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Candy or Carrots?
Candy or Carrots?
News   Jan 10, 2019

Given a choice between indulgent and healthy foods, what will most people pick? The answer may depend on what other foods sit nearby on the grocery shelf,

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3D Genome Reveals How the Brain Detects Different Scents
3D Genome Reveals How the Brain Detects Different Scents
News   Jan 10, 2019

Researchers have used advanced genomic tools to uncover an ingenious mechanism that underlies the brain’s ability to distinguish different smells.

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New Technique Boosts Omega-3 Levels in the Brain
New Technique Boosts Omega-3 Levels in the Brain
News   Jan 09, 2019

Getting enough of the omega 3 fatty acids DHA and EPA into the brain to study their effects on conditions such as Alzheimer’s and depression is no easy task. While supplements containing these fatty acids exist, there is scant evidence showing that these supplements actually increase DHA or EPA in the brain. Now researchers report that adding a lysophospholipid form of EPA to the diet can increase levels of EPA in the brain 100-fold in mice.

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Bringing Plasticity Back to the Brain
Bringing Plasticity Back to the Brain
News   Jan 09, 2019

Researchers have discovered a new molecular mechanism that is essential for maturation of brain function and may be used to restore plasticity in aged brains. Unlike previous research that manipulated brain plasticity using approaches that affected the entire brain, this study targets a specific molecule acting on a single type of neuronal connection to modulate brain function.

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The Many Faces of Insomnia
The Many Faces of Insomnia
News   Jan 09, 2019

Researchers at the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience revealed that there are five types of insomnia. This finding was published on Monday January 7 by The Lancet Psychiatry. A commentary in the journal stated that the finding could be a new page in the history of insomnia, promoting discoveries on mechanisms and interventions.

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Essential Nutrient Tackles Alzheimer's Symptoms Across Generations in Mice
Essential Nutrient Tackles Alzheimer's Symptoms Across Generations in Mice
News   Jan 09, 2019

Researchers have investigated the effects of choline, an important nutrient, in battling Alzheimer's disease. Mice bred to display AD-like symptoms saw improvements in spatial memory following choline supplementation in their diet. Remarkably, the effects of choline appear to be transgenerational, not only protecting mice receiving choline supplementation but also their offspring.

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A Combination of THC and Stress in Adolescent Mice Linked to Anxiety Disorders
A Combination of THC and Stress in Adolescent Mice Linked to Anxiety Disorders
News   Jan 09, 2019

A new study conducted on laboratory animals shows that exposure to cannabis and stress during adolescence may lead to long-term anxiety disorders characterized by the presence of pathological fear.

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Hold ’Em or Fold ’Em
Hold ’Em or Fold ’Em
News   Jan 08, 2019

A team led by a Johns Hopkins biomedical engineer has found that the decision to “up the ante” even in the face of long odds is the result of an internal bias that adds up over time and involves a “push-pull” dynamic between the brain’s two hemispheres.

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Neurons Develop Differently in Autism
Neurons Develop Differently in Autism
News   Jan 08, 2019

Researchers at the Salk Institute compared stem cells created from individuals with ASD against stem cells created from those without ASD to uncover, for the first time, measurable differences in the patterns and speed of development in the ASD-derived cells.

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Children's Diets Directly Influenced by Advertising of Sugary Breakfast Cereals
Children's Diets Directly Influenced by Advertising of Sugary Breakfast Cereals
News   Jan 08, 2019

Child-directed high-sugar breakfast cereal TV advertising is closely associated with brand-specific intake of those cereals among preschoolers.

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