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fMRI: New Window Into the Brain

May 18, 2015 — Neuroscientists have made an important advance in studying the human brain with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). This imaging technique is used in research to investigate the ... read more

May 20, 2015 — Scientists want people who stutter to give a spit -- five milliliters to be precise -- to help find the cause and a cure for ... read more

Discovery of a Treatment to Block the Progression of Multiple Sclerosis

May 20, 2015 — A drug that could halt the progression of multiple sclerosis may soon be developed thanks to a new ... read more

May 19, 2015 — Video gamers now spend a collective three billion hours per week in front of their screens. In fact, it is estimated that the average young person will have spent some 10,000 hours gaming by the time ... read more

The Dark Side of the 'Love Hormone:' Similarities With the Effects of Alcohol

May 19, 2015 — Significant similarities have been highlighted by researchers between the behavioral effects of oxytocin and alcohol. The research team warns that the oft-used nickname hides the darker side of ... read more

May 19, 2015 — As social creatures, we tend to mimic each other's posture, laughter, and other behaviors, including how we speak. Now a new study shows that people with similar views tend to more closely ... read more

Multiple Sclerosis: Scientists Identify Cause of Movement, Balance Problems

May 19, 2015 — New research into the causes of the excessive inflammation that drives multiple sclerosis has identified a faulty 'brake' within immune cells, a brake that should be controlling the ... read more

May 19, 2015 — Researchers suggest that the portion of the brain devoted to hearing can become reorganized even with early-stage hearing loss, and may play a role in cognitive decline. They have applied fundamental ... read more

Potentially Effective Treatment for Methamphetamine Addiction Identified

May 19, 2015 — The first study in the United States of Naltrexone's effect on methamphetamine users has found that this medication, approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of ... read more

Researchers Determine Best Anesthesia Option for Infants

May 19, 2015 — Experts have long examined the effects of anesthesia on infants and toddlers, and many believe infants who undergo general anesthesia in their first year of life may be at higher risk of ... read more

May 19, 2015 — A class of FDA-approved cancer drugs may be able to prevent problems with brain cell development associated with disorders including Down syndrome and Fragile X syndrome, researchers have ... read more

Stuttering Linked to Rhythm Perception Deficiency

May 19, 2015 — Stuttering may be more than a speech problem. For the first time, researchers have found that children who stutter have difficulty perceiving a beat in music-like rhythms, which could account for ... read more

Omega-3 Fatty Acids Enhance Cognitive Flexibility in at-Risk Older Adults

May 19, 2015 — A study of older adults at risk of late-onset Alzheimer's disease found that those who consumed more omega-3 fatty acids did better than their peers on tests of cognitive flexibility -- the ... read more

May 19, 2015 — When nerve cells form in an embryo they don’t start off in the right place but have to be guided to their final position by navigating a kind of molecular and cellular “map” in order to ... read more

Obesity May Exacerbate Inactivity, Due to Poor Motor Skills

May 18, 2015 — Obese adults have very poor motor skills which makes fine movements difficult for them, according to a new study. The findings suggest inactivity may not be a cause of obesity, but instead a result ... read more

New Alzheimer's Drug to Enter Clinical Trials

May 18, 2015 — A new drug that may help to prevent the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease is to enter clinical trials. The number of people with dementia is steadily increasing. The most common cause of dementia ... read more

May 18, 2015 — The hottest hairstyle, the latest extreme sport, the newest viral stunt -- trends happen for a reason and now scientists have a better understanding of why. In a study using functional magnetic ... read more

May 18, 2015 — An area of the brain that is sensitive to the timing of speech has been discovered by researchers. The new study advances our understanding of how humans make sense of spoken ... read more

Blood Thinner Safe for Cancer Patients With Brain Metastases

May 18, 2015 — Cancer patients with brain metastases who develop blood clots may safely receive blood thinners without increased risk of dangerous bleeding, according to a study. Cancer increases a patient's ... read more

May 18, 2015 — Researchers wanted to know whether the flexibility of the juvenile brain could be restored to the adult brain. Apparently, it can: They've successfully re-created a critical juvenile period in ... read more

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