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Neuroscientist Stops Primate Experiments After Protests

May 6, 2015 8:40 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

A prominent neuroscientist who became the target of animal-right activists over the last several months will stop using primates in his research, according to multiple reports.

Diabetes Sugars and Alzheimer’s Brain Plaques Potentially Linked

May 5, 2015 11:12 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

Diabetes and Alzheimer’s could have a cause-and-effect connection, according to a study published this week.

How Studying Bat Touch Could Help Build Better Planes

May 4, 2015 10:45 am | by Columbia University | News | Comments

A study published April 30 in Cell Reports shows, for the first time, that a unique array of sensory receptors in the wing provides feedback to a bat during flight. The findings also suggest that neurons in the bat brain respond to incoming airflow and touch signals, triggering rapid adjustments in wing position to optimize flight control.

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How to Short-Circuit Hunger

May 4, 2015 10:20 am | by Harvard University | News | Comments

Artificially activating a neural link in mice can reduce eating without chronic hunger.

Space madness: Long-term Space Trips Could Impair Astronaut Brains

May 1, 2015 2:59 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

When NASA first began sending astronauts out into space, they worried about “space madness” – a malady they thought weightlessness and claustrophobia would trigger out beyond the atmosphere of the earth. It never materialized. But they may have been on to something.

Stem Cells Transplanted, Followed in Brain

May 1, 2015 9:42 am | by Stanford University | News | Comments

The ability to detect successful engraftment, integration and function of human cells implanted into the brain of a living animal could potentially speed stem-cell therapies’ path to clinical use.

A New Way to Think About Migraines

May 1, 2015 9:28 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

This is the second of three research findings highlighted by Dr. Rost, vice chair of the American Academy of Neurology Science Committee, at the AAN 67th annual meeting.

Brain Scan Reveals Out-of-Body Illusion

May 1, 2015 9:20 am | by Karolinska Institutet | News | Comments

The feeling of being inside one’s own body is not as self-evident as one might think. In a new study neuroscientists created an out-of-body illusion in participants placed inside a brain scanner. They then used the illusion to perceptually ‘teleport’ the participants to different locations in a room and show that the perceived location of the bodily self can be decoded from activity patterns in specific brain regions.

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How the Brain Tells Good From Bad

April 30, 2015 10:04 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT | News | Comments

Eating a slice of chocolate cake or spending time with a friend usually stimulates positive feelings, while getting in a car accident or anticipating a difficult exam is more likely to generate a fearful or anxious response.

Cardiorespiratory Fitness Contributes to Successful Brain Aging

April 29, 2015 10:08 am | by Boston University | News | Comments

Cardiorespiratory fitness may positively impact the structure of white matter in the brains of older adults. These results suggest that exercise could be prescribed to lessen age-related declines in brain structure.

Scientists Uncover Surprising New Details of Potential Alzheimer’s Treatment

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

Scientists have uncovered some surprising details of a group of compounds that have shown significant potential in stimulating the growth of brain cells and memory restoration in animal models that mimic Alzheimer’s disease.

Researchers ID Brain Mechanisms Underlying Alertness and Attentiveness

April 28, 2015 9:18 am | by MIT | News | Comments

First demonstration that a common neurotransmitter acts via a single neuron type to enable effective information-processing.

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

April 28, 2015 8:51 am | 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.

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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 Festival, the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) has announced.

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 in a pathway that controls its progression, and that drugs targeting this pathway may be a potential new way of treating the disease.

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 growth by hijacking some of the machinery of neuroplasticity, which normally helps the brain form new synapses.

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.

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.

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.

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