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Brain Stimulation Can Alter Immune Response by Targeting Vagus Nerve
News   Nov 13, 2020

Researchers discovered that a small cluster of neurons within the brain is responsible for controlling the body’s immune response and the release of cytokines, which leads to inflammation in the body.

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Uncovering Allodynia: Why a Light Touch Can Feel Agonizingly Painful
News   Nov 13, 2020

Researchers have uncovered additional complexities behind mechanical allodynia – the sensation of pain from innocuous stimuli, such as light touch.

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Brain Stimulation Helps Stroke Survivors Regain Their Speech
News   Nov 13, 2020

Baycrest scientists are pioneering the use of individualized brain stimulation therapy to treat aphasia in recovering stroke patients.

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Sleep Loss Hijacks the Brain's Activity During Learning
News   Nov 13, 2020

Sleep is crucial for consolidating our memories, and sleep deprivation has long been known to interfere with learning and memory. Now a new study shows that getting only half a night's sleep - as many medical workers and military personnel often do - hijacks the brain's ability to unlearn fear-related memories.

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New Approach Reduces the Toxicity of Brain-Targeted Gene Therapy
News   Nov 13, 2020

Researchers have developed a new targeted approach to prevent a toxicity seen in the sensory neurons of dorsal root ganglia after gene therapy to treat neurological disorders.

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Astrocytes: The Master Conductors of the Brain
News   Nov 13, 2020

Synapses are essentially the connections between neurons, transmitting information from one cell to the other. Astrocytes are star-shaped cells that form the glue-like framework of the brain. They are one kind of cell called glia, which is Greek for "glue."

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Sweet Spot: Re-mapping Taste in the Brain
News   Nov 13, 2020

A new study from Stony Brook University found that the map of neural responses mediating taste perception does not involve specialized groups of neurons in the brain.

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A Holistic Way of Looking at the Brain's Cellular "Family Tree"
News   Nov 13, 2020

A new lens on visual neurons is laying the groundwork for a more complete "family tree" of the mammalian brain. A study has revealed a new categorization of mouse neurons that relies on multiple types of data drawn from each individual cell.

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"There's No Place Like Home" Has Deep Roots in the Brain
News   Nov 13, 2020

By monitoring a well-replicated biomarker associated with reward, a study by neuroscientists provides evidence that the old adage, "There's no place like home," has its roots deep in the brain.

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Researchers Reverse Blood Flow Inhibition Cause by Metastasis
News   Nov 13, 2020

Researchers have described how the presence of brain metastases causes acute cerebrovascular dysfunction from the early stages of the disease. The researchers demonstrated a method to return cerebrovascular flow to normal.

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