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Study helps explain why MS is more common in women
News   May 12, 2014

A newly identified difference between the brains of women and men with multiple sclerosis (MS) may help explain why so many more women than men get the disease, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St.

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Autism-Related Protein Shown to Play Vital Role in Addiction
News   May 12, 2014

In a paper published in the latest issue of Neuron, McLean Hospital investigators report that a gene essential for normal brain development, and previously linked to Autism Spectrum Disorders, also plays a critical role in addiction-related behaviors.

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Dopamine Turns Worker Ants into Warrior Queens
News   May 12, 2014

The ritualized fighting behavior of one ant species is linked to increases in dopamine levels that trigger dramatic physical changes in the ants without affecting their DNA, according to research from North Carolina State University, Arizona State University and the [US] Department of Agriculture.

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Pigeons, like humans, can place everyday things in categories
News   May 11, 2014

Pinecone or pine nut? Friend or foe? Distinguishing between the two requires that we pay special attention to the telltale characteristics of each. And as it turns out, us humans aren't the only ones up to the task.

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Integrating mindfulness meditation and hard neuroscience data
News   May 10, 2014

Mindfulness meditation produces personal experiences that are not readily interpretable by scientists who want to study its psychiatric benefits in the brain. At the 12th Annual International Scientific Conference of the Center for Mindfulness near Boston in April, Brown University researchers described how they've been able to integrate mindfulness experience with hard neuroscience data to advance more rigorous study.

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Researchers capture handoff of tracked object between brain hemispheres
News   May 09, 2014

When tracking a moving object, the two halves of the human brain operate much like runners successfully passing a baton during a relay race, says a University of Oregon researcher.

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Anti-aging factor offers brain boost too
News   May 09, 2014

A variant of the gene KLOTHO is known for its anti-aging effects in people fortunate enough to carry one copy. Now researchers find that it also has benefits when it comes to brain function. The variant appears to lend beneficial cognitive effects by increasing overall levels of klotho in the bloodstream and brain.

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Mitochondrial deficits in children with autism confirmed
News   May 09, 2014

Children with autism experience deficits in a type of immune cell that protects the body from infection. Called granulocytes, the cells exhibit one-third the capacity to fight infection and protect the body from invasion compared with the same cells in children who are developing normally.

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Experiencing letters as colours: New insights into synaesthesia
News   May 09, 2014

Scientists studying the bizarre phenomenon of synaesthesia- best described as a "union of the senses" whereby two or more of the five senses that are normally experienced separately are involuntarily and automatically joined together- have made a new breakthrough in their attempts to understand the condition.

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Elevating brain fluid pressure could prevent vision loss
News   May 08, 2014

Scientists have found that pressure from the fluid surrounding the brain plays a role in maintaining proper eye function, opening a new direction for treating glaucoma- the second leading cause of blindness worldwide.

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