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February 22, 2019

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February 22, 2019

How Blood Vessels Protect the Brain During Inflammation

Feb. 21, 2019 — Researchers have discovered how blood vessels protect the brain during inflammation -- a finding that could lead to the development of new treatments for neurodegenerative diseases such as stroke, ... read more

Depression Reversed in Male Mice by Activating Gene That Helps Excite Neurons

Feb. 18, 2019 — Directly activating a gene important to exciting our excitatory neurons and associated with major depression may help turn around classic symptoms like social isolation and loss of interest, at least ... read more

Heavy Smoking Can Damage Vision

Feb. 18, 2019 — Smoking more than 20 cigarettes a day can damage your vision, researchers ... read more

Brain Discovery Explains a Great Mystery of Alzheimer's, Parkinson's

Feb. 15, 2019 — One of the great mysteries of neuroscience may finally have an answer: Scientists have identified a potential explanation for the mysterious death of specific brain cells seen in Alzheimer's, ... read more

First Model of Mitochondrial Epilepsy

Feb. 15, 2019 — Researchers have become the first to describe a model of mitochondrial epilepsy which raises hope for better therapies for patients with this incapacitating condition.Despite the severity of this ... read more

Happy as a Pig in Muck?

Feb. 15, 2019 — Photos play an important role when it comes to how agricultural products are seen by consumers. A team of scientists investigated how people perceive and evaluate photos of a pig in different ... read more

Neural Processing With Trauma and Adversity Interact to Increase Core Symptom of PTSD

Feb. 14, 2019 — Lifetime adversity and increased neural processing during a traumatic event combine to increase the frequency of intrusive traumatic memories and the distress they cause, according to a new ... read more

Controlling and Visualizing Receptor Signals in Neural Cells With Light

Feb. 14, 2019 — Using a novel optogenetic tool, researchers have successfully controlled, reproduced and visualized serotonin receptor signals in neural cells. To this end, they modified a photosensitive membrane ... read more

Cannabis Use in Teens Linked to Risk of Depression in Young Adults

Feb. 13, 2019 — Cannabis is the most commonly used recreational drug by teenagers worldwide. In Canada, among youth aged 15 to 19 years, the rate of past-year cannabis use is 20.6 percent, while in England, 4 ... read more

Scientists Discover How Neuroactive Steroids Dampen Inflammatory Signaling in Cells

Feb. 13, 2019 — For the first time, scientists discovered how neuroactive steroids naturally found in the brain and bloodstream inhibit the activity of a specific kind of protein called Toll-like receptors (TLR4), ... read more

Feb. 13, 2019 — In a randomized, controlled pilot trial, researchers found that participants pre-treated with noninvasive vagus nerve stimulation experienced less pain after heat stimulus than mock-treated ... read more

Shedding Light on the Pathway to Put the Traumatic Past Behind

Feb. 13, 2019 — By shedding light on the underlying brain circuits of ABS pairing's powerful effects to reduce fear, this study can come as a powerful reassurance of its fear-reducing effects to PTSD ... read more

Exercise Gives Older Men a Better Brain Boost

Feb. 13, 2019 — New research suggests that the relationship between physical and brain fitness varies in older adults by virtue of their ... read more

Newly Isolated Human Gut Bacterium Reveals Possible Connection to Depression

Feb. 13, 2019 — Researchers have established a correlation between depression and a group of neurotransmitter-producing bacteria found in the human ... read more

Movement Impairments in Autism Could Be Reversible

Feb. 13, 2019 — Researchers from Cardiff University have established a link between a genetic mutation and developmental movement impairments in ... read more

PTSD Alone Didn't Increase Heart Disease Risk in Veterans With PTSD

Feb. 13, 2019 — Coexisting medical conditions, psychiatric disorders, heavy smoking and illicit drug use may explain the increased risk for heart disease among veterans with ... read more

Feb. 13, 2019 — The neural 'time windows' in certain small brain areas contribute to the complex cognitive symptoms of autism, new research suggests. In a brain imaging study of adults, the severity of ... read more

Feb. 11, 2019 — Researchers have identified a brain protein at the root of how the brain recovers from stroke. The finding offers a promising avenue for developing therapies that could work even when given beyond ... read more

New Alzheimer's Therapy With Brain Blood Flow Discovery?

Feb. 11, 2019 — By discovering the culprit behind decreased blood flow in the brain of people with Alzheimer's, biomedical engineers at have made possible promising new therapies for the ... read more

Feb. 11, 2019 — Engineers have devised a new, non-invasive way to monitor the stiffness of single living cells, using acoustic waves. Their technique could be used to study many biological phenomena, such as cell ... read more

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