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February 20, 2019

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February 20, 2019

New Model Mimics Persistent Interneuron Loss Seen in Prematurity

Feb. 19, 2019 — Research-clinicians created a novel preclinical model that mimics the persistent interneuron loss seen in preterm human infants, identifying interneuron subtypes that could become future therapeutic ... 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

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

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

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

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

Spinal Cord Is 'Smarter' Than Previously Thought

Feb. 11, 2019 — New research has shown that the spinal cord is able to process and control complex functions, like the positioning of your hand in external space. 'This research has shown that a least one ... read more

Oral Contraceptives Could Impair Women's Recognition of Complex Emotions

Feb. 11, 2019 — Women who take the pill are nearly 10 percent worse at recognizing subtle expressions of complex emotions like pride or contempt, according to new research. Previous research suggests the ... read more

New Target Could Help Protect Vision Following Optic Nerve Trauma

Feb. 11, 2019 — When a car crash or explosion results in an optic nerve injury, eliminating an enzyme known to promote inflammation appears to aid recovery, scientists ... read more

How Exercise May Protect Against Alzheimer's

Feb. 8, 2019 — A hormone called irisin -- produced during exercise -- may protect neurons against Alzheimer's ... read more

Size and Time Impact Outcomes When Mechanical Clot Removal Used for Large Core Strokes

Feb. 7, 2019 — Patient outcomes with large core stroke damage are worse the larger the core volume and the longer the time lapse between stroke onset and treatment. Perfusion imaging may help identify large core ... read more

How the Immune System 'Thinks'

Feb. 7, 2019 — New research has demonstrated that immune cells make brain chemicals to fight off ... read more

Normal Brain Aging Patterns Occur at a Faster Rate in People With Psychosis

Feb. 7, 2019 — Patients with psychosis have accelerated aging of two brain networks important for general cognition -- the frontoparietal network (FPN) and cingulo-opercular network (CON) -- according to a new ... read more

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