Dana Newsletter: May

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Gut Feelings on Parkinson’s and Depression

by Ted Dinan, M.D., Ph.D, and John F. Cryan, Ph.D.

The gut-brain axis is one of the new frontiers of neuroscience. Microbiota (the collective bacteria, viruses, fungi, and other microorganisms that live in the digestive tract), sometimes referred to as the “second genome” or the “second brain,” may influence our health in ways that scientists are just now beginning to understand.From Cerebrum, our online magazine of ideas. Also listen to a podcast Q&A with Ted Dinan.

The Brains that Pull the Triggers

What leads seemingly ordinary people to lead or join in committing genocidal violence? Researchers at a Paris conference find traces of clues by imaging the brain.

A New Memory Aid

Researchers may have uncovered a new benefit to brain stimulation: enhancing memory. Column by Guy McKhann, M.D., in our monthly print newsletter, Brain in the News. (Subscribe here)

Highlighting Prenatally Damaged Neurons that Remain Vulnerable After Birth

Some of the neurons in mice stressed while in embryo show persistent damage. A new technique that pinpoints the harm could help explain individual differences in stress response later in life.

How Type 1 Diabetes Affects the Brain

The auto-immune disorder makes it harder to regulate glucose levels in the brain. While the focus has been on keeping their numbers above a certain threshold, staying below an upper limit may be equally important.

Neuroscience and Society: The Opioid Epidemic

“We’ve moved from an epidemic to a crisis” in opioid abuse in the United States, said Daniel Ciccarone, M.D., MPH, during a recent Neuroseries panel discussion at AAAS in Washington, DC. He and fellow panelists Karen Drexler, M.D., and NIDA director Nora Volkow, M.D., discussed how we got here and how we might fix it while also continuing to help people in severe pain. From our blog.

Informing Education with Neuroscience

Teachers want to take advantage of what we’ve learned about the brain and learning, but don’t always know how to tell what is solid science. Researchers at BNA 2017 Festival of Neuroscience described studies in classrooms themselves that show promise.


It’s never too late to start living a brain-healthy life! Check out our new 90-second video of four steps to keep your brain working well as you grow older.

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