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May 3, 2016

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May 3, 2016

Salts in the Brain Control Our Sleep-Wake Cycle

Apr. 29, 2016 — A new epoch-making discovery has been made, which may prove decisive to future brain research. The level of salts in the brain plays a critical role in whether we are asleep or awake. This discovery ... read more

Gestational Exposure to Type of Antidepressants Associated With Adolescent Offspring Depression

Apr. 28, 2016 — The use of certain antidepressants during pregnancy can result in offspring depression by early adolescence. Using national register data from Finland, researchers found that children exposed to ... read more

Modifying an Obesity Drug Could Reduce Side Effects Like Anxiety and Depression

Apr. 28, 2016 — A new version of an obesity drug that caused serious psychiatric side effects could help people lose pounds without experiencing the anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts previously associated ... read more

Brain Cells Divide the Work to Recognize Bodies

Apr. 28, 2016 — Specific regions of the brain are specialized in recognizing bodies of animals and human beings. By measuring the electrical activity per cell, scientists have shown that the individual brain cells ... read more

From Retina to Cortex: An Unexpected Division of Labor

Apr. 28, 2016 — By using imaging technologies that allow visualization of the ON and OFF response regions of hundreds of individual cortical neurons, researchers have discovered that fine scale retinal spatial ... read more

Silent Epidemic? Head Injury May Be Linked to Lasting Sleep Problems

Apr. 27, 2016 — People who have had a traumatic brain injury may still have sleep problems a year and a half after being injured, according to a study. In addition, people with TBI may also be unaware of just how ... read more

Apr. 27, 2016 — A mechanical engineer has developed a new assessment of motor control in children with cerebral palsy which could help predict which patients are -- or are not -- likely to benefit from invasive ... read more

Exercise Genes? Study Suggests Certain People With Depression May Benefit from Exercise

Apr. 27, 2016 — Call it personalized medicine for depression -- but the prescription in this case is exercise, which researchers have found helps people with certain genetic ... read more

Researchers Find Brain Circuit That Controls Binge Drinking

Apr. 26, 2016 — Researchers have identified a circuit between two brain regions that controls alcohol binge drinking, offering a more complete picture on what drives a behavior that costs the United States more than ... read more

Apr. 26, 2016 — A new study shows the death of newborn brain cells may be linked to a genetic risk factor for five major psychiatric diseases, and at the same time shows a compound currently being developed for use ... read more

Apr. 26, 2016 — The Allen Institute for Brain Science has announced major updates to its online resources available at brain-map.org, including a new resource on Aging, Dementia and Traumatic Brain Injury. The ... read more

Abnormally Low Blood Flow Indicates Damage to NFL Players' Brains

Apr. 26, 2016 — The discovery of brain pathology through autopsy in former National Football League (NFL) players called chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) has raised substantial concern among players, medical ... read more

Immuno-Psychiatry: When Your Body Makes Its Own 'Angel Dust'

Apr. 26, 2016 — A new study reports structural brain damage from an autoimmune encephalitis that impairs behavior in ways that are somewhat similar to the effects of "angel dust". The body sometimes makes ... read more

New Light Shed on Causes of Movement Disorders in Parkinson's Disease

Apr. 26, 2016 — A possible cause has been found for the disrupted communication between brain cells exhibited by Parkinson's patients. Researchers have discovered that this group of patients have increased ... read more

Apr. 26, 2016 — Anxiety and depression are two of the most frequently occurring mental disorders worldwide. Light-activated nerve cells may indicate how they are formed, report ... read more

Apr. 25, 2016 — For some types of autism, gastrointestinal problems may originate from the same genetic changes that lead to the behavioral and social characteristics of the condition, report researchers after ... read more

Regenerating Brain Tissue Brings Hope for a New Treatment Against Alzheimer's and Parkinson’s

Apr. 25, 2016 — Researchers developed a nanogel that enables the growth of new neurons. Working with animal models, researchers were able to cross the electroencephalic barrier, introduce a nanogel and achieve the ... read more

Apr. 25, 2016 — Could bacteria in your gut be used to cure or prevent neurological conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety or even depression? Two researchers think that's a strong ... read more

Apr. 25, 2016 — Astrocytes help control the strength of connections between neurons, new research shows. The study used cultured cells and brain slices to show that astrocytes in the hippocampus regulate changes in ... read more

Pre-Surgical Exposure to Blue Light Reduces Organ Damage in Mice

Apr. 25, 2016 — A 24-hour exposure to bright blue light before surgery reduces inflammation and organ damage at the cellular level in a mouse model, according to new ... read more

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