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October 1, 2016

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October 1, 2016

Good Cells Turn Bad: Supportive Brain Cells Which 'Go-Rouge' and Become Destructive Could Hold the Key to MND

Sep. 26, 2016 — A pioneering study has revealed a cell which usually supports motor neuron function becomes destructive and actually causes cell death in patients with Motor Neuron ... read more

Trial Offers Hope of a Treatment for Spinal Muscular Atrophy

Sep. 20, 2016 — Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is a leading genetic cause of child death. Existing proposed treatments require injection direct into the spine, a barrier to widespread use. Pip6a-PMO can be injected ... read more

Sep. 20, 2016 — A new explanation for some of the symptoms of fragile X syndrome, the most common inherited cause of intellectual disability, has been proposed by researchers. Their explanation suggests new targets ... read more

Sep. 20, 2016 — The protein behind Alzheimer’s disease shape-shifts, changing its internal structure in order to infiltrate brain cells and become toxic, new research ... read more

Potential Schizophrenia 'Switch' Found

Sep. 19, 2016 — A key mechanism that explains how compounds they're developing can suppress schizophrenia-like symptoms in mice without side effects has been discovered by researchers. An estimated 3 million ... read more

Sep. 19, 2016 — In mice, glutamate plays a vital role in controlling how muscles and nerves are wired together during development, researchers have discovered. Glutamate is the most common neurotransmitter in the ... read more

Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation Raises Glutamate Levels in Humans

Sep. 19, 2016 — The notion that low levels of electrical stimulation applied to the scalp, barely enough to create a mild tingling sensation, could activate the brain is a relatively new and somewhat controversial ... read more

Neurofeedback: When Output Becomes Part of Input

Sep. 19, 2016 — Neurofeedback is a technique used for the treatment of clinical disorders (like depression, anxiety, chronic pain, ADHD and schizophrenia etc.) and enhancement of brain performance. It is based on ... read more

Response to Anxiety Linked to Movement Control Areas in Brain

Sep. 18, 2016 — Researchers have discovered that the response to anxiety in teenagers may include not only the parts of the brain which deal with emotions (the limbic system), as has been long understood, but also ... read more

Sep. 16, 2016 — A switch that redirects helper cells in the peripheral nervous system into "repair" mode, a form that restores damaged axons, has been discovered by scientists, a new report ... read more

Study Uncovers New Molecular Signaling Mechanism for Correcting Childhood Visual Disorders

Sep. 15, 2016 — Neuroscientists have discovered a molecular signaling mechanism that translates visual impairments into functional changes in brain circuit connections. The discovery may help to develop novel ... read more

Study Discovers Potential New Target for Treatment of Spinal Muscular Atrophy

Sep. 15, 2016 — In spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), the affected nerve cells that control muscle movement, or motor neurons, have defects in their mitochondria, which generate energy used by the cell, scientists have ... read more

Poison in the Brain

Sep. 15, 2016 — There are factors that facilitate the formation of putatively toxic structures in the neuronal nuclei of Alzheimer’s patients, report scientists. A research team compared brain samples from ... read more

Imaging the Effects of Hunger on the Brain's Response to Food Cues

Sep. 14, 2016 — Our brain pays more attention to food when we are hungry than when we are sated. Now a team of scientists has shed light on how the needs of the body affect the way the brain processes visual food ... read more

Clinical Trial Offers Hope to Restore Limb Function in Man With Complete Cervical Spinal Cord Injury

Sep. 14, 2016 — Physicians have injected AST-OPC1 (oligodendrocyte progenitor cells), an experimental treatment, into the damaged cervical spine of a recently paralyzed man as part of a multicenter clinical ... read more

How 'Super Aging' Older Adults Retain Youthful Memory Abilities

Sep. 13, 2016 — Some loss of memory is often considered an inevitable part of aging, but new research reveals how some people appear to escape that ... read more

Sep. 13, 2016 — One way chronic stress appears to cause depression is by increasing levels of a protein in the brain that decreases the availability of an important chemical that regulates our mood, scientists ... read more

Scientists Develop Therapeutic Protein, Protect Nerve Cells from Huntington's Disease

Sep. 13, 2016 — Huntington's disease is an inherited genetic disorder caused by mutations in the gene that encodes huntingtin protein. A new scientific study reveals one way to stop proteins from triggering an ... read more

Sep. 12, 2016 — Dystroglycan, a muscle cell receptor whose dysfunction causes muscular dystrophy, actually has a critical role in brain development, researchers have ... read more

Sep. 12, 2016 — Microcephaly is a rare disorder that stunts brain development in utero, resulting in babies with abnormally small heads. The Zika virus is one environmental cause of this devastating condition, but ... read more

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