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Behavioral Neuroscience – News and Features

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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.
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Chemical Found in Cannabis Reduces THC-Induced Anxiety

A research team has added to evidence that a chemical found naturally in cannabis can, in the right amounts, lessen the anxiety-inducing effects of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the primary psychoactive sister chemical found in cannabis.
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A New Genetic Variant That Protects Against Alzheimer’s

Columbia researchers have discovered a genetic variant that reduces the odds of developing Alzheimer’s disease by up to 70% and may be protecting thousands of people in the United States from the disease.
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Mutated Histone-Modifying Gene Leads to Autism in Mice

Now, researchers from Japan have developed an animal model and elucidated the mechanism by which mutation in genes involved in chromatin modification causes autism. They have also discovered a drug that can be used in the treatment of autism.
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The Most Comprehensive Atlas to Date of mRNA Variants in the Brain to Date

Investigators at Weill Cornell Medicine have assembled the most comprehensive atlas to date of messenger RNA (mRNA) variants in the mouse and human brain.
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Tiam1’s Role in Morphine Tolerance Mechanism Identified

New research has shown how blocking the activity of the Tiam1 enzyme in certain spinal neurons could reduce morphine tolerance and prolong the usefulness of morphine for pain relief.
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Recreational Cannabis Use May Decrease Risk of Cognitive Decline

A new study by Upstate Medical University researchers shows that recreational cannabis use may offer some protection against cognitive decline.
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Study Finds No Link Between Paracetomol Use During Pregnancy and Autism or ADHD

In the largest epidemiologic study to date of the risk of giving birth to a child with autism, ADHD or intellectual disability following acetaminophen use during pregnancy, researchers found no association.
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Large-Scale Study Highlights Importance of Touch for Wellbeing

Can touch really help you feel better, and does it matter who it’s from or how they touch you? A large-scale study shows touch substantially improves both physical and mental wellbeing.