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New drugs offer hope for migraine prevention
News   Apr 24, 2014

Two new studies may offer hope for people with migraine. The two studies released on April 22 were presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 66th Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, April 26 to May 3, 2014.

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First brain imaging studies of African infants raise hope of insight into cognitive effects of nutrition
News   Apr 24, 2014

Brain activity of babies in developing countries could be monitored from birth to reveal the first signs of cognitive dysfunction, using a new technique piloted by a London-based university collaboration.

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Novel compound halts cocaine addiction and relapse behaviors
News   Apr 24, 2014

A novel compound that targets an important brain receptor has a dramatic effect against a host of cocaine addiction behaviors, including relapse behavior, a University at Buffalo animal study has found.

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Protein clusters targeted by medications for neurodegenerative diseases actually serve to protect brain cells
News   Apr 24, 2014

People diagnosed with Huntington's disease, most in their mid-thirties and forties, face a devastating prognosis: complete mental, physical, and behavioral decline within two decades. "Mutant" protein clusters, long blamed for the progression of the genetic disease, have been the primary focus of therapies in development by pharmaceutical companies.

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Some astronauts at risk for cognitive impairment, animal studies suggest
News   Apr 24, 2014

A human biomarker, if found, could have implications in determining brain tumor radiotherapy treatment. Johns Hopkins scientists report that rats exposed to high-energy particles, simulating conditions astronauts would face on a long-term deep space mission, show lapses in attention and slower reaction times, even when the radiation exposure is in extremely low dose ranges.

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Exercise keeps hippocampus healthy in people at risk for Alzheimer's
News   Apr 23, 2014

The first study to look at how physical activity may impact the loss of hippocampal volume in people at genetic risk for Alzheimer's disease A study of older adults at increased risk for Alzheimer's disease shows that moderate physical activity may protect brain health and stave off shrinkage of the hippocampus – the brain region responsible for memory and spatial orientation that is attacked first in Alzheimer's disease.

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Critical New Protein Complex Involved in Learning and Memory Identified
News   Apr 23, 2014

Scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have identified a protein complex that plays a critical but previously unknown role in learning and memory formation.

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Specialized Ambulance Improves Treatment Time For Stroke
News   Apr 23, 2014

Using an ambulance that included a computed tomography (CT) scanner, point-of-care laboratory, telemedicine connection and a specialized prehospital stroke team resulted in decreased time to treatment for ischemic stroke, according to a study in the April 23/30 issue of JAMA, a neurology theme issue.

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Study examines effectiveness of lorazepam vs. diazepam for treating epileptic seizures in children
News   Apr 23, 2014

Although some studies have suggested that the drug lorazepam may be more effective or safer than the drug diazepam in treating a type of epileptic seizures among children, a randomized trial finds that lorazepam is not better at stopping seizures compared to diazepam, according to a recent study in JAMA, a neurology theme issue.

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Brain circuits involved in emotion discovered
News   Apr 23, 2014

Neuroscientists have discovered a brain pathway that underlies the emotional behaviours critical for survival.

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