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February 21, 2017

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February 21, 2017

Drugs That Alter Inhibitory Targets Offer Therapeutic Strategies for Autism, Schizophrenia

Feb. 21, 2017 — Memories are formed at structures in the brain known as dendritic spines, which communicate with other brain cells through 'synapses.' Researchers recently discovered that an inhibitory ... read more

Treatment Strategy for Anorexia

Feb. 20, 2017 — New research conducted in adolescent rodents provides insights on the mechanisms behind anorexia nervosa and points to a potential treatment ... read more

Feb. 16, 2017 — Tumors that originate in other organs of the body and spread to the brain are known as metastatic brain tumors. According to the American Brain Tumor Association, this tumor type is the most common ... read more

How Depression Can Muddle Thinking

Feb. 15, 2017 — Depression is associated with sadness, fatigue and a lack of motivation. But people with depression can also have trouble processing information and solving problems. Now scientists studying a rat ... 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

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

Low Birth Weight Babies at Higher Risk for Mental Health Problems Later in Life

Feb. 13, 2017 — Babies born with extremely low birth weight are not only at risk for physical problems but are also more likely to experience mental health problems later in life, according to an analysis of ... read more

Feb. 13, 2017 — A specific gene that helps form memories from traumatic events can be manipulated, and in doing so may actually help prevent post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to a new ... read more

Feb. 13, 2017 — In a new study, researchers have described how two important molecules in the brain work together to trigger intense ... 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

Studies Uncover Long-Term Effects of Traumatic Brain Injury

Feb. 10, 2017 — Doctors are beginning to get answers to the question that every parent whose child has had a traumatic brain injury wants to know: What will my child be like 10 years from ... read more

Feb. 10, 2017 — It is consensus that mothers' diet has critical effects on fetal development, and the absence of nutrients is related to impairments on brain formation. In order to characterize the nutrients ... read more

Feb. 10, 2017 — 'Bench-to-bedside' describes research that has progressed from basic science in animal models that has led to therapies used in patients. Now, a study describes what could be considered a ... read more

Caregivers Should Be Screened Early, Often to Prevent Depression, Anxiety

Feb. 10, 2017 — Currently, more than 34 million people in the U.S. care for terminally ill love ones, but few resources are available to help them navigate the challenges they encounter. A study has found that ... read more

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