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Michael J. Fox Foundation Announces New Funding for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s Research

March 6, 2015 1:44 pm | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Michael J. Fox Foundation and Alzheimer’s Association fund $2 million for research projects studying overlap in neurodegenerative diseases.                    

New Understanding of Stroke Damage May Aid Recovery

March 6, 2015 10:57 am | by Michael C. Purdy, Washington University in St. Louis | News | Comments

Stroke can lead to a wide range of problems such as depression and difficulty moving, speaking and paying attention. A new study has found compelling evidence that stroke damage to “cables” buried inside the brain plays an important role in these impairments.

The Rise and Fall of Cognitive Skills

March 6, 2015 10:33 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT | News | Comments

Neuroscientists find that different parts of the brain work best at different ages.                             

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Researchers Map 'Switches' That Shaped the Evolution of the Human Brain

March 6, 2015 9:59 am | by Lindsay Borthwick, Yale | News | Comments

Thousands of genetic “dimmer” switches, regions of DNA known as regulatory elements, were turned up high during human evolution in the developing cerebral cortex, according to new research.            

Possible Progress Against Parkinson's

March 5, 2015 9:48 am | by B.D. Colen, Harvard Gazette | News | Comments

Implanted stem cells reduced symptoms of disease during experiment, researchers say.                             

Obesity is Associated With Brain's Neurotransmitters

March 5, 2015 9:39 am | by Aalto University | News | Comments

Researchers at Aalto University and University of Turku have revealed how obesity is associated with altered opioid neurotransmission in the brain.                   

Better Midlife Fitness May Slow Brain Aging

March 5, 2015 9:17 am | by American Heart Association | News | Comments

People with poor physical fitness in their 40s may have accelerated brain aging by the time they hit 60.                          

Using Fruit Flies to Understand How We Sense Hot and Cold

March 5, 2015 9:05 am | by Megan Fellman, Northwestern University | News | Comments

Mapping a fruit fly's brain, neuron by neuron, to study how brain controls behavior.                             

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Upending Alzheimer's Theory

March 4, 2015 4:48 pm | by Sue McGreevy, Harvard University | News | Comments

A study reveals for the first time exactly how mutations associated with the most common form of inherited Alzheimer’s disease produce the disorder’s devastating effects.              

Sleep-Walking Neurons: Brain's GPS Never Stops Working - Even During Sleep

March 4, 2015 9:30 am | by NYU Langone | News | Comments

New findings could help with future navigational problems associated with Alzheimer’s and other neurological disorders.                       

Tuning in on Brain Waves

March 4, 2015 9:05 am | by Jake Miller, Harvard | News | Comments

Certain neurons act as conductors, suggesting possible therapies for disorders such as schizophrenia.                          

Alzheimer Amyloid Clumps Found in Young Adult Brains

March 3, 2015 4:40 pm | by Marla Paul, Northwestern University | News | Comments

Amyloid – an abnormal protein whose accumulation in the brain is a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease – starts accumulating inside neurons of people as young as 20, a much younger age than scientists ever imagined, reports a surprising new study.

Scientists Find a Defect Responsible for Memory Impairment in Aging

March 3, 2015 4:23 pm | by TSRI | News | Comments

The new study describes in detail the loss of connectivity between two sets of neurons that prevents the formation of long-term memory.                     

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Mobile Health Tools on the Rise

March 3, 2015 3:56 pm | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Three startups are taking advantage of new technology to help patients get treatment for various diseases all over the world.                     

Scientists Find Direct Link Between Insulin Resistance in the Brain and Behavioral Disorders

March 3, 2015 10:14 am | by Joslin Diabetes Center | News | Comments

Study in mice identifies mechanism that lowers levels of dopamine and heightens behavior suggesting anxiety and depression.                       

Neurons Controlling Appetite Made from Skin Cells

March 3, 2015 9:59 am | by Columbia University Medical Center | News | Comments

Cells  provide individualized model for studying obesity and testing treatments.                             

Mind-readers: Scientists Crack a Piece of the Neural Code for Learning and Memory

March 3, 2015 9:32 am | by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory | News | Comments

Postmortem brain slices can be “read” to determine how a mouse was trained to behave in response to specific sounds.                        

Alzheimer's Disease Linked to Heart's Effect on the Brain

March 2, 2015 10:53 am | by University of Sydney | News | Comments

The prevailing medical wisdom that Alzheimer's Disease has its origins in the brain has a radical and disputed rival with shocking implications for medicine's relentless efforts to forestall disease, ageing and death, according to a new review of the evidence.

Perception of Food Consumption Overrides Reality

March 2, 2015 10:27 am | by Karen Feldscher, Harvard Gazette | News | Comments

Research suggests anti-aging benefits of calorie restriction without the restriction.                             

A Gene for Brain Size - Only Found in Humans

March 2, 2015 9:56 am | by Max Planck Institute | News | Comments

Following the traces of evolution: researches find a key to the reproduction of brain stem cells                           

New Target Identified in Fight Against Alzheimer's, Multiple Sclerosis

March 2, 2015 9:24 am | by Michael C. Purdy, Washington University in St. Louis | News | Comments

Highlighting a potential target in the treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS) and Alzheimer’s disease, new research suggests that triggering a protein found on the surface of brain cells may help slow the progression of these and other neurological diseases.

Researchers Develop Method for Mapping Neuron Clusters

February 27, 2015 9:52 am | by NYU | News | Comments

A team of scientists has developed a method for identifying clusters of neurons that work in concert to guide the behavior.                       

Study Identifies Neurons That Help Predict What Individuals Will Do

February 27, 2015 9:25 am | by Massachusetts General Hospital | News | Comments

A study by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators has discovered two groups of neurons that play key roles in social interactions between primates – one that is activated when deciding whether to cooperate with another individual and another group involved in predicting what the other will do.

Scientists Discover Beliefs Can be as Powerful as Nicotine

February 26, 2015 10:32 am | by Ashley WennersHerron, Virginia Tech | News | Comments

Study participants inhaled nicotine, yet they showed significantly different brain activity.                            

New Molecule Could Slow Progression of Parkinson's

February 26, 2015 10:22 am | by University of Bath | News | Comments

Researchers have designed a molecule that, if developed into a drug, could slow the progression of Parkinson's Disease.                       

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