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December 1, 2015

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December 1, 2015

Nov. 27, 2015 — Even patients over the age of 75 may recover from severe traumatic brain injury, suggests new research. This is the first study to describe the results of surgically treated elderly patients with ... read more

White Matter Damage Caused by 'Skunk-Like' Cannabis, Study Shows

Nov. 27, 2015 — Smoking high potency 'skunk-like' cannabis can damage a crucial part of the brain responsible for communication between the two brain hemispheres, according to a new ... read more

Molecular Trigger for Cerebral Cavernous Malformation Identified

Nov. 26, 2015 — Researchers in Italy, Germany and the United States have identified a regulatory protein crucial for the development of cerebral cavernous malformation -- a severe and incurable disease mainly ... read more

Nov. 25, 2015 — The burst of energy and hyperactivity that comes with a cocaine high is a rather accurate reflection of what's going on in the brain of its users, finds a study. Through experiments conducted in ... read more

Structural Brain Connectivity as a Genetic Marker for Schizophrenia

Nov. 25, 2015 — Schizophrenia has been considered an illness of disrupted brain connectivity since its earliest descriptions. Several studies have suggested brain white matter is affected not only in patients with ... read more

Nov. 24, 2015 — Schizophrenia is notoriously difficult to diagnose and treat, in large part because it manifests differently in different people. A new study helps explain why. Researchers have created a map that ... read more

Immune-Disorder Treatment in Mice Holds Potential for Multiple Sclerosis Patients

Nov. 24, 2015 — A simple, rapid way to treat an immune-related disorder in mice has been identified by researchers, an approach that could eventually help multiple sclerosis patients after further ... read more

Mental Health Risk for New Dads

Nov. 24, 2015 — Anxiety around the arrival of a new baby is just as common as postnatal depression, and the risks for men are nearly as high as for women, researchers have found. A mental health researcher reviewed ... read more

Lower Availability of Omega-3 Fatty Acids in the Body Associated With Bipolar Disorder

Nov. 24, 2015 — People with bipolar disorder have lower levels of certain omega-3 fatty acids that cross the blood-brain barrier compared to those who do not, according to ... read more

Nov. 24, 2015 — Nerve cells cover their high energy demand with glucose and lactate, scientists confirm. They show for the first time in the intact mouse brain evidence for an exchange of lactate between different ... read more

Nov. 24, 2015 — The area of the brain associated with impulsivity and the development of obsessive-compulsive disorder is activated in obese children when introduced to food smells, according to new ... read more

And When the Bubbles Burst, Thunder in Neurons

Nov. 23, 2015 — In the fleeting moments after a liquid is subjected to a sudden change in pressure, microscopic bubbles rapidly form and collapse in a process known as cavitation. In the human brain, this is ... read more

Nov. 23, 2015 — A brain protein called SNTF, which rises in the blood after some concussions, signals the type of brain damage that is thought to be the source of these cognitive ... read more

Nov. 23, 2015 — Scientists have uncovered a mechanism in the brain that could account for some of the neural degeneration and memory loss in people with Alzheimer's ... read more

Nov. 20, 2015 — Persistent inflammation affects the brain in ways that are connected with stubborn symptoms of depression, such as anhedonia, the inability to experience pleasure. The findings bolster the case that ... read more

Vision Test Gives Insight Into the Effect of Prenatal Exposure to Recreational Drugs

Nov. 19, 2015 — Children exposed to marijuana in the womb show a significant improvement in their ability to track moving objects at age four, according to new vision research. But researchers are warning that the ... read more

Nov. 19, 2015 — Low levels of serotonin in the brain are known to play a role in depression and anxiety, and it is customary to treat these disorders with medications that increase the amount of this ... read more

Nov. 19, 2015 — The simple act of running may be sufficient to prevent long-term cognitive impairments caused by prenatal exposure to antiepileptic drugs, according to a study. The findings revealed that prenatal ... read more

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

Brains With Autism Adapt Differently During Implicit Learning

Nov. 19, 2015 — A crucial difference in the way learning occurs in the brains of adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has been identified by scientists. They have examined how the brains of typical and ASD ... read more

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