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July 28, 2016

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July 28, 2016

EEG Scans Could Help Diagnose Awareness in Patients With a Disorder of Consciousness

July 27, 2016 — New research suggests that an electroencephalogram could be a strong indicator of the level of awareness of patients in a vegetative state after a severe brain ... read more

The Eyes Are the Window Into the Brain

July 27, 2016 — Insight into how neurons in the cerebellum respond to rapid eye movements may provide clues for modern medical ... read more

Can a Brain Scan Early in a Period of Stress Predict Eventual Memory Loss?

July 26, 2016 — New research shows that even a brief period of stress -- as few as three days -- can cause the hippocampus to start shrinking. This shrinking of the hippocampus -- a change in the brain's ... read more

Study Compares Cognitive Outcomes for Treatments of Brain Lesions

July 26, 2016 — Among patients with one to three brain metastases, the use of stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) alone, compared with SRS combined with whole brain radiotherapy, resulted in less cognitive deterioration ... read more

July 25, 2016 — A team of neuroscientists proposes a new theory -- backed by data from people, animal models and computational simulation -- to explain how beta waves emerge in the ... read more

Changes in Teenage Brain Structure Provide Clues to Onset of Mental Health Problems

July 25, 2016 — Scientists have mapped the structural changes that occur in teenagers' brains as they develop, showing how these changes may help explain why the first signs of mental health problems often ... read more

Research Opens 'Black Box' of Malignant Melanoma

July 25, 2016 — A new study pinpoints when melanoma cells metastasize in the brain months before they develop into fatal tumors. According to the research, micro-tumor cells hijack astrogliosis, the brain's ... read more

Using Tau Imaging as Diagnostic Marker for Alzheimer Disease

July 25, 2016 — The accumulation of ?-Amyloid and tau proteins in the brain is hallmark pathology for Alzheimer disease. Recently developed positron emission tomography (PET) tracers, including [18F]-AV-1451, bind ... read more

July 22, 2016 — The brain’s reward centers in severely obese women continue to respond to food cues even after they’ve eaten and are no longer hungry, in contrast to their lean counterparts, according to a ... read more

Gastrointestinal Disorders Involve Both Brain-to-Gut and Gut-to-Brain Pathways

July 22, 2016 — New research indicates that in patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or indigestion, there is a distinct brain-to-gut pathway, where psychological symptoms begin first, and separately a ... read more

July 22, 2016 — Children who experience inadequate or disrupted sleep are more likely to develop depression and anxiety disorders later in life according to recent research. The study seeks to determine the precise ... read more

July 21, 2016 — Adaptation in reaching -- gradual improvement of motor control in response to a perturbation -- is a central issue in motor neuroscience. However, even the cortical origin of errors that drive ... read more

July 21, 2016 — The choroid plexus, a largely ignored structure in the brain that produces the cerebrospinal fluid, is an important regulator of adult neural stem cells, research indicates. The study also shows that ... read more

HD Monkeys Display Full Spectrum of Symptoms Seen in Humans

July 21, 2016 — Transgenic Huntington's disease monkeys display a full spectrum of symptoms resembling the human disease, strengthening the case that they could be used to evaluate emerging treatments before ... read more

Preventive Therapy in Brain-Injured Patients Lowers Risk of Pulmonary Embolism, DVT

July 21, 2016 — People who sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI) are at high risk for developing deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. But blood-thinning medications started within 72 hours of hospital ... read more

Brains of College Athletes With Prior Concussion Show Physical Changes Months, Years Later

July 21, 2016 — University athletes with a history of concussion had changes in the size, blood flow and connections in their brains months and even years after the injury -- changes not seen in athletes without ... read more

Glutamate Levels in the Brain May Be Linked to Alcohol Craving

July 20, 2016 — Craving consists of cognitive, emotional, and behavioral elements related to a desire to drink alcohol, and can be experienced during intoxication, withdrawal, and/or prior to relapse. Different ... read more

Scientists Apply New Imaging Tool to Common Brain Disorders

July 20, 2016 — A new approach has been developed to scanning the brain for changes in synapses that are associated with common brain disorders. The technique may provide insights into the diagnosis and treatment of ... read more

July 20, 2016 — The contact points of cells in the cerebral cortex form functional ... read more

Effectiveness of Treatment for Individuals With Brain Injury or Stroke

July 20, 2016 — New articles explore the effectiveness of several neurorehabilitation treatments for individuals with brain injury or stroke. A number of published articles have covered the issue of efficacy of ... read more

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