PET scan

Retired NFL players who suffered concussions show pattern of protein deposits

New test may lead to better identification of brain disorders linked to contact sports.
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The brain game

A team of researchers provides new insight into what occurs in the brain during the learning process.
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Understanding how neurons shape memories of smells

Discovery has implications for understanding epilepsy, the cause of which also stems from the olfactory cortex.

Human neural stem cells alleviate 'chemo brain'

Study reveals how they restore cognitive functions impaired by chemotherapy.

Brain’s iconic seat of speech goes silent when we actually talk

The brain's speech area, named after 19th century French physician Pierre Paul Broca, shuts down when we talk out loud, according to a new study that challenges the long-held belief that 'Broca's area' governs all aspects of speech production.
Roger Bales

UC awards $23 million to multicampus research collaborations

Grants will go to a diverse array of projects, from developing an implantable device that could correct memory impairment to an effort to help California better manage its water resources.
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Meditation may slow age-related loss of gray matter in the brain

A new study by UCLA researchers found that meditation appeared to help preserve the brain’s gray matter, the tissue that contains neurons.
Cameron Carter, Christopher Giza and Bruce Miller

UCSF’s Bruce Miller urges Congress to fund brain research

Funding support provided by the National Institutes of Health remains crucial to finding treatments for neurodegenerative diseases.
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How songbirds may help build a better hearing aid

Avian ability to pinpoint 'signal' sounds inspires algorithm at the heart of a new type of auditory device.
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Obese children’s brains respond more to sugar

Most of us light up at the taste of a sweet treat. But the response is heightened in overweight children, suggesting that they may be predisposed to crave more sugar.