Alcune foto scattate da Adam Voorhes, su incarico di “Scientific”, una rivista americana: cervelli deformati, danneggiati e rari conservati in formaldeide e lasciati all’interno della University of Texas, Mental Hospital, nel 1960.

Altre immagini qui: http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/in-sight/wp/2014/09/29/the-odd-beauty-of-60-year-old-preserved-brains-from-the-texas-state-mental-hospital/

One year ago today

I went on ssris exactly one year ago today. It was a really difficult decision at the time. I’m trying so hard to be happy and healthy and honest, y'all and some days I feel worse and some days I fuck it up but for the first time, I am trying. Big hugs to anybody struggling with their brain or their life, I love you.

Noise Changes How Brain Receives Info 

Cells that relay information from the ear to the brain can change in significant ways in response to the noise level in the environment. That’s one major finding of a study in PNAS.

Expose the cells to loud sounds for a prolonged period of time, and they alter their behavior and even their structure in a manner that may aid hearing in the midst of noise. End the ruckus, and the cells change again to accommodate for quieter environs.

Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2015/05/noise-changes-how-brain-receives-info

People with Type 1 Diabetes Show Signs of Accelerated Brain Aging Related to Cognitive Problems

Full article at http://neurosciencenews.com/diabetes-brain-aging-white-matter-2031/.

The brains of people with type 1 diabetes show signs of accelerated aging that correlate with slower information processing, according to research led by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health.

The research is in Neurology. (full access paywall)

Research: “White matter hyperintensities in middle-aged adults with childhood-onset type 1 diabetes” by Karen A. Nunley, PhD, Christopher M. Ryan, PhD, Trevor J. Orchard, MBBCh, MMedSci, Howard J. Aizenstein, MD, PhD, J. Richard Jennings, PhD, John Ryan, PhD, Janice C. Zgibor, RPh, PhD, Robert M. Boudreau, PhD, Tina Costacou, PhD, John D. Maynard, MS, Rachel G. Miller, MS and Caterina Rosano, MD, MPH in Neurology doi:10.1212/WNL.0000000000001582

Image: The MRIs showed that 33 percent of the people with type 1 diabetes had moderate to severe levels of white matter hyperintensities (markers of damage to the brain’s white matter, present in normal aging and neurological disorders) compared with 7 percent of their non-diabetic counterparts. Image adapted from the UPMC press release.

3D Reconstruction of Neuronal Networks Provides Unprecedented Insight into Organisational Principles of Sensory Cortex

Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics (Germany), VU University Amsterdam (Netherlands) and Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience (USA) succeed in reconstructing the neuronal networks that interconnect the elementary units of sensory cortex – cortical columns.

The researchers found that in contrast to the decade-long focus of describing neuronal pathways within a cortical column, the majority of the cortical circuitry interconnects neurons across cortical columns. Moreover, these ‘trans-columnar’ networks are not uniformly structured. Instead, ‘trans-columnar’ pathways follow multiple highly specialized principles, which for example mirror the layout of the sensory receptors at the periphery. Consequently, the concept of cortical columns, as the primary entity of cortical processing, can now be extended to the next level of organization, where groups of multiple, specifically interconnected cortical columns form ‘intracortical units’. The researchers suggest that these higher-order units are the primary cortical entity for integrating signals from multiple sensory receptors, for example to provide anticipatory information about future stimuli.

Read the rest of the article here : Neuroscientist News 

Diabetes’ Sugars Linked to Alzheimer’s Brain Plaques 

Diabetes and Alzheimer’s could have a cause-and-effect connection, according to a study published this week.

According to a team from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, elevated glucose in the blood caused increased levels of amyloid beta, a fundamental ingredient of brain plaques in Alzheimer’s brains, in mice.

Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2015/05/diabetes-sugars-linked-alzheimers-brain-plaques


Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Women Veterans

Using brain imaging to identify biological indicators of PTSD in women and genetic tests to understand why some women will develop PTSD while others won’t.

View the full 2015 Health Equity Research Snapshot at www.aamc.org/healthequitysnapshot  

Appreciation post

For burtonbutton
I don’t do enough of these, or any anymore, but she has helped me through so much in the past year that I have no idea where I would be without her. She’s beautiful, smart, funny, loves to chat with me late at night, I could go on and on about the things she does that I love. We’re very healthy too, it’s wonderful. There’s never been a fight, only discussions, and they’re always resolved peacefully and happily. Sometimes I watch her when she doesn’t know it, when her eyes cross slightly with concentration and she chews at her bottom lip. She’s adorable. She dresses with flair and style, even when in her relaxed clothes. She smells amazing and just the though of her makes my stomach expand to the size of the universe with butterflies. I love you hon, and I hope this doesn’t make you leak strawberry filling you tiny creampuff :D