A map of the brain can tell what you’re reading about

Too busy or lazy to read Melville's Moby Dick or Tolstoy's Anna Karenina? That's OK. Whether you read the classics, or listen to them instead, the same cognitive and emotional parts of the brain are likely to be stimulated. And...

Biochemists discover new insights into what may go awry in brains of Alzheimer’s patients

More than three decades of research on Alzheimer's disease have not produced any major treatment advances for those with the disorder, according to a UCLA expert who has studied the biochemistry of the brain and Alzheimer's for nearly 30 years....

Research using mechanics and physics could predict diseases that ‘stress out’ cells

Researchers at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering have discovered a new way to identify the state of individual cells by bringing principles of mechanical engineering and physics to bear on processes that are now well understood at the macro...

Comparing your house to your neighbors’ can lead to dissatisfaction

Satisfaction with your home can depend on its size compared to your neighbors' homes, according to new Iowa State University research. Daniel Kuhlmann, assistant professor of community and regional planning, found that people are more likely to be dissatisfied with...

Online brain games can extend in-game ‘cognitive youth’ into old age

A University of California, Irvine-led study has found that online brain game exercises can enable people in their 70s and even 80s to multitask cognitively as well as individuals 50 years their junior. This is an increasingly valuable skill, given...

How ergonomic is your warehouse job? Soon, an app might be able to tell you

In 2017 there were nearly 350,000 incidents of workers taking sick leave due to injuries affecting muscles, nerves, ligaments or tendons -- like carpal tunnel syndrome -- according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Among the workers with the...

Blood vessels turning into bone-like particles

A researcher at The University of Texas at Arlington has found that blood vessels within bone marrow may progressively convert into bone with advancing age. Examination of these vessels by Rhonda Prisby, associate professor of kinesiology in the College of...

Are attitudes contagious? Nonverbal messages

If you were to meet two new people, and others seem to be more friendly toward one of those individuals, would that lead you to like that individual more than the other? A new Northwestern University study examined whether people...

Single protein plays important dual transport roles in the brain

Just as a packaging breakdown can hamstring delivery of cables, switches and connectors to a house under construction, removing a protein from neurons can block the "shipment" of proteins to developing axons. Axons are the telephone wires of the nervous...

Possible new treatment strategy for lung cancer

Lung cancer is the second most common cancer found in both men and women. It is estimated there will be roughly 228,000 new lung cancer cases this year, and nearly 30% of those patients will have mutations in the KRAS...
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