Modern maker trend could jumpstart aging brains

Frustrated that her sweater got lost in the community laundry, 92-year-old Gigi took advantage of an embroidery machine to label two others. Jewelry lover Betty had been reluctant to wear her fine necklaces, fearful they would get tangled in the tubes of her oxygen mask, so the 96-year-old found a pattern and 3-D-printed a heart-shaped pendant. Esther announced one day […]

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Brains of blind people adapt to sharpen sense of hearing, study shows

Research has shown that people who are born blind or become blind early in life often have a more nuanced sense of hearing, especially when it comes to musical abilities and tracking moving objects in space (imagine crossing a busy road using sound alone). For decades scientists have wondered what changes in the brain might underlie these enhanced auditory abilities. […]

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Alzheimer’s disease could be treated by zapping patients’ brains

Alzheimer’s disease could be treated by zapping the brains of older people with electricity for just 25 minutes as study proves it can boost the memory of over-60s It takes only a weak electrical current to restore thinking powers, experts say The tiny pulses of electricity are thought to synchronise their brainwaves  Older people zapped performed as well as those […]

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Smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity each linked to unhealthy brains

Factors that influence the health of our blood vessels, such as smoking, high blood and pulse pressures, obesity and diabetes, are linked to less healthy brains, according to research published in the European Heart Journal today. The study examined the associations between seven vascular risk factors and differences in the structures of parts of the brain. The strongest links were […]

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General anesthesia is unlikely to have lasting effects on the developing brains of young children: study

A single hour of general anaesthesia in early infancy—longer than is necessary to perform the most common types of minor surgeries in childhood—does not result in measurable neurodevelopmental or behavioural problems up to the age of 5 years, according to the first randomised trial of its kind involving 722 infants in seven countries, published in The Lancet. The trial provides […]

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