New research found that half of young patients with the inflammatory condition, MIS-C, in a London hospital experienced confusion, hallucinations and other issues, in addition to physical symptoms.
Pavle Jovanovic, who represented the United States at the 2006 Olympics, is believed to be the first athlete in a sliding sport to be found with a disease caused by repeated brain traumas.
An emerging branch of neuroscience asks a question long on the minds of researchers. Recent stimulus payments make the study more relevant.
I’ve reported on behavior and mental health for 20 years. As I exit, I can’t help but wonder why researchers have placed so little emphasis on helping people in distress today.
Older people with mild cognitive impairment showed improvements in brain blood flow and memory after a yearlong aerobic exercise program.
A visit to the dentist unexpectedly led to a resolution.
In “Hooked,” Michael Moss explores how no addictive drug can fire up the reward circuitry in our brains as rapidly as our favorite foods.
A new study illuminates the complex array of neurological issues experienced by people months after their coronavirus infections.
Some people who contract the coronavirus experience lingering, debilitating health issues. We look at how the disease could have long-term effects on the brain.
In the US, a 2016 Gallup poll found that the majority of schools want to start teaching code, with 66 percent of K-12 school principals thinking that computer science learning should be incorporated into other subjects. Most countries in Europe have added coding classes and computer science to their school curricula, with France and Spain introducing theirs in 2015. This new generation of coders is expected to boost the worldwide developer population from 23.9 million in 2019 to 28.7 million in 2024.
Despite all this effort, there’s still some confusion on how to teach coding. Is it more like a language, or more like math? Some new research may have settled this question by watching the brain’s activity while subjects read Python code.
Two schools on schooling
Right now, there are two schools of thought. The prevailing one is that coding is a type of language, with its own grammar rules and syntax that must be followed. After all, they’re called coding languages for a reason, right? This idea even has its own snazzy acronym: Coding as Another Language, or CAL.
Sedentary, older adults who took aerobic dance classes twice a week showed improvements in brain areas critical for memory and thinking.
New research suggests that stimulating neurons in the brain can address psychological issues with surprising speed and precision.
Food researchers debate whether highly processed foods like potato chips and ice cream are addictive, triggering our brains to overeat.
Researchers grew clusters of brain cells in the lab with a gene carried by our ancient ancestors.
He was getting lost driving home from work. And he was having strange spasms. What was the cause?
Most had no history of mental illness and became psychotic weeks after contracting the virus. Cases are expected to remain rare but are being reported worldwide.
A woman in Colombia with a rare genetic mutation recently made the ultimate donation to science.
A growing body of research suggests that the foods you eat can affect how well you sleep, and your sleep patterns can affect your dietary choices.
In a two-day meeting sponsored by the N.I.H., officials acknowledged an insufficient understanding of the issues and warned of a growing public health problem.
She’d just quit drinking, but could that really have anything to do with these disturbing symptoms?
She performed autopsies in New York that found blood clots in vital organs, suggesting how much the virus spreads through the body.
In stressful times, this surprising lesson from neuroscience may help to lessen your anxieties.
Ellie Furneaux looked like she was going to become Britain’s next star in the sledding sport skeleton. But a series of concussions took a heavy toll.
A new study offers the strongest evidence yet of “time cells” in the brain.
No one likes it when their kid is bored out of her skull. But tedium can be an opportunity, too.
While later dinosaurs in this lineage were giant herbivores with tiny brains, this small species packed a lot more power in its skull.
Octopuses can taste what their arms touch, and scientists have figured out how.
A new study challenges those who care for children to end what researchers say is the common undertreatment of pain in children, starting at birth.
I was told it didn’t run in families. Was it just chance?
And how to nip them in the bud before they start.
The condition is affecting thousands of patients, impeding their ability to work and function in daily life.
Cronutt, like a growing number of ocean mammals, developed seizures because of toxins in the water. Scientists hope the pioneering procedure he underwent this week could help.
The hospitalized patients showed signs of deteriorating neurological function, ranging from confusion to coma-like unresponsiveness, new research indicates.
There’s no cure for acute flaccid myelitis, or A.F.M., but early detection is key for better outcomes.
The Conservation Test
New research suggests there is a relationship between the diversity of a bee’s diet and the size of its croissant-shaped brain.
It’s not just the lungs — the pathogen may enter brain cells, causing symptoms like delirium and confusion, scientists reported.
Brains are talking to computers, and computers to brains. Are our daydreams safe?
Brains are talking to computers, and computers to brains. Are our daydreams safe?
The speech disorder can play havoc with sociability, relationships, even identity, but there are ways to handle it.
Physical demands required for work may have negative consequences for brain health, a new study suggests.
Exercise prompts the liver to pump out a little-known protein that appears to rejuvenates the brain, a new study found.
LA-based bio science startup Kernel has raised $53 million from investors including General Catalyst, Khosla Ventures, Eldridge, Manta Ray Ventures, Tiny Blue Dot and more. The funding is the first outside money that Kernel has taken in, though it’s a Series C round, because founder and CEO Bryan Johnson has provided $54 million in investment for Kernel to date. Johnson also participated in this latest round alongside external investors.
The funding will go towards further scaling “on-demand” access to its non-invasive technology for recording brain activity, which consists of two main approaches. Kernel has distinguished these as two separate products: Flow, which detects magnetic fields created by the collective activity of neutrons in the brain; and Flux, which measures blood through through the brain. These are both key signals that researchers and medical practitioners monitor when working with the brain, but typically they require use of invasive, expensive hardware – or even brain surgery.
Kernel’s goal is to make this much more broadly available, offering access via a ‘Neuroscience as a Service’ (NaaS) model that can provide paying clients access to its brain imaging devices even remotely. Earlier this year, Kernel announced that this platform was available generally to commercial customers.
The technology sounds like sci-fi – but it’s really an attempt to take what has been a relatively closed and prohibitively costly, expert and potentially dangerous to its subjects tech, and make it available as an on-demand capability – in much the same way that many human genome companies have emerged to take advantage of the advances in the speed and availability of human genome sequencing to do the same, for the business and research community.
Johnson’s ambitious long-term goal with the company is to ultimately develop a much deeper understanding in the field of neuroscience.
“If we can quantify thoughts and emotions, conscious and subconscious, a new era of understanding, wellness, and human improvement will emerge,” Johnson writes in a press release.
It’s true that the brain’s inner workings are still largely a mystery to most researchers, especially in terms of how they translate to our cognition, feelings and actions. Kernel’s platform could mean significantly more people studying the
When a planarian loses its eyes, cellular guides connect new ones to its brain so it can see again.
“I tell the same stories repeatedly; I forget words I know.”
Researchers at MIT have published a new paper that describes a new type of artificial brain synapse which offers performance improvements vs. other exiting versions, and which can be combined in volumes of tens of thousands on a chip that’s smaller physically than a single piece of confetti. The results could help create devices that can handle complex AI computing locally, while remaining small and power-efficient, and without having to connect to a data center.
The researchers team created what are known as “memristors” – essentially simulated brain synapses created using silicon, but also used alloys of silver and copper in their construction. The result was a chip that could effectively ‘remember’ and recall images in very high detail, repeatedly, with much crisper and more detailed ‘remembered’ images than in other types of simulated brain circuits that have come before.
What the team wants to ultimately do is recreate large, complex artificial neural networks which are currently based in software that requires significant GPU computing power to run – but as dedicated hardware, so that it can be localized in small devices including potentially your phone, or a camera.
Unlike traditional transistors, which can switch between only two states (0 or 1) and which form the basis of modern computers, memsistors offer a gradient of values, much more like your brain, the original analog computer. They can also ‘remember’ these states so that they can easily recreate the same signal for the same received current multiple times over.
What the researchers did here was borrow a concept from metallurgy: When metallurgists want to change the properties of a metal, they combine it with another that has that desired property to create an alloy. Similarly, the researchers here found an element they could combine with the silver they use as the memristor’s positive electrode, in order to make it better able to consistently and reliably transfer ions along even a very thin conduction channel.
That’s what enabled the team to create super small chips that contain tens of thousands of memristors that can nonetheless not only reliably recreate images from ‘memory,’ but also perform inference tasks like improving the detail of, or blurring the original image on command, better than other, previous memristors created by other scientists.
It’s still a long way off, but the team behind this project suggest that eventually, this could lead to portable, artificial brain computers that can perform very complex tasks on the scale of today’s supercomputers – with minimal power requirements and without any network connection required.
Doctors have reported a flurry of cases in Covid-19 patients — including a healthy 27-year-old emergency medical technician in Queens. After a month in the hospital, he is learning to walk again.
Lie in the fetal position, eat a sundae, call a friend: In these tough times, there’s an argument to be made for losing control (within reason).
Video chats are in. Small talk is out. You don’t have to fret about who picks up the check. And maybe the biggest plus: You’re forced to take things slow.
How pregnancy and parenthood kick neurological development into high gear.