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March 1, 2017

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March 1, 2017

A Novel Principle to Mobilize Neurons for Brain Repair

Feb. 21, 2017 — Restorative neuroscience is a rapidly advancing scientific field considering our progressively aging society. Redirecting immature neurons that reside in specific brain areas towards the sites of ... read more

Feb. 20, 2017 — Trigeminal neuralgia is characterized by sharp, lancinating pain in the teeth or facial area. The standard treatment for this chronic nerve pain can cause burdening side effects. A novel substance ... read more

Repetitive Head Injuries May Not Cause Movement Problems for Former NFL Players

Feb. 19, 2017 — Former NFL players who had repeated head injuries may not have significant problems with motor functions later in life, according to a preliminary ... read more

Scientists Uncover How Zika Virus Causes Microcephaly

Feb. 17, 2017 — A multidisciplinary team has uncovered the mechanisms that the Zika virus uses to alter brain development, outlines a new ... read more

Discovery of Genetic 'Switch' Could Help to Prevent Symptoms of Parkinson's Disease

Feb. 17, 2017 — A genetic 'switch' has been discovered, which could help to prevent or delay the symptoms of Parkinson's disease, report ... read more

New Test May Quickly Identify Mild Traumatic Brain Injury With Underlying Brain Damage

Feb. 16, 2017 — A new test using peripheral vision reaction time could lead to earlier diagnosis and more effective treatment of mild traumatic brain injury, often referred to as a ... read more

Feb. 16, 2017 — Largest imaging study of ADHD to date identifies differences in five regions of the brain, with greatest differences seen in children rather than ... read more

Feb. 16, 2017 — Ultra-flexible, nanoelectronic thread (NET) brain probes have been designed that can achieve more reliable long-term neural recording than existing probes and don't elicit scar formation when ... read more

Spinal Cord Injury Patients Face Many Serious Health Problems Besides Paralysis

Feb. 16, 2017 — Spinal cord patients are at higher risk for cardiovascular disease; pneumonia; life-threatening blood clots; bladder, bowel and sexual dysfunction; constipation and other gastrointestinal problems; ... read more

Feb. 15, 2017 — Keeping blood sugar levels within a safe range is key to managing both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. In a new finding that could lead to fewer complications for diabetes patients, researchers have ... read more

Neurotrophic Factor GDNF Is an Important Regulator of Dopamine Neurons in the Brain

Feb. 15, 2017 — New research results are expanding our understanding of the physiological role of the glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor GDNF in the function of the brain's dopamine systems. In a new ... read more

Imbalance of Calcium in a Cell's Energy Factory May Drive Alzheimer's Disease

Feb. 14, 2017 — Calcium in the mitochondria -- the energy factory of cells -- may be one of the keys to understanding and treating Alzheimer's disease and dementia. Researchers have now identified how an ... read more

Scientists Show 'Matchmaker' Role for Protein Behind SMA

Feb. 14, 2017 — Cell biologists have a detailed picture for what they think the SMN (survival of motor neurons) protein is doing, and how its deficiency causes problems in SMA patients' cells. This new work ... read more

Feb. 14, 2017 — Scientists have created synthetic brain systems called 'circuitoids' to better understand dysfunctional movements in Parkinson's, ALS and other ... read more

Children of Patients With C9orf72 Mutations Are at a Greater Risk of Frontotemporal Dementia or ALS at a Younger Age

Feb. 14, 2017 — The most common genetic cause of the brain diseases frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a mutation in the C9orf72 gene. Researchers have demonstrated that if an ... read more

Feb. 13, 2017 — Psychologists have designed an experiment to investigate whether human vision is more sensitive during physical ... read more

Keeping Up the Pressure

Feb. 13, 2017 — Besides the classic stress response – an acute reaction that gradually abates when the threat passes – our bodies appear to have a separate mechanism that deals only with chronic stress, research ... read more

Worm Gene Could Be Key to Developing Obesity Treatment

Feb. 13, 2017 — Researchers have discovered a gene in worms that could help break the cycle of overeating and under-exercising that can lead to ... read more

Neurons Support Cancer Growth Throughout the Body

Feb. 13, 2017 — Cancer cells rely on the healthy cells that surround them for sustenance. Tumors reroute blood vessels to nourish themselves, secrete chemicals that scramble immune responses, and, according to ... read more

Feb. 13, 2017 — Scientists have genetically engineered a mouse that resists addiction to ... read more

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