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February 5, 2016

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February 5, 2016

Practice Makes Perfect, Study Confirms

Jan. 29, 2016 — Initial learning and performance at seven weeks led to increase in activation in cortical regions during visualization of the dance being learned when compared to the first week, shows a study on ... read more

Jan. 29, 2016 — Research has revealed subtle brain differences in adult males with autism spectrum disorder, which may go some way towards explaining why symptoms persist into adulthood in some people with the ... read more

Jan. 28, 2016 — Two secrets of one of the brain's most enigmatic regions have finally been revealed. In a pair of studies, scientists have discovered a specific neural circuit that controls walking, and they ... read more

Gene Study Points Towards Therapies for Common Brain Disorders

Jan. 28, 2016 — Scientists have pinpointed the cells that are likely to trigger common brain disorders, including Alzheimer's disease, Multiple Sclerosis and intellectual disabilities. The findings offer a ... read more

New Findings Point to Central Nervous System Role in Painful Diabetic Peripheral Nerve Disease

Jan. 27, 2016 — The central nervous system is a key contributor to the problem of painful peripheral nerve disease in people with diabetes, emerging evidence suggests. Diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN) occurs in ... read more

Study Details Source of Mental Problems Associated With MS

Jan. 26, 2016 — A study sheds new light on multiple sclerosis, specifically damage in the brain caused by the disease that may explain the slow and continuous cognitive decline that many patients experience. The ... read more

Jan. 26, 2016 — Up to now Alzheimer’s disease has not been recognized as transmissible. Now researchers have demonstrated Alzheimer-type pathology in brains of recipients of dura mater grafts who died later from ... read more

Epilepsy Drug Could Protect Nerves from Damage in MS

Jan. 26, 2016 — An epilepsy drug could lead to a new treatment that protects nerve damage in MS patients, according to research. Scientists have found that the anti-convulsant drug phenytoin protected neural tissue ... read more

Brain Function Differs in Obese Children, Study Shows

Jan. 25, 2016 — The brains of children who are obese function differently from those of children of healthy weight, and exhibit an "imbalance" between food-seeking and food-avoiding behaviors, researchers ... read more

Researchers Uncover How Dopamine Transports Within the Brain

Jan. 25, 2016 — The mechanics of how dopamine transports into and out of brain cells has been uncovered by researchers, a finding that could someday lead to more effective treatment of drug addictions and ... read more

Sugar's Siren Song Deciphered

Jan. 25, 2016 — Sugar's sweetness and calorie content combine to give it lethal power to destroy diets, many scientists have assumed. However, a new study suggests that the brain responds to taste and calorie ... read more

Jan. 22, 2016 — A new study is providing new evidence that the vast majority of babies who are born with severe brain damage are not the result of mismanaged ... read more

Jan. 22, 2016 — Spinal cord injuries cause severe functional disabilities in those who sustain them, including paraplegia or tetraplegia, depending on the scale of the injury. This is due to the degeneration of the ... read more

Why Mistakes Slow Us Down, but Not Necessarily for the Better

Jan. 21, 2016 — Taking more time to make decisions after a mistake arises from a mixture of adaptive neural mechanisms that improve the accuracy and maladaptive mechanisms that reduce it, neuroscientists have found. ... read more

Computer Modeling Provides Insight Into Cellular-Level Effects of Schizophrenia Risk Genes

Jan. 21, 2016 — Numerous genetic variants associated with risk for schizophrenia have been identified. However, little is known about how these genes have their effects in the ... read more

Chronic Stress, Anxiety Can Damage the Brain, Increase Risk of Major Psychiatric Disorders

Jan. 21, 2016 — People need to find ways to reduce chronic stress and anxiety in their lives or they may be at increased risk for developing depression and even dementia, a new scientific review paper ... read more

Diagnosing Depression Before It Starts

Jan. 21, 2016 — Brain scans may identify children who are vulnerable to depression, before symptoms appear, new research indicates. In a new study, the researchers found distinctive brain differences in children ... read more

Sensory Function: Thalamus Enhances, Stores Sensory Information

Jan. 21, 2016 — Every day, we constantly absorb information through our sensory organs, which the brain then needs to process correctly. The information initially reaches the thalamus and then travels to the ... read more

Testosterone Influences Regulation of Emotions in Psychopath's Brain

Jan. 21, 2016 — Psychopaths exhibit reduced control over their emotional actions, brain research has demonstrated. Researchers have now discovered that the quantity of testosterone a person produces influences the ... read more

Brain Study Reveals Mindfulness Could Help Prevent Obesity in Children

Jan. 21, 2016 — Mindfulness, described as paying attention on purpose and being in the present moment with acceptance, could be an effective way to help children avoid obesity. New research suggests that the balance ... read more

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