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November 29, 2015

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November 29, 2015

Synapse Discovery Could Lead to New Treatments for Alzheimer's Disease

Nov. 27, 2015 — A team of scientists has discovered how connections between brain cells are destroyed in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease -- work that opens up a new avenue for research on possible ... 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

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

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. 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

Seven Minutes of Meditation Can Reduce Racial Prejudice, Study Finds

Nov. 19, 2015 — A popular meditation technique that's intended to create feelings of kindness can also reduce prejudice, according to new research. The study found that just seven minutes of Loving-kindness ... 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

Master Switch for Brain Development

Nov. 18, 2015 — A complex regulatory mechanism has been disovered, which explains how a single gene can drive the formation of brain cells. The research is an important step towards a better understanding of how the ... read more

Nov. 18, 2015 — While some things may be 'as simple as black and white', this has not been the case for the circuits in the brain that make it possible to distinguish black from white. The patterns of ... read more

Nov. 18, 2015 — Although a group of HIV+ older individuals scored 'cognitively normal' in standard neuropsychology testing, a scan of their brains tells a different story, report neuroscientists following ... read more

Male Hormone Testosterone Cause of Sex Differences in Parkinson's Disease Risk, Study Suggests

Nov. 18, 2015 — Men are twice as likely as women to develop Parkinson’s disease. New research suggests that testosterone enhances the susceptibility of brain cells that control movement to damage from chemical ... read more

Couples Who Have Sex Weekly Are Happiest

Nov. 18, 2015 — Although more frequent sex is associated with greater happiness, this link was no longer significant at a frequency of more than once a week, report researchers in a new ... read more

New Options for Treating Autism

Nov. 18, 2015 — The operating mechanism of oxytocin, the molecule involved in social behavior, has been researched by a team of European scientists. The results obtained in the research suggest that one of the ... read more

Mother's Age at Birth May Influence Symptoms of Depression in Daughters

Nov. 17, 2015 — The daughters, but not the sons, of women who give birth at age 30 or older are more likely to experience symptoms of depression as young adults, according to new ... read more

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