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Scientists Create Most Detailed Picture Ever of Membrane Protein Linked to Learning, Memory, Anxiety, Pain and Brain Disorders
News   Mar 06, 2014

Researchers at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) and Vanderbilt University have created the most detailed 3-D picture yet of a membrane protein that is linked to learning, memory, anxiety, pain and brain disorders such as schizophrenia, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and autism.

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ALS-linked gene causes disease by changing genetic material's shape
News   Mar 05, 2014

Johns Hopkins researchers say they have found one way that a recently discovered genetic mutation might cause two nasty nervous system diseases. While the affected gene may build up toxic RNA and not make enough protein, the researchers report, the root of the problem seems to be snarls of defective genetic material created at the mutation site.

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Treatment hope for baby muscle disease
News   Mar 04, 2014

A chemical found in plants could reduce the symptoms of a rare muscle disease that leaves children with little or no control of their movements. Scientists have found that a plant pigment called quercetin found in some fruits, vegetables, herbs and grains could help to prevent the damage to nerves associated with the childhood form of motor neuron disease.

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Alcohol may ease the nerves that cause atrial fibrillation
News   Mar 03, 2014

Doctors in the [US] and Japan have devised a way to treat atrial fibrillation by adding a little alcohol to minimally invasive therapies that target a cluster of misbehaving nerves known to trigger arrhythmia.

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Research reveals first glimpse of a brain circuit that helps experience to shape perception
News   Feb 28, 2014

Odors have a way of connecting us with moments buried deep in our past.  Maybe it is a whiff of your grandmother’s perfume that transports you back decades.  With that single breath, you are suddenly in her living room, listening as the adults banter about politics.

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Muscle-controlling neurons know when they mess up, according to research
News   Feb 27, 2014

Whether it is playing a piano sonata or acing a tennis serve, the brain needs to orchestrate precise, coordinated control over the body’s many muscles. Moreover, there needs to be some kind of feedback from the senses should any of those movements go wrong.

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After death, twin brains show similar patterns of neuropathologic changes
News   Feb 26, 2014

Despite widespread use of a single term, Alzheimer’s disease is actually a diverse collection of diseases, symptoms and pathological changes. What’s happening in the brain often varies widely from patient to patient, and a trigger for one person may be harmless is another.

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Learning New Ideas Alters Brain Cells
News   Feb 24, 2014

A new University of British Columbia study identifies an important molecular change that occurs in the brain when we learn and remember.

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