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Tag: Brain

Blood-brain barrier
April 30, 2021
Research suggests that the degradation of the blood-brain barrier over time is a factor in the development of brain diseases. An organ we don't want to age As our brains age, we experience memory loss, a decreased ability to multitask, a lower attention span, and slower information processing [1, 2]. Severe diseases can occur as...
Qigong practice
April 27, 2021
Researchers from the University of Hong Kong have found that qigong, an ancient Chinese mind-body practice, improves cognitive abilities, lowers inflammation, and increases the size of the hippocampus in elderly subjects [1]. A value to tradition Scientists agree that if we want to live longer, exercise is still one of our best options. It has...
RNA
April 15, 2021
A massive RNA sequencing effort has identified changes in microRNA associated with Parkinson's. Some of the changes correlated with disease progression, holding out hope that they could be useful as prognostic or diagnostic biomarkers to help guide research and evaluate potential therapies. Pinning down Parkinson's Although Parkinson's disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disease...
Astrocyte
April 13, 2021
Scientists have successfully reprogrammed astrocytes (a type of brain cell) into healthy neurons in the brains of living mice. This technique could potentially be used for replenishing the neuronal population in people suffering from brain damage and age-related cognitive decline [1]. BrainThe brain is perhaps the most important organ in the body. While many organs...
Circadian Rhythm Sleep
February 19, 2021
Today, researcher Victor Bjoerk talks us through his latest published paper, in which he describes a neurodegenerative disease that affects the circadian clock. A circadian clock disease With aging, the brain runs into multiple issues; however, some are more serious than others and cause disease symptoms throughout the body. While aging of some brain areas,...
An MRI of the human brain
January 29, 2021
Recent data published in Neuropsychopharmacology has looked at changes in brain connectivity across lifespan and in patients with major depressive disorder. Biological and chronological age Your chronological age is simply the amount of time that has passed since you were born, but your biological age represents how your body has physically aged over that time....