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Humans can distinguish at least one trillion different odors
News   Mar 21, 2014

In a world perfumed by freshly popped popcorn and exhaust fumes, where sea breezes can mingle with the scents of sweet flowers or wet paint, new research shows that humans are capable of discriminating at least one trillion different odors.

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Stem cell combination therapy improves traumatic brain injury outcomes according to study
News   Mar 21, 2014

Traumatic brain injuries (TBI), sustained by close to 2 million Americans annually, including military personnel, are debilitating and devastating for patients and their families. Regardless of severity, those with TBI can suffer a range of motor, behavioral, intellectual and cognitive disabilities over the short or long term.

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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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