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Positive, negative thinkers' brains revealed
News   Apr 06, 2014

The ability to stay positive when times get tough- and, conversely, of being negative- may be hardwired in the brain, finds new research led by a Michigan State University psychologist.

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Moonwalker flies backing up
News   Apr 05, 2014

Researchers at the Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP) in Vienna identify brain cells that control backward walking in fruit flies.

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Study helps unravel the tangled origin of ALS
News   Apr 04, 2014

By studying nerve cells that originated in patients with a severe neurological disease, a University of Wisconsin-Madison researcher has pinpointed an error in protein formation that could be the root of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

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Recurrent head and neck tumors have gene mutations that could be vulnerable to cancer drug
News   Apr 04, 2014

An examination of the genetic landscape of head and neck cancers indicates that while metastatic and primary tumor cells share similar mutations, recurrent disease is associated with gene alterations that could be exquisitely sensitive to an existing cancer drug.

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Toward a clearer diagnosis of chronic fatigue syndrome
News   Apr 04, 2014

Researchers at the RIKEN Center for Life Science Technologies, in collaboration with Osaka City University and Kansai University of Welfare Sciences, have used functional PET imaging to show that levels of neuroinflammation, or inflammation of the nervous system, are higher in patients with chronic fatigue syndrome than in healthy people.

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Light-activated neurons from stem cells restore function to paralysed muscles
News   Apr 04, 2014

A new way to artificially control muscles using light, with the potential to restore function to muscles paralysed by conditions such as motor neuron disease and spinal cord injury, has been developed by scientists at UCL and King’s College London.

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Profile of a critical window into the developing human brain
News   Apr 03, 2014

Researchers at the Allen Institute for Brain Science have generated a high-resolution blueprint for how to build a human brain, with a detailed map of where different genes are turned on and off during mid-pregnancy at unprecedented anatomical resolution.

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Publication in Nature showcases the most comprehensive wiring diagram of the mammalian brain to date
News   Apr 03, 2014

Researchers from the Allen Institute for Brain Science have published the first comprehensive, large-scale data set on how the brain of a mammal is wired, providing a groundbreaking data resource and fresh insights into how the nervous system processes information.

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The laternal habenula and its role in resisting alcohol's allure
News   Apr 03, 2014

As recovering spring breakers are regretting binge drinking escapades, it may be hard for them to appreciate that there is a positive side to the nausea, sleepiness, and stumbling. University of Utah neuroscientists report that when a region of the brain called the lateral habenula is chronically inactivated in rats, they repeatedly drink to excess and are less able to learn from the experience.

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Attention changes in the course of a dog's life mirrors that of humans
News   Apr 03, 2014

Dogs are known to be Man's best friend. No other pet has adjusted to Man's lifestyle as this four-legged animal. Scientists at the Messerli Research Institute at the Vetmeduni Vienna, have been the first to investigate the evolution of dogs' attentiveness in the course of their lives and to what extent they resemble Man in this regard.

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