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Opioid May Help Mask the Memory of Fear
News   Feb 19, 2020

Scientists have found that a certain opioid drug can help mask some fear memory without causing undesirable adverse effects. This could make new therapies possible for anxiety disorders like phobias or PTSD.

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How Cells Clear Misfolded Proteins From Tissues
News   Feb 19, 2020

A team of researchers in Japan have discovered a system in which cells could capture, degrade and remove aberrant extracellular proteins.

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Stress in Small Children Separated From Parents May Alter Genes
News   Feb 19, 2020

Experts in the emotional needs of small children say increased levels of the stress hormone cortisol in babies and small children who are separated from their parents, especially their mothers, could have a long-term genetic impact on future generations.

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Tactile Pain Is Amplified and Pleasure Dulled for Migraine Patients
News   Feb 18, 2020

A new study has investigated sensual alterations in people living with migraine (migraineurs). The paper has highlighted that tactile stimuli may feel more painful for migraineurs, whilst pleasurable sensations are dulled.

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Disease-causing Repeats Help Human Neurons Function
News   Feb 18, 2020

Over half of our genomes are made of repeating elements within DNA. Research to date has focused on how these expanded repeats can cause disease, but little attention has been given to their normal functions in genes. A new study reports that repeats in the gene that causes Fragile X Syndrome normally regulate how and when proteins are made in neurons.

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Can a New Theory Describe How Our Minds Adapt in Everyday Life?
News   Feb 18, 2020

How can cognitive neuroscience account for something as complex and overarching as a personality? Researchers at Bar-Ilan University aim to make that process easier with a new model to unify the cortical mechanisms by which our states of mind are determined.

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Cognitive Tests Reveal the Subtle Signs of Alzheimer's Progression
News   Feb 18, 2020

Researchers report that early, subtle differences in cognitive performance, such as fewer words recalled on a memory test, are a sign that harmful proteins are accumulating in the brain, even if levels of those proteins do not yet qualify as dangerous.

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Drug Combo for Childhood Brain Tumors Shows Promise in Lab Models
News   Feb 18, 2020

Combining the experimental cancer drug TAK228 (sapanisertib) with an existing anti-cancer drug called trametinib may be more effective than either drug alone in decreasing the growth of pediatric low-grade gliomas, according to findings using animal and cell models.

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Olfactory Bulb Neurons Tied to Autism Hypersensitivity in Mouse Study
News   Feb 18, 2020

Researchers have identified the mechanism of a gene involved in the development of olfactory bulb neurons, which may explain how hypersensitivity associated with autism may arise.

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Facial Expressions Aren't Enough To Decipher Emotions
News   Feb 18, 2020

Researchers have suggested that facial expressions might not be reliable indicators of emotion, and that it may actually be more accurate to say we should never trust a person's face.

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