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Zapping your way to a better brain: miracle or myth?

It is no real surprise that the average contemporary human being is beguiled by the concept of bettering themselves through the use of technology. Considering the range of seemingly impossible feats realised using products of the constantly developing field, why would we not then wonder the improvements to our own mental or physical agility that […]

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Frontotemporal dementia spreads via connected brain networks

Dementia is a devastating and life-altering symptom that normally affects individuals who are aged 65 or over. ‘Frontotemporal dementia’ (FTD), a rarer cause of dementia compared to Alzheimer’s Disease, is a group of disorders named after the regions of the brain that are mainly affected (the frontal and temporal lobes) by the loss of brain […]

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Study finds potential link between Alzheimer’s disease and gum disease

A landmark study published in Science Advances has found evidence suggesting that the bacterium responsible for gum disease, called Porphyromonas gingivalis, may play a role in the development of Alzheimer’s disease. There have been previous hints from animal studies that this common oral bacteria may be linked in some way to Alzheimer’s disease. Work in […]

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AI can identify Alzheimer’s a decade before symptoms show

Artifical Intelligence (AI) has been programmed to use magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans to recognise the brains of people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Using these scans, it can even predict whether someone is likely to develop the condition a decade before the onset of symptoms. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia, which […]

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Bees can be trained to play football, despite their tiny brains

People who say that footballers aren’t intelligent have just been provided with a winning argument: a new study has shown that bees can be taught to play football. The experiments, carried out by Clint Perry and Olli Loukola of Queen Mary University of London, showed that bees can be trained to roll a ball into […]

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First fossilised dinosaur brain has been discovered in the UK

When Jamie Hiscocks, an amateur fossil collector, picked up a brown pebble with unusual markings on a beach near Bexhill, Sussex in 2004, he could not have known the impact his discovery was about to have on the palaeontological community. A study published in October revealed this to be the first example of a fossilised […]