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May 23, 2015

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May 22, 2015 — A novel mouse has been developed that exhibits the symptoms and neurodegeneration associated with the most common genetic forms of frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis ... read more

fMRI: New Window Into the Brain

May 18, 2015 — Neuroscientists have made an important advance in studying the human brain with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). This imaging technique is used in research to investigate the ... read more

Smaller Volumes in Certain Regions of the Brain Could Lead to Increased Likelihood of Drug Addiction

May 15, 2015 — Individual differences in brain structure could help to determine the risk for future drug addiction, new research suggests. The study found that occasional users who subsequently increased their ... read more

May 13, 2015 — Supercomputing resources at an American lab will support a new initiative designed to advance how scientists digitally reconstruct and analyze individual neurons in the human brain. Mapping the ... read more

Epilepsy Has Been Found to Reduce the Generation of New Neurons

May 15, 2015 — The mission of neural stem cells located in the hippocampus, one of the main regions of the brain, is to generate new neurons during the adult life of mammals, and their function is to participate in ... read more

Can Drinking Alcohol Harm the Child Before the Mother Knows She Is Pregnant?

May 13, 2015 — Alcohol drunk by a mouse in early pregnancy changes the way genes function in the brains of the offspring. The early exposure was also later apparent in the brain structure of the adult offspring. ... read more

May 15, 2015 — Chronic pain is known to cause brain anatomy changes and impairments, but yoga can be an important tool for preventing or even reversing the effects of chronic pain on the brain, according to a new ... read more

Nerve Involvement Explains Why Some Cancers Are Very Painful

May 15, 2015 — More than half of all cancer patients experience pain, most often associated with the malignancy type, body location and disease progression. Pain researchers report that the relationship between ... read more

May 14, 2015 — A mouse model has been developed that exhibits the neuropathological and behavioral features associated with the most common genetic form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig's ... read more

Single Low-Magnitude Electric Pulse Successfully Fights Inflammation

May 13, 2015 — The results of research on the therapeutic potential of vagus nerve stimulation have now been released. Prior to this study, it was not understood which vagus nerve fiber types were responsible for ... read more

Every Bite You Take, Every Move You Make, Astrocytes Will Be Watching You

May 14, 2015 — Chewing, breathing, and other regular bodily functions that we undertake “without thinking” actually do require the involvement of our brain, but the question of how the brain programs such ... read more

May 13, 2015 — A team of engineers and researchers is working to allow those with upper limb prosthetics to feel hot and cold and the sense of touch through their prosthetic ... read more

Research Finds Differences in the Brains and Behavior of Girls and Boys With Autism

May 13, 2015 — Differences in the underlying biology of children's brains and behavior has been identified through a study on a large cohort of preschoolers with autism spectrum disorder. The findings may help ... read more

New Insights Into the Male Bias of Autism

May 13, 2015 — Male toddlers with autism have significant structural differences in their brains compared to females with the condition, according to research. The new work is looking at the links between ... read more

May 13, 2015 — Smokers who are able to quit might actually be hard-wired for success. The study showed greater connectivity among certain brain regions in people who successfully quit smoking compared to those who ... read more

May 12, 2015 — A major breakthrough has been made that provides new insights into how tinnitus, and the often co-occurring hyperacusis, might develop and be sustained. Tinnitus is largely a mystery, a phantom sound ... read more

Huntington's Disease Monkeys Display Progressive Clinical Changes and Neurodegeneration

May 12, 2015 — A preclinical, large animal model of Huntington's disease has been developed for assessing new therapeutics, which could ultimately provide better treatment options, possibly including altering ... read more

May 12, 2015 — A team of neuroscientists and bioengineers has created a miniature, fiber-optic microscope designed to peer deeply inside a living brain. The laser-scanning microscope, a prototype which will be ... read more

Ion Pump Gives the Body Its Own Pain Alleviation

May 10, 2015 — A small ion pump in organic electronics is giving new hope to people suffering from severe nerve pain. Researchers are the first in the world with technology that can stop pain impulses in living, ... read more

May 12, 2015 — Researchers have answered the longstanding question of how the brain balances hearing between our ears, which is essential for localizing sound, hearing in noisy conditions and for protection from ... read more

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