A magic bullet to restore our brain’s plasticity?

No...not yet. But work by Jenks et al. showing that juvenile-like plasticity is restored in the visual cortex of adult mice by acute viral expression of the neuronal protein Arc makes one wonder if a similar trick might eventually be tried in adult human brains... Read more: http://mindblog.dericbownds.net/2017/08/a-magic-bullet-to-restore-our-brains.html

Endorphin release differs by exercise intensity, study finds

Researchers suggests that the release of endorphins varies by exercise intensity. Studies have long suggested that exercise triggers the release of "feel-good hormones," or endorphins, in the brain. New research, however, suggests that this effect is very much dependent on exercise intensity. Read more: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/319157.php

Dancing can reverse the signs of aging in the brain

"Exercise has the beneficial effect of slowing down or even counteracting age-related decline in mental and physical capacity," says Dr Kathrin Rehfeld, lead author of the study, based at the German center for Neurodegenerative Diseases, Magdeburg, Germany. Read more: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170825124902.htm

Scientists discover common diabetes drug reduces sight-threatening rise in brain pressure

Research led by the University of Birmingham, UK, published in Science Translational Medicine, shows that a GLP-1 agonist drug, currently used to treat patients with Type II diabetes could be repurposed to treat raised brain pressure. Read more: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/319122.php

The Microbiome-Gut-Brain Axis Relies on Your Vagus Nerve

There is growing evidence that the trillions of microbes inhabiting our gastrointestinal tracts (commonly referred to as microbiome or gut microbiota) play a mysterious yet significant role in many aspects of our mental health—ranging from psychological resilience to neuropsychiatric disorders. Read more: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-athletes-way/201708/the-microbiome-gut-brain-axis-relies-your-vagus-nerve

Pioneering research reveals how altered brain networks can lead to seizures

An international team of scientists, led by mathematicians from the University of Exeter's Living Systems Institute, have developed a ground-breaking new method that can identify regions of brain tissue most likely to generate seizures in people with epilepsy. Read more: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/319071.php