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Antibodies to brain proteins may trigger psychosis
News   Mar 05, 2015

Antibodies defend the body against bacterial, viral, and other invaders. But sometimes the body makes antibodies that attack healthy cells. In these cases, autoimmune disorders develop.

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Using Fruit Flies to Understand How We Sense Hot and Cold
News   Mar 05, 2015

Innately, we pull our hand away when we touch a hot pan on the stove, but little is known about how our brain processes temperature information. Northwestern University scientists now have discovered how a fruit fly's brain represents temperature, mapping it neuron by neuron, which has implications for understanding the much more complex human brain and how it responds to sensory stimuli.

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Mechanism behind most common form of inherited Alzheimer's disease revealed
News   Mar 04, 2015

Study findings contradict prevalent theory, suggest new treatment strategy A study from researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) reveals for the first time exactly how mutations associated with the most common form of inherited Alzheimer's disease produce the disorder's devastating effects.

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Strong genetic risk factor for MS discovered in family of five affected siblings
News   Mar 04, 2015

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) have identified a genetic variation that in women significantly increases their risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS).

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Mental health soon after war-zone concussions predicts disability
News   Mar 04, 2015

Evaluating military personnel with blast-related mild traumatic brain injuries, researchers have found that early symptoms of post-traumatic stress, such as anxiety, emotional numbness, flashbacks and irritability, are the strongest predictors of later disability.

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Obesity is associated with brain’s neurotransmitters
News   Mar 04, 2015

Researchers at Aalto University and University of Turku have revealed how obesity is associated with altered opioid neurotransmission in the brain. New research reveals how obesity is associated with altered functioning of brain’s opioid system, which is intimately involved in generating pleasurable sensations.

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New way several brain areas communicate identified
News   Mar 04, 2015

Carnegie Mellon University neuroscientists have identified a new pathway by which several brain areas communicate within the brain's striatum.

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Time to “just say no” to behavior-calming drugs for Alzheimer patients? Experts say yes
News   Mar 03, 2015

Doctors write millions of prescriptions a year for drugs to calm the behavior of people with Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia. But non-drug approaches actually work better, and carry far fewer risks, experts conclude in a new report.

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Study offers clues to early detection of bipolar disorders in high-risk children
News   Mar 03, 2015

New research published in the American Journal of Psychiatry indicates a strong link between subthreshold manic episodes and likelihood of developing bipolar disorder in children of parents with bipolar disorder.

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Nice to Sniff You: Handshakes May Engage Our Sense of Smell
News   Mar 03, 2015

People sniff their hands twice as much after a handshake, according to a new study Why do people shake hands? A new Weizmann Institute study suggests one of the reasons for this ancient custom may be to check out each other's odors.

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