Modifying tomosyn in the hippocampus affects learning and memory...

Jun 5, 2013 by

The protein tomosyn hinders the secretion of neurotransmitters (chemicals that help transfer information between neurons). When scientists changed the level of tomosyn in mice, there was a sharp decline in their memory and learning skills....

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People with ASD have a lower ability to metabolize L-tryptophan...

Jun 4, 2013 by

A new study found that people with autism spectrum disorders have a lower ability to metabolize L-tryptophan (an amino acid). In addition, people with ASD express some of the genes involved in metabolizing L-tryptophan at lower levels....

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Atrial fibrillation linked to memory & thinking problems...

Jun 3, 2013 by

Older people with atrial fibrillation (an irregular heartbeat) may be more likely to develop memory and thinking problems. It’s more proof that heart health and brain health are linked....

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“Let’s Talk About the Brain” Video Series and Blog Simplifies Heady Information for Kids and Adults...

Jun 2, 2013 by

In one episode of her informative video series “Let’s Talk About the Brain,” Dr. Layne Kalbfleisch uses marbles and twine to demonstrate the working relationship between neurons and dendrites. She also writes about the brain in a mini-blog of...

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20 minutes of yoga improves brain skills

Jun 2, 2013 by

As little as one session of 20 minutes of Hatha yoga significantly improves people’s speed and accuracy on working memory and inhibitory control tests. In addition, they performed significantly better right after yoga than right after moderate to vigorous...

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More concussions in youth football games than practice

Jun 1, 2013 by

A new study found that 8- to 12-year-olds who play tackle football have significantly more concussions during games than practice. The majority of concussions involved helmet-to-helmet contact. Overall, the boys were 26 times more likely to suffer a concussion...

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