The brain stem has become more than a ‘bridge’ to the rest of the brain

New Scientist 4 May 2014 15:18:17 A new study suggests that when the brain is injured, it starts to move in other directions, and this may lead to changes in the way the brain works.

The findings are based on the brains of three people with brain stem-tumor-related disorders and the findings could help scientists understand how to prevent stroke, the researchers say.

Brain stem damage has long been recognised as a major risk to a person’s life and, as the new research suggests, the brain’s natural movements can be altered when the damage is triggered.

These movements are believed to cause some of the neurological problems in people with these diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.

Researchers from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and the University at Buffalo (UBC) looked at the brain movements of three men with a different form of brain stem tumour called neuroblastoma.

One of the men was a normal-weight man who had a tumour in the brain stem, which produces nerves that control movement.

The other two had brain stem tumors.

The men were asked to look at a computer screen, where they could see images of the computer screen in which the two tumours were located.

The participants were then asked to write down what they saw.

The results showed that the brain moved differently when they looked at one of the two brain tumours.

For each of the three participants, the activity of their brain was reduced.

These brain movements were then measured using an electronic brain-wave simulator.

They found that the movement of the participant’s brain changed as the two different brain tumour types moved.

The researchers found that when a person had a brain stem cancer, their brain’s movements changed to compensate for the loss of movement.

Previous research has shown that the movements of the body, such in the legs, feet and hands, can affect the body’s responses to the body temperature and breathing.

But, the new study found that this is the first time that a brain tumor-affected person’s brain had been shown to change during movement.

This is a major finding, says lead researcher, Dr Sarah Niederhoffer, a UCSD neuroscientist.

She says: “We know that there are some brain stem cells that are activated when there is movement.

They produce these signals in the nervous system.

These signals are what give our brains the signals to move.”

This is a huge breakthrough.

We know that the normal brain is designed to keep itself active.

But we have never really been able to know why some brain cells are so active when the body moves.

“When a brainstem tumour changes, we have been unable to explain why the brain cells that were not affected were activated in the first place.

This study is an important step forward in understanding why this happens and how it happens.”

Our hope is that our understanding of how brain cells change in response to movement will lead to new treatments for patients with these conditions.

“This is an edited extract from ‘The Brainstem’: The New Science of the Brain, by Sarah Niererhoffer and Dr David Cawley.

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