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October 7, 2015

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October 7, 2015

Oct. 6, 2015 — Researchers have found that activating the pleasure and reward receptors in the brain could provide the 'reward' of dangerous drugs without having to consume those ... read more

Lack of D1 Receptor Leads to Slowness of Movements in Parkinson's Disease

Oct. 6, 2015 — Lack of dopamine transmission through D1 receptors disturbs information flow through the 'direct pathway' in the basal ganglia, and ends up in difficulty in initiating voluntary movements, ... read more

Oct. 1, 2015 — In a new study, a mathematical economist has demonstrated a connection between long-term income increases and personal satisfaction. Overtime also affects personal levels of happiness -- but in a ... read more

Insight on How a New Class of Antidepressants Works

Sep. 30, 2015 — The experimental drugs target brain cells’ ability to respond to the chemical messenger glutamate, however, it has been unclear how they work. The recent discovery of a molecular amplification ... read more

Sep. 30, 2015 — When it comes to treating depression, how well a person responds to a fake medicine may determine how well they'll respond to a real one, new research finds. Those who can muster their ... read more

Sep. 30, 2015 — Researchers have found the presence of neurons in the human brain which can each selectively respond to an intermediate color; not just neurons of red, green, yellow and ... read more

Brain Activity Map Reveals How Infant Vision Develops

Sep. 29, 2015 — Visual functions start to develop soon after birth and continue maturing over time as infants gain experience with the world. However, direct evidence of how this maturation process unfolds in the ... read more

Sep. 29, 2015 — Researchers are testing a prosthesis that translates short-term memories into longer-term ones, with the potential to bypass damaged portions of the ... read more

Sep. 29, 2015 — Researchers have developed tools that could allow neuroscientists to put aside the fiber optic cable, and use a glowing protein from coral as the light source instead. A variant on the optogenetics ... read more

Reducing Our Own Pain Is Also Reducing Empathy for Pain in Others

Sep. 29, 2015 — The ability to feel the pain of others is based on neurobiological processes which underlie pain experience in oneself. Using innovative methods, an international research team could show that a ... read more

Sep. 29, 2015 — Neurons thrive and grow in a new type of nanowire material developed by researchers. In time, the results might improve both neural and retinal implants, and reduce the risk of them losing their ... read more

Diabetes Medication Can Reduce Food Intake

Sep. 29, 2015 — Many studies have focused on how much we eat when we are hungry, but sometimes we eat just to feel better. A new study shows that medication used for type-2 diabetes which mimics the gut-brain ... read more

Disruption of Brain-Blood Barrier Might Influence Progression of Alzheimer’s

Sep. 29, 2015 — More and more data from preclinical and clinical studies strengthen the hypothesis that immune system-mediated actions contribute to and drive pathogenesis in Alzheimer’s disease. New insights ... read more

Sep. 29, 2015 — A potential method of screening for jaundice (hyperbilirubinemia), a cause of cerebral palsy and loss of hearing in preterm infants with kyperbilirubinemia, has been proposed using painless dermal ... read more

Sep. 28, 2015 — High-efficiency transporters that work like a shuttle system to constantly move ions into and out of neurons appear to slam into reverse following a stroke or other injury and start delivering ... read more

Sep. 28, 2015 — There is a strong correspondence between a particular set of connections in the brain and positive lifestyle and behavior traits, according to a new study. The researchers point out that their ... read more

Genetic Screening of Brain Metastases Could Reveal New Targets for Treatment

Sep. 27, 2015 — Unravelling the genetic sequences of cancer that has spread to the brain could offer unexpected targets for effective ... read more

Should I Stay or Should I Go? On the Importance of Aversive Memories and the Endogenous Cannabinoid

Sep. 25, 2015 — Memory is not a simple box of souvenirs; it is also, and most importantly, a safety system for organisms. With the help of negative memories, known as "aversive" memories, we can avoid a ... read more

Analysis of Blood Parameters Helps to Establish Prognosis for Patients With Brain Metastases

Sep. 25, 2015 — Certain laboratory results, which have previously not been used specifically for this purpose, can help to predict survival in patients with newly diagnosed brain metastases and to decide on the most ... read more

Kenyan Journalists Covering Life-Threatening Events at Increased Risk of Psychological Harm

Sep. 24, 2015 — The first major study of the emotional well-being of journalists covering violent events in an African country replicates findings from Western media, namely that journalists who report on ... read more

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