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Neurochemicals Dopamine and Serotonin Have Unexpected Role in Perception
News   Oct 13, 2020

An international team of researchers has revealed two well-known neurochemicals -- dopamine and serotonin -- are at work at sub-second speeds to shape how people perceive the world and take action based on their perception.

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Mosquitoes' Taste for Blood Linked to Four Types of Neurons
News   Oct 13, 2020

Researchers are learning what humans taste like to mosquitoes. Female mosquitoes have a sense of taste that is specially tuned to detect a combination of at least four different substances in blood, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator Leslie Vosshall's team at The Rockefeller University.

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Pandemic-Related Stress Associated With Lowered Engagement of Employees
News   Oct 12, 2020

As COVID-19 cases surged this spring, the pandemic led some people more than others to ponder their own mortality. A new study in China and the United States suggests that these people were the ones who showed the highest levels of stress and the least engagement at work.

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Nerve Cell Activity Shows How Confident We Are
News   Oct 12, 2020

The activity of individual nerve cells in the brain tells us how confident we are in our decisions. This is shown by a recent study by researchers at the University of Bonn.

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Terahertz Light Pulses Change Gene Expression in Stem Cells
News   Oct 12, 2020

Terahertz light pulses change gene expression in stem cells, report researchers from Kyoto University’s Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (iCeMS) and Tokai University in Japan in the journal Optics Letters.

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Disturbances in Mother's Immune System May Affect the Developing Brain
News   Oct 12, 2020

Two new studies reveal that these miniature organs are a hotbed of immune system activity. This activity may protect the developing brain from infections and other insults — but may also contribute to neurodevelopmental disorders like autism.

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New Class of Inhibitors May Protect Against Neurodegeneration
News   Oct 12, 2020

Neurobiologists at Heidelberg University have discovered how a special receptor at neuronal junctions that normally activates a protective genetic programme can lead to nerve cell death when located outside synapses. Research by Prof. Bading and his team is focused on the so-called NMDA receptor. This receptor is an ion channel protein that is activated by a biochemical messenger.

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Experimental Glioblastoma Drug Enhances Survival in Mouse Model
News   Oct 12, 2020

Houston Methodist researchers found that mice harboring human glioblastoma tumors in their brains had greatly enhanced survival and weight gain when given a newly developed prodrug. Human glioma cells were removed from patients during surgical excision and isolated within 10 minutes after removal. The glioblastoma cells were injected into the brains of 48 female mice for a 300-day study. The prodrug was well tolerated, and, when given on its own, extended survival by more than a factor of three.

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New Tool Accelerates Analysis of MRI Images
News   Oct 09, 2020

Researchers have designed a computer program that allows the quantitative analysis of magnetic resonance images easily, quickly and adaptably.

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Protein Target Could Help Prevent Epileptic Activity in the Brain
News   Oct 09, 2020

Researchers have identified that a protein – called DUSP4 – was increased in healthy brain tissue directly adjacent to epileptic tissue. Their research suggests that boosting levels of DUSP4 could be a novel way of preventing or treating epilepsy.

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