The Neuroscience Roundup - 10/11/19
List Oct 11, 2019 | by Ruairi J Mackenzie, Science Writer for Technology Networks
Here's a short selection of our favorite neuroscience stories from the last week!
1. Assessing the mechanisms that drive depression are challenging, and exploring how those vary between the sexes is even more challenging. Researchers have found and flipped a switch in the brain, revealing a sex-distinct circuit in mice that activates during stress and is controlled by testosterone.
2. A new brain imaging research debunks a controversial theory about dyslexia that can impact how it is sometimes treated, and addresses the role of the cerebellum in the disorder.
3. In a small trial, a stem cell transplant has reversed a debilitating neurological disease that causes half of the patients to go blind and lose the ability to walk five years after diagnosis.
4. It may surprise some of our British readers that it has taken this long, but the first case of Brexit-induced psychosis has been recognized in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) Case Reports.
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5. The Golden Ratio, described by Leonardo da Vinci and Luca Pacioli as the Divine Proportion, is an infinite number often found in nature, art and mathematics. It’s a pattern in pinecones, seashells, galaxies and hurricanes. A new study adds human skulls to that list.