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Why Do We Like To Be Scared?

October 20, 2017

Everyone enjoys a good scare now and then, but why? ... Read more

What Happens During a Stroke

May 26, 2017

Some basic facts about strokes. ... Read more

Marijuana and the Teen Brain

February 28, 2017

Marijuana use is becoming more common and more accepted in society. ... Read more

Playing Favorites: Brain Cells Prefer One Parent’s Gene Over the Other’s

February 23, 2017

It has long been thought that each copy of our DNA instructions - one inherited from mom and one from dad - is treated the same. A new study from scientists at the University of Utah School of Medicine shows that it is not uncommon for cells in the brain to preferentially activate one copy over the other. The finding breaks basic tenants of classic genetics and suggests new ways in which genetic mutations might cause brain disorders. ... Read more

This Is Your Brain on God

November 28, 2016

Religious and spiritual experiences activate the brain reward circuits in much the same way as love, sex, gambling, drugs and music, report researchers at the University of Utah School of Medicine. The findings were published Nov. 29 in the journal Social Neuroscience. ... Read more

Concussions: How they Can Affect You Now and Later  

November 17, 2016

A concussion is a mild form of traumatic brain injury (TBI) that affects how your brain functions. These effects can be short-term, lasting only a few hours or a couple of days, or cause long-term problems.... Read more

Super Sleepers or Dangerously Drowsy?

September 15, 2016

Most people could benefit from a few extra hours of sleep every night. But some people habitually sleep much less than the recommended amount, yet report feeling no ill effects. A new University of Utah study, published Sept. 15 in Brain and Behavior, finds that patterns of neural connections in the brains of so-called “habitual short sleepers” suggest that some of these people may be efficient sleepers, but may also be more tired than they realize.... Read more

Want to Touch a Brain?

March 14, 2016

Members of the public can touch a human brain or move a ball with their thoughts during Brain Awareness Day on Saturday, March 19 at the Leonardo museum. Brain Awareness Day activities will be presented at the museum free of charge from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the atrium of the Leonardo, 209 E. 500 South in downtown Salt Lake City. The hands-on activities – meant to educate the community about the wonders of the brain – will be led by Utah neuroscientists brought together by the Interdepartmental Program in Neuroscience at the University of Utah. ... Read more

How Combat Explosions Injure the Brain

January 14, 2016

Combat veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan experienced an average of 21 blasts from improvised explosive devices (IEDs) during the course of their military service. While the explosions rarely kill soldiers, they still render considerable harm. ... Read more

Jimmy Carter's Cancer Diagnosis: What We Know

August 20, 2015

Former President Jimmy Carter recently announced that he was diagnosed with cancer; today he publicized he is suffering from melanoma. ... Read more

University of Utah Neuroscience Initiative Announces Inaugural Round of Grants to Understand the Brain in Disease and in Health

June 03, 2015

The University of Utah’s Neuroscience Initiative has awarded seed grants to six collaborative projects aimed at deepening our understanding of the brain in disease and in health, and transforming this knowledge into innovative solutions for patient care.... Read more

Mind Blown: More People Experience ‘Exploding Head Syndrome’ Than Thought

April 20, 2015

People who experience exploding head syndrome feel they’ve been awakened by a loud noise such as a thunderclap or a slammed door.... Read more

Could Utah's Low Moods Be Caused By High Altitude?

November 18, 2014

New research links suicide in the state to altitude. ... Read more

Are You Bilingual? It's Better for Your Brain

June 11, 2014

Learning a second language can boost your brainpower and possibly delay dementia.... Read more

4 Ways to Exercise Your Brain

May 27, 2014

We know that exercise makes your muscles and heart stronger, but did you know that you can exercise your mind to make your brain stronger, too? Dr. King explains how. ... Read more

Brain Video Stirs Fascination, Goes Viral

May 23, 2014

It's not for the faint of heart, but with over one-half million views, it's clear that there is something about the University of Utah Brain Institute video, "The Unfixed Brain", that has struck a chord with viewers.... Read more

The Search for a Cure: Lupus, Diabetes and ALS

March 27, 2014

Many illnesses are easily cured with a visit to your doctor and a trip to the pharmacy. But a trio of baffling conditions has kept researchers hard at work for decades, investigating causes and cures.... Read more

Could Lack of Sleep Cause Migraines?

March 26, 2014

Do you suffer from migraines? Learn what may be causing them and ways to reduce migraine frequency and intensity.... Read more

Through Rose-Colored Lenses: Easing Migraine Pain

March 06, 2014

Until recent years, migraine sufferers have been forced to seek relief in the dark, but thanks to researchers at the Moran Eye Center, they now may be able to face the light of day. ... Read more

Understanding and Coping With Brain Death

January 02, 2014

Safdar Ansari, M.D., addresses questions and misconceptions surrounding the term "brain dead."... Read more

Think You're "Right-Brained" or "Left-Brained?" Think Again.

August 20, 2013

Newly released research findings from University of Utah neuroscientists assert that there is no evidence within brain imaging that indicates some people are right-brained or left-brained.... Read more

Parkinson's Disease Foundation Features U of U Professor's Research

July 10, 2013

Research on preventing falls in patients with Parkinson's disease from Utah Professor Lee Dibble P.T., Ph.D., was recently featured by the Parkinson's Disease Foundation ... Read more

Groundbreaking brain imaging research may change treatment for Down syndrome, other genetic disorders

June 10, 2013

Results from groundbreaking research announced this month at the U may pave the way for changes in the course of Down Syndrome treatment.... Read more

U of U Doctor Discusses Signs and Symptoms of Infant and Childhood Stroke

May 30, 2013

When we think of strokes, we imagine older adults. Yet, one out of every 2,800 newborns in the U.S. will suffer from a stroke. ... Read more

An Unexpected Link Between Parkinson's Disease and Prostate Cancer

September 06, 2012

Utah researchers have found compelling evidence that Parkinson's disease is associated with an increased risk of prostate cancer and melanoma, and that this increased cancer risk also extends to close and distant relatives of individuals with Parkinson's disease. ... Read more