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Behavioral Neuroscience – News and Features

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New Test Could Help To Predict Progression to Alzheimer’s Disease

New research from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience at King’s College London has established a blood-based test that could be used to predict the risk of Alzheimer’s disease up to 3.5 years before clinical diagnosis.
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The Case for RRx-001 as a Radiation Countermeasure

This article overviews the science behind the potential use of RRx-001as a “radiation buster” with anti-inflammatory and anti-free radical properties to prevent or reduce both GI-ARS and H-ARS.
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Can a Dopamine Drug Help the Inflamed and Depressed Brain?

A study shows that levodopa has the potential to reverse the effects of inflammation on brain reward circuitry, ultimately improving symptoms of depression.
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How Does Alcohol Affect the Brain and the Body?

Alcohol has complex, unseen and far-reaching effects at the molecular and cellular level, including altering our gut microbiome, accelerating the aging process and even changing the synapses in the brain.
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The Future of Science: Humanity Takes a Front Seat

With the world of science rapidly evolving, and a new year beginning, we looked at the trends breaking through right now, asking experts: where is the world of science headed?
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Running To “Escape” Stress? It Could Lead to Dependence

A new study by researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) explored whether “escapism” can help us to understand running motivation and exercise dependence.
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Chronic Stress Produces Behavioral Change by Stimulating a Newly Identifed Neuron Population

It’s clear that chronic stress can impact our behavior, leading to problems like depression, reduced interest in things that previously brought us pleasure, even PTSD. Now scientists have evidence that a group of neurons in a bow-shaped portion of the brain become hyperactive after chronic exposure to stress.
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The Neurons That Learn The Smell of Threats

Researchers have identified a specific set of neurons in the accessory olfactory system of mice that can learn the scent of another mouse that is a potential threat.
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Traffic Pollution Found To Impair Brain Function

A first-in-the-world study suggests that even brief exposure to air pollution has rapid impacts on the brain.
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How Vascular Health and Sex Alter Alzheimer's Risk

According to research, two known Alzheimer’s risk factors affect males and females very differently.