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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.                       

The Brain’s 'Inner GPS' Gets Dismantled

November 11, 2014 12:22 pm | News | Comments

Imagine being able to recognize your car as your own but never being able to remember where you parked it. Researchers have induced this all-too-common human experience– or a close version of it– permanently in rats.           

Playing Action Video Games Can Boost Learning

November 11, 2014 11:26 am | News | Comments

A new study shows for the first time that playing action video games improves not just the skills taught in the game, but learning capabilities more generally.                          

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Long-term Marijuana Use Affects Brain Function, Structure

November 11, 2014 10:37 am | News | Comments

Researchers for the first time comprehensively describe existing abnormalities in brain function and structure of long-term marijuana users with multiple MRI techniques.                      

DNA Sequencing Helps Spot Glaucoma Defects

November 10, 2014 2:03 pm | News | Comments

Scientists have sequenced the mitochondrial genome in glaucoma patients to help further understanding into the genetic basis for the disease. Glaucoma is a major cause of irreversible blindness, affecting more than 60 million people worldwide.  

The Power of the Power Nap

November 10, 2014 1:50 pm | News | Comments

For hibernating mammals, the pre-winter months are a race against time to accumulate enough energy reserves to last until spring. Offspring born late in the year have much less time to achieve this. New research shows that power-napping can help late-born garden dormice overcome these unfavorable odds.

Researchers Identify New Genetic Cause of Epilepsy

November 7, 2014 11:56 am | News | Comments

A research team has used whole genome sequencing to identify a new genetic cause of a severe, rare and complex form of epilepsy that becomes evident in early childhood and can lead to early death.               

Stem Cell Transplants for Parkinson’s Edging Closer

November 7, 2014 11:47 am | Videos | Comments

A major breakthrough in the development of stem cell-derived brain cells has put researchers on a firm path towards the first-ever stem cell transplantations in people with Parkinson’s disease.                 

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Eye-scan Analysis Can Predict Advance of Macular Degeneration

November 6, 2014 2:07 pm | News | Comments

Scientists have found a new way to forecast which patients with age-related macular degeneration are likely to suffer from the most debilitating form of the disease.                         

Study Replicates Human Brain-to-brain Connection

November 6, 2014 1:03 pm | Videos | Comments

Researchers have successfully replicated a direct brain-to-brain connection between pairs of people as part of a scientific study following the team’s initial demonstration a year ago.                   

Magnetic Pulses Could Treat Autism

November 4, 2014 3:17 pm | News | Comments

New research shows that using rTMS, a new type of brain stimulation, can improve some of the abnormalities in brain activity of patients with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).                       

Alzheimer's Development Theory Debunked

November 3, 2014 1:22 pm | News | Comments

New research dramatically alters the prevailing theory of how Alzheimer’s disease develops. The research also helps explains why some people with plaque buildup in their brains don’t develop dementia, and shows the potential of a cancer drug to combat the disease.

Height Linked to Dementia Risk

November 3, 2014 12:58 pm | News | Comments

People who are shorter than average height have an increased risk of dying with dementia, a study has found. Researchers examined several health studies of the general population, which recorded health information such as blood pressure, height, weight and risk factors for ill health.

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Study IDs Possible Target to Treat Cocaine Addiction

October 31, 2014 12:07 pm | News | Comments

A new study has identified a potential target for therapies to treat cocaine addiction. Investigators found evidence that changing one amino acid in a subunit of an important receptor protein alters whether cocaine-experienced animals will resume drug seeking after a period of cocaine abstinence.

PET Scan for Psychotherapy

October 31, 2014 11:56 am | News | Comments

A study has identified for the first time changes in the metabolic activity of a key brain region in patients successfully treated for depression with psychodynamic psychotherapy.                     

Revealing the Root Causes of Alzheimer’s, Other Diseases

October 31, 2014 11:43 am | News | Comments

In the 1980s, researchers discovered vaults, naturally occurring nanoparticles that are composed mostly of proteins and number in the thousands inside every cell of the body. Now, data suggests that polyribosomes work like 3-D printers to both create and link together proteins and correctly form them into vaults.

The Man with a Thousand Brains

October 31, 2014 11:13 am | News | Comments

Forty million people worldwide are living with Alzheimer’s and this is only set to increase. But tiny brains grown in culture could help scientists learn more about this mysterious disease– and test new drugs.            

Why Scratching Makes You Itch More

October 31, 2014 10:57 am | Videos | Comments

Turns out your mom was right: Scratching an itch only makes it worse. New research from scientists indicates that scratching causes the brain to release serotonin, which intensifies the itch sensation.              

Video Game Study Shows Sleep Apnea May Affect Memory

October 30, 2014 2:30 pm | News | Comments

Sleep apnea may affect your ability to form new spatial memories, such as remembering where you parked your car, new research suggests. The study demonstrates through the playing of a specific video game that disruption of rapid eye movement (REM) sleep as a consequence of sleep apnea impairs spatial memory.

Dozens of New Autism Genes Identified

October 30, 2014 11:10 am | News | Comments

Two major genetic studies of autism have newly implicated dozens of genes in the disorder. The research shows that rare mutations in these genes affect communication networks in the brain and compromise fundamental biological mechanisms.    

Wisconsin Studies Music and Memory Program

October 30, 2014 10:56 am | by Carrie Antlfinger - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Mike Knutson taught himself to play the harmonica as a child, and the 96-year-old sang with his family for most of his life. Even now, as he suffers from dementia, music is an important part of his life— thanks to a study looking at the impact of a nationwide music program aimed at helping dementia patients.

Investigating the Remarkable Memory of 'SuperAgers'

October 29, 2014 11:30 am | News | Comments

In 2012, scientists captured national attention by identifying for the first time a group of people over 80 with remarkable, age-defying memory power. Now, the same scientists will continue studying these “SuperAgers” to find out how they resist cognitive decline.  

Blood Test Could Diagnose Early-onset Alzheimer’s

October 29, 2014 10:58 am | News | Comments

A non-invasive blood test that could diagnose early-onset Alzheimer’s disease (AD) with increased accuracy has been developed by researchers. The new early-detection blood test could predict these changes and a person’s risk of developing AD much earlier than is currently possible.

Heart Drug Helps Treat ALS in Mice

October 27, 2014 2:31 pm | News | Comments

Digoxin, a medication used in the treatment of heart failure, may be adaptable for the treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a progressive, paralyzing disease, suggests new research.                  

Dietary Flavanols Reverse Age-related Memory Decline

October 27, 2014 2:26 pm | Videos | Comments

Dietary cocoa flavanols—naturally occurring bioactives found in cocoa—reversed age-related memory decline in healthy older adults, according to a new study.                           

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