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February 6, 2016

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February 6, 2016

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

Functional MRI May Help Identify New, Effective Painkillers for Chronic Pain Sufferers

Feb. 4, 2016 — New research may allow new, more effective and safer pain medications to reach patients who suffer from chronic pain ... read more

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

Targeting the Mind/body Connection in Stress

Feb. 4, 2016 — New research used cutting-edge brain imaging technologies to determine that the brain function responsible for regulating our stress response can also produce a personal profile of resilience to ... 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

Closed-Loop Stimulation Promises Fewer Side Effects

Feb. 2, 2016 — Could potential side effects in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease with stimulation be avoided with a closed-loop approach, which constantly adapts to the symptoms? This is one of the key ... 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

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