12/09/2013 - 21:30

Zinc, an essential nutrient, is found in every tissue in the body. The vast majority of the metal ion is tightly bound to proteins, helping them to perform biological reactions. Tiny amounts of zinc, however, are only loosely bound, or “mobile,” and thought to be critical for proper function in organs such as the brain, pancreas, and prostate gland. Yet the exact roles the ion plays in biological systems are unknown.


12/03/2013 - 17:38

A team of researchers has brought new clarity to the picture of how gene-environmental interactions can kill nerve cells that make dopamine. Dopamine is the neurotransmitter that sends messages to the part of the brain that controls movement and coordination. Their discoveries, described in a paper published online today in Cell, include identification of a molecule that protects neurons from pesticide damage.


05/20/2013 - 10:47

A new study conducted at the University of Bristol and published online today in the Journal of Evolutionary Biology sheds light on how the brain and inner ear developed in dinosaurs.


01/31/2013 - 15:46

Medical illustrators and neurological imaging experts at Johns Hopkins have figured out how night-hunting owls can almost fully rotate their heads - by as much as 270 degrees in either direction - without damaging the delicate blood vessels in their necks and heads, and without cutting off blood supply to their brains.

01/21/2013 - 14:24

New research from Karolinska Institutet and King's College London's Institute of Psychiatry has found that adolescents whose verbal performance drops off are at increased risk of developing schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders many years later. The findings are published in the scientific periodical JAMA Psychiatry.

08/30/2012 - 13:34

New research from the Institute of Environmental Medicine at Karolinska Institutet shows that eating a moderate amount of chocolate each week may be associated with a lower risk of stroke - regardless of the chocolate being dark or light. The findings are based on data from over 37 000 men and is published in the online issue of the scientific journal Neurology.