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May 30, 2015

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May 30, 2015

Are We Wired to Be Natural Naysayers?

May 27, 2015 — We may cave in to peer pressure, marketing and persuasion, but faced with decisions, the default response programmed into our brains is to say "no," a recent study ... read more

Better Understanding of Links Between Pain, Anxiety Reveals Treatment Opportunities

May 27, 2015 — Anxiety is common in people suffering from chronic pain, and people with anxiety are more likely to suffer from chronic pain. Now researchers have found the biological basis for this link in the ... read more

Molecules Involved in Alzheimer's Have a Role in Weakening of Connections Between Neurons

May 27, 2015 — Molecules that are strongly associated with Alzheimer's disease are important players in a process called long-term depression (LTD), researchers have discovered. LTD is a process through which ... read more

May 27, 2015 — Scientists have found that hearing voices and seeing things (that others cannot) impacts about 5 percent of the general population at some point in their ... read more

Differences in RORA Levels in Brain May Contribute to Autism Sex Bias

May 27, 2015 — An important sex-dependent difference in the level of RORA protein in brain tissues of males and females has been found by scientists. Specifically, females without autism have a slightly higher ... read more

Study Identifies Brain Regions Activated When Pain Intensity Doesn't Match Expectation

May 27, 2015 — Picture yourself in a medical office, anxiously awaiting your annual flu shot. The nurse casually states, "This won't hurt a bit." But when the needle pierces your skin it hurts, and ... read more

Zebrafish Model Gives New Insight on Autism Spectrum Disorder

May 27, 2015 — Researchers are utilizing animal models to understand how dysfunction of either of two genes associated with autism spectrum disorder, SYNGAP1 and SHANK 3, contributes to risk in ASD. The new ... read more

Autism and Rare Childhood Speech Disorder Often Coincide

May 27, 2015 — Some children with autism should undergo ongoing screenings for apraxia, a rare neurological speech disorder, because the two conditions often go hand-in-hand, according to researchers. It's ... read more

May 27, 2015 — Degeneration of the white matter of the brain may be an early marker of specific types of Alzheimer's disease (AD), including early-onset AD, according to results of a new ... read more

Strength-Based Parenting Improves Children's Resilience and Stress Levels

May 27, 2015 — Children are more likely to use their strengths to effectively cope with minor stress in their life if they have parents who adopt a strength-based approach to parenting. Strength-based parenting is ... read more

Flood Aftermath Linked to Post-Traumatic Stress, Study Shows

May 27, 2015 — Brisbane flood victims suffered more psychological distress during the rebuilding phase than as waters inundated their homes and businesses, a study has found. The lead researcher notes that while ... read more

Psychedelic Drugs Should Be Legally Reclassified as They May Benefit Patients, Experts Say

May 26, 2015 — Legal restrictions imposed on medical use of psychedelic drugs, such as LSD and psilocybin (the compound found in 'magic' mushrooms), are making trials almost impossible and authorities ... read more

Study Identifies Possible Role for Carbon Monoxide in Treating Hemorrhagic Stroke

May 26, 2015 — Carbon monoxide is typically associated with brain injury and neurological symptoms. But a new study suggests that when administered in small, carefully controlled amounts, CO may actually protect ... read more

Breakthrough Measures Parkinson's Progression in Brain

May 26, 2015 — A biomarker that shows the progression of Parkinson's disease in the brain has been identified by researchers, opening the door to better diagnosis and treatment of the degenerative ... read more

Nanotechnology Identifies Brain Tumor Types Through MRI 'Virtual Biopsy' in Animal Studies

May 26, 2015 — A tiny drug-delivery system has been invented that can identify cancer cell types in the brain through 'virtual biopsies' and then attack the molecular structure of the disease. The results ... read more

Neuroscientists Reveals Autism's 'Noisy' Secret: 3-D Simulator Reveals Inner Workings of the Autistic Brain

May 26, 2015 — Strapped into a motion-enabled simulator and wearing 3-D glasses, 36 adolescent volunteers recently experienced what it was like to 'travel' through a field of virtual stars. The ... read more

Can a Little Loving Kindness Improve Our Mental Health?

May 26, 2015 — Mindfulness - an ancient Buddhist approach to meditation - is attracting increasing attention in the 21st century as a non-invasive treatment for stress and depression. But can it improve mental ... read more

New Insights Could Result in Changes to the Therapeutic Strategy to Combat Alzheimer's, Reduce Animal Testing

May 26, 2015 — A typical characteristic of the brain of an Alzheimer sufferer is the presence of insoluble Tau protein aggregates. Scientists have demonstrated that the distribution of these aggregates through the ... read more

Mutated Gene Leads to Insensitivity to Pain With Drastic Consequences

May 26, 2015 — A rare congenital genetic mutation means that those affected do not feel pain. However, what seems, at first sight, to be a blessing, can have serious consequences. It means that injuries or diseases ... read more

May 25, 2015 — Certain special fats found in blood are essential for human brain growth and function, new research suggests. New published studies show that mutations in the protein Mfsd2a causes impaired brain ... read more

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