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February 12, 2016

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February 12, 2016

Study Sheds Light on Source of Drug Addicts Risk-Taking Behavior

Feb. 10, 2016 — New insight has been gained into how the brains of drug addicts may be wired differently. The findings show that while drug users have very strong motivation to seek out 'rewards,' they ... read more

Exercise and Meditation Together Help Beat Depression

Feb. 10, 2016 — A mind and body combination of exercise and meditation, done twice a week for only two months, reduced the symptoms for a group of students by 40 ... read more

Feb. 10, 2016 — Scientists have demonstrated that axon regenerative capacity can be boosted with the right stimulants on neuronal activity through either an optogenetic or a chemogenetic ... read more

Attention Problems Persist in Childhood Leukemia Survivors Treated With Chemotherapy Alone

Feb. 10, 2016 — Pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) patients from the contemporary treatment era remain at risk for attention and learning problems later, researchers report. ALL is the most common ... read more

Feb. 9, 2016 — A method of connecting neurons, using ultrashort laser pulses -- a breakthrough technique that opens the door to new medical research and treatment opportunities -- has been developed by scientists. ... read more

Feb. 9, 2016 — Researchers study the link between malformations of the cerebral cortex and the occurrence of the neurological disease. Why does a structural irregularity in the temporal lobe make humans more ... read more

COPD May Cause Structural Changes Within the Brain

Feb. 9, 2016 — Patients with COPD demonstrated gray matter decreases in areas of the brain that process breathlessness, fear and sensitivity to pain. The study found patients with COPD show regionally decreased ... read more

Task-Oriented Rehab Program Does Not Result in Greater Recovery from Stroke

Feb. 9, 2016 — The use of a structured, task-oriented rehabilitation program, compared with usual rehabilitation, did not result in better motor function or recovery after 12 months for patients with moderate upper ... 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

Evidence of a Lipid Link in the Inherited Form of Alzheimer's Disease

Feb. 9, 2016 — Biochemical changes occurring in the blood in the rare inherited form of Alzheimer’s disease have been identified by researchers. Changes in these fat-like substances, may suggest a method to ... read more

Social Hormone Promotes Cooperation in Risky Situations

Feb. 8, 2016 — A hormone implicated in monogamy and aggression in animals also promotes trust and cooperation in humans in risky situations, researchers ... read more

Using Medical Marijuana to Stop Seizures in Kids

Feb. 8, 2016 — Desperate for relief, parents are taking unusual steps to help children plagued with seizures. The relief, however, comes in a most unlikely form: ... read more

Feb. 8, 2016 — Cognitive scientists have found more evidence that aging brains work differently than younger brains when performing the same memory task, pointing to a potentially new direction for age-related ... 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

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