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Girl, 15, had her BRAIN ‘slipping into her spinal cord’

Girl, 15, who ‘staggered around like she was drunk’ actually needed life-saving surgery to stop her BRAIN ‘slipping into her spinal cord’ Erin Orlopp could not walk in a straight line and developed a swollen cheek Suffering from chiari malformation – brain tissue extends into the spinal canal Underwent surgery to remove a section of her […]

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Childhood trauma may affect brain structure, predisposing adults to recurring major depressive disorder

Early life trauma may affect the structure of the brain in a way that makes clinical depression more likely to be severe and recurrent, according to a two-year observational study of 110 patients published in The Lancet Psychiatry journal. Previous studies have suggested an association between maltreatment and altered brain structure, while others have identified […]

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The Mastermind approach to brain research

The brain is a complex organ, and researching medicine to treat brain disorders is equally if not more complex. Elizabeth (Liesbeth) de Lange, Professor of Predictive Pharmacology, calls for a structured approach. “In effect, it’s like playing Mastermind.” Inaugural lecture on 22 March. “The brain has always fascinated me,” says De Lange. “This intriguing organ […]

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The tiny tweaks that can age-proof your BRAIN

The tiny tweaks that age-proof your BRAIN: From changing radio stations to avoiding tubby friends, a neuroscientist reveals the small life changes that create new grey matter The brain is constantly changing, sculpted by our behaviours and experiences  This neuroplasticity is a fundamental feature, meaning learning can shape it Here, Dr Sabina Brennan, from Trinity […]