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Japanese Dream Machine Predicts Pictures While We Sleep

Posted: April 8th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Psychiatry | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Japanese Dream Machine Predicts Pictures While We Sleep

Japanese Dream Machine Predicts Pictures While We Sleep

Grrr… Waking from a dream, instantly forgetting it is one of the slight handicaps we suffer as intelligent beings, surprisingly it doesn’t seem to appear on any of the interwebs Most Annoying lists – unlike No 12 our ability to eat with our mouths close – which also eeks me no end! Japanese scientists have solved the first problem, they’ve invented a machine that predicts images dreamt during sleep.

In science Visual Imagery during sleep – dreams, or at least the pictorial part of dreams – has to-date been elusive to any objective analysis.

Japanese researchers however have taken a novel new approach to decoding our subconscious thoughts during our none waking hours, utilising machine learning models they’re now able to predict the visual content of  our dreams. The new study – Neural Decoding of Visual Imagery During Sleep –  published in the journal Science and the findings could pave the way to prevent nightmares :: Read the full article »»»»


Early Warning! Scan Can Detect the Proteins That Cause Alzheimer’s

Posted: November 8th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Medicated | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Early Warning! Scan Can Detect the Proteins That Cause Alzheimer’s

Early Warning-Scan Can Detect the Proteins That Cause Alzheimer'sResearchers say they have seen the earliest ever warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease among a high-risk group of 20-somethings in the ongoing quest for early detection and prevention. A major problem in the search for a cure for this debilitating form of dementia is that symptoms appear years after irreversible brain decay has already set in.

For the study, a team of scientists from the United States and Colombia tested 18- to 26-year-old members of an extended Colombian family that share a common ancestor and a genetic predisposition to develop an inherited form of Alzheimer’s. One-in-three members of the clan carry a gene mutation that will lead to a rare form of the disease which hits people in their 40s, unlike the common variant which presents much later.

A brain scan comparison found that individuals who carry the errant gene have less grey matter in certain areas of the brain than those who do not, scientists wrote in The Lancet medical journal :: Read the full article »»»»


MRI May Help Early Prediction of Alzheimer’s Risk

Posted: December 25th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Applied Science, Cankler Science News, Medicated | Tags: , , | Comments Off on MRI May Help Early Prediction of Alzheimer’s Risk

MRI May Help Early Prediction of Alzheimer's RiskBrain scans may help identify people who are at risk of developing Alzheimer’s years before the illness appears. There is currently no cure for dementia – all a doctor can do is try to slow down the development of the illness. Finding ways to identify the disease before symptoms appear could therefore be helpful, and a new study published in the journal Neurology may have achieved just that. Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania studied the brain scans of almost 160 older people.

“Researchers using MRI, noticed that when there’s a thinning of certain brain regions that there is an increased risk to develop Alzheimer’s in the future. And they identified three risk groups with the highest risk group being 21 per cent and that may develop the disease in the future.” said Ittner Read the full article »»»»