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May 28, 2015

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May 28, 2015

Molecules Involved in Alzheimer's Have a Role in Weakening of Connections Between Neurons

May 27, 2015 — Molecules that are strongly associated with Alzheimer's disease are important players in a process called long-term depression (LTD), researchers have discovered. LTD is a process through which ... read more

Pathway Identified That May Cause Seizures, Shorten Survival for Patients With Severe Brain Tumors

May 27, 2015 — A chemical pathway that may be associated with seizures and shorter patient survival in some patients with malignant glioma, the most common and deadly form of brain tumor, has been identified by ... read more

Brain Activity Can ID Potential Buyers

May 27, 2015 — Participants in a recent study went through MRIs that showed their brain activity when they viewed campaign ads on cage-free eggs. Researchers found that activation of the prefrontal cortex of the ... read more

Genetic Defect Linked to Visual Impairment in Dyslexics

May 26, 2015 — A risk gene for dyslexia is associated with impairments in visual motion detection, according to a study. Mutations in the gene DCDC2 have previously been associated with dyslexia, and this study ... read more

Differences in RORA Levels in Brain May Contribute to Autism Sex Bias

May 27, 2015 — An important sex-dependent difference in the level of RORA protein in brain tissues of males and females has been found by scientists. Specifically, females without autism have a slightly higher ... read more

Study Identifies Brain Regions Activated When Pain Intensity Doesn't Match Expectation

May 27, 2015 — Picture yourself in a medical office, anxiously awaiting your annual flu shot. The nurse casually states, "This won't hurt a bit." But when the needle pierces your skin it hurts, and ... read more

Zebrafish Model Gives New Insight on Autism Spectrum Disorder

May 27, 2015 — Researchers are utilizing animal models to understand how dysfunction of either of two genes associated with autism spectrum disorder, SYNGAP1 and SHANK 3, contributes to risk in ASD. The new ... read more

May 27, 2015 — Degeneration of the white matter of the brain may be an early marker of specific types of Alzheimer's disease (AD), including early-onset AD, according to results of a new ... read more

Cocaine Addiction, Craving and Relapse

May 26, 2015 — One of the major challenges of cocaine addiction is the high rate of relapse after periods of withdrawal and abstinence. But new research reveals that changes in our DNA during drug withdrawal may ... read more

Study Identifies Possible Role for Carbon Monoxide in Treating Hemorrhagic Stroke

May 26, 2015 — Carbon monoxide is typically associated with brain injury and neurological symptoms. But a new study suggests that when administered in small, carefully controlled amounts, CO may actually protect ... read more

Breakthrough Measures Parkinson's Progression in Brain

May 26, 2015 — A biomarker that shows the progression of Parkinson's disease in the brain has been identified by researchers, opening the door to better diagnosis and treatment of the degenerative ... read more

How Racial Stereotypes Impact the Way We Communicate

May 26, 2015 — Racial stereotypes and expectations can impact the way we communicate and understand others, according to research.The new study highlights how non-verbal 'social cues' -- such as ... read more

Nanotechnology Identifies Brain Tumor Types Through MRI 'Virtual Biopsy' in Animal Studies

May 26, 2015 — A tiny drug-delivery system has been invented that can identify cancer cell types in the brain through 'virtual biopsies' and then attack the molecular structure of the disease. The results ... read more

Neuroscientists Reveals Autism's 'Noisy' Secret: 3-D Simulator Reveals Inner Workings of the Autistic Brain

May 26, 2015 — Strapped into a motion-enabled simulator and wearing 3-D glasses, 36 adolescent volunteers recently experienced what it was like to 'travel' through a field of virtual stars. The ... read more

May 26, 2015 — A European initiative has developed a new brain-computer interface system to enhance communication skills of people with cerebral palsy from childhood, improving the relationship with their ... read more

Can a Little Loving Kindness Improve Our Mental Health?

May 26, 2015 — Mindfulness - an ancient Buddhist approach to meditation - is attracting increasing attention in the 21st century as a non-invasive treatment for stress and depression. But can it improve mental ... read more

New Insights Could Result in Changes to the Therapeutic Strategy to Combat Alzheimer's, Reduce Animal Testing

May 26, 2015 — A typical characteristic of the brain of an Alzheimer sufferer is the presence of insoluble Tau protein aggregates. Scientists have demonstrated that the distribution of these aggregates through the ... read more

Cannabis Use Can Be Prevented, Reduced or Delayed

May 26, 2015 — Contrary to some popular beliefs, marijuana is harmful to adolescent brains. Researchers have found that targeting at-risk youth through school programs can limit their use of this ... read more

May 26, 2015 — Research and science fiction has been fascinated by brain-machine or brain-computer interfaces – BCI for short – since the early 1970s. Quite apart from cyborgs and the game industry, the most ... read more

Nano-Capsules Designed for Diagnosing Malignant Tumors

May 25, 2015 — Researchers have developed adaptable nano-capsules that can help in the diagnosis of glioblastoma cells -- a highly invasive form of brain ... read more

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