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February 25, 2017

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February 25, 2017

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

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

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

New Discovery Could Be a Major Advance for Neurological Diseases

Feb. 13, 2017 — The discovery of a new mechanism that controls the way nerve cells in the brain communicate with each other to regulate our learning and long-term memory could have major benefits to understanding ... read more

Feb. 13, 2017 — Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a largely silent epidemic that affects roughly two million people each year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But the scale at which ... read more

Feb. 13, 2017 — New research identifies a role for neuronal protein interaction in preventing frontotemporal lobar degeneration, a dementia that starts in middle ... read more

Feb. 13, 2017 — The loss of motor function and mental acuity associated with Huntington's disease might be treatable by restoring a cellular quality control process, which researchers have identified as a key ... read more

Feb. 9, 2017 — Researchers have identified a genetic signature found exclusively in the nerve cells that supply, or innervate, the muscles of an organism's outermost extremities: the hands and feet. The ... read more

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