice
The use of a drug now prescribed to treat cancer has been shown to reverse symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease in mice, according to a study from neuroscientists at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.