Foreign Accent Syndrome

“Foreign Accent Syndrome” (FAS) is a rare disorder in which patients start to speak with a foreign or regional tone. This striking condition is often associated with brain damage, such as stroke. Presumably, the lesion affects the neural pathways by which the brain controls the tongue and vocal cords, thus producing a strange sounding speech.Continue reading “Foreign Accent Syndrome”

Man develops pathological generosity after a stroke

By Bahar Gholipour A 49-year-old man in Brazil survived a stroke but underwent a strange personality change afterward — he developed “pathological generosity,” according to a report of his case. His willingness to give liberally to others – including people he barely knew — dramatically changed his life. He would spend his money on childrenContinue reading “Man develops pathological generosity after a stroke”

Biomaterial developed at UCLA helps regrow brain tissue after stroke in mice

by Leigh Hopper Tnew stroke-healing gel created by UCLA researchers helped regrow neurons and blood vessels in mice whose brains had been damaged by strokes. The finding is reported May 21 in Nature Materials. “We tested this in laboratory mice to determine if it would repair the brain and lead to recovery in a modelContinue reading “Biomaterial developed at UCLA helps regrow brain tissue after stroke in mice”

Some stroke patients can be successfully treated up to 16 hours after stroke

The time window for treating stroke patients may be considerably longer than doctors previously thought. Results from a multi-center clinical trial published Jan. 24 in the New England Journal of Medicine show that certain stroke patients can be successfully treated up to 16 hours after stroke. Key to the success of the treatment was theContinue reading “Some stroke patients can be successfully treated up to 16 hours after stroke”

Keeping gut bacteria in balance could help delay age-related diseases

Why do some people remain healthy into their 80s and beyond, while others age faster and suffer serious diseases decades earlier? New research led by UCLA life scientists may produce a new way to answer that question—and an approach that could help delay declines in health. Specifically, the study suggests that analyzing intestinal bacteria couldContinue reading “Keeping gut bacteria in balance could help delay age-related diseases”

Sitting too much may be twice as dangerous for your health as being obese.

There’s been a fast growing body of evidence in the last several years that lack of exercise – or sedentariness – is a major risk factor in health. It’s been linked to heart disease, cancer, and to an early death. And now, a new study finds that lack of exercise may actually be even moreContinue reading “Sitting too much may be twice as dangerous for your health as being obese.”

7 Very Bizarre (and Very Rare) Psychotic Hallucinations

brain The many documented cases of strange delusions and neurological syndromes can offer a window into how bizarre the brain can be. It may seem that hallucinations are random images that appear to some individuals, or that delusions are thoughts that arise without purpose. However, in some cases, a specific brain pathway may create aContinue reading “7 Very Bizarre (and Very Rare) Psychotic Hallucinations”