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February 6, 2016

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February 6, 2016

Feb. 2, 2016 — Abnormalities in embryonic brain development in mice, including transient embryonic brain enlargement during neuron formation, are responsible for abnormal adult brain structures and behavioral ... read more

Study May Offer Answers for Treating Depression in Alcoholics

Feb. 2, 2016 — A new study is offering a glimmer of hope to alcoholics who find it hard to remain sober because their abstinence is hounded by stubborn, difficult-to-treat ... read more

Targeting Upper Motor Neurons to Treat ALS

Feb. 1, 2016 — Scientists have demonstrated for the first time that it is possible to specifically modify gene expression in diseased upper motor neurons, brain cells that break down in ALS. The study provides ... read more

Insulin-Like Growth Factor Linked to Hippocampal Hyperactivity in Alzheimer's Disease

Feb. 1, 2016 — The insulin-like growth factor 1 receptor (IGF-1R), the 'master' lifespan regulator, plays a vital role in directly regulating hippocampal hyperactivity in the brain, report scientists. The ... read more

New MRI Technique Offers Faster Diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis

Feb. 1, 2016 — A new way of using MRI scanners to look for evidence of multiple sclerosis in the brain has been successfully tested by researchers. Multiple sclerosis (MS) is notoriously difficult to diagnose as it ... read more

Abnormal Gene Is a Triple Threat in Driving Pediatric Brain Tumors

Feb. 1, 2016 — An abnormal fused gene that drives pediatric brain tumors poses a triple threat, operating simultaneously through three distinct biological mechanisms -- the first such example in cancer biology. ... read more

No Link Found Between Subcortical Brain Volumes, Genetic Risk for Schizophrenia

Feb. 1, 2016 — A new study evaluated the relationship between common genetic variants implicated in schizophrenia and those associated with subcortical brain volumes, and found no evidence of genetic overlap ... read more

Feb. 1, 2016 — Understanding how the brain folds could help unlock the inner workings of the brain but the process has long remained a mystery. Now, by replicating a folding human brain in 3D, researchers have ... read more

Future Help for Stroke Patients With Language Problems

Feb. 1, 2016 — A new method of analysis to distinguish between stroke patients with language problem has been developed by a brain researcher. The result may be individualized treatment for each ... read more

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

Neurogenesis: Discovery of a New Regulatory Mechanism

Jan. 29, 2016 — A previously unknown mechanism has been discovered that is highly conserved between species and which regulates neurogenesis through precise temporal control of the activity of a family of proteins ... 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

Brain's 'Amplifier' Compensates for Lost Inner Ear Function

Jan. 28, 2016 — Researchers have described, for the first time, the adult brain's ability to compensate for a near-complete loss of auditory nerve fibers that link the ear to the brain. The findings suggest ... read more

Jan. 28, 2016 — A new treatment has shown benefits for reducing the symptoms associated with chronic Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and associated depression, a team of psychiatrists has found. For Trigeminal Nerve ... read more

Growth Factor in Brain Tied to Slower Mental Decline

Jan. 28, 2016 — Older people with higher amounts of a key protein in their brains also had slower decline in their memory and thinking abilities than people with lower amounts of protein from the gene called ... 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

Multiple Sclerosis Drug Tied to Rising JC Virus Antibody Levels

Jan. 28, 2016 — People who take the drug natalizumab for multiple sclerosis may have up to a 10 times greater risk of developing a risk biomarker for activity of a virus that can lead to an often fatal brain ... read more

Researchers Mine the Epigenome to Identify Likely Origins of Childhood Brain Tumor Subtype

Jan. 27, 2016 — A team of scientists mined the epigenome to discover the likely cell of origin for Group 4 medulloblastoma, a key step in developing targeted therapies. Medulloblastoma occurs in infants, children ... read more

Neuroticism Predicts Anxiety, Depression Disorders

Jan. 27, 2016 — For the first time, research has found that young people who are high on the personality trait of neuroticism are highly likely to develop both anxiety and depression ... read more

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