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Study measures brain volume differences in people with HIV

Nearly 38 million people around the world are living with HIV, which, with access to treatment, has become a lifelong chronic condition. Understanding how infection changes the brain, especially in the context of aging, is increasingly important for improving both treatment and quality of life. In January, researchers at the Mark and Mary Stevens Neuroimaging […]

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Childhood Lead Exposure Tied to Changes in Adult Brain Structure

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 9, 2020 — Higher childhood blood lead level is associated with lower structural brain integrity in midlife, according to a study published in the Nov. 17 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. Aaron Reuben, from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, and colleagues assessed the association between childhood lead exposure […]

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Kidney injury in diabetic ketoacidosis linked to brain injury

Researchers from a consortium of hospitals including Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) have identified factors that make children with diabetic ketoacidosis more likely to experience acute kidney injury. Analyzing data from a large, multicenter clinical trial, the researchers also found that children who experience acute kidney injury are more likely to also experience subtle cognitive […]

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Free radicals good for the brain: New insights into the mechanisms of neuroplasticity

Reactive oxygen molecules, also known as “free radicals,” are generally considered harmful. However as it now turns out, they control cellular processes, which are important for the brain’s ability to adapt—at least in mice. Researchers from the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) and the Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden (CRTD) at TU Dresden published […]

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Cocoa Might Give Your Brain a Boost: Study

MONDAY, Nov. 30, 2020 — Could the main ingredient found in chocolate super-charge your brain, help young, healthy adults think better, faster and more efficiently? Just maybe, according to a small new study out of Britain. The finding is based on work with 18 healthy men, aged 18 to 45. All underwent brain scans and […]

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How SARS-CoV-2 reaches the brain

Using post-mortem tissue samples, a team of researchers from Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin have studied the mechanisms by which the novel coronavirus can reach the brains of patients with COVID-19, and how the immune system responds to the virus once it does. The results, which show that SARS-CoV-2 enters the brain via nerve cells in […]