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July 23, 2016

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July 23, 2016

Screening for Suicide Risk Among Urban Children Vitally Important

July 20, 2016 — Screening for suicide risk among publicly insured urban children who are experiencing psychological distress is vitally important, finds a new ... read more

July 13, 2016 — The immune system affects -- and even controls -- social behavior, a new study has found. Researchers discovered that blocking a single type of immune molecule made mouse brains go hyperactive and ... read more

First Drug Target Identified for Children With Rare Type of Brain Tumor

July 13, 2016 — Primitive neuroectodermal tumors are the largest group of malignant brain tumors in children. They can arise from the brain's cerebellum or from tissue located throughout the central nervous ... read more

Machine Learning Puts New Lens on Autism Screening and Diagnostics

July 12, 2016 — Researchers are now exploring whether machine learning might play an important role in helping screen for autism and guide caregiver and practitioner ... read more

July 12, 2016 — Character traits, such as grit or desire to learn, have a heavy hand in academic success and are partially rooted in genetics, according to a new psychology ... read more

Are Brain Changes Fueling Overeating in the Obese?

July 12, 2016 — Obese mice are much more likely than lean mice to overeat in the presence of environmental cues, a behavior that could be related to changes in the brain, finds a new ... read more

New Antidepressant Target Discovered

July 12, 2016 — Scientists have shown how manipulating a novel target in the brain using gene therapy could lead to new treatments for depression. Decreasing a set of proteins in the hippocampus reduced ... read more

Stress Relief by 'Comfort Foods' May Vary Between Sexes and Across the Estrous Cycle

July 12, 2016 — Researchers have found that the brain networks that mediate stress relief after eating highly palatable foods may vary between males and females, and may also depend on the stage of the estrous ... read more

Oxytocin's Role in Binge Eating

July 12, 2016 — A study has demonstrated that variants of the Oxytocin Receptor (OXTR) gene contribute to why some of us overeat or engage in episodes of binge eating. Researchers investigated how the OXTR gene ... read more

Scientists Identify Neurochemical Signal Likely Missing in Parkinson's

July 11, 2016 — Neuroscientists have identified the neurochemical signal likely missing in Parkinson's disease by discovering two distinctly different kinds of neurons that deliver dopamine to an important ... read more

When Red Evokes Mischief

July 8, 2016 — A new study shows that the color red may tempt certain personality types to rebel against expectations rather than ... read more

Agreeable Personalities Are More Likely to Help Strangers

July 8, 2016 — Prosocial behaviors, such as willingness to help others, may be linked to specific personalities. Agreeableness is one of the better predictors of prosocial behavior, say ... read more

July 7, 2016 — Biologists have discovered a possible explanation for why lithium helps patients with bipolar disorder. In a study of C. elegans worms, the researchers identified a protein, known as BPNT1, which is ... read more

July 7, 2016 — Scientists have uncovered a key feature of the brain's GPS that helps a mouse find what it is seeking. The study enabled scientists to define the precise duties of cells in a particular region ... read more

July 6, 2016 — People with intermittent explosive disorder (IED), or impulsive aggression, have a weakened connection between regions of the brain associated with sensory input, language processing and social ... read more

July 6, 2016 — By activating particular neurons, we may be able to influence alcohol drinking behavior, according to new research findings. These findings provide insight into another mechanism underlying the ... read more

Does Chronic Pain Run in Families?

July 6, 2016 — Can an increased risk of chronic pain be transmitted from parents to children? Several factors may contribute, including genetics, effects on early development, social learning, and more according to ... read more

July 6, 2016 — Most people would get a little 'rush' out of the idea that they're about to win some money. In fact, if you could look into their brain at that very moment, you'd see activity in ... read more

Artificial Intelligence May Aid in Alzheimer's Diagnosis

July 6, 2016 — Machine learning is a type of artificial intelligence that allows computer programs to learn when exposed to new data without being programmed. Now, researchers have coupled machine learning methods ... read more

One Small Step for Babies, One Giant Leap for Humankind

July 5, 2016 — Even before they stand up, infants have a rough idea of how to walk; they just need some time to lay down the right neural wiring. Understanding how babies take their first steps can also help us to ... read more

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