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Scientists Believe They've Found Fossilized Dino Brain

It would be a major first

(Newser) - Are we one step closer to Jurassic Park? Probably not, but researchers do believe they've found the first ever example of fossilized brain tissue from a dinosaur, National Geographic reports. The fossil was found on an English beach in 2004, but its unique trait—mineralized pieces of brain tissue—... More »

Brains of Kids as Young as 8 Altered After One Football Season

Players don't even need a full-blown concussion to suffer adverse effects: study

(Newser) - Grade-school football players may not ever experience a concussion, but just one season of "sub-concussive head impacts"—blows to the head that aren't quite severe enough to cause a full-blown concussion—could be enough to alter young athletes' brains, ABC News reports. Per a study in the... More »

Smoke Pot When You're Young and Your IQ May Suffer

'It makes them feel better momentarily,' but issues like depression don't improve

(Newser) - Over the years, Dr. Elizabeth Osuch, a researcher in Canada studying mood and anxiety disorders and the impact of marijuana, has seen "many youth" smoke pot "heavily." And despite previous research suggesting those who start at a young age are at a higher risk of psychiatric issues... More »

Study Finds Long Yawns Are Sign of Big Brain

That's because yawns are actually a cooling mechanism for the brain

(Newser) - Yawning doesn't mean you're bored, it just means you've got one big, hot brain in your head, according to a study published Tuesday in Biology Letters . The Atlantic reports researcher Andrew Gallup had his students go online to collect videos of animals yawning (not a hard task... More »

Exercise Is Good for Your Brain, Just Don't Skip Workouts

Beneficial blood flow to the brain from exercise doesn't last

(Newser) - Think it's OK to take a week off from working out? Think again ... if you even can. A study published last month in Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience finds the benefits of exercise on the brain can fade after just 10 days. Previous studies have shown that exercise increases blood... More »

Study Suggests Link Between Air Pollution, Alzheimer's

Magnetite a 'plausible risk factor' for disease, says author

(Newser) - Air pollution has been linked to strokes, heart attacks , autism , and raised blood pressure . Now, scientists say it might also be responsible for Alzheimer's disease. Scientists at Lancaster University in the UK say they found an "extraordinary" amount of magnetite, an iron oxide toxic to the brain, in... More »

The Dead Man's Brain Was Famous; the Battle Over It, Secret

Luke Dittrich on what happened after Henry Molaison's death

(Newser) - Luke Dittrich doesn't mince words. In an adaptation from his new book published in the New York Times Magazine , he refers to Henry Molaison as "arguably the most important human research subject of all time." HM, as he was referred to in scientific literature, in 1953 underwent... More »

Scientists Map 97 New Areas of the Human Brain

'A huge leap in neuroscience'

(Newser) - It's not quite the leap from an 18th-century atlas to Google Maps, but it's close. The Verge reports scientists from Washington University in St. Louis have created a new map of the human brain that includes 97 areas never before identified. They published their findings Wednesday in Nature... More »

Alzheimer's Gene Found to Have Effect on Kids' Brains

Could Alzheimer's be a developmental disorder?

(Newser) - You have one of six possible variations of the APOE gene , having inherited one variant—e2, e3, or e4—from each parent. Reporting in the journal Neuron , University of Hawaii researchers found that the brain development of children as young as preschool age with two copies of e4 or one... More »

Chyna's Brain to Be Screened for CTE

'We want to know what made Chyna tick,' says manager

(Newser) - Chyna's brain will be donated to science following her death last week , reports NBC4 Los Angeles . The former wrestler's manager says her brain will be screened for chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the brain disease linked to repeated knocks to the head. Anthony Anzaldo tells the New York Daily News... More »

Why You Toss and Turn the First Night in a Strange Place

Blame the left side of your brain: researchers

(Newser) - If you find it hard to doze off on your first night in unfamiliar surroundings, you're not alone—and it may be because you're like a dolphin. In a study published in Current Biology , Brown University scientists found this type of sleep disturbance (referred to as the "... More »

Woman Develops 'Temporary Kleptomania' After Surgery

Brazilian went in for a tummy tuck and boob job, came out with a desire to steal

(Newser) - A woman who went under the knife for a little nip-and-tuck in 2013 ended up with a case of pocket-and-run as well. Per Live Science , the 40-year-old Brazilian had cosmetic surgery on her stomach, arms, and breasts, but just a few days after the procedure, she started having "recurring... More »

Obesity Drugs May Not Work So Great for Women

Male mice see much greater benefit in study

(Newser) - Bad news, ladies: Your brain may be wired in a way that doesn't help you lose weight—at least when compared with male brains. That's what scientists led by the University of Aberdeen conclude after observing how mice shed extra weight. In a Molecular Metabolism study, pointed out... More »

When It Comes to Mood Disorders, Girls May Be Like Mom

Mothers and daughters have similar brain circuitry

(Newser) - A woman with depression might have her mother's brain circuitry at least partly to blame, suggests a new study out of the University of California San Francisco . In the small but potentially groundbreaking study led by psychiatry professor Fumiko Hoeft, researchers discovered that the structure of the part of... More »

Girl With Almost No Brain Is Still Alive at 10

Most people with hydranencephaly don't live to see their first birthday

(Newser) - When Alex Simpson was born, she seemed to be a typical baby in many respects—but she would cry for 20 hours a day. For two months, her parents didn't know why. Then, an answer, reports KETV in Omaha, Neb. Alex was diagnosed with a rare congenital disorder called... More »

Lumosity to Pay $2M for Deceiving Customers

Its brain games are not proven to stave off cognitive decline

(Newser) - Vitaminwater isn't actually a health drink , Almond Breeze might not actually have many almonds in it , and Lumosity may not actually protect your brain from cognitive impairment. The so-called "brain training" company, which offers users online and mobile app subscriptions for the use of its "cognitive games,... More »

Most of Us Have Brains That Are Both Male and Female

'Human brains cannot be categorized into two distinct classes'

(Newser) - Maybe this explains why we're hooked on both fantasy football and Gilmore Girls. Researchers studying more than 1,400 brains found it impossible to categorize them as either male or female, the Los Angeles Times reports. "Brains with features that are consistently at one end of the '... More »

Here's What Potent Pot Does to Your Brain

Study finds damage in white matter used to send signals

(Newser) - A new study raises concerns for those who indulge in potent forms of marijuana. Researchers out of King’s College London and Rome's Sapienza University studied brain scans of 56 patients who had reported an episode of psychosis and 43 healthy volunteers. They found that those who regularly smoked... More »

Scientists Might've Just Revolutionized Brain Medicine

Canadian scientists breach blood-brain barrier for first time

(Newser) - Inside your head, there's something called the blood-brain barrier—a natural defense system that keeps germs in your bloodstream from entering your brain. While it's great when it comes to preventing bacterial infections, the barrier makes treating some brain diseases impossible, since it prevents drugs from reaching the... More »

Man's Headaches Turn Out to Be Tapeworm in Brain

Tiny, wriggling worm was removed from Luis Ortiz

(Newser) - It's something most of us have done before: ignored a headache. A 26-year-old California man did just that beginning in late August, but then the pain got worse. The cause turned out to be almost unimaginable: a tapeworm larva that had made its way to his brain. The Napa ... More »

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