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September 26, 2016

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September 26, 2016

Researchers Describe Key Protein Structure and a Drug Prototype That Could Assist Therapeutic Development

Sep. 21, 2016 — The three-dimensional, atomic structure of an important cell receptor molecule linked to the development of several diseases has now been described in a new ... read more

Potential Schizophrenia 'Switch' Found

Sep. 19, 2016 — A key mechanism that explains how compounds they're developing can suppress schizophrenia-like symptoms in mice without side effects has been discovered by researchers. An estimated 3 million ... read more

Sep. 19, 2016 — Opioid dependence -- which includes dependence on drugs such as heroin -- affects how 'cute' we perceive images of children to be, new research shows. As cuteness can trigger caregiving ... read more

Can Sertraline Prevent Depressive Disorders Following Traumatic Brain Injury?

Sep. 19, 2016 — Depressive disorders are common following traumatic brain injury (TBI). So, can the antidepressant medication sertraline prevent the onset of depressive disorders following ... read more

Sep. 19, 2016 — In mice, glutamate plays a vital role in controlling how muscles and nerves are wired together during development, researchers have discovered. Glutamate is the most common neurotransmitter in the ... read more

Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation Raises Glutamate Levels in Humans

Sep. 19, 2016 — The notion that low levels of electrical stimulation applied to the scalp, barely enough to create a mild tingling sensation, could activate the brain is a relatively new and somewhat controversial ... read more

Neurofeedback: When Output Becomes Part of Input

Sep. 19, 2016 — Neurofeedback is a technique used for the treatment of clinical disorders (like depression, anxiety, chronic pain, ADHD and schizophrenia etc.) and enhancement of brain performance. It is based on ... read more

Sep. 19, 2016 — Researchers have established how a protein called alpha-synuclein, which is closely associated with Parkinson's Disease, functions in healthy human brains. By showing how the protein works in ... read more

Response to Anxiety Linked to Movement Control Areas in Brain

Sep. 18, 2016 — Researchers have discovered that the response to anxiety in teenagers may include not only the parts of the brain which deal with emotions (the limbic system), as has been long understood, but also ... read more

Sep. 16, 2016 — A switch that redirects helper cells in the peripheral nervous system into "repair" mode, a form that restores damaged axons, has been discovered by scientists, a new report ... read more

Study Uncovers New Molecular Signaling Mechanism for Correcting Childhood Visual Disorders

Sep. 15, 2016 — Neuroscientists have discovered a molecular signaling mechanism that translates visual impairments into functional changes in brain circuit connections. The discovery may help to develop novel ... read more

Sep. 15, 2016 — A computer program has been developed that uses radiomic features found in routine MRI scans to distinguish between radiation necrosis and recurrent brain cancer. In a comparison, the program was ... read more

Link Discovered Between Touch of Individuals With Autism, Their Social Difficulties

Sep. 15, 2016 — The sense of touch may play a more crucial role in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) than previously assumed. The main findings of the research show that individuals with ASD may have difficulties to ... read more

Imaging the Effects of Hunger on the Brain's Response to Food Cues

Sep. 14, 2016 — Our brain pays more attention to food when we are hungry than when we are sated. Now a team of scientists has shed light on how the needs of the body affect the way the brain processes visual food ... read more

MRI Guidance Shows Promise in Delivering Stem Cell Therapies

Sep. 14, 2016 — Working with animals, a team of scientists reports it has delivered stem cells to the brain with unprecedented precision by threading a catheter through an artery and infusing the cells under ... read more

Scientists Discover Missing Link in Septic Shock

Sep. 14, 2016 — An important mechanism of sepsis, an overreaction of the body’s immune system to an infection, has been revealed by researchers. In this condition, the brain is unable to curb an inflammatory ... read more

Brain Cancer and Leukemia: New Molecular Mechanisms Decoded

Sep. 14, 2016 — New molecular causes of brain cancer and leukemia have been revealed by new research. This research provided insight into the effect of mutations of enzymes involved in the development of these ... read more

Sep. 13, 2016 — Regularly snapping selfies with your smartphone and sharing photos with your friends can help make you a happier person, according to computer scientists. In a first-of-its-kind study published just ... read more

How 'Super Aging' Older Adults Retain Youthful Memory Abilities

Sep. 13, 2016 — Some loss of memory is often considered an inevitable part of aging, but new research reveals how some people appear to escape that ... read more

Sep. 13, 2016 — One way chronic stress appears to cause depression is by increasing levels of a protein in the brain that decreases the availability of an important chemical that regulates our mood, scientists ... read more

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