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Brainstem Circuit Helps Us Get Away From Pain
Brainstem Circuit Helps Us Get Away From Pain
News   Nov 19, 2018

Exposure to uncomfortable sensations elicits a wide range of appropriate and quick reactions, from reflexive withdrawal to more complex feelings and behaviors. To better understand the body’s innate response to harmful activity, researchers at the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), part of the National Institutes of Health, have identified activity in the brain that governs these reactions.

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The Cerebellum Makes Moves and Memories
The Cerebellum Makes Moves and Memories
News   Nov 19, 2018

The cerebellum, a structure found in the back of the skull, is known to be important for the control of movement, while the frontal cortex is responsible for cognitive functions such as short-term memory and decision making. However, as researchers continue to unlock the mystery of how billions of neurons in the brain interact, it is becoming more apparent that it is not that black and white.

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Dramatic Effects of Oil Spills on Senses
Dramatic Effects of Oil Spills on Senses
News   Nov 19, 2018

Exposure to crude oil significantly impaired olfactory function in the Atlantic stingray after just 48 hours of exposure which could detrimentally impact fitness, lead to premature death and cause knock on effects.

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Prozac Makes Crickets Calm
Prozac Makes Crickets Calm
News   Nov 19, 2018

Why do animals differ in personality? Researchers at Linköping University used human drugs that alter two brain chemicals, serotonin and dopamine, to see if these drugs would change the behavior of animals.

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Researchers Find Inhibiting One Protein Destroys Toxic Clumps Seen in Parkinson's Disease
Researchers Find Inhibiting One Protein Destroys Toxic Clumps Seen in Parkinson's Disease
News   Nov 17, 2018

“To our knowledge, these data are the first to elucidate the role of USP13 in neurodegeneration.”

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Molecular Mechanisms of Ancient Herbal Remedies
Molecular Mechanisms of Ancient Herbal Remedies
News   Nov 16, 2018

Analysis of leaf extract reveals novel chemistry for therapeutic ion channel activation.

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Drug Candidate Could Recover Vocal Abilities Lost to ADNP Syndrome
Drug Candidate Could Recover Vocal Abilities Lost to ADNP Syndrome
News   Nov 16, 2018

A new Tel Aviv University study finds that the drug candidate CP201, also known as NAP, may improve vocal communication abilities that are underdeveloped in Activity-dependent neuroprotective protein (ADNP) patients.

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Intensive Therapy Helps Obese Patients Lose Weight
Intensive Therapy Helps Obese Patients Lose Weight
News   Nov 15, 2018

Intensive behavioral therapy (IBT), which provides diet and physical activity counseling, could help adults with obesity achieve meaningful weight loss in six to 12 months. The trial showed that patients who received IBT lost an average of 6.1 percent of their initial body weight at one year.

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Pain is a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy
Pain is a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy
News   Nov 15, 2018

Expect a shot to hurt and it probably will, even if the needle poke isn’t really so painful. Brace for a second shot and you’ll likely flinch again, even though—second time around—you should know better. That’s the takeaway of a new brain imaging study which found that expectations about pain intensity can become self-fulfilling prophecies.

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Determining the Likelihood of Long-term Brain Damage in Newborns
Determining the Likelihood of Long-term Brain Damage in Newborns
News   Nov 15, 2018

A 15-minute scan could help diagnose brain damage in babies up to two years earlier than current methods.

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