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Are Automation and AI the Future of Brain Scan Analysis?
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The difficult part of looking inside the brain only starts after you leave the scanner. The error rate for image analysis remains alarmingly high, and radiologists are being asked to handle larger numbers of scans. Can automation lend a hand? We talked to Dr. Chris Airriess, CEO at CorTechs Labs Inc., which has developed a software designed to streamline the analysis pipeline.

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Light and Sound Brain Wave Stimulation Shows Pre-clinical Potential As Alzheimer’s Therapy
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Research presented at Neuroscience 2019, hosted in Chicago this week, has shown promising pre-clinical data in mice that suggests altering the electrical oscillations of neuronal networks with external light and sound stimulation might have brain-boosting effects that reduce pathology related to Alzheimer’s disease (AD).

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It’s Alive: Cautious Excitement Meets Claims of First Effective Alzheimer’s Drug
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American pharma giant Biogen has announced that its therapeutic compound for Alzheimer’s disease (AD), aducanumab, is to be taken to the FDA for approval. Despite being seemingly killed off after a study in March produced disappointing results, new analysis suggests that aducanumab met its target endpoints.

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Merging With Machines: A Look at Emerging Neuroscience Technologies
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In this article, we explore how emerging neurotechnologies are taking us from movement-controlled to mind-controlled machines and from machine extensions of ourselves to machines integrated into ourselves.

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Mouse Moms’ Microbiota Lead to Altered Behavior
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Research presented at Neuroscience 2019, the flagship conference of the Society for Neuroscience, has highlighted research at the intersection of three fascinating areas: neurodevelopment, the immune system and the gut microbiota.

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Promises and Obstacles in Lipidomics Research
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A biomarker that represents the physiological environment of a cell at any given moment holds strong promise for quick and non-invasive diagnostics. The lipidome is gaining more traction among scientists in this field of research, and in this article, we explore why.

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BNA Interview Series: Exploring the Inflamed Mind With Professor Ed Bullmore
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At the British Neuroscience Association's Festival of Neuroscience, we were lucky enough to sit down with some influential neuroscientists to discuss their work. In our last interview of the series, we talk to Professor Ed Bullmore on the evidence that connects inflammation and depression, and the possibility that the immune system could be targeted as part of future antidepressant treatments.

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Who Is Responsible for Reproducible Science?
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Reproducibility is now recognized as a core feature of good scientific practice but too many papers fail to meet the grade. We talked to Leslie D McIntosh, CEO of Ripeta, on the topic of reproducibility. In this interview, we ask Leslie about the concepts within Ripeta’s recent report on the state of reproducible science in 2019.

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Just a Gut Feeling: IBS, SIBO and the Gut-Brain Connection
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People often talk about their “gut instincts” or how they just “felt it in my guts”. Are these just figures of speech? It turns out that the gut – the digestive system – has its own nervous system that is often referred to as our “second brain”. This article investigates how our "two brains" communicate, and how breakdowns in that communication can lead to diseases like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

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Feeling Like a Fraud: Impostor Syndrome in STEM
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Impostor syndrome is experienced by millions of people around the world cross culturally, and describes difficulty internalizing one's accomplishments or abilities, and instead attributing their success to other factors. In this article, we explore the prevalence of impostor syndrome in STEM and the impact it has on the scientific community.

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