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Does sleep deprivation really cause the brain to eat itself?

Our brain starts to ‘eat itself’ when we are deprived of sleep, researchers at the Marche Polytechnic University in Italy…

An MRI scan can reveal if your brain is older than it should be

Researchers at Imperial College London have developed an algorithm that is able to predict a person’s ‘brain age’ based on…

Can spider venom protect brain cells after a stroke?

An ingredient from the venom of one of the world’s most deadly spiders can protect brain cells following a stroke,…

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A hotel retreat aims to nurture your brain. Here’s what that feels like

Hotels and neuroscience aren’t two spheres that have either natural or immediate overlap. In fact, I have confidence in asserting…

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Regular running builds stronger connections in the brain, scans suggest

Runners’ brains have greater ‘functional connectivity’ than those of more sedentary people, according to research at the University of Arizona.…

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The battle against dementia in 2016: here’s the good news

There are two problems for understanding dementia in human beings. One is that disease progression can be very slow. The…

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Worried about mental decline? Weightlifting can help

Light weightlifting twice a week could lead to improved memory function in older adults, according to research by the University…

Diagnosing depression isn’t a simple matter of brain scanning

Scientists at Japan’s Centre for Life Science Technology have developed a new, non-invasive brain scanning technique that they say can…

Overweight people ‘have brain deficits that affect self-control’

A study in the journal Frontiers in Neuroscience suggests overweight people may have deficits in areas of the brain related…

Regular aerobic exercise sharpens your memory — and now we know why

Exercise has long been thought to improve memory — now scientists have found at least part of the reason why.…

Sorry, a weekly curry won’t prevent dementia

A weekly curry could prevent dementia, according to recent headlines. Sadly the evidence isn’t there yet — but it is…

Mice fed fast food diet suffer ‘scary’ loss of synapses in the brain

A study published in the journal Brain, Behavior, and Immunity provides some of the first evidence that a fast food…

For older people, strong legs equal a healthier brain

Researchers have observed a ‘striking positive relationship’ between strong legs and brain structure. The study, which was carried out on…

We are becoming a dementia nation

For years, the signs have not been promising. But there may be the beginnings of hope

Why the bacteria in your intestines could be making you depressed

The bacteria in your intestines could be inducing anxiety and depression, according to new research carried out by scientists at…

The search for the holy grail of Alzheimer’s Disease

For scientists investigating Alzheimer’s Disease, a ‘biomarker’ is the holy grail. For example, doctors can test blood for the particular…

Bilingual is better – researchers find bilingual children have more grey matter

A study published in the journal Cerebral Cortex suggests that bilingual people have more grey matter in the ‘executive control’…

New research on ‘brain heritage’ could pave the way for personalised treatment

According to new research published in the journal Current Biology, the shape of the cerebral cortex – the outermost layer…