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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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Small Mutation Changes Brain Freeze to Hot Foot
News   May 08, 2014

Shift switches pain sensor from cold-sensitive to hot-sensitive Ice cream lovers and hot tea drinkers with sensitive teeth could one day have a reason to celebrate a new finding from Duke University researchers.

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Mouse study offers new clues to cognitive decline
News   May 08, 2014

New research suggests that certain types of brain cells may be "picky eaters," seeming to prefer one specific energy source over others. The finding has implications for understanding the cognitive decline seen in aging and degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's and multiple sclerosis.

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Brain noise found to nurture synapses
News   May 08, 2014

Miniature neurotransmission appears to play key role in synapse development A study has shown that a long-overlooked form of neuron-to-neuron communication called miniature neurotransmission plays an essential role in the development of synapses, the regions where nerve impulses are transmitted and received.

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Psilocybin inhibits the processing of negative emotions in the brain
News   May 07, 2014

When emotions are processed in a negatively biased manner in the brain, an individual is at risk to develop depression. Psilocybin, the bioactive component of the Mexican magic mushroom, seems to intervene positively in the emotion-processing mechanism.

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Study finds pregnant women show increased activity in right side of brain
News   May 07, 2014

Pregnant women show increased activity in the area of the brain related to emotional skills as they prepare to bond with their babies, according to a new study by scientists at Royal Holloway, University of London.

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