Nervous SystemInfo Center

Wise Old Owls
The old adage about getting wiser with age just might be true. Older people have more wisdom than their younger counterparts, which levels the field when it comes to mental performance.
How Brains Predict Future Events
The human brain is capable of making short term predictions on a daily basis ranging from who is calling on the phone to whether a dropped glass will break. Scientists are beginning to understand how that works.
Fish Oil May Encourage Brain Health
Fish oil has become a popular health supplement in recent years. It may be with good reason. Fish oil supplements appear to offer benefits for brain health and aging.
Stutterers's Brain Not Organized
Stuttering that starts in childhood and continues into adulthood is uncommon. Those who find the condition lingering may be using a different part of their brain to process the speech.
Medtronic Hires Yale to Review Spine Product
Criticism has prompted Medtronic to offer Yale University $2.5 million for two independent studies of its controversial Infuse spinal fusion product.
Panic Attacks Predictable
Panic attacks may seem sudden and unexpected. In fact, physiological instability is detectable for at least an hour before a patient is aware that the panic attack will happen.
Brain Cap Changes Thought into Motion
A new "brain cap" sounds futuristic, but the device will allow patients who have lost motion the ability to transform their thoughts into motion. Soon they can use the device to control computers, digital avatars, motorized wheelchairs and robotic prosthetic limbs.
Back Pain Seen On The Brain
It's difficult for doctors and patients to talk about back pain since it is so subjective. A new imaging technique that shows the brain's activated areas during back pain may be a first step.
Fabry Disease Affects Spanish Patients Differently
A disease may not affect all populations in an equal manner. A recent study shows that Spanish patients with a rare genetic metabolic disease do not necessarily exhibit the same symptoms as those in other European countries.
Regenerating the Spine
Spinal cord injuries rarely heal fully, which can lead to permanent paralysis or  impairment. Lost function was believed to come from scar tissue. Research suggests there may be another explanation.