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Promising approach to slow brain degeneration in Huntington's model uncovered
News   May 27, 2014

Mechanism uncovered could also help preserve neuron function in Alzheimer's disease, traumatic brain injury and other neurodegenerative conditions Research presented by Dr. Lynn Raymond, from the University of British Columbia, shows that blocking a specific class of glutamate receptors, called extrasynaptic NMDA receptors, can improve motor learning and coordination, and prevent cell death in animal models of Huntington disease.

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Migrating stem cells and stroke
News   May 27, 2014

Two years ago, a new type of stem cell was discovered in the brain that has the capacity to form new cells. The same research group at Lund University in Sweden has now revealed that these stem cells, which are located in the outer blood vessel wall, appear to be involved in the brain reaction following a stroke.

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Pattern of cognitive risks identified in some children with cochlear implants
News   May 26, 2014

Children with profound deafness who receive a cochlear implant had as much as five times the risk of having delays in areas of working memory, controlled attention, planning and conceptual learning as children with normal hearing, according to Indiana University (IU) research published May 22 in the Journal of the American Medical Association Otolaryngology--Head and Neck Surgery.

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Early Alzheimer’s Blood Test Co-Developer to Discuss How the Test Could Be the First Step in Developing Treatments to Halt or Slow Alzheimer’s at 2014 AACC Annual Meeting
News   May 26, 2014

In March of this year, a team of Georgetown University scientists published research showing that, for the first time ever, a blood test has the potential to predict Alzheimer’s disease before patients start showing symptoms.

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Sound and vision: Visual cortex processes auditory information too
News   May 26, 2014

Scientists studying brain process involved in sight have found the visual cortex also uses information gleaned from the ears as well as the eyes when viewing the world.

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Neurons can use local stores for communication needs
News   May 26, 2014

Researchers reveal that neurons can utilize a supremely localized internal store of calcium to initiate the secretion of neuropeptides, one class of signaling molecules through which neurons communicate with each other and with other cells.

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Neurostimulation: What is being said in the media and academic literature?
News   May 25, 2014

A new report by IRCM ethics experts raises important questions and concerns about tDCS Over the past several decades, neurostimulation techniques such as transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) have gradually gained favour in the public eye.

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Blocking a pain receptor in mice extends lifespan, improves insulin response
News   May 24, 2014

Blocking a pain receptor in mice not only extends their lifespan, it also gives them a more youthful metabolism, including an improved insulin response that allows them to deal better with high blood sugar.

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One third of all brain aneurysms rupture: The size is not a significant risk factor
News   May 23, 2014

Approximately one third of all brain aneurysms rupture during a patient's lifetime, resulting in a brain haemorrhage. A recent Finnish study demonstrates that, unlike what was previously assumed, the size of the aneurysm does not significantly impact the risk of rupture.

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Fruit flies show a mark of intelligence in 'thinking' before they act
News   May 23, 2014

Oxford University neuroscientists have shown that fruit flies take longer to make more difficult decisions.

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