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Friday, February 17, 2017

Using light to map the circuitry of the brain

Credit: Chao Zhou and Yevgeny Berdichevsky, Lehigh University Scientific progress has provided a solid understanding of the anatomy of the brain. However, there is still no reliable way to examine n..

Musical training creates new brain connections in children

Credit: Radiological Society of North America CHICAGO - Taking music lessons increases brain fiber connections in children and may be useful in treating autism and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Di..

Redox biomarker could predict progression of epilepsy

Approximately 2.9 million people in the United States suffer from epilepsy, according to the CDC. For patients living with this diagnosis and their doctors it is often difficult to predict the onset o..

Scientists find new path in brain to ease depression

Many with depression are not helped by current drugs Brain pathway with key role in depression discovered New molecule blocks pathway and generates neurons, easing depression in mice CHICAGO --- North..

Neural membrane’s structural instability may trigger multiple sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis is one of the most devastating neurodegenerative diseases. It affects some 2.5 million people worldwide. It has no known cure. Until now, researchers have speculated that the body..

New imaging technique in Alzheimer’s disease opens up possibilities for new drug development

Tau PET is a new and promising imaging method for Alzheimer's disease. A case study from Lund University in Sweden now confirms that tau PET images correspond to a higher degree...

Key players responsible for learning and memory formation uncovered

Researchers from Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience, Duke University, and collaborators have identified a novel signaling system controlling neuronal plasticity. One of the most fascinating properties of the mammalian brain is...

How a fluctuating brain network may make us better thinkers

For the past 100 years, scientists have understood that different areas of the brain serve unique purposes. Only recently have they realized that the organization isn't static. Rather than having strictly...

Rats have greater episodic memory than previously thought

Anyone who has ever spotted a familiar face at a party but been unable to place where or when they last met that person knows the difference between episodic memory and...

Zika infects neural cells related to skull formation, affecting their function

Cranial neural crest cells -- which give rise to the bones and cartilage of the skull -- are vulnerable to Zika virus, report Stanford University School of Medicine researchers September 29...

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