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June 17, 2019

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Using Gene Editing, Neuroscientists Develop a New Model for Autism

By introducing a gene variant associated with autism into monkeys, researchers hope to study treatment options for severe neurodevelopmental ... read more
A new protein involved in Alzheimer's disease (AD) has been identified by researchers. CAPON may facilitate the connection between the two most well-known AD culprits, ... read more

Six Fingers Per Hand

A congenital additional finger brings motor advantages, new research ... read more
Researchers in Norway have discovered a clear connection between oral health and ... read more
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Schizophrenia: Adolescence Is the Game-Changer

Schizophrenia may be related to the deletion syndrome. However, not everyone who has the syndrome necessarily develops psychotic symptoms. What triggers the illness? Researchers (UNIGE) have provided ... read more

Scientists Develop 'Mini-Brain' Model of Human Prion Disease

Scientists have used human skin cells to create what they believe is the first cerebral organoid system, or 'mini-brain,' for studying sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD). CJD is a ... read more

Vagus Nerve Stimulation Study Shows Significant Reduction in Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms

The results of a pilot study suggest that electro stimulation of one of the nerves connecting the brain to the body (the vagus nerve), could provide a novel treatment approach for patients with ... read more

First Blood-Brain Barrier Chip Using Stem Cells

Researchers have, for the first time, duplicated a patient's blood-brain barrier (BBB), creating a human BBB chip with stem cells, which can be used to develop personalized medicine and new ... read more

Brain Activation Provides Individual-Level Prediction of Bipolar Disorder Risk

Patterns of brain activation during reward anticipation may help identify people most at risk for developing bipolar spectrum disorders (BPSD), according to a new study. Mania in people with BPSD is ... read more

Research Moves Closer to Brain-Machine Interface Autonomy

A biomedical engineer reports that a brain-computer interface, a form of artificial intelligence, can sense when its user is expecting a reward by examining the interactions between single-neuron ... read more

Early Life Stress Plus Overexpressed FKBP5 Protein Increases Anxiety Behavior

A new preclinical study finds that anxiety-like behavior increases when early life adversity combines with high levels of FKBP5 -- a protein capable of modifying hormonal stress response. Moreover, ... read more

How Electrical Stimulation Reorganizes the Brain

Recordings of neural activity during therapeutic stimulation can be used to predict subsequent changes in brain connectivity, according to a study of epilepsy patients. This approach could inform ... read more

Disturbed Sleep Linked to Mental Health Problems in Natural Disaster Survivors

Preliminary results from a new study suggest that sleep disturbances are associated with mental health problems among survivors of a natural disaster even two years after the ... read more

Brighter Possibilities for Treating Blindness

Advances in preclinical research are now being translated into innovative clinical solutions for blindness, a review ... read more

Weak Upper and Lower Body Physical Performance Associated With Depression and Anxiety

Physical fitness is associated with a number of key health outcomes, including heart disease, cognition, mortality, and an overall feeling of well-being. A new study now links physical performance ... read more

Children's Brains Reorganize After Epilepsy Surgery to Retain Visual Perception

Children can keep full visual perception -- the ability to process and understand visual information -- after brain surgery for severe epilepsy, according to a new study. A study of children who had ... read more

Tolerance to Stress Is a 'Trade-Off' as Fruit Flies Age

With the help of the common fruit fly (D. melanogaster), which ages quickly because it only lives about 60 days, neuroscientists provide insights into healthy aging by investigating the effects of a ... read more

Diabetes Drug Alleviates Anxiety in Mice

The antidiabetic medication metformin reduces anxiety-like behaviors in male mice by increasing serotonin availability in the brain, according to a new study. These findings could have implications ... read more

Which Brain Hemorrhage Patients Have Treatable Underlying Conditions

A new study identifies patients more likely to have underlying lesions from brain-bleeds, a finding that could help doctors treat the condition more ... read more

Wearable Motion Detectors Identify Subtle Motor Deficits in Children

A wristwatch-like motion-tracking device can detect movement problems in children whose impairments may be overlooked by doctors and parents, according to a new ... read more

Searching for the Origins of the Depressive Symptoms in Huntington's Disease

An altered function of Cdk5 kinase -- an essential enzyme in several cell signalling pathways -- could explain the physiopathology of the depressive-like behavior in Huntington's ... read more

Hard Food, Strong Jaw: Jawbone Structure Responds to Forceful Chewing

Chewing, or mastication, is thought to impact jawbone structure as bone is continually reconstructed along with alterations in mechanical load. However, the underlying mechanisms are unknown. In a ... read more

Childhood Adversity Linked to Early Puberty, Premature Brain Development and Mental Illness

Growing up in poverty and experiencing traumatic events like a bad accident or sexual assault were linked to accelerated puberty and brain maturation, abnormal brain development, and greater mental ... read more

Researchers have suspected that the body's various circadian clocks can operate independently from the central clock in the hypothalamus of the brain. Now, they have found a way to test that ... read more

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