Infographic: How Weight Lifting Changes Monkeys’ Neural Connections
Infographic: How Weight Lifting Changes Monkeys’ Neural Connections
After weeks of training, the muscles of two macaques exhibited greater responses to stimulation of the reticulospinal tract in the brain stem than they had before, suggesting that strengthening the neural pathway is key to getting stronger. 
Infographic: How Weight Lifting Changes Monkeys’ Neural Connections
Infographic: How Weight Lifting Changes Monkeys’ Neural Connections

After weeks of training, the muscles of two macaques exhibited greater responses to stimulation of the reticulospinal tract in the brain stem than they had before, suggesting that strengthening the neural pathway is key to getting stronger. 

After weeks of training, the muscles of two macaques exhibited greater responses to stimulation of the reticulospinal tract in the brain stem than they had before, suggesting that strengthening the neural pathway is key to getting stronger. 

The Literature
Neural Connections Bolstered in Monkeys That Lift Weights
Neural Connections Bolstered in Monkeys That Lift Weights
Jef Akst | Oct 1, 2020
A study in two macaques reveals the importance of increasing connectivity between muscles and the reticulospinal tract that runs from the brain stem down the spinal cord.
Non-Concussive Head Hits Influence the Brain’s Microstructure
Non-Concussive Head Hits Influence the Brain’s Microstructure
Lisa Winter | Oct 1, 2020
Comparing the brain scans of high-impact rugby players with those of athletes in noncontact sports, such as rowing and swimming, revealed tiny, yet significant, differences in the brain’s white matter.
Clues to the Origin and Function of the Brain’s Alpha Waves
Clues to the Origin and Function of the Brain’s Alpha Waves
Amanda Heidt | Oct 1, 2020
Patterns of neural activity known as alpha waves, long thought to originate in the thalamus, may actually stem from a different brain region entirely.
Long-Lasting Wound Infections Linked to Microbes and Genetics
Long-Lasting Wound Infections Linked to Microbes and Genetics
Lisa Winter | Sep 1, 2020
Two gene variations might help explain why some people experience chronic wounds.
Infographic: Dialing Down the Glitz
Infographic: Dialing Down the Glitz
Rachael Moeller Gorman | Sep 1, 2020
The gene BCO2 enables male and female members of some bird species to display dramatically different color patterns.
The Gene that Makes Female Birds Drab
The Gene that Makes Female Birds Drab
Rachael Moeller Gorman | Sep 1, 2020
In some finch species, the difference between colorful males and muted females comes down to one gene, BCO2, which encodes an enzyme that degrades carotenoids.
New RNA-Based Tool Could Assess Preeclampsia Risk
New RNA-Based Tool Could Assess Preeclampsia Risk
Amanda Heidt | Sep 1, 2020
Transcripts circulating in the blood provide real-time information about maternal, fetal, and placental health.
Microbial Signatures in Blood Are Associated with Various Cancers
Microbial Signatures in Blood Are Associated with Various Cancers
Shawna Williams | Jul 13, 2020
A study suggests the potential for a noninvasive diagnostic that could detect tumors early and differentiate between disease types.
How Breastfeeding Protects Mothers
How Breastfeeding Protects Mothers
Rachael Moeller Gorman | Jul 13, 2020
Lactation boosts the quantity and quality of insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas, likely reducing a woman’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes.