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Mutations of the bassoon gene causing new brain disorder

Newly discovered gene mutations may help explain the cause of a disease that drastically impairs walking and thinking.

Mar 24, 2018 | 00:37 am Read More

New study elucidates link between PCOS and anxiety

Maternal obesity and androgen excess induce sex-specific anxiety in the offspring, according to a study on mice. The findings may help explain why children born to mothers with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) have increased risk of developing anxiety later in[…]

Mar 24, 2018 | 00:10 am Read More

The brain learns completely differently than we've assumed since the 20th century

Based on experimental evidence physicists publish revolutionary new theory on brain learning that contradicts the most common assumption in neuroscience, will transform our understanding of brain function, and open new horizons for advanced deep learning algorithms.

Mar 23, 2018 | 23:48 pm Read More

Different neural strategies for junior high school male and female English learners

Researchers have studied the neural response of Japanese junior high school students learning English as a second language, while listening to English sentences. More proficient boys showed more activation in parts of the brain associated with grammatical rules (syntax); girls[…]

Mar 23, 2018 | 23:48 pm Read More

Epidural stimulation shown to normalize blood pressure following spinal cord injury

Working with human research participants, researchers have found that spinal cord epidural stimulation can safely and effectively elevate blood pressure in individuals with SCI along with chronic hypotension.

Mar 23, 2018 | 09:14 am Read More

In a severe childhood neurodegeneration, novel mechanism found

Neurology researchers investigating a rare but devastating neurological regression in infants have discovered the cause: gene mutations that severely disrupt crucial functions in mitochondria, the energy-producing structures within cells. The specific disease mechanism, in which mutations disrupt a critical mitochondrial[…]

Mar 23, 2018 | 09:12 am Read More

The mouse brain can prioritize hunger by suppressing pain when survival is at stake

Different behaviors are often studied in isolation, leaving unanswered questions about how the brain processes needs and prioritizes behaviors to ensure survival. Now, researchers have shown that pain and hunger interact in complex ways in mice: extreme hunger suppresses less-urgent[…]

Mar 23, 2018 | 05:10 am Read More

Early life experiences influence DNA in the adult brain

In the perennial question of nature versus nurture, a new study suggests an intriguing connection between the two. Scientists report that the type of mothering a female mouse provides her pups actually changes their DNA. The work lends support to[…]

Mar 23, 2018 | 05:09 am Read More

Being hungry shuts off perception of chronic pain

Finding food is a necessary survival skill, but so is avoiding pain. Research using mice showed that being hungry activates a neural pathway that inhibits the perception of and response to chronic pain. The findings offer up new targets for[…]

Mar 23, 2018 | 03:50 am Read More

Compound to prevent breast cancer cells from activating in brain

Researchers have used computer modeling to find an existing investigational drug compound for leukemia patients to treat triple negative breast cancer once it spreads to the brain.

Mar 23, 2018 | 01:32 am Read More

Brief cardiac arrest? Tend to the heart, but don't neglect the brain

Patients who survive a brief cardiac arrest and who appear neurologically intact should nonetheless receive a detailed neuropsychological assessment before being discharged, suggests a new study.

Mar 22, 2018 | 06:53 am Read More

New brain scanner allows patients to move freely for the first time

A new generation of brain scanner, that can be worn like a helmet allowing patients to move naturally whilst being scanned, has been developed. It is part of a five-year Wellcome funded project which has the potential to revolutionize the[…]

Mar 22, 2018 | 05:51 am Read More

Parkinson's gene initiates disease outside of the brain

The most common gene mutation associated with Parkinson's alters cells circulating outside the brain, not within, offering a new understanding of what causes the disease.

Mar 22, 2018 | 05:51 am Read More

Neuroscientists develop potential tools for the study of brain function

A team of neuroscientists are inching closer to developing the tools needed to decipher the brain. Now, the team has demonstrated how these proteins can be used as tools to regulate the activity of individual neurons in the brain through[…]

Mar 22, 2018 | 05:37 am Read More

Forgetting details, getting the gist may prompt false memories in older adults

Older adults often complain about forgetting, but psychologists now suggest that another problem may be misremembering.

Mar 22, 2018 | 05:37 am Read More

A new way of thinking about tau kinetics, an essential component of Alzheimer's disease

Alzheimer's disease is most often characterized by two different pathologies in the brain: plaque deposits of a protein called beta-amyloid and tangles of another protein called tau. A new article offers new insight: tau production and secretion from nerve cells[…]

Mar 22, 2018 | 03:16 am Read More

The quest for neuronal origins

The cerebral cortex consists of a large diversity of neurons, each displaying specific characteristics in terms of molecular, morphological and functional features. But where are these neurons born? How do they develop their distinct properties? Scientists have discovered a unique[…]

Mar 22, 2018 | 02:08 am Read More

Could drugs used after an organ transplant protect against Alzheimer's?

A new study in mice provides new clues about how a class of anti-rejection drugs used after organ transplants may also slow the progression of early-stage Alzheimer's disease.

Mar 22, 2018 | 00:48 am Read More

Brain stethoscope listens for silent seizures

By converting brain waves into sound, even non-specialists can detect 'silent seizures' -- epileptic seizures without the convulsions most of us expect.

Mar 22, 2018 | 00:09 am Read More

Freezing hunger-signaling nerve may help ignite weight loss

Freezing the nerve that carries hunger signals to the brain may help patients with mild-to-moderate obesity lose weight, according to a newly presented study. The treatment was determined safe and feasible in the initial pilot phase.

Mar 22, 2018 | 00:09 am Read More