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BARSeq Reveals the Brain Is Like a Pointillism Painting

BARseq, a high-throughput sequencing method, allows scientists to read and localize RNA barcodes in situ. In a new Nature study, researchers from the Allen Institute for Brain Science applied BARseq to explore how peripheral inputs shape the cellular composition of cortical neurons.
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Understanding Why We Move Slower the Older We Get

It’s one of the inescapable realities of aging: The older we get, the slower we tend to move–whether we’re walking around the block or just reaching for the remote control. A new study led by CU Boulder engineers helps explain why.
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Nanomaterial That Mimics Protein Behavior Could Help Treat Alzheimer’s

A nanomaterial that alters the interaction between two key proteins found in brain cells could become the basis for new neurodegenerative disease treatments.
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Mice Illuminate Brain’s Perception of Visual Illusions

For the first time, research shows that a certain kind of visual illusion, neon color spreading, works on mice. The study is the first to combine two investigative techniques called electrophysiology and optogenetics to study this illusion.
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Using Heart Rate To Guide Brain Stimulation for Depression

Study led by Brigham investigators suggests heart rate may be a useful tool to determine where to stimulate the brains of individuals with depressive disorders when brain scans aren’t available
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Acid Reflux Drugs Linked to Higher Migraine Risk, Study Finds

Some drugs used to treat acid reflux may also increase the risk of migraines and other severe headaches, a new study finds. The drugs include prescription proton pump inhibitors – such as omeprazole – as well as H2 blockers and antacid supplements.
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How Curiosity Drives Evolution

Exploratory behavior is one of the fundamental personality traits of animals – and this trait can drive survival and evolution.
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Low-, but Not High-Intensity Exercise Linked to Reduced Depression

Researchers from Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) carried out an umbrella review of studies carried out across the world to examine the potential of physical activity as a mental health intervention.
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RNA Modification Behind Disruption of Mitochondrial Protein Synthesis in Alzheimer’s

New research has identified an RNA modification that causes mitochondrial dysfunction in Alzheimer's disease, resulting in reduced energy supply to the brain.
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Creating Mice With Hybrid Rat Brains for Enhanced Sensory Abilities

Researchers led by Columbia’s Kristin Baldwin have created mice with hybrid brains–part mouse, part rat–that sense the odors of the world with their rat neurons.
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