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October 13, 2015

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October 13, 2015

Blood Clotting Protein Triggers Immune Attack on Brain

Oct. 9, 2015 — A single drop of blood in the brain is sufficient to activate an autoimmune response akin to multiple sclerosis, new research shows. This is the first demonstration that introduction of blood in the ... read more

Pain Is in the Brain

Oct. 9, 2015 — A new study might finally provide a new direction for research seeking to help patients suffering from neuropathic ... read more

Oct. 8, 2015 — Upper limb amputees, who typically struggle to learn how to use a new prosthesis, would be more successful if fellow amputees taught them, new research suggests. Most usually learn by watching a ... read more

Helmeted Bicycle Riders Have Significantly Reduced Severity of Injury After an Accident

Oct. 8, 2015 — Helmeted bicycle riders have a 58 percent reduced odds of severe traumatic brain injury after an accident compared to their non-helmeted counterparts, according to ... read more

Oct. 8, 2015 — A new technique allows scientists to study diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's using cells from human patients. Historically, animal models -- from fruit flies to mice -- have been ... read more

Oct. 8, 2015 — The cognitive skills used to learn how to ride a bike may be the key to a more accurate understanding of developmental dyslexia. And, they may lead to improved interventions. Scientists investigated ... read more

Preventing Memory Loss Before Symptoms Appear

Oct. 8, 2015 — A clinical trial is looking at removing a key protein from the brain to prevent memory loss at least a decade before symptoms are noticed in healthy older adults. The trial is focused on an ... read more

Sex Change Hormonal Treatments Alter Brain Chemistry

Oct. 8, 2015 — Hormonal treatments administered as part of the procedures for sex reassignment have well-known and well-documented effects on the secondary sexual characteristics of the adult body, shifting a ... read more

Oct. 8, 2015 — For nearly nine years, researchers at Lund University have been working on developing implantable electrodes that can capture signals from single neurons in the brain over a long period of time - ... read more

Oct. 7, 2015 — By drawing on seismology, researchers have just developed a noninvasive brain imaging method using MRI that provides the same information as physical palpation. They say that it may be possible to ... read more

Oct. 7, 2015 — Neuroscientists can't build a brain, so they have settled with reverse engineering -- learning a lot about each part in hopes that they can understand how all of the pieces fit together. ... read more

Oct. 7, 2015 — Most female mammals give birth and care for their offspring, while the males often breed with multiple partners and play little role in parenting once the mating is over. Yet researchers have had a ... read more

Oct. 7, 2015 — In a study exploring racial bias and how people use their mind's-eye image of an imagined person's size to represent someone as either threatening or high-status, researchers found that ... read more

Brain Cooling Lessens Chances of Head Injury Recovery, Study Finds

Oct. 7, 2015 — Head injury patients do not benefit from a therapy that involves cooling their bodies to reduce brain swelling, research has found. Doctors say the therapy may increase patients' risk of death ... read more

Oct. 6, 2015 — Responding appropriately to the smell of food or the scent of danger can mean life or death to a fruit fly, and brain circuits are in place to make sure the fly gets it right. A research team has ... read more

Oct. 6, 2015 — Repeating aloud boosts verbal memory, especially when you do it while addressing another ... read more

Scientists Identify How Normally Protective Immune Responses Kill Neurons

Oct. 6, 2015 — Scientists have discovered why certain immune responses, which typically help cells recognize and fight viral and bacterial infections, can sometimes be harmful to the brain. Many brain disorders ... read more

Older Patients Recover More Slowly from Concussion

Oct. 6, 2015 — Mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI), or concussion, accounts for 75 percent of all TBI and represents an important public health problem. Difficulty in working memory is frequently reported in ... read more

Newfound Gene Linked to Amyloid Beta Plaque Buildup in Alzheimer's Disease

Oct. 5, 2015 — A multi-institutional team of scientists has discovered an immune system gene associated with higher rates of amyloid plaque buildup in the brains of Alzheimer's patients and older adults at ... read more

Researchers Discover Role of Microglia During Early Progression of Alzheimer's Disease

Oct. 5, 2015 — For the first time, researchers have determined how toxic tau fibrils spread by the help of brain immune cells called microglia during the early stages of Alzheimer's disease (AD). The discovery ... read more

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