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July 4, 2015

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July 4, 2015

People With Epilepsy Can Benefit from Smartphone Apps to Manage Their Condition

July 1, 2015 — While many people with epilepsy can control their seizures with medication, those unpredictable and involuntary changes in behavior and consciousness can be limiting for others. Neurologists ... read more

Sialic Acid: Key to Unlocking Brain Disorders

June 30, 2015 — A common molecule found in higher animals, including humans, affects brain structure, researchers report. They found that mice that had altered sialic acid attachment had significant neurological ... read more

June 30, 2015 — The brains of people with recurrent depression have a significantly smaller hippocampus -- the part of the brain most associated with forming new memories -- than healthy individuals, a new global ... read more

Children from High Conflict Homes Process Emotion Differently, Could Face Social Challenges

June 29, 2015 — Children of parents who are frequently in conflict process emotional interactions differently and may face social challenges later in life compared with children from low conflict homes. The findings ... read more

On the Brink of Chaos: Physicists Find Phase Transition in Visual Cortex

June 29, 2015 — Intense visual input forces the brain into a brief moment of chaos, but the visual cortex spontaneously returns the brain to its optimal function, physicists have found. The finding advances ... read more

Genes Add Risk to Depression

June 29, 2015 — People born with a particular gene variant have a greater risk of developing depressions, a recent study shows. Depression has been relatively under-researched, and clinicians are not, generally, ... read more

June 29, 2015 — The human retina contains some 100 million photoreceptor cells. When these are stimulated with light, they communicate that information to the brain and we perceive light. Researchers have now ... read more

June 27, 2015 — A specific calcium channel plays a crucial role in deep, slow-wave sleep, scientists have discovered. This is a key step toward understanding both normal and abnormal waking brain ... read more

June 26, 2015 — Studies on mice reveal that a special protein in the brain's tiniest blood vessels may affect the risk of stroke. Scientists are learning how the blood-brain barrier develops and what makes the ... read more

Alzheimer's Disease Works Differently in Patients With and Without Down Syndrome, Study Shows

June 25, 2015 — A study revealed differences in the way brain inflammation -- considered a key component of AD-- is expressed in different subsets of patients, in particular people with Down syndrome (DS) and ... read more

What Controls Blood Flow in the Brain?

June 25, 2015 — Scientists present the strongest evidence yet that smooth muscle cells surrounding blood vessels in the brain are the only cells capable of contracting to control blood vessel diameter and thus ... read more

Therapy Affects the Brain of People With Tourette Syndrome

June 25, 2015 — In addition to its effect on chronic tics, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) can change the brain function of people with Tourette syndrome, new research confirms. Tourette syndrome is a ... read more

Researchers Question What Happens in the Brain When We Think

June 25, 2015 — New research questions the prevailing doctrine on how the brain absorbs and processes information. The idea that the brain has a mechanism to maintain activity at the lowest possible level is ... read more

June 25, 2015 — Our brain recognizes objects within milliseconds, even if it only receives rudimentary visual information. Researchers believe that reliable and fast recognition works because the brain is constantly ... read more

June 25, 2015 — Fructose not only results in a lower level of satiety, it also stimulates the reward system in the brain to a lesser degree than glucose. This may cause excessive consumption accompanied by effects ... read more

Redrawing the Language Map of the Brain

June 25, 2015 — For 140 years, scientists' understanding of language comprehension in the brain came from individuals with stroke. But now they have redrawn that brain map based on new research with individuals ... read more

Norepinephrine Aids Brain in Sorting Complex Auditory Signals

June 24, 2015 — The neuromodulator norepinephrine has an unexpected, direct action on auditory processing of complex signals, specifically bird songs in the zebra finch, new research ... read more

June 24, 2015 — Scientists have uncovered key structural differences in parrot brains that may help explain why this group of bird species can mimic speech and songs so well. These brain structures went unrecognized ... read more

New Zealand Blackcurrants Good for the Brain

June 24, 2015 — New Zealand blackcurrants are good for keeping us mentally young and agile, researchers report, a finding that could have potential in managing the mental decline associated with aging populations, ... read more

How Our Brains Can Form First Impressions Quickly

June 24, 2015 — A study of how people can quickly spot animals by sight is helping uncover the workings of the human brain. Researchers found that one of the first parts of the brain to process visual information -- ... read more

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