Your Belly Controls Your Brain

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Our bellies and brains are physically and biochemically connected in a number of ways, meaning the state of our intestines can alter the way our brains work and behave, giving a whole new meaning to 'Food for thought'.

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Marvin Minsky: Health, population and the human mind

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Marvin Minsky's arch, eclectic, charmingly offhand talk on health, overpopulation and the human mind.

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The Wearable Brain Scanner: New MEG helmet

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Scientists and engineers have developed a wearable MEG brain scanner.

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Evidence for a Neural Law of Effect: How the brain pursues pleasure

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New study in mice shows how the brain learns to reproduce patterns of brain activity that lead to reward; provides insights for treating addiction and obsessive-compulsive disorder

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"Get Data" - UCSD Neuro Program SfN Social Promo

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In this 'oldie but goldie' University of California San Diego Grad Students parody Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" to advertise their social event at the Society for Neuroscience's Annual Meeting in 2013.

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Abundant Fish Protein Inhibits Alpha-Synuclein Amyloid Formation, Could Prevent Parkinson’s Disease

Abundant Fish Protein Inhibits Alpha-Synuclein Amyloid Formation, Could Prevent Parkinson’s Disease

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Parvalbumin, a protein found in great quantities in several different fish species, has been shown to help prevent the formation of certain protein structures closely associated with Parkinson’s disease.

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Flavins Keep a Handy Helper in Their Pocket
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A team has now shown in detail how oxygen interacts with the flavin in an enzyme - revealing for the first time precisely how it works. Flavins play a key role in metabolic processes, in the immune system and in neural development in humans - and are equally important to bacteria, fungi and plants.

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Dark Chocolate Good For Mind and Body
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New research shows that consuming dark chocolate that has a high concentration of cacao has positive effects on stress levels, inflammation, mood, memory and immunity. While it is well known that cacao is a major source of flavonoids, this is the first time the effect has been studied in human subjects to determine how it can support cognitive, endocrine and cardiovascular health.

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Neuronal Activity Regulates Neurotransmitter Switching in the Adult Brain
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New study implicates a role for light-induced electrical activity in controlling chemical codes.

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Why is a Molecule Necessary for Penile Erections Important for Brain Cell Communication?

Why is a Molecule Necessary for Penile Erections Important for Brain Cell Communication?

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New research sheds light on neuronal communication and adds more detail to the current picture of brain cell communication at the synapse, and the role of the messenger molecule nitric oxide.

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Study Shows Night Owls Have a 10% Higher Risk of Early Death
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Scientists study link between chronotype and death, and find night owls are at greater risk of health complications and earlier death.

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Blood Tests for Brain Diseases
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Definitive diagnosis for many neurodegenerative diseases – such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, or Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) – frequently comes far too late. The “true gold standard” for diagnosis of both Alzheimer’s and CTE is through direct postmortem examination of brain tissue. Now, both researchers and athletes are working to change that.

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Prominent Neuroscientist Prof. Tom Jessell Fired Following Investigation
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Prof. Thomas Jessell, 66, who holds an endowed Chair as the Claire Tow Professor of Motor Neuron Disorders at the Zuckerman Insitute of the University of Columbia, has had his employment terminated.

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