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May 2, 2016 — Researchers have obtained images of the NMDA receptor in active, non-active, and inhibited states. Understanding how NMDA receptors activate is critical in designing novel therapeutic compounds for ... read more

Benefits of Stem Cells for Treating Spinal Cord Injuries Assessed

Apr. 29, 2016 — Stem cell therapy is a rapidly evolving and promising treatment for spinal-cord injuries. According to a new literature review, different types of stem cells vary in their ability to help restore ... read more

Salts in the Brain Control Our Sleep-Wake Cycle

Apr. 29, 2016 — A new epoch-making discovery has been made, which may prove decisive to future brain research. The level of salts in the brain plays a critical role in whether we are asleep or awake. This discovery ... read more

Four New Genetic Diseases Defined Within Schizophrenia

Apr. 28, 2016 — Changes in key genes define four previously unknown conditions within schizophrenia, according to a study. Unlike "big data" genetic studies, which have loosely linked hundreds of genetic ... read more

Apr. 28, 2016 — A neuroscientist has inserted a genetic switch into nerve cells so a patient can alter their activity by taking designer drugs that would not affect any other cell. The cells in question are neurons ... read more

Apr. 28, 2016 — A protein complex that helps direct the growth of axons -- the parts of neurons that make up our nerves, connecting our senses and muscles to the brain and spinal cord -- has been discovered by a ... read more

Harsh out of Necessity

Apr. 28, 2016 — Multiple sclerosis patients must not only address their unpleasant symptoms, they are also subject to unpredictable relapses, a condition that causes stress, say researchers. This condition has ... read more

Modifying an Obesity Drug Could Reduce Side Effects Like Anxiety and Depression

Apr. 28, 2016 — A new version of an obesity drug that caused serious psychiatric side effects could help people lose pounds without experiencing the anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts previously associated ... read more

Brain Cells Divide the Work to Recognize Bodies

Apr. 28, 2016 — Specific regions of the brain are specialized in recognizing bodies of animals and human beings. By measuring the electrical activity per cell, scientists have shown that the individual brain cells ... read more

Apr. 28, 2016 — Imaging technologies offer a new window into spinal cord to understand touch and pain sensations. The innovative technology revealed that astrocytes--cells in the nervous system that do not conduct ... read more

Apr. 28, 2016 — People with more friends have higher pain tolerance, researchers have found, in a study looking at social networks and endorphin ... read more

From Retina to Cortex: An Unexpected Division of Labor

Apr. 28, 2016 — By using imaging technologies that allow visualization of the ON and OFF response regions of hundreds of individual cortical neurons, researchers have discovered that fine scale retinal spatial ... read more

Apr. 28, 2016 — Researchers are studying changes in Parkinson's-affected cells at various stages of the disease, long before any symptoms are evident. Parkinson’s is marked by the degeneration and death of ... read more

Abnormal Brain Interactions Harm Consciousness

Apr. 27, 2016 — An international research team has investigated interactions in different states of consciousness and has discovered that patients with severely impaired consciousness show a pathological or ... read more

Silent Epidemic? Head Injury May Be Linked to Lasting Sleep Problems

Apr. 27, 2016 — People who have had a traumatic brain injury may still have sleep problems a year and a half after being injured, according to a study. In addition, people with TBI may also be unaware of just how ... read more

Apr. 27, 2016 — Despite considerable evidence for the California sea lion's intelligence, very little is known about how their brain is organized. Now, a team of neuroscientists has taken an important step ... read more

Apr. 27, 2016 — A researcher who studies the most common genetic intellectual disability has used an experimental drug to reverse -- in mice -- damage from the mutation that causes the syndrome. The condition, ... read more

Exercise Genes? Study Suggests Certain People With Depression May Benefit from Exercise

Apr. 27, 2016 — Call it personalized medicine for depression -- but the prescription in this case is exercise, which researchers have found helps people with certain genetic ... read more

Apr. 27, 2016 — Biologists have homed in on the genes that tell brain cells to grow the tendrils critical for passing messages throughout the body. In a new study, they report certain genes in nearby neurons need to ... read more

Apr. 27, 2016 — Scientists have been studying how visual space is mapped in the cerebral cortex for many decades under the assumption that the map is equal for lights and darks. Surprisingly, recent work ... read more

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