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February 22, 2017

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February 22, 2017

Drugs That Alter Inhibitory Targets Offer Therapeutic Strategies for Autism, Schizophrenia

Feb. 21, 2017 — Memories are formed at structures in the brain known as dendritic spines, which communicate with other brain cells through 'synapses.' Researchers recently discovered that an inhibitory ... read more

Treatment Strategy for Anorexia

Feb. 20, 2017 — New research conducted in adolescent rodents provides insights on the mechanisms behind anorexia nervosa and points to a potential treatment ... read more

Scientists Uncover How Zika Virus Causes Microcephaly

Feb. 17, 2017 — A multidisciplinary team has uncovered the mechanisms that the Zika virus uses to alter brain development, outlines a new ... read more

Feb. 17, 2017 — Fathers given boosts of the hormone oxytocin show increased activity in brain regions associated with reward and empathy when viewing photos of their toddlers, a new study ... read more

Feb. 17, 2017 — It is not the brain that determines if people are right or left-handed, but the spinal cord, new research indicates. The biopsychologists have demonstrated that gene activity in the spinal cord is ... read more

Feb. 17, 2017 — Researchers have developed an improved type of electrode that is more durable, lasts longer in the body and transmits a clearer, more robust signal than electrodes made from current state-of-the-art ... read more

Feb. 16, 2017 — Seeing is not always believing -- visual speech (mouth movements) mismatched with auditory speech (sounds) can result in the perception of an entirely different message. This mysterious illusion is ... read more

Feb. 16, 2017 — Tumors that originate in other organs of the body and spread to the brain are known as metastatic brain tumors. According to the American Brain Tumor Association, this tumor type is the most common ... read more

Social Exclusion in Virtual Realities Has a Negative Social and Emotional Impact in 'Real' Life

Feb. 16, 2017 — In this age of highly realistic computer games and increasingly popular social networks, social exclusion in virtual worlds is becoming more and more socially significant, as is demonstrated by the ... read more

Depression or Anxiety May Increase Risk of Surgical Wound Complications

Feb. 16, 2017 — Patients' mental health may affect their risk of experiencing wound-related complications after surgery, new research ... read more

Feb. 16, 2017 — Largest imaging study of ADHD to date identifies differences in five regions of the brain, with greatest differences seen in children rather than ... read more

Feb. 16, 2017 — Ultra-flexible, nanoelectronic thread (NET) brain probes have been designed that can achieve more reliable long-term neural recording than existing probes and don't elicit scar formation when ... read more

Is It Depression or Dementia? Brain SPECT Imaging Helps Distinguish Them

Feb. 16, 2017 — Does a patient have depression or a cognitive disorder (CD) such as Alzheimer's disease or both? Since both disorders have overlapping symptoms, how can a clinician tell them apart to make an ... read more

Emotions Are Cognitive, Not Innate, Researchers Conclude

Feb. 15, 2017 — Emotions are not innately programmed into our brains, but, in fact, are cognitive states resulting from the gathering of information, researchers ... read more

How Depression Can Muddle Thinking

Feb. 15, 2017 — Depression is associated with sadness, fatigue and a lack of motivation. But people with depression can also have trouble processing information and solving problems. Now scientists studying a rat ... read more

Brain Study: Motor Cortex Contributes to Word Comprehension

Feb. 15, 2017 — Researchers have experimentally confirmed the hypothesis, whereby comprehension of a word's meaning involves not only the 'classic' language brain centers but also the cortical regions ... read more

Neurotrophic Factor GDNF Is an Important Regulator of Dopamine Neurons in the Brain

Feb. 15, 2017 — New research results are expanding our understanding of the physiological role of the glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor GDNF in the function of the brain's dopamine systems. In a new ... read more

Feb. 14, 2017 — Scientists have created synthetic brain systems called 'circuitoids' to better understand dysfunctional movements in Parkinson's, ALS and other ... read more

Feb. 14, 2017 — Whether we're navigating a route to work or browsing produce at the grocery store, our brains are constantly making decisions about movement: Should I cross the street now or at the ... read more

Children of Patients With C9orf72 Mutations Are at a Greater Risk of Frontotemporal Dementia or ALS at a Younger Age

Feb. 14, 2017 — The most common genetic cause of the brain diseases frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a mutation in the C9orf72 gene. Researchers have demonstrated that if an ... read more

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