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New Optogenetic Tool To Help Study the Cerebellum

A new optogenetic tool has been developed that enables researchers to activate signaling pathways in the cerebellum and observe their effects.
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Rival Political Partisans May Have Different Brain Patterns When Processing Information

US politics has become increasingly divided along partisan lines since the election of Donald Trump as President in 2016. What drives political partisanship in the brain? A new study has used neuroimaging to explore how political ideology and brain activity are linked.

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How Ketamine Acts as an Antidepressant in Chronic Pain

The mechanism that drives chronic pain-induced depression has been identified, illustrating why ketamine has sustained antidepressant effects in people with chronic pain.
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Cochlear Organoids Could Provide Solution to Hearing Loss

Organoids that mimic the physiology and function of the cochlea have been developed, opening doors to a better understanding of – and potential treatments for – hearing loss.
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Synching Information Speed To Brain Rhythms Enhances Adult Learning

Matching the speed of information delivery during a learning task to the natural tempo of the brain can help enhance learning, according to research from the University of Cambridge.
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Complex Relationship Between Sleep Meds and Dementia Explored in New Study

A new study shows that sleep medications increase the risk of dementia for people who are white. But the type and quantity of the medication may be factors in explaining the higher risk.

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Can Technology Teach Children To Count?

Videos that resemble real life and engage babies could be used to help them learn to count, reports new research from Rutgers University.
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Can Spinal Cord Stimulation Relieve Chronic Pain and Enhance Sleep?

Researchers have conducted a study to better understand the effect of spinal cord stimulation on chronic pain and sleep.

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The Brain's "Daydreaming" Network Linked to Alzheimer’s Disease Risk

If you have ever let your mind “wander”, you have relied on the brain’s default mode network (DMN). This network is important for using our short-term memory. Do changes in the DMN play a key role in the short-term memory loss seen in the progression of Alzheimer’s disease (AD)?
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New Gene Therapy Could Treat Multiple Eye Diseases

Researchers have discovered that a potential new gene therapeutic approach may also be effective in treating patients living with other eye diseases in the future.

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