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Researchers Find “Lost” Memories

May 29, 2015 9:09 am | by MIT | News | Comments

Scientists use optogenetics to reactivate memories that could not otherwise be retrieved.

Creativity Tied to Cerebellum for First Time

May 29, 2015 9:08 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Trying to be creative may actually inhibit your ability to do so, according to a new study by researchers at Stanford University.

Zebrafish Model Gives New Insight on Autism Spectrum Disorder

May 28, 2015 9:46 am | by University of Miami | News | Comments

Study of zebrafish reveals how dysfunction of SHANK3 or SYNGAP1 genes play a role in the development of Autism Spectrum Disorder.

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Imaging Test May Identify Biomarker of Alzheimer's Disease

May 28, 2015 8:59 am | by Radiological Society of North America | News | Comments

Degeneration of the white matter of the brain may be an early marker of specific types of Alzheimer's disease (AD), including early-onset AD, according to results of a new study published in the journal Radiology.

Master Gene Regulator Could be New Target for Schizophrenia Treatment

May 26, 2015 10:12 am | by MIT | News | Comments

Researchers have identified a master genetic regulator that could account for faulty brain functions that contribute to schizophrenia.

‘Pain-sensing’ Gene Discovery Could Aid Development of New Pain Treatments

May 26, 2015 9:40 am | by University of Cambridge | News | Comments

A gene essential to the production of pain-sensing neurons in humans has been identified by an international team of researchers. The discovery, reported in the journal Nature Genetics, could have implications for the development of new methods of pain relief.

Tiny Spheres of Human Cells Mimic the Brain

May 26, 2015 9:22 am | by Stanford University | News | Comments

Researchers have figured out how to create spheres of neuronal cells resembling the cerebral cortex, making functional human brain tissue available for the first time to study neuropsychiatric diseases such as autism and schizophrenia

Peeking into Healthy Brains to See if Alzheimer's is Brewing

May 26, 2015 9:08 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Sticky plaque gets the most attention, but now healthy seniors at risk of Alzheimer's are letting scientists peek into their brains to see if another culprit is lurking.

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Proteins May Slow Memory Loss in People With Alzheimer’s

May 22, 2015 10:04 am | by Iowa State University | News | Comments

Certain proteins may slow the devastating memory loss caused by Alzheimer’s disease, according to a study.

Seeking Deeper Understanding of How the Brain Works

May 22, 2015 9:17 am | by MIT | News | Comments

Edward Boyden develops techniques to study the brain, and how it operates, in finer detail.

Researchers Identify Potentially Effective Treatment for Methamphetamine Addiction

May 20, 2015 10:07 am | by UCLA | News | Comments

A new study has found that Naltrexone, a drug used to treat alcoholism, may also be a promising treatment for addiction to methamphetamine.

Neuroscientists ID Part of Brain Devoted to Processing Speech

May 19, 2015 9:49 am | by New York University | News | Comments

A team of  neuroscientists has identified a part of the brain exclusively devoted to processing speech. Its findings point to the superior temporal sulcus (STS), located in the temporal lobe, and help settle a long-standing debate about role-specific neurological functions.

Drug Perks Up Old Muscles and Aging Brains

May 18, 2015 9:39 am | by University of California Berkeley | News | Comments

Whether you’re brainy, brawny or both, you may someday benefit from a drug found to rejuvenate aging brain and muscle tissue.

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Bioscience Bulletin

May 18, 2015 8:54 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | News | Comments

In case you missed any exciting news on Bioscience Technology last week, here is a round-up of the top five most popular stories.

Long-Term Depression May Double Stroke Risk for Middle-Aged Adults

May 15, 2015 10:30 am | by University of California San Francisco | News | Comments

Adults over 50 who have persistent symptoms of depression may have twice the risk of stroke as those who do not, according to a new study led by researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and UC San Francisco. Researchers found that stroke risk remains higher even after symptoms of depression go away, particularly for women.

Researchers Solve Multiple Sclerosis Puzzle

May 15, 2015 9:09 am | by Yale University | News | Comments

Evidence has long suggested multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease, but researchers have been puzzled because they found the same T cells that attack the myelin sheathing around nerve cells in MS patients are present in healthy subjects as well.

New Device May Allow Sensations in Prosthetic Hands

May 15, 2015 9:07 am | by University of Washington in St. Louis | News | Comments

To the nearly 2 million people in the United States living with the loss of a limb, including U.S. military veterans, prosthetic devices provide restored mobility, yet lack sensory feedback. A team of engineers and researchers at Washington University in St. Louis is working to change that so those with upper limb prosthetics can feel hot and cold and the sense of touch through their prosthetic hands.  

Brains of Smokers Who Quit Successfully Might be Wired for Success

May 14, 2015 9:33 am | by Duke University | News | Comments

Smokers who are able to quit might actually be hard-wired for success, according to a study from Duke Medicine.

Researchers Create Microscope Allowing Deep Brain Exploration

May 13, 2015 9:58 am | by University of Colorado Denver | News | Comments

 A team of neuroscientists and bioengineers have created a miniature, fiber-optic microscope designed to peer deeply inside a living brain.

Brain Cells Capable of "Early-career" Switch

May 13, 2015 9:27 am | by Salk Institute for Biological Studies | News | Comments

Scientists find a single molecule that controls the fate of mature sensory neurons.

An Important Step in Artificial Intelligence

May 12, 2015 10:27 am | by University of California - Santa Barbara | News | Comments

Researchers are seeking to make computer brains smarter by making them more like our own.

Scientists Link Brain Protein to Binge-Drinking Behavior

May 12, 2015 10:11 am | by The Scripps Research Institute | News | Comments

Scientists have discovered that a brain protein has a key role in controlling binge drinking in animal models. They found that deleting the gene for this protein in mice ramped up alcohol consumption and prevented the brain from signaling the rewarding properties of alcohol. 

How Does Adderall Work?

May 12, 2015 9:45 am | by American Chemical Society | Videos | Comments

More than 25 million people rely on Adderall and other similar drugs to help treat narcolepsy, depression and attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). But how does amphetamine, the active ingredient in Adderall, work? This week, Reactions from the American Chemical Society explains how amphetamine helps you focus.

Researchers Discover How Cocaine, Amphetamines Disrupt the Brain’s Normal Functioning

May 12, 2015 9:36 am | by Oregon Health & Science University | News | Comments

Research sheds light on how addictive drugs interfere with the dopamine transporter, expected to usher in long-sought advances in treatments

The BioDigital Human: Exploring Health in 3D

May 12, 2015 8:39 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

It has been hailed as the equivalent of Google Maps for the human body by The New York Times, and now the award-winning mobile-friendly platform BioDigital Human is looking to change the way healthcare information is shared, consumed and understood.

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