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The Aging Brain Needs REST
News   Mar 21, 2014

Why do neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s affect only the elderly? Why do some people live to be over 100 with intact cognitive function while others develop dementia decades earlier?

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New study examines association of cognitive function with oral perception in independently-living octogenarians
News   Mar 20, 2014

Results suggest that the decline of cognitive function is related to tactile and taste perceptions in independently-living 80-year-olds without dementia.

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Anti-anxiety drugs might rebalance autistic brain
News   Mar 20, 2014

A well-known class of drugs used to treat anxiety and epileptic seizures might provide a new therapeutic approach to managing autism. This prediction is based on mouse studies reported in the March 19 issue of the CELL journal Neuron.

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Impaired new learning identified in persons with Parkinson Disease
News   Mar 20, 2014

Kessler Foundation scientists collaborated with colleagues in Spain to study memory and learning in patients with Parkinson Disease (PD). They found that the Parkinson group's ability to learn new information was significantly poorer when compared with the control group.

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Fake laughter doesn't fool the brain, research reveals
News   Mar 20, 2014

As the world celebrates International Day of Happiness today (Thursday, 20 March), can we tell whether people are truly happy just from their laugh?

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Researchers survey protein family that helps the brain form synapses
News   Mar 20, 2014

Neuroscientists and bioengineers at Stanford are working together to solve a mystery: How does nature construct the different types of synapses that connect neurons – the brain cells that monitor nerve impulses, control muscles and form thoughts.

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Chronic sleep disturbance could trigger onset of Alzheimer's
News   Mar 18, 2014

People who experience chronic sleep disturbances might face an earlier onset of dementia and Alzheimer’s, according to a new preclinical study by researchers at Temple University. “The big biological question that we tried to address in this study is whether sleep disturbance is a risk factor in developing Alzheimer’s or something that manifests with the disease,” said Domenico Praticò, professor of pharmacology and microbiology/immunology in Temple’s School of Medicine, who led the study.

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Rats’ brains may “remember” odor experienced while under general anesthesia, study suggests
News   Mar 18, 2014

Rats’ brains may remember odors they were exposed to while deeply anesthetized, suggests research in rats published in the April issue of Anesthesiology.

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Stimulants used to treat ADHD influence BMI growth patterns through childhood with a BMI rebound in late adolescence
News   Mar 18, 2014

A new study from researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that children treated with stimulants for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) experienced slower body mass index (BMI) growth than their undiagnosed or untreated peers, followed by a rapid rebound of BMI that exceeded that of children with no history of ADHD or stimulant use and that could continue to obesity.

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