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Uncovering the Mechanism of Our Oldest Anesthetic

July 6, 2015 10:23 am | by MIT | News | Comments

Researchers reveal brainwave changes in patients receiving nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas.”

Seeing Is Believing

July 6, 2015 9:57 am | by Harvard Medical School | News | Comments

If your eyes deceive you, blame your brain. Many optical illusions work because what we see...

Hitler Had a Diseased Brain that Caused His Downfall

July 6, 2015 9:17 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Adolf Hitler, the fascist leader responsible for millions of deaths through genocide and world...

Forgetfulness and Errors Can Signal Alzheimer’s Decades Before Diagnosis

July 2, 2015 10:29 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Mistakes on memory and thought tests may give an indication of the future onset of Alzheimer’s,...

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Failure of Cells’ ‘Garbage Disposal’ System May Contribute to Alzheimer’s

July 1, 2015 12:54 pm | by Yale University | News | Comments

Lysosomes, the “garbage disposal” systems of cells, are found in great abundance near the amyloid plaques in the brain that are a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease. Scientists have long assumed that their presence was helpful — that they were degrading the toxic proteins that trigger amyloid plaque formation.  

His and Her Pain Circuitry in the Spinal Cord

June 30, 2015 10:28 am | by McGill University | News | Comments

New animal research reveals fundamental sex differences in how pain is processed.

Low Scores on Memory and Thinking Tests May Signal Alzheimer’s Earlier than Thought

June 29, 2015 9:50 am | by American Academy of Neurology | News | Comments

A new study suggests that errors on memory and thinking tests may signal Alzheimer’s up to 18 years before the disease can be diagnosed.

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DNA Damage Linked with Dementia

June 29, 2015 9:30 am | by University of Sheffield | News | Comments

High levels of DNA damage in nerve cells can lead to dementia, researchers  have found.

Scientists Look into Why Most Alzheimer's Patients are Women

June 29, 2015 9:13 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Nearly two-thirds of Americans with Alzheimer's disease are women, and now some scientists are questioning the long-held assumption that it's just because they tend to live longer than men.

Redrawing Language Map of the Brain

June 26, 2015 9:56 am | by Northwestern University | News | Comments

Old beliefs upended as dementia research yields new locations for word and sentence comprehension.

High Blood Pressure Linked to Reduced Alzheimer's Risk, Meds May be Reason

June 26, 2015 9:46 am | by Brigham Young University | News | Comments

A new study suggests that people with a genetic predisposition to high blood pressure have a lower risk for Alzheimer's disease.

Drug Discovery for Parkinson's: Researchers Grow Neurons in 3-D

June 25, 2015 10:20 am | by University of Luxembourg | News | Comments

Researchers have now managed to grow the types of neurons affected by Parkinson's starting from neuronal stem cells in a three-dimensional cell culture system.

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Study Suggests New Treatment for Impulsivity in Some Dementia Patients

June 25, 2015 10:06 am | by University of Cambridge | News | Comments

Restoring the low levels of the chemical serotonin may help improve brain function and reduce impulsivity in some dementia patients, according to researchers.

Study Hints at Why Parrots are Great Vocal Imitators

June 25, 2015 9:54 am | by Duke University | News | Comments

An international team of scientists has uncovered key structural differences in the brains of parrots that may explain the birds' unparalleled ability to imitate sounds and human speech.

Alzheimer’s Expert Jams with Aerosmith

June 25, 2015 9:44 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

One of the world’s leading Alzheimer’s researchers doubles as a guest organist for Aerosmith.

Memory Does Not Require Permanent Synapses in the Hippocampus

June 24, 2015 11:14 am | by Max Planck Institute | News | Comments

Scientists study how new impressions are transferred in long-term memory.

Research Sheds Light on How Neurons Control Muscle Movement

June 24, 2015 11:04 am | by Stanford University | News | Comments

Researchers studying how the brain controls movement in people with paralysis, related to their diagnosis of Lou Gehrig’s disease, have found that groups of neurons work together, firing in complex rhythms to signal muscles about when and where to move.

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Brain Scan Predicts Who Responds Best to Certain Treatment for OCD

June 24, 2015 10:44 am | by UCLA | News | Comments

A new study by researchers suggests that a certain detail from patients’ brain scans could help clinicians identify which people are more likely to relapse after cognitive-behavioral therapy — and why.

Specific Roles of Adult Neural Stem Cells May Be Determined Before Birth

June 24, 2015 10:18 am | by University of California San Francisco | News | Comments

Study in mice suggests that stem cells in the brain may not be able to develop into many different cell types.

Autism Associated with Superior Visual Skills in Infancy

June 23, 2015 9:28 am | by Cynthia Fox, Science Writer | Articles | Comments

For the first time, a study has shown that infants with emerging autism at 15 months, and two years, can earlier—even at nine months—display enhanced visual searching ability.

New Sleep Genes Found

June 22, 2015 10:32 am | by Thomas Jefferson University | News | Comments

Researchers discover that a protein called Taranis could hold the key to a good night's sleep.

Lasers, Magnetism Allow Glimpses of the Human Brain at Work

June 22, 2015 9:06 am | by Malcolm Ritter, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

To the untrained eye, the graph looked like a very volatile day on Wall Street - jagged peaks and valleys in red, blue and green, displayed on a wall. But the story it told was not about economics. It was a glimpse into the brains of Shaul Yahil and Shaw Bronner, two researchers at a Yale lab, as they had a little chat.

Scientists Identify Amino Acid that Stops Seizures in Mice

June 19, 2015 10:16 am | by Johns Hopkins | News | Comments

An amino acid whose role in the body has been all but a mystery appears to act as a potent seizure inhibitor in mice, according to a study.

Musicians Not Only Hear in Tune, They Also See in Tune

June 19, 2015 9:59 am | by Vanderbilt University | News | Comments

Musicians don’t just hear in tune, they also see in tune. That is the conclusion of the latest scientific experiment designed to puzzle out how the brain creates an apparently seamless view of the external world based on the information it receives from the eyes.

Uncovering a Dynamic Cortex

June 19, 2015 8:58 am | by Rob Matheson, MIT | News | Comments

Neuroscientists show that multiple cortical regions are needed to process information.

Genes Linked to High Blood Pressure Associated with Lower Alzheimer’s Risk

June 18, 2015 11:10 am | by Alzheimer's Research UK | News | Comments

A new study has linked genetic variants which increase the risk of high blood pressure to a lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease. The research suggests a possible protective effect for treatments used to reduce blood pressure.

MIT Scientists Make Mice Total Recall Happy Memories to Beat Depression

June 18, 2015 10:49 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

Happy memories can be re-activated in the brains of depressed mice, effectively bringing back the good times, according to MIT research released this week.

BIO 2015: Three Intriguing Biotech Companies Featured at the Convention

June 18, 2015 8:50 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

These three businesses had exhibits in an area of the convention center called BIO Metropolis.

Study Points to Drug Target for Huntington’s Disease

June 17, 2015 11:34 am | by The Scripps Research Institute | News | Comments

Huntington’s disease attacks the part of the brain that controls movement, destroying nerves with a barrage of toxicity, yet leaves other parts relatively unscathed.

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