July 17, 2013 |
It's a story that is captivating people on both sides of the Atlantic. On Feb. 28, the Desert Sun newspaper reported , a man was discovered unconscious in a Motel 6 in Palm Springs. He was taken to the hospital, where he awoke in the emergency room. Four pieces of identification the man carried indicated that his name was Michael Thomas Boatwright. But the man couldn't remember his name and didn't recognize his own face on his California ID. He believed his name was Johan Ek. He spoke only Swedish.
June 11, 2013 |
A new diet drug went on the market Tuesday. It's expensive and has to be taken the rest of the patient's life to continue to work. It comes with a long list of possible side effects, including common ones such as dizziness, fatigue and constipation, or rare ones such as hallucinations or memory loss. On average, it doesn't have much effect on a person's weight. So what is there to love about Belviq? Doctors have been clamoring for another “tool” they can use in the fight against obesity, and if Belviq, which suppresses appetite, is only a lightweight hammer of a tool, even those are of use to some people.
April 11, 2013 |
Got burning questions about how memories are made and stored in the brain? You are in luck: Two prominent neuroscientists are taking questions from the public about memory and the brain on Google Chat today and you can watch it live, here. The hangout will run from 11:30 a.m. to noon PDT on Thursday. The scientists will discuss recent discoveries that show memories aren't formed and permanently lodged in just one part of the brain, but rather rely on an extensive network of pathways throughout different regions of the brain.
September 11, 2012 |
In what could lead to a new group of targets for the treatment of memory loss disorders like Alzheimer's disease, scientists have identified a group of molecules that appear to be required for the transition from a short-term to a long-term memory. The molecules, called nuclear receptors, belong to a class of proteins called transcription factors that play a central role in gene expression. The proteins bind to DNA and help regulate which genes are expressed at a given time. Previous research had suggested that nuclear receptors were somehow involved in memory formation, and the new study confirms that the loss of these proteins prevents long-term memories from forming.
May 9, 2012 |
Former NFL receiver Cris Carter says he put "bounties" on opposing players when he played in the league. Carter made the admission Tuesday night on "Hill and Schlereth," a show on ESPN Radio. "I put bounties on guys," Carter said. "If a guy tries to take me out, a guy takes a cheap shot on me? I put a bounty on him right now!" Carter said the big difference between what he did and what the New Orleans Saints did in their bounty system is that Carter didn't want opponents injured.
February 6, 2012 |
An appointment is missed. A bill goes unpaid. A television remote winds up in the freezer. Are these harmless senior moments or worrisome warning signs that a parent may be in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease? Surveys consistently show that Alzheimer's is the second most feared disease in America, after cancer. Among those 55 and older, Alzheimer's sometimes comes out on top. After a prolonged period of ever-increasing cognitive devastation, the disease is invariably fatal.