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February 28, 2017

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February 28, 2017

Feb. 27, 2017 — New research has identified sections of DNA associated with altered regulation of gene expression underlying schizophrenia. The implicated loci contribute to schizophrenia risk by affecting ... read more

Alzheimer's Drug Prescribed Off-Label Could Pose Risk for Some

Feb. 25, 2017 — Donepezil, a medication that is approved to treat people with Alzheimer's disease, should not be prescribed for people with mild cognitive impairment without a genetic test. Researchers ... read more

New Software Allows for 'Decoding Digital Brain Data'

Feb. 24, 2017 — New software allows for 'decoding digital brain data' to reveal how neural activity gives rise to learning, memory and other cognitive functions. The software can be used in real time ... read more

Teach Yourself Everyday Happiness With Imagery Training

Feb. 24, 2017 — Researchers have found that self-guided positive imagery training can successfully combat negative emotions in our daily lives. This tool is so powerful that it also changes the way our brain ... read more

Feb. 24, 2017 — Several newly discovered variants of a gene increase the risk of developing anxiety disorders. A research team aims to derive new therapies from this finding which are better tailored to the ... read more

Regular Aerobic Exercise Beginning in Middle Age May Lessen Severity of Stroke in Old Age

Feb. 24, 2017 — Regular aerobic exercise may protect the collateral circulation and lessen the severity of strokes later in ... read more

Fructose Is Generated in the Human Brain

Feb. 23, 2017 — Fructose, a form of sugar linked to obesity and diabetes, is converted in the human brain from glucose, according to a new study. The finding raises questions about fructose's effects on the ... read more

Sons of Cocaine-Using Fathers Have Profound Memory Impairments

Feb. 23, 2017 — Fathers who use cocaine at the time of conceiving a child may be putting their sons at risk of learning disabilities and memory loss. The researchers say the findings reveal that drug abuse by ... read more

Studies Show That the Cerebellum Is Crucial to Understanding Vulnerability to Drug Addiction

Feb. 23, 2017 — The cerebellum, contrary to what was thought, fulfils functions that go beyond the motor sphere and can be co-responsible for the brain alterations associated with addictive consumption of drugs, ... read more

Feb. 23, 2017 — We all do it; we all need it -- humans and animals alike. Neuroscientists have been studying Mexican cavefish to provide insight into the evolutionary mechanisms regulating sleep loss and the ... read more

Tired Teens 4.5 Times More Likely to Commit Crimes as Adults

Feb. 23, 2017 — Teenagers who experience sleep problems and exhibit anti-social behavior are more likely to commit violent crimes as adults, new research ... read more

Sorting out Risk Genes for Brain Development Disorders

Feb. 23, 2017 — Gene discovery research is uncovering similarities and differences underlying a variety of disorders affecting the developing brain, including autism, attention deficits, tics, intellectual ... read more

OCD-Like Behavior Linked to Genetic Mutation

Feb. 22, 2017 — A new study found evidence suggesting how neural dysfunction in a certain region of the brain can lead to obsessive and repetitive behaviors much like obsessive-compulsive disorder ... read more

Heart Risks in Middle Age Boost Dementia Risk Later in Life

Feb. 22, 2017 — Heart disease risk factors in middle age were associated with an increased risk of dementia in later years. Smoking, high blood pressure and diabetes were all dementia risks, with diabetes in middle ... read more

Exercise Can Significantly Improve Brain Function After Stroke

Feb. 22, 2017 — Structured physical activity training after a stroke effectively improves brain function. Training that lasts as little as 12 weeks can be an effective treatment to limit cognitive decline following ... read more

Feb. 22, 2017 — Scientists have found that as mice learn to associate a particular sound with a rewarding sugary drink, one set of prefrontal neurons becomes more active and promotes reward-seeking behavior while ... read more

Feb. 22, 2017 — A prosthetic limb controlled by brain activity can partially recover the lost motor function. Neuroscientists asked whether it was possible to transmit the missing sensation back to the brain by ... read more

Feb. 22, 2017 — There are neurons in your skin that are wired to sense itchy things. These neurons are separate from the ones that detect pain, and yet, chemical-induced itch is often accompanied by mild pain such ... read more

Making It Harder to 'Outsmart' Concussion Tests

Feb. 22, 2017 — Concussion testing on the athletic field depends upon comparing an athlete's post-concussion neurocognitive performance with the results of a previously administered baseline test. Experts ... read more

Brain Scans Could Predict Teens’ Problem Drug Use Before It Starts

Feb. 22, 2017 — There's an idea out there of what a drug-addled teen is supposed to look like: impulsive, unconscientious, smart, perhaps -- but not the most engaged. While personality traits like that could ... read more

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