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Behavioral Neuroscience – News and Features

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Study Identifies Genetic Roots of PTSD

Findings from the largest genetic study of PTSD to date could help explain why only some people develop the condition after experiencing trauma.
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How Brain Cells Coordinate Storage of Short-Term Memory

Cedars-Sinai investigators have discovered how brain cells responsible for working memory–the type required to remember a phone number long enough to dial it–coordinate intentional focus and short-term storage of information.
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Antipsychotic Use in Dementia Linked to Elevated Health Risks

Antipsychotic use in people with dementia is associated with elevated risks of a wide range of serious adverse outcomes including stroke, blood clots, heart attack, heart failure, fracture, pneumonia, and acute kidney injury, compared with non-use.
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AI Method Accelerates Drug Discovery for Parkinson’s 10-Fold, Study Finds

University of Cambridge researchers have harnessed the power of artificial intelligence (AI) to speed up the screening of new drugs to treat Parkinson’s disease.
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Scientists Pinpoint Brain Region Crucial for Attention Control

Researchers have linked a region in the brain to how humans redirect thoughts and attention when distracted, offering insights into side effects of Parkinson's disease treatment.
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Vitamin A and Human Health: What’s the Latest Research?

Here, we highlight some of the latest advancements in vitamin A research working to address its effects on human health.
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Smallest Implantable Brain Stimulator Developed for Human Patients

Rice University engineers have developed the smallest implantable brain stimulator demonstrated in a human patient. Thanks to magnetoelectric power transfer technology, the pea-sized device can be powered wirelessly.
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Ketamine Reduces Depression After Childbirth, Study Finds

A single low dose of esketamine – the active form of the anesthetic drug, ketamine – can reduce depressive episodes when given immediately after childbirth, a new study has found.
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Exercise and the Immune System: What’s the Latest Research?

Research suggests that with exercise, we have a natural way to improve immune health. Recent studies have advanced our understanding of the molecular processes that underpin exercise immunology.
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Filtering and Predictive Issues in the Brain Are Linked to Psychosis

Inside the brains of people with psychosis, two key systems are malfunctioning: a “filter” that directs attention toward important events and thoughts, and a “predictor” composed of pathways that anticipate rewards.