Infographic: What Social Isolation Can Mean for the Brain
Infographic: What Social Isolation Can Mean for the Brain
People who show low social engagement over long periods of time often show reductions in cognitive function. Studies of the brain may provide clues about this correlation.
Infographic: What Social Isolation Can Mean for the Brain
Infographic: What Social Isolation Can Mean for the Brain

People who show low social engagement over long periods of time often show reductions in cognitive function. Studies of the brain may provide clues about this correlation.

People who show low social engagement over long periods of time often show reductions in cognitive function. Studies of the brain may provide clues about this correlation.

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How Social Isolation Affects the Brain
How Social Isolation Affects the Brain
Catherine Offord | Jul 13, 2020
Absence of human contact is associated with declines in cognitive function. But as the COVID-19 pandemic brings concerns about the potential harms of isolation to the fore, researchers are still hunting for concrete evidence of a causal role as well as possible mechanisms.
Blood Transplants from Active Mice Give Brain Boost to Others
Blood Transplants from Active Mice Give Brain Boost to Others
Lisa Winter | Jul 12, 2020
The researchers behind the results propose that an exercise-induced protein in circulation is responsible for the benefits.
SARS-CoV-2 Can Infect Human Brain Organoids
SARS-CoV-2 Can Infect Human Brain Organoids
Katarina Zimmer | Jul 9, 2020
The results are a proof-of-concept that the novel coronavirus can replicate in neurons, but it’s too soon to say whether this occurs in people with COVID-19.
Dozens More Cases of Neurological Problems in COVID-19 Reported  
Dozens More Cases of Neurological Problems in COVID-19 Reported  
Amanda Heidt | Jul 8, 2020
SARS-CoV-2 generally attacks the lungs, but researchers are also stressing its effects on the brain in a fraction of patients.
Severe Neurological Ailments Reported in COVID-19 Patients
Severe Neurological Ailments Reported in COVID-19 Patients
Lisa Winter | Jun 29, 2020
A survey of hospitalized patients finds some suffer fatigue, ischemic stroke, delirium, and other symptoms.
Astrocyte-to-Neuron Method Reverses Neurodegeneration in Mice
Astrocyte-to-Neuron Method Reverses Neurodegeneration in Mice
Ruth Williams | Jun 24, 2020
The cell conversion strategy restores neurons and motor functions lost as a result of an induced Parkinson’s-like illness in the animals.
Leader of Sleep Science William Dement Dies
Leader of Sleep Science William Dement Dies
Kerry Grens | Jun 24, 2020
The Stanford University researcher charted the human sleep cycle and characterized numerous sleep disorders.
RNAi Mechanisms in Neurodegenerative Disease Therapy
RNAi Mechanisms in Neurodegenerative Disease Therapy
The Scientist Creative Services Team | Jun 23, 2020
Experts will explore how RNAi mechanisms can modulate gene expression for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases and how new methods for their use are being developed. 
Oleh Hornykiewicz, Who Pioneered Treatment for Parkinson’s, Dies
Oleh Hornykiewicz, Who Pioneered Treatment for Parkinson’s, Dies
Amanda Heidt | Jun 18, 2020
The University of Toronto and University of Vienna pharmacologist developed L-dopa, a precursor to dopamine that remains the most widely used therapy for Parkinson’s disease.