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REM Sleep Wipes Away the Day's Bad Experiences
News   Jul 12, 2019

Researchers at the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience discovered why you will be better able to bear tomorrow what you are distressed about today if you have a night of solid REM sleep.

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Spinal Cord Injury "EpiPen" Reduces Immune Attack
News   Jul 12, 2019

A mouse study has suggested that an injection of nanoparticles can prevent the body's immune system from overreacting to trauma, potentially preventing some spinal cord injuries from resulting in paralysis.

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Gadolinium Deposition Found in Early MS Brains
News   Jul 11, 2019

A comprehensive, longitudinal study of patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) that followed patients from the time of their diagnosis for an average of five years, has found that while a commonly used imaging linear contrast agent, gadodiamide, does accumulate in the brain early in the disease, there is no discernible clinical impact.

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Animal Model to Help Study "Brain on Fire" Disease
News   Jul 11, 2019

Scientists have developed an animal model that may provide a path toward improving the diagnosis and treatment of the devastating brain disease, anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis, that was chronicled in the bestselling autobiography "Brain on Fire."

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Social Movements in the Virtual World (of Warcraft)
News   Jul 11, 2019

Online virtual worlds can help social movements raise awareness and create safe spaces for their members, according to a new study by an academic at the University of East Anglia (UEA).

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Popular Antidepressant Drug Rewires the Brain, in Mouse Model
News   Jul 11, 2019

Prozac®, the trade name for the drug fluoxetine, was introduced to the U.S. market for the treatment of depression in 1988. Researchers report that, in addition to the drug’s known action on serotonin receptors, fluoxetine could rearrange nerve fibers in the hippocampus of mouse brains.

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Larger, Earlier Drug Trials Needed to Fight Alzheimer's
News   Jul 11, 2019

There are currently no drugs that stop or inhibit Alzheimer's disease. Despite drug trials showing plaque reduction in the brain, the patients' cognitive function did not improve. Would the results be different if it were possible to design studies that intervene much earlier on in the disease, before cognition is affected?

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ID1 Protein: A Potential Target in Glioblastoma
News   Jul 11, 2019

A new study suggests the protein ID1 is critical to tumor initiation and growth and also impacts glioblastoma's response to chemotherapy. Researchers are hopeful that new strategies could emerge from these findings that could help slow the growth and re-occurrence of this brain cancer.

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Expert Mathematicians Stumped by Simple Subtractions
News   Jul 11, 2019

Researchers have demonstrated that our ability to solve mathematical problems is influenced by non-mathematical knowledge, which often results in mistakes. The findings indicate that high-level mathematicians can be duped by some aspects of their knowledge about the world and fail to solve primary school-level subtraction problems.

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Impaired Learning Linked to Having a First-degree Relative With Alzheimer’s Disease
News   Jul 11, 2019

Adults with a first-degree relative with Alzheimer's disease perform more poorly on online paired-learning tasks than adults without such a family history, and this impairment appears to be exacerbated by having diabetes or a genetic variation in the apolipoprotein E (APOE) gene linked to the disease.

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