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AAN 2015 Research Spotlight: A New Compound for Alzheimer’s

April 27, 2015 3:28 pm | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Neurologists from all over the world converged in Washington D.C. last week, with an estimated 13,000 attendees meeting at the 67th annual American Academy of Neurology conference to learn about new research in the field.

2015 Neuro Film Festival Winners

April 24, 2015 11:31 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

Farrah J. Mateen, M.D., from Cambridge, Mass., is the grand prize winner of the 2015 Neuro Film...

Link Discovery Points to Potential New Alzheimer's Treatment

April 24, 2015 9:50 am | by University of Cambridge | News | Comments

Researchers have identified how proteins that play a key role in Alzheimer’s disease are linked...

Nerve Activity Stimulates Brain Tumor Growth

April 24, 2015 9:27 am | by Stanford University | News | Comments

New research shows that high-grade gliomas, the deadliest human brain tumors, increase their...

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Pollution Shrinks Brains, Causes Silent Strokes

April 24, 2015 9:17 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

Air pollution can shrink brains, lead to cognitive problems and even cause silent stokes, according to new research published by Stroke a journal of the American Heart Association.

Oxytocin Can Suddenly Switch on Maternal Behavior

April 23, 2015 10:04 am | by Cynthia Fox, Science Writer | Articles | Comments

Injections of the "love" hormone, oxytocin, let non-mother rats suddenly hear the ultrasonic distress sounds of mothers’ pups, according to a study in mice published in Nature.

Babies Feel Pain 'Like Adults'

April 23, 2015 9:00 am | by University of Oxford | News | Comments

The brains of babies 'light up' in a very similar way to adults when exposed to the same painful stimulus, a brain scanning study has discovered. It suggests that babies experience pain much like adults.

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Listen to Your Heart: Why Your Brain May Give Away How Well You Know Yourself

April 22, 2015 11:11 am | by University of Cambridge | News | Comments

“Listen to your heart,” sang Swedish pop group Roxette in the late Eighties. But not everyone is able to tune into their heartbeat, according to an international team of researchers – and half of us under- or over-estimate our ability.

Two Studies Examine Diabetes Severity in Parkinson's, Sex Differences in Parkinson's Caregiving

April 22, 2015 11:02 am | by University of Pennsylvania | News | Comments

Findings reveal severe diabetes worsens Parkinson's symptoms.

As Subdural Hematomas Increase, so do Brain Growth Studies

April 17, 2015 2:47 pm | by Cynthia Fox, Science Writer | Articles | Comments

There will be 60,000 annual cases of chronic subdural hematoma (SDH) by 2030, making SDH the U.S.’s most common adult brain surgery disorder, says a new study by New York University (NYU) researchers.

Encountering a Wall Corrects 'GPS' Cells in Mouse Brains

April 17, 2015 10:20 am | by Stanford University | News | Comments

Researchers have found more evidence that the brain’s grid cells help a mouse mentally map its location in the dark.

Income and Brain Anatomy

April 17, 2015 9:52 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT | News | Comments

In middle-schoolers, neuroscientists find differences in brain structures where knowledge is stored.

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Fitness Trackers Could Support MS Treatments: Study

April 16, 2015 3:13 pm | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

The team of investigators will present their findings this week at the annual American Academy of Neurology meeting.

Open Road to the Circuit Diagram of the Brain

April 16, 2015 10:29 am | by Max Planck Institute | News | Comments

Staining method brings the reconstruction of all nerve cells and their connections within reach.

Scientists Use Brain Stimulation to Boost Creativity

April 16, 2015 10:17 am | by UNC | News | Comments

Using a weak electric current to alter a specific brain activity pattern, UNC School of Medicine researchers increased creativity in healthy adults. Now they’re testing the same experimental protocol to alleviate symptoms in people with depression.

Inadequate Vitamin E May Damage Brain

April 15, 2015 9:52 am | by Oregon State University | News | Comments

Researchers at Oregon State University have discovered how vitamin E deficiency may cause neurological damage by interrupting a supply line of specific nutrients and robbing the brain of the “building blocks” it needs to maintain neuronal health.

A New Tool for Understanding ALS: Patients’ Brain Cells

April 15, 2015 9:34 am | by Johns Hopkins | News | Comments

Researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine have transformed skin cells from patients with Lou Gehrig’s disease, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), into brain cells affected by the progressive, fatal disease and deposited those human-made cells into the first public ALS cell library, enabling scientists to better study the disease.

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How Deep-Brain Stimulation Reshapes Neural Circuits in Parkinson’s

April 14, 2015 10:28 am | by UCSF | News | Comments

Study reveals mode of action of highly effective, but poorly understood therapy.

Network “Hubs” in the Brain Attract Information, Much Like Airport System

April 14, 2015 10:18 am | by University of Michigan | News | Comments

One of the brain’s main jobs is information processing – what is critical, however, is that information in the brain gets transferred to the right places at the right times.

Getting Bigger Brains Through Exercise

April 14, 2015 10:08 am | by Bioscience Technology Staff | Articles | Comments

The brain gets bigger with physical exercise, according to two recent studies.

New Compound Could Offer Therapy for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s

April 14, 2015 9:15 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

An international research team has developed a compound that successfully targets and destroys aggregated proteins, leading to hopes for a new class of drugs effective against a multitude of diseases including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

Touch-Sensing Neurons Are Multitaskers

April 13, 2015 10:51 am | by Johns Hopkins | News | Comments

Two types of touch information — the feel of an object and the position of an animal’s limb — have long been thought to flow into the brain via different channels and be integrated in sophisticated processing regions. Now, with help from a specially devised mechanical exoskeleton that positioned monkeys’ hands in different postures, Johns Hopkins researchers have challenged that view.

Dreams and REM Sleep May Be About Memory Consolidation

April 13, 2015 8:39 am | by Cynthia Fox, Science Writer | Articles | Comments

Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep, during which vivid dreaming occurs, may be a period in which memory is consolidated, according to research in Science Advances.

Study Deciphers the Noise in the Human Brain

April 10, 2015 9:16 am | by Bruce Goldman, Stanford University | News | Comments

Electrical recordings directly from the human brain show remarkable precision in the coordination of widely distributed regions involved in memory recall, at rest and during sleep.

Study Links Rates of ADHD to Altitude

April 8, 2015 10:24 am | by University of Utah | News | Comments

Recent research has linked the thin air of higher elevations to increased rates of depression and suicide. But a new study shows there’s also good news from up in the aspens and pines: The prevalence of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) decreases substantially as altitude increases.

Functional Brain Organization of Newborns Altered By Prenatal Cocaine Exposure

April 8, 2015 9:54 am | by UNC | News | Comments

A new study of newborns with prenatal drug exposure finds cocaine-specific disruptions in a part of the brain circuitry thought to play an important role in arousal regulation.

Study Reveals Internet-like Networks in Cerebral Cortex of Rats

April 7, 2015 10:29 am | by Robert Perkins, University of Southern California | News | Comments

A four-decade analysis of brain studies generates new insight, perhaps changing the way scientists view its architecture.

Broken Cellular Communication in Brain Contributes to Huntington's Disease Symptoms, Study Finds

April 7, 2015 10:10 am | by Indiana University | News | Comments

Indiana University researchers have found that broken communication in a specific part of the brain plays a role in the involuntary physical movements that affect individuals with Huntington's disease.

Brain's 'Lowly' Visual Processor Is More Sophisticated Than Once Thought

April 7, 2015 9:30 am | by Johns Hopkins | News | Comments

Primary visual cortex can inform decision-making

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