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Speak Up For Cures - Breakthroughs in Brain Research - Ted Talks

The talk below is about Alzheimer's Disease, but the same goes for all conditions of the brain.  Caregivers who are busy 24/7 often do not have the time or energy left for advocacy.  Patients are often not able to speak for themselves, yet abnormal conditions of the brain affect millions of people. Chances are, everyone who reads this will eventually know someone or care for someone or even be someone with an abnormal condition of the brain. It is more likely than all cancer added together. Yet, many of these conditions have the potential for cures and life changing treatments. For that to happen, we must push for it. Watch this video to find out more about how the research happens and where to put pressure for change. 

40 Hz Sound Therapy Helps Brain Function and Motor Activity, According to MIT Study

Research has shown that 40 Hz vibrations can have a positive impact on the brain. A study by MIT scientists found that Alzheimer’s model mice exposed to 40 Hz vibration for an hour a day for several weeks showed improved brain health and motor function compared to untreated controls 1 . The study also showed that gamma frequency tactile stimulation can affect brain activity and improve motor function 1 . Another study by MIT researchers tested the safety and efficacy of 40-hertz sensory stimulation to treat Alzheimer’s disease and found that the potential therapy was well-tolerated, produced no serious adverse effects, and was associated with some significant neurological and behavioral benefits among a small cohort of participants 2 . While there is still much to learn about the effects of 40 Hz vibrations on the brain, these studies suggest that it could be a promising area of research for treating brain disorders. Dr. Lee Bartel also does research in the field of sound healing. See

Innovative design achieves tenfold better resolution for functional MRI brain imaging

An international team of researchers has developed an ultra-high resolution 7 Tesla scanner that records up to 10 times more detail than current 7T scanners and over 50 times more detail than current 3T scanners, which are the mainstay of most hospitals. This new scanner is capable of producing functional MRI (fMRI) features that are 0.4 millimeters across, compared to the 2 or 3 millimeters typical of today’s standard 3T fMRIs. The NexGen 7T scanner is a new tool that allows scientists to look at the brain circuitry underlying different diseases of the brain with higher spatial resolution in fMRI, diffusion, and structural imaging, and therefore to perform human neuroscience research at higher granularity. This puts UC Berkeley at the forefront of human neuroimaging research. The ultra-high resolution scanner will allow research on underlying changes in brain circuitry in a multitude of brain disorders, including degenerative diseases, schizophrenia, and developmental disorders, inclu