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Creating Supranormal Hearing in Mice Validates Hidden Hearing Loss Theory

A study from Michigan Medicine's Kresge Hearing Research Institute was able to produce supranormal hearing in mice, while also supporting a hypothesis on the cause of hidden hearing loss in humans.
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Novel PET Tracer Detects Parkinson’s Disease in Living Patients

Researchers from Japan have successfully developed a chemical radiotracer that binds to α-synuclein fibrils, harmful protein aggregates typically seen in PD and DLB pathologies.
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Vaccination Associated With Reduced Memory Loss From COVID-19 Infection

According to a study, prior vaccination is linked to reduced inflammation of the brain and less of an impact on memory and brain function following COVID-19 infection.

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Sex Differences Found in Molecular Mechanisms of Reward Behaviors

A new study has discovered underlying sex differences in the molecular pathways that drive reward-related behaviors. In particular, the study found differences and similarities in the ways males and females strengthened connections between the hippocampus and the nucleus accumbens.
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Can Science Explain Why We Procrastinate?

Understanding why we delay tasks may help reclaim productivity. New research suggests that a precise mathematical framework could improve our understanding of the different patterns of procrastination and their underlying reasons.
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Potential Non-Invasive Gene Therapy Approach for Brain Disorders Developed

A new method offers hope for treating brain disorders through gene therapy. The innovative approach could transform treatments for inherited conditions and mental health issues by targeting specific regions of the brain with newfound precision.
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Stem Cells Help Scientists Understand How Neuronal Synapses Form and Function

New research clarifies the key mechanisms of synaptic formation, which might allow researchers to further focus on synapse dysfunction and health treatment options.
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Feed Your Microbes: How Diet Influences the Gut Microbiome and Health

Learn about the latest research exploring how diet impacts the gut microbiome and discover how changes to the gut microbiome may be affecting your behavior.
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Molecular Glue Explains How Memories Last a Lifetime

A new study has uncovered a biological explanation for long-term memories. It centers on the discovery of the role of a molecule, KIBRA, that serves as a “glue” to other molecules, thereby solidifying memory formation.
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Brain Barrier Breakdown in Alzheimer’s Disease

Researchers at Mayo Clinic and collaborators have uncovered unique molecular signatures of blood-brain barrier dysfunction that could point to new ways to diagnose and treat Alzheimer's disease.
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