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February 5, 2016

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February 5, 2016

New Non-Invasive Form of Vagus Nerve Stimulation Works to Treat Depression

Feb. 4, 2016 — Depression can be a devastating and unremitting problem. Researchers now report successful reduction of depressive symptoms in patients using a novel non-invasive method of vagus nerve stimulation, ... read more

Feb. 4, 2016 — Meditation eases anxiety, fatigue and pain for women undergoing breast cancer biopsies, according to researchers. They also found that music is effective, but to a lesser ... read more

Modelling How the Brain Makes Complex Decisions

Feb. 4, 2016 — Researchers have constructed the first comprehensive model of how neurons in the brain behave when faced with a complex decision-making process, and how they adapt and learn from ... read more

Feb. 3, 2016 — A powerful, three-way mechanism by which a mutation drives the growth of childhood brain cancers, was discovered by scientists. The team hopes the discovery will lead to better methods for diagnosing ... read more

Location May Be Key to Effectively Controlling Pain

Feb. 3, 2016 — In real estate, location is key. It now seems the same concept holds true when it comes to stopping pain. New research indicates that the location of receptors that transmit pain signals is important ... read more

Feb. 2, 2016 — By studying stroke victims who have lost the ability to spell, researchers have pinpointed the parts of the brain that control how we write ... read more

Drug Prevents Key Age-Related Brain Change in Rats

Feb. 2, 2016 — New findings shed light on the mechanisms of cognitive decline and identify potential strategies to stem ... read more

Feb. 2, 2016 — A faulty signaling pathway has been identified that, when corrected, in mice ameliorates the symptoms of Rett syndrome, a devastating neurological condition. The findings could lead to the discovery ... read more

Fishing for Answers About Mercury Consumption

Feb. 2, 2016 — A new study has provided the first report on the relationship of brain concentrations of mercury to brain neuropathology and diseases associated with ... read more

Inflammation Attacks Brain's Reward Center

Feb. 2, 2016 — A brain reward center, the striatum, may be directly affected by inflammation and that striatal change is related to the emergence of illness behaviors, scientists ... read more

Feb. 2, 2016 — Abnormalities in embryonic brain development in mice, including transient embryonic brain enlargement during neuron formation, are responsible for abnormal adult brain structures and behavioral ... read more

Super Mario Gets Social Intelligence

Feb. 2, 2016 — Computer scientists help the popular jump ‘n’ run game figures learn to observe, collaborate – and even switch ... read more

Study May Offer Answers for Treating Depression in Alcoholics

Feb. 2, 2016 — A new study is offering a glimmer of hope to alcoholics who find it hard to remain sober because their abstinence is hounded by stubborn, difficult-to-treat ... read more

Technique Helps Predict Likelihood of Migraines in Concussion Patients

Feb. 1, 2016 — Researchers are using a mathematical tool to help determine which concussion patients will go on to suffer migraine headaches, according to a new ... read more

Targeting Upper Motor Neurons to Treat ALS

Feb. 1, 2016 — Scientists have demonstrated for the first time that it is possible to specifically modify gene expression in diseased upper motor neurons, brain cells that break down in ALS. The study provides ... read more

Insulin-Like Growth Factor Linked to Hippocampal Hyperactivity in Alzheimer's Disease

Feb. 1, 2016 — The insulin-like growth factor 1 receptor (IGF-1R), the 'master' lifespan regulator, plays a vital role in directly regulating hippocampal hyperactivity in the brain, report scientists. The ... read more

New MRI Technique Offers Faster Diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis

Feb. 1, 2016 — A new way of using MRI scanners to look for evidence of multiple sclerosis in the brain has been successfully tested by researchers. Multiple sclerosis (MS) is notoriously difficult to diagnose as it ... read more

Feb. 1, 2016 — Biologists have modified a harmless virus in such a way that it can successfully enter the adult mouse brain through the bloodstream and deliver genes to cells of the nervous system. The virus could ... read more

Abnormal Gene Is a Triple Threat in Driving Pediatric Brain Tumors

Feb. 1, 2016 — An abnormal fused gene that drives pediatric brain tumors poses a triple threat, operating simultaneously through three distinct biological mechanisms -- the first such example in cancer biology. ... read more

Long-Term Marijuana Use Associated With Worse Verbal Memory in Middle Age

Feb. 1, 2016 — Marijuana use over time was associated with remembering fewer words from a list but it did not appear to affect other areas of cognitive function in a study of men and women followed up over 25 ... read more

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