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July 28, 2016 — Music can influence how much you like the taste of beer, according to a new ... read more

Brain Changes After Menopause May Lead to Lack of Physical Activity

July 28, 2016 — Researchers have found a connection between lack of ovarian hormones and changes in the brain's pleasure center, a hotspot in the brain that processes and reinforces messages related to reward, ... read more

Why Do Antidepressants Take So Long to Work?

July 28, 2016 — An episode of major depression can be crippling, impairing the ability to sleep, work, or eat. But the drugs available to treat depression can take weeks or even months to start working. Researchers ... read more

Websites With History Can Be Just as Conversational as Chatting With a Person

July 28, 2016 — A website with search and interaction history can be just as engaging as chatting with an online human agent, or robot helper, according to ... read more

New Research Adds Evidence on Potential Treatments Targeting Amyloid Beta in Alzheimer's

July 28, 2016 — New research could provide additional clues for future treatment targets to delay Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, according to the group's latest ... read more

Photopharmacology and Optogenetics: Lighting the Way for Second Messengers

July 28, 2016 — Scientist have created photosensitive mimics of a class of signaling molecules, thus enabling their actions to be regulated by light, and affording new insights into the communications networks that ... read more

'Pain Paradox' Discovery Provides Route to New Pain Control Drugs

July 28, 2016 — A natural substance known to activate pain in the central nervous system has been found to have the opposite effect in other parts of the body, potentially paving the way to new methods of pain ... read more

Creativity, Intermedial Languages as Bridge to Communicate With Autistic Children

July 28, 2016 — This pioneering research using drama with autistic children started with an Arts and Humanities Research Council funded project 'Imagining Autism: Drama, Performance and Intermediality as ... read more

Recovery of Dopamine Function Emerges With Recovery from Smoking

July 28, 2016 — A new study reports that smoking-related deficits in brain dopamine, a chemical implicated in reward and addiction, return to normal three months after quitting. The normalization of dopamine systems ... read more

Smartphone Exercises for a Better Mood

July 28, 2016 — Brief, directed smartphone exercises can help quickly improve our ... read more

Zika Virus Challenges for Neuropsychiatry

July 28, 2016 — The Zika virus led the World Health Organization to declare the outbreak a global public health emergency in February 2016, but how much is really known about its neurobiology and potential ... read more

A Sage Discovery: Plant-Derived Compounds Have Potent Anti-Inflammatory Effects

July 27, 2016 — New research reveals that two specific plant-derived compounds may be effective for fighting inflammation and ... read more

Adolescent Drinking Damages Later Verbal Learning and Memory Performance

July 27, 2016 — Adolescence is both a time of rapid neurobiological changes and of the initiation of drinking – alcohol is the most commonly used substance among students in grades eight to 12. Binge-drinking ... read more

Indicators of Parkinson's Disease Risk Found in Unexpected Places

July 27, 2016 — Clues that point toward new risk mechanisms for developing Parkinson's disease are hiding in some unusual spots, according to a new ... read more

New Model May Help Solve the Mystery of How Lithium Stabilizes Moods

July 27, 2016 — New model provides a fresh perspective that can sharpen research aimed at pinning down lithium's biochemical targets and guide design of new treatments of mood disorders that are as effective as ... read more

July 27, 2016 — Humans rely on boundaries like walls and curbs for navigation, and researchers have pinpointed the areas of the brain most sensitive to even the tiniest ... read more

Even Thinking About Marriage Gets Young People to Straighten Up

July 27, 2016 — You don't have to get married to settle down and leave behind your wild ways -- you just have to expect to get married ... read more

July 27, 2016 — Through use of photographs, adolescents with ASD were able to share their accounts of difficulties transitioning out of school, their struggles with socialization and how they use animals as a source ... read more

Stroke Care: Randomized Penumbra 3-D Trial of Next Generation Stent Retriever Meets Primary Endpoints

July 27, 2016 — The Penumbra 3D Trial successfully met the primary trial endpoints, demonstrating non-inferiority in both safety and efficacy of the company's next-generation stent retriever, Penumbra 3D ... read more

July 27, 2016 — For more than a century, neuroscientists have known that nerve cells talk to one another across the small gaps between them, a process known as synaptic transmission. But the details of how this ... read more

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