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October 6, 2015

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October 6, 2015

Oct. 6, 2015 — Kids who are taught to reason about the mental states of others are more likely to use deception to win a reward, according to new ... read more

Virus-Drug Combination Shows Improved Effectiveness Against Brain Tumor Cells

Oct. 6, 2015 — A rabbit virus currently being developed for cancer therapy can be paired with one of several existing drugs to deliver a more potent punch to a deadly type of brain tumor cell, researchers have ... read more

Oct. 2, 2015 — A drug now being used to treat cancer might make it easier to learn a language, sharpen memory and help those with dementia and Alzheimer's disease by rewiring the brain and keeping neurons ... read more

High-Fructose Diet Slows Recovery from Brain Injury

Oct. 2, 2015 — A diet high in processed fructose sabotages rat brains’ ability to heal after head trauma, neuroscientists report. Revealing a link between nutrition and brain health, the finding offers ... read more

Discovering the Brain’s Memory Switch

Oct. 2, 2015 — Scientists have recorded evidence of the brain turning off its memory inhibitor to make new ... read more

Oct. 1, 2015 — A new study has identified a number of genes that are repressed at various time points after memory formation, providing important clues as to how long-term memories are ... read more

Mission Impossible?

Oct. 1, 2015 — Researchers team up to study monitoring failures in the cockpit -- even among experienced ... read more

Oct. 1, 2015 — The nucleus accumbens, that control motivation in the brain, activates the activity of the motor cortex of the brain, and then promotes recovery of motor function during the early stage of recovery ... read more

Oct. 1, 2015 — Our brain cells have different genomes from one another. The study shows for the first time that mutations in somatic cells -- that is, any cell in the body except sperm and eggs -- are present in ... read more

Oct. 1, 2015 — Researchers use brain scans to determine the mechanism behind cognitive control of ... read more

Glutamate: Essential Food for the Brain

Oct. 1, 2015 — Glutamate is an amino acid with very different functions: in the pancreas, it modulates the activity of the pancreatic ß--cells responsible for insulin production, whereas in the brain it is the ... read more

Five New Genetic Variants Linked to Brain Cancer

Oct. 1, 2015 — The biggest ever study of DNA from people with glioma -- the most common form of brain cancer -- has discovered five new genetic variants associated with the disease. Researchers said their findings ... read more

Oct. 1, 2015 — Can standardized tests, such as those created in response to the Common Core, enhance education instead of just assessing it? For standardized testing to benefit students, researchers recommend that ... read more

What Types of Video Games Improve Brain Function?

Oct. 1, 2015 — From 'brain games' designed to enhance mental fitness, to games used to improve real-world problems, to games created purely to entertain, today's video games can have a variety of ... read more

Oct. 1, 2015 — Scientists have discovered that reactivation of ancient viral genes embedded in the human genome may cause the destruction of neurons in some forms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The results ... read more

Scientists Identify Key Receptor as Potential Target for Treatment of Autism

Oct. 1, 2015 — Scientists have uncovered a significant -- and potentially treatable -- relationship between a chemical that helps transmit signals in the brain and genetic mutations present in a subset of ... read more

Experimental Cancer Drug Shows Therapeutic Promise in Mouse Models of Multiple Sclerosis

Sep. 30, 2015 — An experimental drug originally identified in a National Cancer Institute library of chemical compounds as a potential therapy for brain and basal cell cancers improves the symptoms of mice with 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

Our Environment Shapes Our Language

Sep. 30, 2015 — In a series of experiments, researchers show that novel communication systems reflect a variety of environmental and interactional factors. These findings challenge long-established ideas that syntax ... read more

Antipsychotics Increase Risk of Death in People With Parkinson's Disease Psychosis

Sep. 30, 2015 — Antipsychotic drugs may increase the risk of death in people with Parkinson's disease psychosis (PDP), according to a new study. PDP affects more than 50 per cent of people with Parkinson's ... read more

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