Now Anyone Can Tour the Fly BrainNews
A new fly-through of the fly brain allows anyone to whizz past neurons and visit any of the 40 million synapses where neurons touch neuron. It’s a super-resolution view of the complex network connections in the insect’s brain that underlie behaviors ranging from feeding to mating.
Memories of Meals Influence Future Eating BehaviorNews
Brain cells involved in memory play an important role after a meal in reducing future eating behavior, a finding that could be key in understanding and fighting obesity, according to a study led by Georgia State University.
Study Suggests You Can Improve Your Learning Ability by Self-Modulating Your Neural OscillationsNews
Neuronal alpha oscillations in the range of 10 Hz are neural waves that reduce processing in certain brain regions to provide resources for upcoming information. Alpha oscillations can be easily influenced by neurofeedback training. Researchers have discovered that participants can self-regulate their learning success in a perceptual learning task by altering their alpha oscillations.READ MORE
Researchers have developed a mouse model to study the short-term consequences of fungal infection in the brain. They have found that the common yeast Candida albicans can cross the blood-brain barrier and trigger an inflammatory response that results in the formation of granuloma-type structures and temporary mild memory impairments in mice.
An ultrasensitive test has been developed that detects a corrupted protein associated with Alzheimer’s disease and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a condition found in athletes, military veterans, and others with a history of repetitive brain trauma.READ MORE
Following beta cell loss in mice, 1-2% of glucagon-producing α-cells spontaneously engage in insulin production. In this study, this was increased to 5%, providing new insights on cell flexibility and opening up therapeutic approaches for diabetes and other diseases caused by cell death.READ MORE
Engaging in repetitive and ritualistic behaviors is part of typical child development. However, behaviors that develop into obsessive and compulsive symptoms (OCS) may represent a red flag for serious psychiatric conditions. Researchers found children and young adults with OCS who also admitted to having bad thoughts were more likely to also experience psychopathology.READ MORE
Researchers have discovered that the intestinal IgA-producing immune cells reduce brain inflammation in people with multiple sclerosis (MS), and that increasing the number of these cells blocks inflammation entirely in a preclinical model of the disease.
Helping people with addictions has become a research passion for Purdue University researchers who is leading a team to make drug discoveries to support millions around the world dealing with alcohol use disorders, chronic pain and mood disorders. The team's recent discovery provides a new avenue for the development of medications that provide therapeutic relief for a patient without causing unwanted side effects.READ MORE
The visual system is probably the best understood part of the brain. Over the past 75 years, neuroscientists have assembled a detailed account of our brain processes visual data. But a new study is calling a fundamental aspect of vision science into question, showing that even the best-studied parts of the brain can still hold plenty of surprises.
Cells along the brain's cavities are equipped with tiny hair-like protrusions called cilia. Cilia are still poorly understood, but people with ciliary defects can develop neurological conditions like hydrocephalus and scoliosis. New research now shows that cilia are essential for the brain to develop normally.READ MORE
In the developing brain, the 3 main cell types, specifically neurons, astrocytes and oligodendrocytes, are generated from neural stem cells.
Using mice deficient in nestin, a nanofilament protein, researchers have shown that nestin produced in astrocytes has an important role in inhibiting neuronal differentiation.
Yale researchers have identified a drinkable cocktail of designer molecules that interferes with a crucial first step of Alzheimer’s and even restores memories in mice.READ MORE
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