Scientists reported Wednesday they were able to "see" pain on brain scans and, for the first time, measure its intensity and tell if a drug was relieving it. The research is in its early stages, but it opens the door to a host of possibilities.
Reuters (July 16, 2013) German and Canadian scientists have built a three dimensional map of the human brain to help in the development of new treatments for neurological disorders like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. ... watch video
Deutsche Welle (Aug. 4, 2013) A healthy brain just keeps getting better with age. That is the surprising discovery of Ernst Poeppel, a brain researcher in Munich. Vocabulary, verbal memory and spacial and associative reasoning ... watch video
Howdini (Oct. 8, 2013) If you suffer from chronic pain, learning how to effectively communicate with your doctor is key. Dr. Mel Pohl shares three tips for women who are seeking care for chronic ... watch video
Newsy (Apr. 21, 2014) A new study suggests four different genes could affect your pain threshold most. Researchers hope this could lead to better treatments for pain.
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Newsy (Apr. 18, 2014) In a potential breakthrough for future obesity treatments, scientists have used MRI scans to pinpoint brown fat in a living adult for the first time.
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May 21, 2015 The integration of new neurons in the adult brain is a phenomenon more generally compromised in the brains of depressed patients, new research shows. This new work confirms that neurogenesis in the ... read more
May 22, 2015 New research has found that esophageal cancer patients treated with proton therapy experienced significantly less toxic side effects, including nausea, blood abnormalities and loss of appetite, than ... read more
May 22, 2015 Living in a city with a high level of vehicle traffic or close to a steel works means living with two intense sources of environmental pollution. However, a study indicates that the harmful pollution ... read more
May 22, 2015 Brain imaging studies have already revealed that mental illnesses involve alterations in both the structure and connectivity of the brain. Scientists have now, for the first time, shown how the ... read more
May 21, 2015 A simple blood test to detect early Alzheimer's disease is a step closer to being used to screen older adults. Just as with blood tests for other diseases, such as diabetes, ... read more
May 22, 2015 An association between resting heart rate and diabetes suggests that heart rate measures could identify individuals with a higher future risk of diabetes, according to an international team of ... read more
Nov. 18, 2014 Over the last decade, neuroscientists have largely come to believe that physical pain and social pain are processed by the brain in the same way. But a new study shows that the two kinds of pain ... read more
Apr. 10, 2013 For the first time, scientists have been able to predict how much pain people are feeling by looking at images of their brains, according to a new study led by the University of Colorado ... read more
Apr. 5, 2011 Meditation produces powerful pain-relieving effects in the brain, according to new research. For the study, healthy volunteers who had never meditated learned a meditation technique known as focused ... read more