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Get Your New Neurons Here! (In Plush)

Ok, ok, I know I’m supposed to be on hiatus here. But how could I resist posting this adorable plush neuron? Waaaaay better than a teddy bear, in my opinion. I must resist the urge to make cuddly neural nets out of dozens of them… via ModCloth (and Giant Microbes)

Brenden Maher at Nature emailed me this morning to clue me in on an anonymous survey that their editors are doing on the topic of cognitive enhancers (a spawn of the commentary piece on the same subject a few weeks back.) If you’d like to take the survey, check it out here.

Hydrocephalus With Reader Case Study

Hydrocephalus, sometimes called “water on the brain,” is a condition where cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) accumulates in the ventricles of the brain. This causes the expansion of the ventricles which displaces the brain, sometimes causing brain damage due to the intracranial pressure. The condition happens when a blockage occurs in the normal drainage of CSF into…

This video is one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen on YouTube. It shows the oh-so-careful surgical removal of an egg-sized cyst (intact) from a person’s brain. The cyst is a hydatid cyst, which is the result of a parasitic infection by tapeworm larvae(Echinococcus). Generally speaking, it does not occur in the USA,…

I think I might have been quoted in today’s Chronicle of Higher Education journal, except I can’t find out since it requires a subscription (which U of M doesn’t have.) Well humbug. From what I could tell from the title, the article is about drugs which enhance cognition, which I discussed 2 weeks back when…

True to form, OmniBrain has posted an informative video about the “ice cream headache” also known as “Iceberger’s syndrome.” This is the nominally painful headache one experiences after eating too much of something extremely cold. While no “silent killer,” as the video jokingly claims, “brain freeze” is actually a real thing (sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia) with a…

How Trepanation Was Performed

Trepanation is a procedure where a hole is drilled into the skull, exposing the dura mater and brain for either medical (releif of pressure) or mystical (supposed heightened consciousness)purposes. It is likely the oldest procedure in neurosurgery and has been practiced by many ancient peoples all over the world. A commenter on this post referred…

While this short YouTube clip is ostensibly a preview of a TV show about brain surgery and tumor removal, the clip itself had some amazing footage of conscious brain surgery that I hadn’t seen before on the internet. There is a little blood, so if you are squeamish about blood and guts you may not…

What looks like a bevy of medieval torture tools is actually a early 19th century set of German neurosurgical tools. I think I would be terrified if a doctor walked into my room and opened that innocuous-looking velvet-lined case to reveal all those gleaming edges and tongs and probes, all meant for the purpose of…

It has been suspected for some time that taking fish oil may reduce the risk of developing age-related Alzheimers disease. Fatty fish, like salmon, are rich in oils which contain omega-3 acids. Omega-3′s cannot be manufactued by the body and must be acquired through diet or vitamins. New research from UCLA’s Dr. Greg Cole has…