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August 31, 2016

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August 31, 2016

Dopamine: Far More Than Just the 'Happy Hormone'

Aug. 31, 2016 — Dopamine is a so-called messenger substance or neurotransmitter that conveys signals between neurons. It not only controls mental and emotional responses but also motor reactions. Dopamine is ... read more

Aug. 30, 2016 — A research team has identified the pain transmission mechanism at the molecular level and presented new solutions for the understanding of pain signals and the development of pain ... read more

System May Help Treat Rare Genetic Disorder, Reduce Severe Side Effects

Aug. 30, 2016 — Researchers have discovered a type of drug delivery system that may offer new hope for patients with a rare, ultimately fatal genetic disorder -- and make what might become a terrible choice a little ... read more

Alzheimer's: Nicotinic Receptors as a New Therapeutic Target

Aug. 29, 2016 — Studies have indicated that nicotine may be beneficial for memory function. Scientists are set out to shed further light on the properties attributed to nicotine by determining the precise structure ... read more

Sertraline, Brand Named Zoloft, Improves Functioning in Young Children With Fragile X

Aug. 26, 2016 — Treatment with sertraline may provide nominal but important improvements in cognition and social participation in very young children with fragile X syndrome, the most common genetic cause of ... read more

Stiff Arteries Linked With Memory Problems, Mouse Study Suggests

Aug. 26, 2016 — Using a new mouse model, researchers have found that stiffer arteries can also negatively affect memory and other critical brain processes. The findings may eventually reveal how arterial stiffness ... read more

Sights Set on the Next Generation of Shuttle Peptides to Target the Brain

Aug. 26, 2016 — There is a new and emerging field of drug transporters that have the capacity to reach the brain more efficiently, say researchers, bringing together chemistry, pharmacy and ... read more

Finally, the Brain Sensor That Turns Down the Heat

Aug. 25, 2016 — At long last, researchers have zeroed in on the neurons that act as the brain's internal ... read more

Is Prehospital Stroke Treatment Associated With Better Outcomes?

Aug. 25, 2016 — When treating a patient with stroke, every minute counts. A specialized stroke ambulance allows physicians to start specific treatment, such as thrombolysis, at scene. A recent study investigated ... read more

Aug. 25, 2016 — A major therapeutic challenge, the retinal prostheses that have been under development during the past ten years can enable some blind subjects to perceive light signals, but the image thus restored ... read more

Aug. 25, 2016 — Scientists are testing a drug that could boost levels of critical protective protein in brain. In the study, the team conducted tests in a mouse model of Alzheimer's disease by raising the ... read more

Aug. 25, 2016 — Researchers have revealed that microglia -- cells involved in immune functions in the brain -- also influence brain connectivity and formation of new links between neurons in the developing brain. By ... read more

MRI-Guided Focused Ultrasound Effective to Treat Essential Tremor

Aug. 24, 2016 — Treatment with MRI-guided focused ultrasound significantly improves tremors and quality of life in patients with essential tremor (ET), the most common movement disorder, according to a new ... read more

Zika Virus Detected in Newborn Until 2 Months After Birth

Aug. 24, 2016 — Researchers outline the case of a baby born with Zika infection in January 2016, who remained infected by the virus even two months and one week after birth. This is the first reported case of ... read more

Mental Stress May Cause Reduced Blood Flow in Hearts of Young Women With Heart Disease

Aug. 24, 2016 — Mental stress may cause reduced blood flow in the heart muscle of younger women with heart disease. Younger women with heart disease are more susceptible to reduced blood flow from mental stress ... read more

Aug. 24, 2016 — A new study found that adult rats with disruptions in their social hierarchy produced far fewer new neurons, and reacted to the surrounding upheaval by favoring the company of familiar rats. The ... read more

Aug. 24, 2016 — A smart helmet that can help diagnose concussions in football players is being developed by medical students. Using the smart helmet, the team hopes players of all ages will be taken off the field ... read more

Concussions and Brain Injury: Can Omega-3 Intake Aid in Brain Health Recovery?

Aug. 24, 2016 — The treatment of concussions and traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a clinical challenge. Clinical studies thus far have failed to identify an effective treatment strategy when a combination of targets ... read more

Aug. 24, 2016 — A 25-year-old man recovering from a coma has made remarkable progress following a treatment to jump-start his brain using ultrasounds, scientists report. This is the first time such an approach to ... read more

How Do Antidepressants Trigger Fear and Anxiety?

Aug. 24, 2016 — Scientists have mapped out a serotonin-driven anxiety circuit that may explain 'anxiety' side effect of antidepressants. More than 100 million people worldwide take selective serotonin ... read more

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