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Alzheimer's Risk Gene Impairs Brain's Immune Cells

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A study carried out with a new human stem cell-derived model reveals that the most prevalent genetic risk factor of Alzheimer's disease (AD), apolipoprotein E4 (APOE4), impairs the function of human brain immune cells, microglia. These findings pave the way for new, effective treatment approaches for AD. The results were published in Stem Cell Reports.

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Bolivian Rainforest People Perceive Musical Pitch Differently

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“Do-Re-Mi” may be fundamental to western music, but not to the human brain, suggests a fascinating new study that has assessed the ability of an isolated community of people living in the Bolivian rainforest to recognize musical notes arranged in the western octave structure.

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Thermodynamics - Explaining the Triple Point

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This experiment demonstrates the triple point of a substance. Watch how water behaves at the triple point where it co-exists in solid, liquid and vapour form. There is also a short description of where the triple point lies on a P-T-diagram.

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Lipidomics – A Niche but Rapidly Growing Field

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Although researchers have been working on lipid biochemistry for many decades, lipidomics is a more recent, newly emerging discipline – with potential applications for diagnosing and preventing disease.

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Zebrafish Study Shows Brain Activity Intensity Drives the Need for Sleep

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The intensity of brain activity during the day, notwithstanding how long we've been awake, appears to increase our need for sleep, according to a new UCL study in zebrafish.

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Brain Computer Interfaces Without the Mess
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It sounds like science fiction: controlling electronic devices with brain waves. But researchers have developed a new type of electroencephalogram (EEG) electrode that can do just that, without the sticky gel required for conventional electrodes. Even better, the devices work through a full head of hair.

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Small Trial Suggests Electromagnetic Waves Can Enhance Cognitive Performance in Alzheimer's Patients
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A wearable head davice that blasts the brain with electromagnetic waves has been shown to enhance cognitive performance in a very small study of patients with Alzhiemer's disease. . Results demonstrate that the TEMT device was safe in all eight participating patients with mild to moderate AD.

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Cancer Metastasis – Moving From Breast to Brain
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A signaling pathway that breast tumors exploit to metastasize to the brain has been discovered.

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UK BioBank Project Is Taken to the Next Level by Sequencing 500,000 Genomes
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In a bid to push personalized medicine forward, an ambitious ground-breaking £200 million project will see the 500,000 BioBank participants' whole genomes sequenced.

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Anti-inflammatory Drugs Resurrected To Fight Chronic Pain
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Failed drugs often are left on the shelf to gather dust. But sometimes, drugs can be dusted down and repurposed. That’s exactly the route that Katexco Pharmaceuticals has taken with its new immune system-targeting compounds, part of a new life sciences company that aims to target everything from multiple sclerosis to chronic pain.

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BNA Interview Series: A Closer Look at Autism Spectrum Disorder With Professor Uta Frith
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At the British Neuroscience Association (BNA)’s Festival of Neuroscience , we sat down with some influential neuroscientists to discuss their work. Here, we interview University College London Professor Uta Frith on her pioneering work into the neurodevelopmental condition autism spectrum disorder.

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Why Neuralink's Implants Are an Essential Step in MedTech Innovation
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Elon Musk has never been afraid to push the envelope when working towards a more innovative future. One of Musk's latest projects, called Neuralink, wants to help people interact with computers by using their minds. Here, we take a look at Musk's claims that Neuralink will bring brain-machine interfaces to the public.

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Could a New Project Expose Predatory Conferences?
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The rise of predatory conferences jeopardises the future of legitimate research events. But could conference IDs be the solution?

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Study of Almost Half a Million People Finds There Is No Single “Gay Gene”
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Researchers have conducted a genome-wide association of over 470,000 people to explore whether there are genetic variants that predict whether an individual will engage in same sex behavior.

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