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Mind-readers: Scientists Crack a Piece of the Neural Code for Learning and Memory

March 3, 2015 | by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory | Comments

Postmortem brain slices can be “read” to determine how a mouse was trained to behave in response to specific sounds.                        

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Alzheimer Amyloid Clumps Found in Young Adult Brains

March 3, 2015 4:40 pm | by Marla Paul, Northwestern University | Comments

Amyloid – an abnormal protein whose accumulation in the brain is a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease – starts accumulating inside neurons of people as young as 20, a much younger age than scientists ever imagined, reports a surprising new study.

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Protein May Be Key to Cancer's Deadly Resurgences

March 3, 2015 4:29 pm | by Pete Farley, University of California San Francisco | Comments

Tumor recurrence following a period of remission is the main cause of death in cancer. The ability of cancer cells to remain dormant during and following therapy, only to be reactivated at a later time, frequently with greater aggressiveness, is one of the least-understood aspects of the disease.

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Scientists Find a Defect Responsible for Memory Impairment in Aging

March 3, 2015 4:23 pm | by TSRI | Comments

The new study describes in detail the loss of connectivity between two sets of neurons that prevents the formation of long-term memory.                     

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DNA Tool Helping Biologists Find Elusive or Invasive Species

March 3, 2015 4:18 pm | by Phuong Lee, Associated Press | Comments

When salmon, salamanders or other aquatic animals poop or shed skin cells, they leave behind traces of their DNA in the water, like clues left behind at a crime scene.               

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New Nanodevice Defeats Drug Resistance

March 3, 2015 10:33 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT | Comments

Tiny particles embedded in gel can turn off drug-resistance genes, then release cancer drugs.                            

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UN Warns Against Complacency as Ebola Fight Enters New Phase

March 3, 2015 10:23 am | by Lorne Cook, Associated Press | Comments

The United Nations is urging donors, organizations and countries fighting Ebola in West Africa not to give in to complacency as the death toll from the virus climbs toward 10,000.             

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Scientists Find Direct Link Between Insulin Resistance in the Brain and Behavioral Disorders

March 3, 2015 10:14 am | by Joslin Diabetes Center | Comments

Study in mice identifies mechanism that lowers levels of dopamine and heightens behavior suggesting anxiety and depression.                       

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Neurons Controlling Appetite Made from Skin Cells

March 3, 2015 9:59 am | by Columbia University Medical Center | Comments

Cells  provide individualized model for studying obesity and testing treatments.                             

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Alzheimer's Disease Linked to Heart's Effect on the Brain

March 2, 2015 10:53 am | by University of Sydney | Comments

The prevailing medical wisdom that Alzheimer's Disease has its origins in the brain has a radical and disputed rival with shocking implications for medicine's relentless efforts to forestall disease, ageing and death, according to a new review of the evidence.

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Team Shows How Rare Antibody Targets Ebola and Marburg Viruses

March 2, 2015 10:37 am | by TSRI | Comments

Future treatments could bind to vulnerable site in viruses causing a variety of diseases.                            

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Perception of Food Consumption Overrides Reality

March 2, 2015 10:27 am | by Karen Feldscher, Harvard Gazette | Comments

Research suggests anti-aging benefits of calorie restriction without the restriction.                             

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A Gene for Brain Size - Only Found in Humans

March 2, 2015 9:56 am | by Max Planck Institute | Comments

Following the traces of evolution: researches find a key to the reproduction of brain stem cells                           

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Sierra Leone's Vice President in Quarantine for Ebola

March 2, 2015 9:34 am | by Clarence Roy-Macaulay, Associated Press | Comments

Sierra Leone's vice president has put himself in quarantine following the death from Ebola of one of his security guards.                       

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New Target Identified in Fight Against Alzheimer's, Multiple Sclerosis

March 2, 2015 9:24 am | by Michael C. Purdy, Washington University in St. Louis | Comments

Highlighting a potential target in the treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS) and Alzheimer’s disease, new research suggests that triggering a protein found on the surface of brain cells may help slow the progression of these and other neurological diseases.

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Thinking of God Makes People Bigger Risk-Takers

February 27, 2015 10:14 am | by Association for Psychological Science | Comments

Reminders of God can make people more likely to seek out and take risks, according to research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.            

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