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May 24, 2017

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May 24, 2017

May 23, 2017 — Immune diseases like multiple sclerosis and hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis unleash destructive waves of inflammation on the body, causing death or a lifetime of illness and physical impairment. ... read more

Calcium Dynamics Regulating the Timing of Decision-Making in C. Elegans

May 23, 2017 — All animals make decisions according to information, but the detailed mechanism is not known. The researchers found that, a tiny worm chooses the direction in an odor space by mathematically ... read more

May 19, 2017 — Scientists have made an important step in understanding the organization of nerve cells embedded within the gut that control its function -- a discovery that could give insight into the origin of ... read more

May 19, 2017 — A new study opens a new perspective with regard to the development of dementia. The scientists blocked the breakdown of a certain fat molecule in the mouse brain. As a result the animals exhibited ... read more

Tau Prevents Synaptic Transmission at Early Stage of Neurodegeneration

May 19, 2017 — Tau proteins are involved in more than twenty neurodegenerative diseases, including various forms of dementia. These proteins clump together in patients’ brains to form neuronal tangles: protein ... read more

May 19, 2017 — A research team has studied two structurally-similar proteins in the adult brain and have found that they play distinct roles in the development of ... read more

Study Shows Differences in Brain Activity Between Men, Women Who Are Obese

May 19, 2017 — A new study of obese people suggests that changes in their brains’ reward regions make them more prone to overeating, and that women and men exhibit different brain activity related to ... read more

Scientists to Test Zika Virus on Brain Tumors

May 19, 2017 — In a revolutionary first, scientists will test whether the Zika virus can destroy brain tumor cells, potentially leading to new treatments for one of the hardest to treat cancers. ... read more

May 18, 2017 — A biochemical self-destruct trigger found in many types of cells takes on a different role in brain cells infected with West Nile virus. In a turnabout, it guards the lives of these cells and calls ... read more

Data Sharing Can Offer Help in Science's Reproducibility Crisis

May 18, 2017 — Criticism that researchers in the psychological and brain sciences are failing to reproduce studies -- a key step in the scientific method -- may have more to do with the complexity of managing data, ... read more

Healthy Brain Aging Linked to Omega-3 and Omega-6 Fatty Acids in the Blood

May 18, 2017 — Two new studies link patterns of polyunsaturated fatty acids in the blood to the integrity of brain structures and cognitive abilities that are known to decline early in aging. The studies add to the ... read more

Exposure to Alcohol Before Birth May Make Drinking More Appealing to Teens

May 18, 2017 — Fetal alcohol exposure (FAE) reduces the taste system’s responsiveness to the bitter flavor and burning sensation of many varieties of alcoholic beverages, new research shows. These factors make ... read more

May 18, 2017 — People who struggle to cope with uncertainty or the ambiguity of potential future threats may have an unusually large striatum, an area of the brain already associated with general anxiety disorder, ... read more

May 18, 2017 — Researchers say they have identified a new way that cells in the brain alert the rest of the body to recruit immune cells when the brain is injured. The work was completed in mouse models that mimic ... read more

Know Thyself to Understand Others

May 18, 2017 — Through targeted training, people can be guided to develop a better inner awareness about their own mental states, and to have a better understanding of the mental state of others. This helps us deal ... read more

Love Hormone Is Released During Crises

May 18, 2017 — Partners who were more invested in a relationship released more oxytocin when they thought about their relationship than the less invested partner did. Considering both members together, it was the ... read more

Mechanisms Behind Sensory Deficits in Parkinson's Disease

May 18, 2017 — Although Parkinson’s disease is often associated with motor symptoms such as stiffness, poor balance and trembling, the first symptoms are often sensory and include a reduced sense of touch and ... read more

There's More to Attraction Than What Meets the Eye

May 18, 2017 — Attractiveness isn't just a matter of good looks, but also the right voice and scent, highlights a mini ... read more

May 17, 2017 — BPA is a chemical that is used in a variety of consumer products, such as food storage containers and water bottles. In previous studies, researchers determined that BPA can disrupt sexual function ... read more

Current Stimulation May Keep Visual Neurons Alive After Injury -- But at a Cost

May 17, 2017 — Researchers report that for rats and mice, repetitive transorbital alternating current stimulation (rtACS) may help preserve visual neurons from cell death after ... read more

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