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November 24, 2015

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November 24, 2015

How Exercise May Energize Brain Cell Function: Animal Study

Nov. 19, 2015 — As we age or develop neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's, our brain cells may not produce sufficient energy to remain fully functional. Researchers have discovered that an enzyme ... read more

Improving Fitness May Counteract Brain Atrophy in Older Adults, Study Shows

Nov. 19, 2015 — Older adults that improved their fitness through a moderate intensity exercise program increased the thickness of their brain's cortex, the outer layer of the brain that typically atrophies with ... read more

Novel Proteins Linked to Huntington's Disease Identified

Nov. 19, 2015 — A new discovery about Huntington's disease has been made by researchers, showing that the gene that causes the fatal disorder makes an unexpected 'cocktail' of mutant proteins that ... read more

New Insights in the Search for Treatments for Neurological Diseases

Nov. 19, 2015 — The fine details of a mechanism that provides more insight in the communication between neurons has been revealed by a team of scientists. The research has clarified how damaged synapses -- the ... read more

Nov. 17, 2015 — Scientists are on pace to develop the next generation of functional materials that could enable the mapping of the complex neural connections in the brain. The ultimate goal is to better understand ... read more

First Insights Into Changes to Developing Brain Caused by Gene Associated With Autism

Nov. 17, 2015 — New insights show how even very small changes to synapses can alter brain function and could lead to intellectual disabilities. Researchers note that new research will help in the development of ... read more

Nov. 16, 2015 — Researchers conducted experiments on the hippocampus of neonatal rats and mice, quite similar to the one of a human fetus at the second half of pregnancy period. Hence it will be possible make ... read more

Delaying Umbilical Cord Clamping for Preterm Infants Results in Better Motor Development

Nov. 13, 2015 — Delaying umbilical cord clamping for 30 to 45 seconds among a group of preterm infants led to better motor function when compared to infants whose cords were clamped immediately, according to a new ... read more

Nov. 13, 2015 — Scientists have found evidence of a biological basis for apathy in healthy people. Research could shed light on the way some people become pathologically apathetic, for example after a stroke or with ... read more

Nov. 10, 2015 — New evidence has been found that mindfulness meditation reduces pain more effectively than placebo. The study used a two-pronged approach -- pain ratings and brain imaging -- to determine whether ... read more

Coronavirus Breakthrough: Protein Mutation Affects Spread and Virulence of Respiratory Virus

Nov. 10, 2015 — Researchers have discovered that a mutation in a coronavirus protein slows the spread of the virus in the central nervous system and reduces its neurovirulence. It is the first time that this ... read more

Nov. 10, 2015 — A state-of-the-art open-source tool captures fine details of locomotion and offers new insights onto the neural basis of balance and coordination, report developers. Using LocoMouse, the researchers ... read more

Nov. 9, 2015 — Some nerve cells in the inner ear can signal tissue damage in a way similar to pain-sensing nerve cells in the body, according to new research. If the finding, discovered in rats, is confirmed in ... read more

Nov. 9, 2015 — Building on wireless technology that has the potential to interfere with pain, scientists have developed flexible, implantable devices that can activate -- and, in theory, block -- pain signals in ... read more

Malignant Network Makes Brain Cancer Resistant

Nov. 9, 2015 — Glioblastoma is the most malignant type of brain cancer. Scientists have now reported that glioblastoma cells are connected to each other by long cellular extensions. The cancer cells use this ... read more

Long-Sought Protein Sensor for the ‘sixth Sense’ Found -- Proprioception

Nov. 9, 2015 — For decades, biologists have been trying to find the crucial sensor protein in nerve endings that translates muscle and tendon stretching into proprioceptive nerve signals. Now, scientists have ... read more

Diverse Subtypes of Serotonin-Producing Neurons Uncovered

Nov. 7, 2015 — It used to be enough to call a serotonergic neuron a serotonergic neuron. These brain cells make the neurotransmitter serotonin, which helps regulate mood, appetite, breathing rate, body temperature ... read more

Nov. 5, 2015 — When peripheral nerves are damaged and their vital synaptic paths are disrupted, they have the ability to regenerate and reestablish lost connections. Using zebrafish, which are transparent at larval ... read more

Brain's Immune System Could Be Harnessed to Fight Alzheimer's

Nov. 5, 2015 — The brain's immune system could potentially be harnessed to help clear the amyloid plaques that are a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease, new research suggests. The findings are the ... read more

Nov. 4, 2015 — In laboratory experiments on the basic mechanisms that cause Alzheimer's dementia, scientists have succeeded in largely "repairing" the nerve cell damage typical in this disease. The ... read more

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