New York Times: Nearly One-Third of Covid-19 Patients in Study Had Altered Mental State

New York Times: Nearly One-Third of Covid-19 Patients in Study Had Altered Mental State. “Nearly a third of hospitalized Covid-19 patients experienced some type of altered mental function — ranging from confusion to delirium to unresponsiveness — in the largest study to date of neurological symptoms among coronavirus patients in an American hospital system.”

EurekAlert: Human Brain Project launches ‘Brain Matters’ webinar series

EurekAlert: Human Brain Project launches ‘Brain Matters’ webinar series. “The hour-long sessions will focus on different areas of brain research and feature expert speakers, with the goal of highlighting the HBP’s scientific achievements and the state-of-the-art services offered by its new infrastructure for brain research, EBRAINS.” The webinars are free and open to the public.

New York Times: How the Coronavirus Attacks the Brain

New York Times: How the Coronavirus Attacks the Brain. “A new study offers the first clear evidence that, in some people, the coronavirus invades brain cells, hijacking them to make copies of itself. The virus also seems to suck up all of the oxygen nearby, starving neighboring cells to death. It’s unclear how the virus gets to the brain or how often it sets off this trail of destruction. Infection of the brain is likely to be rare, but some people may be susceptible because of their genetic backgrounds, a high viral load or other reasons.”

COVID-19 and children: Doctors see link between virus and neurological side effects (NBC News)

NBC News: COVID-19 and children: Doctors see link between virus and neurological side effects. “Nia Haughton, 15, occasionally struggles to find the right words, and her memory can be patchy, but as she describes her lengthy treatment in a London hospital as she sits on a low wall beside her home, her account still has the power to shock.”

El Pais: Over half of coronavirus patients in Spain have developed neurological problems, studies show

El Pais: Over half of coronavirus patients in Spain have developed neurological problems, studies show. “The SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus attacks the respiratory system, but there is growing evidence that it also affects the nervous system. Several studies based on thousands of Spanish patients show that most of these individuals developed at least one neurological problem. This manifested itself in a wide range of symptoms, ranging from headaches to comatose states. In a percentage of cases, neurological conditions were even the principal cause of death. Although these symptoms have been attributed to the body’s excessive immune response to Covid-19, some research indicates that the virus is directly attacking the brain.”

STAT News: When Covid-19 hits the brain, it can cause strokes, psychosis and a dementia-like syndrome, new survey shows

STAT News: When Covid-19 hits the brain, it can cause strokes, psychosis and a dementia-like syndrome, new survey shows . “A new survey reveals a wide range of serious psychiatric and neurological complications tied to Covid-19 — including stroke, psychosis, and a dementia-like syndrome. The study underscores how aggressively the coronavirus can attack beyond the lungs, and the risk the disease can pose to younger adults.”

Financial Times: Coronavirus could infect human brain and replicate, US study shows

Financial Times, and not paywalled, at least for me: Coronavirus could infect human brain and replicate, US study shows. “US scientists have found the first direct evidence that coronavirus could infect the human brain and replicate inside its cells, heightening concern about the disease’s poorly understood neurological symptoms. Thomas Hartung and colleagues at Johns Hopkins University made the discovery after adding low levels of Sars-Cov-2, the virus responsible for Covid-19, to tiny neuronal balls known as mini-brains that are grown from human stem cells.”

Health Europa: AI collaboration creates largest brain haemorrhage image database

Health Europa: AI collaboration creates largest brain haemorrhage image database. “The creation of the brain haemorrhage image database stems from the most recent edition of the Radiology Society of North America (RSNA) Artificial Intelligence (AI) Challenge. The two medical societies, RSNA and the American Society of Neuroradiology (ASNR), along with 60 volunteers, have created the collection that includes expertly annotated images.”

BuzzFeed News: Is Lurking Hurting My Brain?

BuzzFeed News: Is Lurking Hurting My Brain?. “I’m not worried about how much time I spend on my phone, to be honest, because I find online to be an oasis of mirth compared to the physical world. I have KonMari-ed my feeds so that Twitter brings me nothing but joy, Groups on Facebook bring me interesting discussion with likeminded people, and TikTok shows me teenagers being funny. I may be addicted to my phone, but I’m a highly functional addict. I’m fine! I love it! But one night, deep into a TikTok scrolling session, it occurred to me: What is it doing to my brain?”

Medical XPress: Science communicators get access to real data for 3-D modelling

Medical XPress: Science communicators get access to real data for 3-D modelling. “Free, open-source software created by a U of T Mississauga professor is giving science communicators access to real data for science illustrations and animations. NeuronBuild 1.8 is now available for immediate download from GitHub.com. This latest version includes bug fixes and new features.”

EurekAlert: ADDF launches over 200 in-depth Cognitive Vitality Reports

EurekAlert: ADDF launches over 200 in-depth Cognitive Vitality Reports . “The scientific reports, written by [Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation] neuroscientists, expand the Cognitive Vitality platform by making public a collection of in-depth analyses of drugs, drugs-in-development, supplements, nutraceuticals, food/drink, non-pharmacologic interventions, and risk factors related to brain health.”

EurekAlert: Neuroscientists to build video dataset that catches people looking (at everything)

EurekAlert: Neuroscientists to build video dataset that catches people looking (at everything). “To better understand the organization of the brain and the perceptual tendencies in humans, a team of four scientists are recording video from four head-mounted cameras – with eyetracking and head movement – and assembling a massive video database with more than 240 hours of first-person video that can be used by researchers everywhere.”

Phys .org: Deep learning to analyze neurological problems

Phys .org: Deep learning to analyze neurological problems . “Getting to the doctor’s office for a check-up can be challenging for someone with a neurological disorder that impairs their movement, such as a stroke. But what if the patient could just take a video clip of their movements with a smart phone and forward the results to their doctor? Work by Dr. Hardeep Ryait and colleagues at CCBN-University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada, publishing November 21 in the open-access journal PLOS Biology, shows how this might one day be possible.”

Neowin: Increased screen-time might be impacting the physical structure of children’s brains

Neowin: Increased screen-time might be impacting the physical structure of children’s brains. “The increasing usage and integration of smartphones in our lives, and those of our children, in particular, has often garnered criticism from many. As such, people have been wary about the potential downsides of the rampancy and what it entails. And one study probes into this issue.”