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May 25, 2016

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May 25, 2016

Investigating How 'Chemo Brain' Develops in Cancer Patients

May 25, 2016 — During and after chemotherapy, many cancer patients describe feeling a mental fog, a condition that has been dubbed 'chemo brain.' Why this happens is unclear, but researchers have found a ... read more

Distinguishing Differences in Dementia Using Brain Scans

May 24, 2016 — Neuroscientists are now able to distinguish two different forms of dementia using advanced imaging techniques. This is the first step towards early recognition of dementia in patients on the basis of ... read more

PET Imaging With Special Tracer Can Detect, Diagnose Early Alzheimer's Disease

May 24, 2016 — Recognizing that the use of biomarkers has led to advances in the detection of Alzheimer's disease (AD), researchers reviewed a PET amyloid imaging agent, finding that imaging with PiB provides ... read more

Brain Scans of Dementia Patients With Coprophagia Showed Neurodegeneration

May 19, 2016 — Coprophagia, eating one's feces, is common in animals but rarely seen in humans. Now researchers have reviewed the cases of a dozen adult patients diagnosed with coprophagia over the past 20 ... read more

New Brain-Training Tool to Help People Cut Drinking

May 19, 2016 — An online exercise featured in the first episode of BBC One’s ‘Lose Weight for Love’ is now available to the public for free to help people who want to cut down on ... read more

May 18, 2016 — New research demonstrates the effectiveness of ketamine to treat depression in a mouse model of the disease. The brings together two hypotheses: 1) that depression results from deficits in GABA ... read more

From Drug of Abuse to a Glimpse Into Depression

May 18, 2016 — Ketamine, a synthetic analogue of PCP, has recently taken the spotlight as a novel, fast-acting antidepressant. However, experts say that more research on usage of ketamine as an antidepressant is ... read more

May 18, 2016 — In machine learning, a programmer might develop an AI that can calculate all possible consequences of a single action. Humans, however, don't have the same raw computational power; we have to ... read more

Colors of Autism Spectrum Described by Researchers

May 18, 2016 — Children with autism have a wide range of ability to talk with other people, but it has been difficult to group children by their specific skills. Now researchers have developed an autism ... read more

Conventional Radiation Therapy May Not Protect Healthy Brain Cells

May 18, 2016 — Repeated radiation therapy used to target tumors in the brain may not be as safe to healthy brain cells as previously assumed. The findings of a new study show that the treatment also kills important ... read more

Researchers Shed Light on Pathway from Virus to Brain Disease

May 18, 2016 — Why people on immunosuppressant drugs for autoimmune conditions have a higher incidence of an often-fatal brain disease may be linked to a mutation in a common virus, according to ... read more

Enhanced Hippocampal-Cortical Coupling Improves Memory

May 18, 2016 — For the first time, scientists have produced direct evidence that the long-term storage of memories involves a dialogue between two brain structures, the hippocampus and cortex, during sleep; by ... read more

May 17, 2016 — The discovery that unattached, sliding microtubules aid in neuronal migration, could ultimately help researchers better understand how neurons gone astray contribute to neurodevelopmental disorders, ... read more

May 17, 2016 — We tend to think our memory works like a filing cabinet. We experience an event, generate a memory and then file it away for later use. However, according to medical research, the basic mechanisms ... read more

May 17, 2016 — Relationship satisfaction and the energy devoted to keeping a partner are dependent on how the partner compares with other potential mates, a finding that relates to evolution's stronghold on ... read more

May 17, 2016 — Researchers have developed a technique for imaging brain activity in a freely walking fruit fly. Working with one of the most common model organisms in science, the team shows for the first time what ... read more

Chronic Fatigue Patients More Likely to Suppress Emotions

May 17, 2016 — Chronic fatigue syndrome patients report they are more anxious and distressed than people who don’t have the condition, and they are also more likely to suppress those emotions. In addition, when ... read more

May 17, 2016 — 'How does it 'feel' to interact behaviorally with a machine?' To answer that, scientists created a virtual partner that can elicit emotional responses from its human partner while ... read more

'It's Rude to Point,' Right? Not Always

May 17, 2016 — The old adage that ‘it’s rude to point’ might need a rethink after new research showed that young children struggle to make sense of common symbols like arrows, and respond best to a pointing ... read more

Magic Mushroom Compound Psilocybin Could Provide New Avenue for Antidepressant Research

May 17, 2016 — Psilocybin -- a hallucinogenic compound derived from magic mushrooms -- may offer a possible new avenue for antidepressant research, according to a new ... read more

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