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August 22, 2017

Whilst the changes that occur in our brains during childhood, adolescence and old age have been well documented, it has been assumed that brain structure is relatively stable from early-adulthood through to mid-adulthood. However, research from China published in Front...

August 21, 2017

Neurons communicate with each other, for the most part, via a tiny gap called a synapse. Simply put, when a nerve impulse reaches the end of a nerve cell, neurotransmitter molecules are released into the synapse from synaptic vesicles - little storage sacs in which the...

July 24, 2017

It has been clear for many years that we are not just genetic machines. Epigenetic changes - alterations to the chemical marks that accumulate around genes, regulating their 'switching on' (expression) and 'switching off' (silencing) - can be induced by environmental f...

July 23, 2017

The theory that physical exercise may play an important role in the prevention of cognitive impairment and dementia in the elderly has received much attention in recent years. This Goethe University Frankfurt study evaluated the effects of regular exercise on brain met...

July 23, 2017

In this excellent review of the literature published in the journal Brain Plasticity, the authors found consistent evidence that exercise improves executive function and enhanced mood, whilst decreasing levels of stress. Reviewing studies employing electroencephalograp...

July 20, 2017

This week began with assemblies and workshops in neurobionics and neural decoding with Peterborough year 9 students and ended with crime scene investigation in Nottingham and Cambridge with sixth form students intending to read forensic science at university. The sixth...

July 4, 2017

Hello everyone and welcome to the new site for Medical Biology Interactive. Over the next few months, the site will develop significantly and I intend to provide resources for the various parties for whom I run seminars and tutorials. Teacher, lawyer or general practit...

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The brain can benefit from a SINGLE session of exercise.