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February 13, 2016

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February 13, 2016

Important Role of Nucleocytoplasmic Transport in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Frontotemporal Dementia

Feb. 12, 2016 — Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD) are two devastating adult-onset neurodegenerative disorders. No cure exists for these diseases. Ten percent of ALS patients ... read more

Mommy and Me: Study Shows How Affectionate Mothering Can Combat the Effects of Maternal Depression

Feb. 11, 2016 — Certain parenting strategies can combat the negative impacts of maternal depression on an infant, suggests the first study of its kind. The work sought to investigate how a depressed mother's ... read more

Novel Neuroprotective Therapy Found to Enhance Memory

Feb. 11, 2016 — New research highlights the neuroprotective potential of a peptide developed at the university, and the marked difference in nerve cell communication in male and female mice. If researchers come to ... read more

Breakable Genes May Promote Disease, Brain Cell Diversity

Feb. 11, 2016 — Researchers have identified 27 genes in brain stem cells that are prone to a type of DNA damage. The fragility of those genes could explain why they are often mutated or deleted in cancers and ... read more

Scientists Identify a Memory Suppressor That May Play a Role in Autism

Feb. 11, 2016 — A specific microRNA has strong links to a number of neuropsychiatric disorders, including autism spectrum disorder, scientists report. The microRNA, known miR-980, serves as a memory suppressor in ... read more

Feb. 11, 2016 — For over forty years, neuro-scientists have been interested in the biological mechanisms underlying the storage of the information that our brain records every day. Today, a team of researchers ... read more

Social Animals Seek out the Company of Others Because Their Brains Are Wired to Find It Rewarding

Feb. 11, 2016 — Social animals are strongly motivated to seek out the company of others, especially after periods of isolation, because their brains are wired to find it rewarding. A study now reveals a neural ... read more

Will You Be Turning Left or Right for That Valentine’s Day Kiss: It’ll Depend on Who You’re Kissing!

Feb. 11, 2016 — As Valentine's Day approaches, love is in the air. One sure-fire way to express love towards someone, be it a partner or even a child, is with a kiss. A recent study in Laterality demonstrates ... read more

Feb. 11, 2016 — A versatile chip offers multiple applications in various electronic devices, report researchers, suggested that there is now hope that a low-powered, wireless neural implant may soon be a reality. ... read more

New Approach Offered to Treating Cocaine Addiction

Feb. 11, 2016 — An FDA-approved drug used for diabetes and obesity may also reduce cocaine dependence, new research indicates. The drug, trade name Byetta, derives from a naturally occurring hormone called ... read more

New Link Found Between Brain, Fat-Burning Circuit

Feb. 10, 2016 — Oxygen sensing in the brain has a role in metabolism and sensing an organism's internal state, a new study in animal models is the first to show. The findings raise the possibility of a similar ... read more

Couch Potatoes May Have Smaller Brains Later in Life

Feb. 10, 2016 — Poor physical fitness in middle age may be linked to a smaller brain size 20 years later, according to a new ... read more

Feb. 10, 2016 — Researchers have devised several lipid-based diets aimed at slowing down progression and relieving symptoms of Alzheimer's disease (AD). It is generally accepted that lifestyle and particularly ... read more

Feb. 10, 2016 — The age at which an adolescent begins using marijuana may affect typical brain development, according to researchers. Scientists describe how marijuana use, and the age at which use is initiated, may ... read more

Study Sheds Light on Source of Drug Addicts Risk-Taking Behavior

Feb. 10, 2016 — New insight has been gained into how the brains of drug addicts may be wired differently. The findings show that while drug users have very strong motivation to seek out 'rewards,' they ... read more

Computerized Rehab Aids Those Suffering from Brain Injuries

Feb. 10, 2016 — Computerized cognitive rehabilitation (a program to help brain-injured or otherwise cognitively impaired individuals to restore normal functioning) can improve attention and executive functioning in ... read more

Exercise and Meditation Together Help Beat Depression

Feb. 10, 2016 — A mind and body combination of exercise and meditation, done twice a week for only two months, reduced the symptoms for a group of students by 40 ... read more

Feb. 10, 2016 — Scientists have demonstrated that axon regenerative capacity can be boosted with the right stimulants on neuronal activity through either an optogenetic or a chemogenetic ... read more

Feb. 10, 2016 — Researchers have revealed that infants aged between 5 and 7 months hold the representation of color categories in their brain, even before the acquisition of ... read more

Attention Problems Persist in Childhood Leukemia Survivors Treated With Chemotherapy Alone

Feb. 10, 2016 — Pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) patients from the contemporary treatment era remain at risk for attention and learning problems later, researchers report. ALL is the most common ... read more

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