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February 8, 2016

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February 8, 2016

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

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

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

Head Injury Patients Develop Brain Clumps Associated With Alzheimer’s Disease

Feb. 3, 2016 — Scientists have revealed that protein clumps associated with Alzheimer's disease are also found in the brains of people who have had a head ... read more

Feb. 3, 2016 — A new study helps explain how fruit flies get their keen sense of smell. Researchers have identified a set of genetic control switches that interact early in a fly's development to generate ... read more

Structure of Brain Plaques in Huntington's Disease Described

Feb. 3, 2016 — The core of the protein clumps found in the brains of people with Huntington's disease have a distinctive structure, a finding that could shed light on the molecular mechanisms underlying the ... read more

Brain Formation Pattern Shows Why Early Trauma May Leave No Clues

Feb. 3, 2016 — Early nerve networks set patterns in the developing brain, but are then replaced by more mature networks that convert sensory information into thoughts, a new study ... 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

Immune Therapy for Brain Tumors: A New Promising Avenue

Feb. 3, 2016 — Glioblastoma is a particularly aggressive type of brain cancer. Only about one fifth of adults diagnosed with it survive two years or more after their diagnosis. Early clinical trial data show that a ... read more

Difficult Grammar Affects Music Experience

Feb. 3, 2016 — Reading and listening to music at the same time affects how you hear the ... read more

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