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April 23, 2019

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April 23, 2019

More Evidence That Blood Tests Can Detect the Risk of Alzheimer's

Apr. 23, 2019 — A new study confirms that a simple blood test can reveal whether there is accelerating nerve cell damage in the brain. The researchers analyzed neurofilament light protein (NFL) in blood samples from ... read more

Growing a Cerebral Tract in a Microscale Brain Model

Apr. 18, 2019 — An international research team modeled the growth of cerebral tracts. Using neurons derived from stem cells, they grew cortical-like spheroids. In a microdevice, the spheroids extended bundles of ... read more

For Busy Medical Students, Two-Hour Meditation Study May Be as Beneficial as Longer Course

Apr. 15, 2019 — For time-crunched medical students, taking a two-hour introductory class on mindfulness may be just as beneficial for reducing stress and depression as taking an eight-week meditation course, a study ... read more

Cell-Type Specific Mechanism for Formation and Retrieval of Cocaine-Associated Memories

Apr. 15, 2019 — Scientists have revealed neuronal mechanisms underlying the formation and retrieval of cocaine use-associated memories. Their research sheds light on how drug addiction develops and reveals pathways ... read more

A Specific Gene Could Play a Major Role in Reducing Brain Swelling After Stroke

Apr. 15, 2019 — Inflammation gone awry in the brain due to stroke, head injury or infection causes damage; in a lab model of stroke, a particular gene tamped down ... read more

Train Your Brain, Change Your Brain

Apr. 14, 2019 — Less than one hour of brain training with neurofeedback leads to a strengthening of neural connections and communication among brain areas. This is the main finding of a new study. According to the ... read more

ICU Patients With Non-Brain-Related Injuries May Suffer Undetected Cognitive Dysfunction

Apr. 14, 2019 — Researchers assessed 20 patients as they left the ICU and every single patient had detectable cognitive deficits in two or more cognitive areas of investigation, including memory, attention, ... read more

Growth Hormone Acts to Prevent Weight Loss

Apr. 14, 2019 — A new study shows that, like leptin, growth hormone contributes directly to energy conservation when the body loses ... read more

Improved Procedure for Cancer-Related Erectile Dysfunction

Apr. 12, 2019 — Surgeons have modified a minimally invasive technique to help men regain erectile function lost after prostate cancer ... read more

SRC-1 Gene Variants Linked to Human Obesity

Apr. 12, 2019 — Researchers have discovered how the gene SRC-1 affects body weight ... read more

Anesthesia Sends Neurons Down the Wrong Path in Unborn Rat Babies

Apr. 11, 2019 — A study provides new insight into why -- and when -- anesthesia during pregnancy harms unborn brains. Most research into prenatal exposure to anesthesia has focused killing brain cells, this rat ... read more

New Role for Sensory Signals in the Brain

Apr. 11, 2019 — Learning how to tie a shoe or shoot a basketball isn't easy, but the brain somehow integrates sensory signals that are critical to coordinating movements so you can get it right. Now, scientists ... read more

Ketamine Reverses Neural Changes Underlying Depression-Related Behaviors in Mice

Apr. 11, 2019 — Researchers have identified ketamine-induced brain-related changes that are responsible for maintaining the remission of behaviors related to depression in mice. Ketamine treatment restored lost ... read more

Body Mass Index May Play a Significant Role in the Progression of Multiple Sclerosis

Apr. 11, 2019 — A new article identifies a link between high levels of blood lipids and worsening of disease in multiple sclerosis (MS) patients who are overweight or ... read more

New Study Advances Treatment Options for PTSD

Apr. 11, 2019 — New research examines the psychological and neural basis of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder ... read more

Apr. 11, 2019 — Scientists have identified special types of brain cells that may allow us to simulate the decision-making processes of others, thereby reconstructing their state of mind and predicting their ... read more

Apr. 10, 2019 — The anti-cancer drug pembrolizumab has shown promise in slowing or stopping the progression of progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML), a typically fatal infection of the brain caused by the ... read more

Apr. 10, 2019 — Using an experimental positron emission tomography (PET) scan, researchers have found elevated amounts of abnormal tau protein in brain regions affected by chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in a ... read more

Apr. 10, 2019 — Leading an active lifestyle may increase the likelihood of damaged nerves regenerating after a spinal cord ... read more

Marijuana for Morning Sickness? It's Not Great for Baby's Brain

Apr. 9, 2019 — With a growing number of states legalizing recreational or medical marijuana, more women are using the drug during pregnancy, in part due to its reported ability to relieve morning sickness. A new ... read more

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