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Nap 'boosts' brain learning power
(Feb 24, 2010)


A nap during the day improves the brain's ability to absorb new information, US scientists claim. Volunteers who slept for 90 minutes during the day did better at cognitive tests than those who were kept awake. Results of the University of California at Berkeley study involving 39 healthy adults were presented at a conference.

Read more. Source: BBC

elderly woman
Singing 'rewires' damaged brain
(Feb 21, 2010)


Teaching stroke patients to sing "rewires" their brains, helping them recover their speech, say scientists. By singing, patients use a different area of the brain from the area involved in speech. If a person's "speech center" is damaged by a stroke, they can learn to use their "singing center" instead.

Read more. Source: BBC

elderly woman
Scientists show lifespan is linked to DNA
(Feb 8, 2010)


Scientists have isolated a gene sequence that appears to determine how fast our bodies age, the first time a link between DNA and human lifespan has been found. The discovery could have a profound impact on public health and raises the best hope yet for drugs that prevent the biological wear and tear behind common age-related conditions such as heart disease and certain cancers.

Read more. Source: The Guardian

new brain scaning technique
Vegetative state patients can respond to questions
(Feb 4, 2010)


Scientists have been able to reach into the mind of a brain-damaged man and communicate with his thoughts. The research, carried out at in the UK and in Belgium, involved a new brain scanning method. Awareness was detected in three other patients previously diagnosed as being in a vegetative state.

Read more. Source: BBC

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