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Psychology and Public Health Experts Claim Regular Marijuana Use Bad for Teens’ Brains

August 11, 2014

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Researchers Show Regular Marijuana Use Bad for Teens Brains

Psychology and public health experts claim that that regular cannabis use, which they consider once a week, is not safe and may result in addiction and significant neurocognitive damage to the brains of teenagers and young adults. Washington — Frequent marijuana use can have a significant negative effect on the brains of teenagers and young […]

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Magnetic Stimulation Shifts Abnormal Neural Connections Towards Their Correct Locations

August 7, 2014

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Reprogramming Your Brain to Work Better

A newly published study demonstrated that weak sequential electromagnetic pulses on mice can shift abnormal neural connections towards their correct locations in the brain. Researchers from The University of Western Australia have shown that electromagnetic stimulation can alter brain organisation which may make your brain work better. In results from a study published today in […]

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Researchers Find Clues to Preventing Weight Gain

August 5, 2014

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Researchers Find Clues to Preventing Weight Gain

A new study from Yale University shows that when the researchers blocked the effects of the nuclear receptor PPARgamma in a small number of brain cells in mice, the animals ate less and became resistant to a high-fat diet. Preventing weight gain, obesity, and ultimately diabetes could be as simple as keeping a nuclear receptor […]

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Researchers Show Potential Basis for the Treatment and Prevention of Parkinson’s Disease

August 4, 2014

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Researchers Discover Potential Basis for the Treatment and Prevention of Parkinsons Disease

Researchers at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics show that two products of the gene DJ-1 can stop and even counteract the degeneration of neurons caused by Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s disease affects neurons in the Substantia nigra brain region – their mitochondrial activity ceases and the cells die. Researchers at the […]

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Researchers Eliminate HIV from Cultured Human Cells for First Time

July 28, 2014

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Researchers Successfully Eliminate the HIV Virus from Cultured Human Cells for the First Time

In a newly published study, researchers from Temple University detail how they created molecular tools to eliminate HIV from cultured human cells for first time. The HIV-1 virus has proved to be tenacious, inserting its genome permanently into its victims’ DNA, forcing patients to take a lifelong drug regimen to control the virus and prevent […]

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Neuroscientists Inhibit Muscle Contractions by Shining Light on Spinal Cord Neurons

June 27, 2014

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Neuroscientists Inhibit Muscle Contractions by Shining Light on Spinal Cord Neurons

In a newly published study, MIT neuroscientists show that they can control muscle movement by shining light on spinal cord neurons in mice. For the first time, MIT neuroscientists have shown they can control muscle movement by applying optogenetics — a technique that allows scientists to control neurons’ electrical impulses with light — to the […]

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Scientists Find No Correlation Between Moon Phases and Sleep

June 16, 2014

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Scientists Find No Correlation Between Moon Phases and Human Sleep

New research from the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry in Munich reveals that there is no correlation between moon phases and human sleep. Popular beliefs about the influence of the moon on humans widely exist. Many people report sleeplessness around the time of full moon. In contrast to earlier studies, scientists from the Max Planck […]

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Scientists Confirm Cellular Basis for Memory by Implanting and Erasing Fear in Rats

June 2, 2014

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Researchers Confirm Cellular Basis for Memory by Implanting and Erasing Fear

In a newly published study, scientists at the University of California show the ability to selectively remove a memory and predictably reactivate it by stimulating nerves in the brain at frequencies that are known to weaken and strengthen the connections between nerve cells. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have […]

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New Technique Illuminates Neuron Activity in 3D

May 19, 2014

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New Technique Illuminates Neuron Activity in 3D

Using light-field microscopy, researchers demonstrate the new technique that allowed them to simultaneously image the activity of every neuron in the entire brain of a zebrafish larva. Researchers at MIT and the University of Vienna have created an imaging system that reveals neural activity throughout the brains of living animals. Video: Melanie Gonick/MIT Researchers at […]

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Infusion of Young Blood Reverses Age-Related Impairments in Mice

May 6, 2014

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Infusion of Young Blood Reverses Age Related Impairments

A newly published study from Stanford University found that an infusion of young blood can counteract and reverse pre-existing effects of brain aging at the molecular, structural, functional and cognitive level in mice. Something — or some things — in the blood of young mice has the ability to restore mental capabilities in old mice, […]

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Researchers Use Stem Cells from Teeth to Grow Brain-Like Cells

May 1, 2014

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Researchers Make Brain Like Cells from Teeth Stem Cells

New research from the University of Adelaide shows that stem cells from teeth can develop and form complex networks of brain-like cells. University of Adelaide researchers have discovered that stem cells taken from teeth can grow to resemble brain cells, suggesting they could one day be used in the brain as a therapy for stroke. […]

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Bioengineers Create Neurogrid – A Circuit Board Modeled on the Human Brain

April 29, 2014

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Bioengineers Create Circuit Board Modeled on the Human Brain

Stanford bioengineers have developed a circuit board modeled on the human brain that can simulate large-scale neural models in real time. Stanford bioengineers have developed a new circuit board modeled on the human brain, possibly opening up new frontiers in robotics and computing. For all their sophistication, computers pale in comparison to the brain. The […]

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