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Research details how developing neurons sense a chemical cue
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Research details how developing neurons sense a chemical cue

Symmetry is an inherent part of development. As an embryo, an organism’s brain and spinal cord, like the rest of its body, organize themselves into left and right halves as they grow. But a certain set of nerve cells do something unusual: they cross from one side to the other.
Study links unexpected death of a loved one with onset of psychiatric disorders
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Study links unexpected death of a loved one with onset of psychiatric disorders

The sudden loss of a loved one can trigger a variety of psychiatric disorders in people with no history of mental illness, according to researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health and colleagues at Columbia's School of Social Work and Harvard Medical School.
Unprecedented detail of intact neuronal receptor offers blueprint for drug developers
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Unprecedented detail of intact neuronal receptor offers blueprint for drug developers

NMDA receptor malfunction is implicated in Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, depression, schizophrenia, autism, and stroke Biologists at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) report today that they have succeeded in obtaining an unprecedented view of a type of brain-cell receptor that is implicated in a range of neurological illnesses, including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, depression, schizophrenia, autism, and ischemic injuries associated with stroke.
Neural transplant reduces absence epilepsy seizures in mice
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Neural transplant reduces absence epilepsy seizures in mice

New research from North Carolina State University pinpoints the areas of the cerebral cortex that are affected in mice with absence epilepsy and shows that transplanting embryonic neural cells into these areas can alleviate symptoms of the disease by reducing seizure activity.
Study Shows How Misfolded Proteins are Selected for Disposal
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Study Shows How Misfolded Proteins are Selected for Disposal

Research has Implications for Understanding Brain Diseases Caused by Clumps of Misshapen Molecules It’s almost axiomatic that misfolded proteins compromise how cells normally function and cause debilitating human disease, but how these proteins are detected and degraded within the body is not well understood.
‘Free choice’ in primates can be altered through brain stimulation
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‘Free choice’ in primates can be altered through brain stimulation

When electrical pulses are applied to the ventral tegmental area of their brain, macaques presented with two images change their preference from one image to the other. The study by researchers Wim Vanduffel and John Arsenault (KU Leuven and Massachusetts General Hospital) is the first to confirm a causal link between activity in the ventral tegmental area and choice behaviour in primates.
A tool to better screen and treat aneurysm patients
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A tool to better screen and treat aneurysm patients

New research by an international consortium, including a researcher from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, may help physicians better understand the chronological development of a brain aneurysm.
The brain's reaction to male odor shifts at puberty in children with gender dysphoria
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The brain's reaction to male odor shifts at puberty in children with gender dysphoria

The brains of children with gender dysphoria react to androstadienone, a musky-smelling steroid produced by men, in a way typical of their biological sex, but after puberty according to their experienced gender, finds a study for the first time in the open-access journal Frontiers in Endocrinology.
Disorders of compulsivity share common pattern, brain structure
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Disorders of compulsivity share common pattern, brain structure

People affected by binge eating, substance abuse and obsessive compulsive disorder all share a common pattern of decision making and similarities in brain structure, according to new research from the University of Cambridge.
Scientists control rapid re-wiring of brain circuits using patterned visual stimulation
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Scientists control rapid re-wiring of brain circuits using patterned visual stimulation

In a new study published in the journal Science, researchers show for the first time how the brain re-wires and fine-tunes its connections differently depending on the relative timing of sensory stimuli.
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