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Brain Marker Hints at Depression, Anxiety Years Later
News   Feb 04, 2015

A brain scan could help prevent mental illness brought on by stress A car accident, the loss of a loved one and financial trouble are just a few of the myriad stressors we may encounter in our lifetimes.

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Immune cells harnessed to clear Alzheimer’s-associated plaques from rodent brains
News   Feb 04, 2015

New research from scientists at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC) shows that the body’s immune system may be able to clear the brain of toxic plaque build-up that is the hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease, reversing memory loss and brain cell damage.

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Different mental disorders cause same brain-matter loss, study finds
News   Feb 04, 2015

A meta-analysis of 193 brain-imaging studies shows similar gray-matter loss in the brains of people with diagnoses as different as schizophrenia, depression and addiction. In a study analyzing whole-brain images from nearly 16,000 people, researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine identified a common pattern across a spectrum of psychiatric disorders that are widely perceived to be quite distinct.

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Anti-epilepsy drug preserves brain function after stroke
News   Feb 04, 2015

New approach stops nerve activity instead of breaking up clots New research suggests that an already-approved drug could dramatically reduce the debilitating impact of strokes, which affect nearly a million Americans every year.

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The brain’s social network: Nerve cells interact like friends on Facebook
News   Feb 04, 2015

Neurons in the brain are wired like a social network, report researchers from Biozentrum, University of Basel. Each nerve cell has links with many others, but the strongest bonds form between the few cells most similar to each other.

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New nanoparticle gene therapy strategy effectively treats deadly brain cancer in rats
News   Feb 04, 2015

Despite improvements in the past few decades with surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy, a predictably curative treatment for glioma does not yet exist. New insights into specific gene mutations that arise in this often deadly form of brain cancer have pointed to the potential of gene therapy, but it's very difficult to effectively deliver toxic or missing genes to cancer cells in the brain.

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How the brain ignores distractions
News   Feb 03, 2015

By scanning the brains of people engaged in selective attention to sensations, researchers have learned how the brain appears to coordinate the response needed to ignore distractors. They are now studying whether that ability can be harnessed, for instance to suppress pain.

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Face blindness predicted by structural differences in the brain
News   Feb 03, 2015

Differences in connectivity in the brain predict face blindness in adults, say Stanford neuroscientists. They plan to observe these surprising differences in children to discover how this visual deficit develops.

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BrainHealth tool provides unique insight for those with traumatic brain injury
News   Feb 03, 2015

A new study reveals that individuals with traumatic brain injury (TBI) have significantly more difficulty with gist reasoning than traditional cognitive tests. Using a unique cognitive assessment developed by researchers at the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas, findings published in the Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology indicate that an individual's ability to "get the gist or extract the essence of a message" after a TBI more strongly predicts his or her ability to effectively hold a job or maintain a household than previously revealed by traditional cognitive tests alone.

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Neurologists find movement tracking device helps assess severity of Parkinson’s disease
News   Feb 03, 2015

A device that measures movement and balance can effectively help assess and track the progression of Parkinson's disease, even when medications are used to reduce Parkinson's symptoms, UT Southwestern Medical Center research found.

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