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March 22, 2019

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March 22, 2019

Sleep Problems, Alzheimer's Disease Are Linked, but Which Comes First?

Mar. 22, 2019 — A new article explores the pathophysiological factors that link sleep disturbances and Alzheimer's disease. Better understanding of this connection may lead to potential diagnostics and ... read more

Small Vessel Disease MRI Marker Linked to Worse Cognitive Health in Older Adults

Mar. 21, 2019 — Seemingly harmless fluid-filled spaces around the cerebral small vessels, commonly seen on brain MRIs in older adults, are now thought to be associated with more compromised cognitive skills, ... read more

New Study Reshapes Understanding of How the Brain Recovers from Injury

Mar. 20, 2019 — Each year, approximately 265,000 Americans have a stroke that causes visual impairment. New research sheds light on how the damage in the brain caused by a stroke can lead to permanent vision ... read more

Brain-Inspired AI Inspires Insights About the Brain (and Vice Versa)

Mar. 20, 2019 — Researchers have described the results of experiments that used artificial neural networks to predict with greater accuracy than ever before how different areas in the brain respond to specific ... read more

Gene Variant Associated With Cellular Aging

Mar. 20, 2019 — It is well known that psychiatric stress is associated with accelerated aging. Now, a new study shows that a gene mutation interacts with multiple types of psychiatric stress including post-traumatic ... read more

Complications During Birth and Later Social Anxiety in Children

Mar. 20, 2019 — A new study indicates that complications during birth may increase the risk that children will develop social anxiety by their pre-teen ... read more

Mar. 20, 2019 — We all know the feeling of a mobile phone vibrating in our hands. We perceive these vibrations so clearly thanks to specialized receptors that transduce them into neural signals sent to our brain. ... read more

Experiments With Roundworms Suggest Alternatives for the Treatment of Schizophrenia

Mar. 19, 2019 — Researchers used C. elegans as an animal model to investigate the importance of certain human genes for the treatment of ... read more

How Attention Helps the Brain Perceive an Object

Mar. 19, 2019 — The ability of the brain to ignore extraneous visual information is critical to how we work and function, but the processes governing perception and attention are not fully understood. Scientists ... read more

Mar. 19, 2019 — A new imaging method provides structural information about brain tissue that was previously difficult to access. Diattenuation imaging allows researchers to differentiate, e.g., regions with many ... read more

Deep Brain Stimulation Provides Sustained Relief for Severe Depression

Mar. 19, 2019 — Patients suffering from severe, treatment-resistant depression can benefit not only acutely but also the long-term from deep brain ... read more

Mar. 19, 2019 — Using strong and targeted but noninvasive magnets at specific sites in the brains of people with and without mild learning and memory problems, researchers report they were able to detect differences ... read more

Inflammation Links Heart Disease and Depression

Mar. 18, 2019 — People with heart disease are more likely to suffer from depression, and the opposite is also true. Now, scientists believe they have identified a link between these two conditions: inflammation -- ... read more

New Research Identifies Potential PTSD Treatment Improvement

Mar. 18, 2019 — Researchers may have found a way to improve a common treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) by changing how the brain learns to respond less severely to fearful conditions, according to ... read more

Mar. 15, 2019 — Scientists have discovered that repellent odors suppress the perception of pleasant smells. This happens because certain brain structures that respond to attractive odors are inhibited by a repellent ... read more

AI and MRIs at Birth Can Predict Cognitive Development at Age 2

Mar. 15, 2019 — Researchers used MRI brain scans and machine learning techniques at birth to predict cognitive development at age 2 years with 95 percent ... read more

The Sweet Spot: Scientists Discover Taste Center of Human Brain

Mar. 14, 2019 — Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and a new method of statistical analysis, researchers have discovered the taste center in the human brain by uncovering which parts of the brain ... read more

The Importance of Puberty: A Call for Better Research Models

Mar. 14, 2019 — Puberty is much more than just a time of biological overdrive, propelled by sexual maturation. Progress in developmental science has greatly broadened the perspective of this critical maturational ... read more

Negative Emotions Can Reduce Our Capacity to Trust

Mar. 14, 2019 — It is no secret that a bad mood can negatively affect how we treat others. But can it also make us more distrustful? Yes, according to a new study, which shows that negative emotions reduce how much ... read more

Serotonin Can Regulate Gene Expression Inside Neurons

Mar. 13, 2019 — Findings could fundamentally change how scientists interpret the biological activities of ... read more

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