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Scientists Seek to Map Origins of Mental Illness

November 26, 2014 8:30 am | Videos | Comments

An interdisciplinary team of scientists has convened to map the origins of mental illnesses in the brain and develop noninvasive technologies to treat the conditions.                        

New Studies Show Anxiety, Depression, Guilt Harm the Brain

November 26, 2014 8:30 am | by Bioscience Technology Staff | Articles | Comments

Two studies in recent weeks have found that anxiety, depression and guilt can physically...

Google's Latest: A Spoon That Steadies Tremors

November 26, 2014 8:30 am | by By Martha Mendoza - AP National Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Google is throwing its money, brain power and technology at the humble spoon. But these spoons...

Brain Scans Help Tailor Alcoholism Treatment

November 25, 2014 2:38 pm | News | Comments

Clinical research is using brain imaging and drug therapy to better understand how...

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Creating Pain-sensing Neurons

November 25, 2014 2:11 pm | News | Comments

After more than six years of intensive effort, including repeated failures that at times made the quest seem futile, researchers have successfully converted mouse and human skin cells into pain-sensing neurons that respond to a number of stimuli.  

Brain Protein Linked to Sleep May be Alzheimer’s Prevention Target

November 25, 2014 2:02 pm | News | Comments

A protein that stimulates the brain to awaken from sleep may be a target for preventing Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study. In recent years, scientists have established links between sleep problems and Alzheimer’s.      

Computer Games Could Prevent Falls in the Elderly

November 24, 2014 12:22 pm | News | Comments

A research team has developed new computer games designed to significantly reduce the likelihood of falls at home and in the community among older people.                            

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Test Detects Early Brain Damage in Football Players

November 24, 2014 12:12 pm | News | Comments

A new, enhanced MRI diagnostic approach was, for the first time, able to identify significant damage to the blood-brain barrier (BBB) of professional football players following “unreported” trauma or mild concussions.          

Schizophrenia May be Triggered by Excess Protein

November 24, 2014 11:18 am | News | Comments

A gene associated with schizophrenia plays a role in brain development and may help to explain the biological process of the disease, according to new research.                          

Bee Brains Offer Insights Into How Human Memories Form

November 21, 2014 10:28 am | News | Comments

University of Queensland scientists have discovered that genes switch off as memories are being formed, allowing for new connections between nerve cells. Read more...                                       

Damage to Brain Networks Affects Stroke Recovery

November 21, 2014 9:21 am | News | Comments

Initial results of an innovative study may significantly change how some patients are evaluated after a stroke, according to researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Read more...                  

Mental Health Problems Increase Cardiovascular Disease Risk

November 19, 2014 2:18 pm | by Cynthia Fox, Science Writer | Articles | Comments

People with mental health problems are “significantly” more likely to have stroke or heart disease, according to a study unveiled at a recent Canadian Cardiovascular Congress.                    

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Preventing Memory Problems Caused by Sleep Deprivation

November 19, 2014 1:39 pm | News | Comments

In a new study, scientists found that a particular set of cells in a small region of the brain are responsible for memory problems after sleep loss. By selectively increasing levels of a signaling molecule in these cells, the researchers prevented mice from having memory deficits.

Do Blueberries Really Improve Night Vision?

November 19, 2014 1:06 pm | News | Comments

Blueberries are super stars among health food advocates, who tout the fruit for improving night vision. Scientists have now found reason to doubt that the popular berry helps most healthy people see better in the dark.          

New Laser Therapy Helps Slow Macular Degeneration

November 19, 2014 10:37 am | News | Comments

A new, low impact low energy laser treatment for patients with early age-related macular degeneration (AMD) has produced positive results by reducing indicators of the disease.                     

Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting Showcases Strides in Exploring the Brain

November 18, 2014 2:08 pm | by Christina Jakubowski, Managing Editor | Articles | Comments

More than 30,000 brain advocates from academia, industry and media converged on Washington, D.C. this week for the 44th annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience. Read more...              

New Tools in Fight Against Virus that Attacks the Brain

November 18, 2014 1:47 pm | News | Comments

Researchers have developed new insight into a rare but deadly brain infection. Read more...                            

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New Type of Neuron Plays Key Role in Nicotine Addiction

November 18, 2014 12:25 pm | News | Comments

New study shows that in the core of the brain’s reward system are specific neurons that are active both with use of and withdrawal from nicotine. Read more...                 

Calorie-Restricting Diets Slow Aging

November 18, 2014 10:52 am | News | Comments

A new study shows that calorie-reduced diets stop the normal rise and fall in activity levels of close to 900 different genes linked to aging and memory formation in the brain. Read more...            

Going Purple: 5 Cutting-edge Breakthroughs in Alzheimer’s Research

November 17, 2014 11:48 am | by Christina Jakubowski, Managing Editor | Articles | Comments

November is already halfway over— which means we’re also halfway through National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month, which celebrates and raises awareness for the nearly 5.4 million people who have this condition. Read more...

Danger of Repeat Head Injuries: Brain’s Inability to Tap Energy Source

November 17, 2014 11:27 am | News | Comments

Two or more serious hits to the head within days of each other can interfere with the brain’s ability to use sugar – its primary energy source – to repair cells damaged by the injuries, new research suggests. Read more...                       

Hand Transplant Recovery Sheds New Light on Touch

November 17, 2014 10:59 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Recovery of feeling can gradually improve for years after a hand transplant, suggests a small study that points to changes in the brain, not just the new hand, as a reason. Read more...                                          

Spotted: First Evidence of 'Local' Clock in the Brain

November 14, 2014 12:37 pm | News | Comments

In a new study looking at mice, researchers have investigated a local clock found in another part of the brain, outside the SCN, known as the tuberomamillary nucleus (TMN).                       

Total Recall: The Science Behind It

November 14, 2014 10:20 am | News | Comments

Is it possible to change the amount of information the brain can store? Maybe, according to a new international study, which identified a molecule that puts a brake on brain processing and when removed, brain function and memory recall is improved.

It's Not Always the DNA

November 13, 2014 12:16 pm | News | Comments

Damaged messenger RNA can jam cellular machines that make protein. The failure to clear the jams and chew up bad messengers is associated with neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's.                  

Artificial Retina Could Someday Help Restore Vision

November 13, 2014 10:18 am | News | Comments

The loss of eyesight, often caused by retinal degeneration, is a life-altering health issue for many people. A new development toward a prosthetic retina could help counter conditions that result from problems with this crucial part of the eye.   

The Backwards Brain

November 13, 2014 10:01 am | News | Comments

Humans, like many animals, are accustomed to seeing objects pass behind us as we go forward. Moving backwards feels unnatural. In a new study, scientists reveal that moving forward actually trains the brain to perceive the world normally.    

Enriched Environments Hold Promise for Brain Injury Patients

November 12, 2014 8:30 am | News | Comments

A new study from Tel Aviv University found that an "enriched environment"— specially enhanced surroundings— led to rehabilitation of mice following traumatic brain injury.                       

Controlling Genes with Thoughts

November 12, 2014 8:30 am | News | Comments

Researchers have developed the first gene network to be operated via brainwaves. Depending on the user’s thoughts, it can produce various amounts of a desired molecule.                       

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