neurology research

Vitamin K2 Possible New Hope For Parkinson’s Patients

Vitamin K2 Possible New Hope For Parkinson’s Patients

Neuroscientist Patrik Verstreken, associated with VIB and KU Leuven, succeeded in undoing the effect of one of the genetic defects that leads to Parkinson’s using vitamin K2. His discovery gives hope to Parkinson’s patients. This research was done in collaboration with colleagues from Northern Illinois University (US) and will be published this evening on the website of the authorative journal Science.

Genetic Variants Rewire Brain In Autistic Patients

Genetic Variants Rewire Brain In Autistic Patients

Researchers at UCLA have demonstrated how genetic variants rewire the brain in autistic patients. Examining the role of the CNTAP2 gene, which is believed to boost the risk of autism, researchers discovered a difference in connectivity between the left and right sides of the brain, depending on which version of the gene the patients carried. This research could provide a positive outcome in developing treatments for re-balancing the brain circuitry for autistic patients and promote a more normal neurological development.

Mommy Has A Bigger Brain…

Mommy Has A Bigger Brain…

New research published by the APA has suggested new mothers brains can grow within months of giving birth. Researchers discovered a small, yet significant increase in gray matter within certain areas of the brain responsible for emotional processing, reward and maternal motivation, amongst others. Additionally, mothers who considered their babies to be extremely special or perfect were shown to be more likely to develop larger mid brains.

New Dopamine Model Could Assist In Drug Addiction And Schizophrenia Treatments

New Dopamine Model Could Assist In Drug Addiction And Schizophrenia Treatments

Neuroscientists at the University of Copenhagen have developed a model which demonstrates how the brain releases dopamine. The model could provide a key insight into how the brain perceives punishment and reward. The researchers hope that their newly developed model could assist other scientists to better understand drug addiction and provide new treatments for schizophrenia.

The Cognitive Effects Of Parkinson’s Disease

The Cognitive Effects Of Parkinson’s Disease

A new study released by researchers at Queen’s University investigates the cognitive effects of Parkinson’s disease. The study suggests that patients with Parkinson’s disease can perform a number of automated tasks better than those without the disease. However, patients with Parkinson’s disease have significant difficulty in switching between easy and hard tasks.

How We Recognize Faces And Interpret Expressions

How We Recognize Faces And Interpret Expressions

A researcher at TAU is working to understand how the mechanisms of the fusiform gyrus process information about how we recognize faces and interpret facial expressions. Future research could help develop new computer algorithms for facial recognition.