The role of virtual reality in improving motor performance as revealed by EEG: a randomized clinical trial

Abstract Background Many studies have demonstrated the usefulness of repetitive task practice by using robotic-assisted gait training (RAGT) devices, including Lokomat, for the treatment of lower limb paresis. Virtual reality (VR) has proved to be a valuable tool to improve […]

Researchers Link Defects in a Nuclear Receptor in the Brain to Autism Spectrum Disorders

Two University of Houston scientists are reporting that defects in a portion of the brain’s hippocampus, called the dentate gyrus, is regulated by the nuclear receptor LXRβ (Liver X receptor Beta). The dentate gyrus, or DG, is responsible for emotion […]

New findings point to potential therapy for Parkinson’s Disease

Partial inhibition of the interaction between calcineurin and FKBP12, with low doses of the FDA-approved compound Tacrolimus, protect neurons against the toxic effects of a-synuclein, a protein critically implicated in Parkinson’s disease.    A new study, published in Proceedings of the […]

Autism therapy: Brain stimulation restores social behavior in mice

A magnified image of a mouse cerebellar section shows multiple layers. New research shows this part of the brain may be a target for treating autism through brain stimulation.   Scientists are examining the feasibility of treating autistic children with […]

Cognitive status doesn’t impact cortical A-beta, tau in Parkinson’s

(HealthDay)—Patterns of cortical β-amyloid (Aβ) and tau are not different for patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD) who are cognitively normal (PD-CN) or with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and for healthy adults, according to a study published online Dec. 11 in JAMA […]

Suicidal thoughts rapidly reduced with ketamine, finds study

3-D model of Ketamine.    Ketamine was significantly more effective than a commonly used sedative in reducing suicidal thoughts in depressed patients, according to researchers at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC). They also found that ketamine’s anti-suicidal effects occurred within […]