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February 11, 2016

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February 11, 2016

Couch Potatoes May Have Smaller Brains Later in Life

Feb. 10, 2016 — Poor physical fitness in middle age may be linked to a smaller brain size 20 years later, according to a new ... read more

Ten Fingers Not Needed for Fast Typing

Feb. 9, 2016 — The number of fingers does not determine typing speed, new study shows. People using self-taught typing strategies were found to be as fast as trained ... read more

Brain Scars in Multiple Sclerosis Patients Reveal Possible Cause of Taste Problems

Feb. 8, 2016 — Taste deficits appear to be more prevalent among multiple sclerosis (MS) patients than previously reported and correlate with brain lesions left by the debilitating disease, a new study has ... read more

Feb. 8, 2016 — Medical researchers have created a new minimally invasive brain-machine interface, giving people with spinal cord injuries new hope to walk again with the power of ... read more

Feb. 8, 2016 — In a randomized control trial, volunteer participants were subjected to Taser shocks and tested for cognitive impairment. Some showed short-term declines in cognitive functioning comparable to ... read more

Feb. 8, 2016 — New research on the brain and memory could help in developing therapies for people with schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s disease. This work sheds new light on the internal workings of the brain, ... read more

Sustained Aerobic Exercise Increases Adult Neurogenesis in Brain

Feb. 8, 2016 — It may be possible to increase the neuron reserve of the hippocampus – and thus improve preconditions for learning – by promoting neurogenesis via sustained aerobic exercise such as running, say ... read more

Cocaine Users Present Alterations in Function, Structures of Brain

Feb. 8, 2016 — The presence of alterations in brain functioning and structure in cocaine users has been seen in a new study where researchers used three different magnetic resonance imaging techniques to study the ... read more

Faces of Black Children as Young as 5 Evoke Negative Biases

Feb. 8, 2016 — People are more likely to misidentify a toy as a weapon after seeing a black face than a white face, even when the face in question is that of a five-year-old child, new research ... read more

Feb. 8, 2016 — Researchers have developed a technique to implement silicon large-scale integration chips in a very thin film of thickness. This fabrication method has the potential to realize a low-invasive ... read more

Feb. 5, 2016 — A shock-absorbing football helmet system being developed could blunt some dangerous physics that today's head protection ... read more

Feb. 5, 2016 — The ability to see the direction in which something is moving is vital for survival. Only in this way is it possible to avoid predators, capture prey or, as humans in a modern world, cross a road ... read more

The Significance of Non-Motor Microtubule-Associated Protein in Maintaining Synaptic Plasticity Thorough a Novel Mechanism

Feb. 5, 2016 — NMDA glutamate receptors, which function as receptors that bond with glutamates, are known to be deeply involved in animal memory and learning. In order for memories to be created inside the brain, ... read more

Feb. 5, 2016 — Neurobiologists have demonstrated experimentally that aggression has an influence on the production of new nerve cells in the brain. The scientists conducted a series of experiments on male ... read more

First-of-Its-Kind Study Explains Why Rest Is Critical After a Concussion

Feb. 5, 2016 — Neuroscientists say rest -- for more than a day -- is critical for allowing the brain to reset neural networks and repair any short-term injury. This new study in mice also shows that repeated mild ... read more

Feb. 5, 2016 — Children with Down syndrome who have motor speech deficits have been inadequately diagnosed, which could have a major impact on the interventions used by speech pathologists when treating patients, a ... read more

Scientists Find Brain Plasticity Assorted Into Functional Networks

Feb. 4, 2016 — Scientists had thought that most synapses of a similar type and in a similar location in the brain behaved in a similar fashion with respect to how experience induces plasticity. In this work, ... read more

Feb. 4, 2016 — Study of plaque production holds promise of helping improve treatment for Alzheimer's, say investigators. Focusing on the form of the disease found in early onset Alzheimer's, in the 2 ... read more

Feb. 4, 2016 — In a new study, researchers show that a particular protein found in the brains of both male and female mice is present at higher levels in females, which offers them stronger protection against one ... read more

Feb. 4, 2016 — A new finding offers a fresh insight into one of the earliest biological events of Alzheimer's disease and is expected to open new avenues of ... read more

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