Psychology & Psychiatry

Happiness and the evolution of brain size

During human evolution, the size of the brain increased, especially in a particular part called the neocortex. The neocortex enables us to speak, dream and think. In search of the causes underlying neocortex expansion, researchers ...

Oncology & Cancer

New drug targets for lethal brain cancer discovered

More than 200 genes with novel and known roles in glioblastoma—the most aggressive type of brain cancer—offer promising new drug targets. Researchers from the Wellcome Sanger Institute, Addenbrooke's Hospital and their ...

Neuroscience

Trying to listen to the signal from neurons

Associate Professor Takeshi Kawano, Department of Electrical and Electronic Information Engineering, Toyohashi University of Technology (TUT) and the research team at the Electronics-Inspired Interdisciplinary Research Institute ...

Oncology & Cancer

Researchers study radiation resistance in brain cancer cells

In a vertical climb to avoid collision with a towering mountain, a plane ejects cargo to gain altitude. Investigators at the University of Minnesota showed that cancer cells perform similar feats in escaping the killing effects ...

Oncology & Cancer

New targets for childhood brain tumors identified

People with the genetic condition neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) are prone to developing tumors on nervous system tissue. A new study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has found that the development ...

Oncology & Cancer

CBD shows promise for fighting aggressive brain cancer

Findings from a new study examining human and canine brain cancer cells suggest that cannabidiol could be a useful therapy for a difficult-to-treat brain cancer. Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a non-psychoactive chemical compound ...

Neuroscience

'Zombie' brain cells develop into working neurons

Preventing the death of neurons during brain growth means these 'zombie' cells can develop into functioning neurons, according to research in fruit flies from the Crick, the University of Lausanne (UNIL) and the Max Planck ...

Neuroscience

Brain-doping produced by your own body

Erythropoietin, or Epo for short, is a notorious doping agent. It promotes the formation of red blood cells, leading thereby to enhanced physical performance—at least, that is what we have believed until now. However, as ...

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