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2017-04-28 16:15:23 (40 comments; 46 reshares; 131 +1s; )Open 

Multitasking Overloads the Brain

Previous research shows that multitasking, which means performing several tasks at the same time, reduces productivity by as much as 40%. Now a group of researchers specialising in brain imaging has found that changing tasks too frequently interferes with brain activity. This may explain why the end result is worse than when a person focuses on one task at a time.

The research is in Human Brain Mapping. (full access paywall)

Most reshares: 46

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2017-04-28 16:15:23 (40 comments; 46 reshares; 131 +1s; )Open 

Multitasking Overloads the Brain

Previous research shows that multitasking, which means performing several tasks at the same time, reduces productivity by as much as 40%. Now a group of researchers specialising in brain imaging has found that changing tasks too frequently interferes with brain activity. This may explain why the end result is worse than when a person focuses on one task at a time.

The research is in Human Brain Mapping. (full access paywall)

Most plusones: 177

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2017-04-26 16:15:11 (4 comments; 44 reshares; 177 +1s; )Open 

Link Between Immune System, Memory and Brain Structure Discovered

In the past few years, evidence has accumulated to indicate that the blood's immune system could in fact have an impact on the brain. Scientists from the University of Basel's Transfaculty Research Platform Molecular and Cognitive Neurosciences (MCN) have now carried out two independent studies that demonstrate that this link between the immune system and brain is more significant than previously believed.

The research is in Nature Communications and Human Behavior.

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2017-04-29 18:48:42 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

A New Study Revises the Development and Evolutionary Origin of the Vertebrate Brain

The findings show that the interpretation maintained hitherto regarding the principal regions formed at the beginning of vertebrate brain development is not correct.

The research is in PLOS Biology. (full open access)

A New Study Revises the Development and Evolutionary Origin of the Vertebrate Brain

The findings show that the interpretation maintained hitherto regarding the principal regions formed at the beginning of vertebrate brain development is not correct.

The research is in PLOS Biology. (full open access)___

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2017-04-29 17:27:50 (2 comments; 7 reshares; 38 +1s; )Open 

Resistance Exercises Recover Motor and Memory Impairment Caused by Flavor Enhancer

Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is an additive that mimics umami flavour, the fifth taste aside from sweet, sour, salty and bitter. Some studies have shown MSG to have adverse effects in humans, making it important to understand how it works in the body. Giving MSG to new-born rats has previously been shown to cause motor and memory impairment.

The research is in Experimental Physiology. (full access paywall)

Resistance Exercises Recover Motor and Memory Impairment Caused by Flavor Enhancer

Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is an additive that mimics umami flavour, the fifth taste aside from sweet, sour, salty and bitter. Some studies have shown MSG to have adverse effects in humans, making it important to understand how it works in the body. Giving MSG to new-born rats has previously been shown to cause motor and memory impairment.

The research is in Experimental Physiology. (full access paywall)___

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2017-04-29 16:15:25 (4 comments; 10 reshares; 37 +1s; )Open 

CRISPR Used to Edit Stem Cells in Fight Against Arthritis

Using new gene-editing technology, researchers have rewired mouse stem cells to fight inflammation caused by arthritis and other chronic conditions. Such stem cells, known as SMART cells (Stem cells Modified for Autonomous Regenerative Therapy), develop into cartilage cells that produce a biologic anti-inflammatory drug that, ideally, will replace arthritic cartilage and simultaneously protect joints and other tissues from damage that occurs with chronic inflammation.

The research is in Stem Cell Reports. (full open access)

CRISPR Used to Edit Stem Cells in Fight Against Arthritis

Using new gene-editing technology, researchers have rewired mouse stem cells to fight inflammation caused by arthritis and other chronic conditions. Such stem cells, known as SMART cells (Stem cells Modified for Autonomous Regenerative Therapy), develop into cartilage cells that produce a biologic anti-inflammatory drug that, ideally, will replace arthritic cartilage and simultaneously protect joints and other tissues from damage that occurs with chronic inflammation.

The research is in Stem Cell Reports. (full open access)___

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2017-04-29 15:16:08 (10 comments; 14 reshares; 57 +1s; )Open 

Bonobos May Be Better Representation of Last Common Ancestor With Humans

Study examined muscles of bonobos and found they are more closely related to humans than common chimpanzees.

The research is in Scientific Reports. (full open access)

Bonobos May Be Better Representation of Last Common Ancestor With Humans

Study examined muscles of bonobos and found they are more closely related to humans than common chimpanzees.

The research is in Scientific Reports. (full open access)___

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2017-04-28 22:19:07 (5 comments; 14 reshares; 93 +1s; )Open 

Researchers Build Artificial Synapse Capable of Autonomous Learning

Researchers from France and the University of Arkansas have created an artificial synapse capable of autonomous learning, a component of artificial intelligence. The discovery opens the door to building large networks that operate in ways similar to the human brain.

The research is in Nature Communications. (full open access)

Researchers Build Artificial Synapse Capable of Autonomous Learning

Researchers from France and the University of Arkansas have created an artificial synapse capable of autonomous learning, a component of artificial intelligence. The discovery opens the door to building large networks that operate in ways similar to the human brain.

The research is in Nature Communications. (full open access)___

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2017-04-28 22:16:07 (0 comments; 18 reshares; 100 +1s; )Open 

Nose2Brain: Better Therapy for Multiple Sclerosis

Over the next few years, in a research project funded by the EU, an international consortium is developing a new technology for a better treatment of multiple sclerosis. The idea of the innovative “Nose2Brain” approach is to transport a special active substance directly through the nose into the central nervous system.

Nose2Brain: Better Therapy for Multiple Sclerosis

Over the next few years, in a research project funded by the EU, an international consortium is developing a new technology for a better treatment of multiple sclerosis. The idea of the innovative “Nose2Brain” approach is to transport a special active substance directly through the nose into the central nervous system.___

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2017-04-28 22:13:28 (4 comments; 16 reshares; 76 +1s; )Open 

How Embryonic Cells Make Spinal Cord, Muscle and Bone

A study from scientists at the Francis Crick Institute, the Max-Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine, Berlin and the University of Edinburgh sheds new light on the cells that form spinal cord, muscle and bone tissue in mammalian embryos.

The research is in Developmental Cell. (full open access)

How Embryonic Cells Make Spinal Cord, Muscle and Bone

A study from scientists at the Francis Crick Institute, the Max-Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine, Berlin and the University of Edinburgh sheds new light on the cells that form spinal cord, muscle and bone tissue in mammalian embryos.

The research is in Developmental Cell. (full open access)___

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2017-04-28 20:49:32 (2 comments; 31 reshares; 152 +1s; )Open 

Researchers Connect First Click On Arm Prosthesis to Nerves

Last Friday, the first patient in the Netherlands received his click-on robotic arm. By means of a new technique, this robotic arm is clicked directly onto the bone. A unique characteristic of this prosthesis is that it can be controlled by the patient's own thoughts. Worldwide, there are only a handful of patients with such a prosthesis.

Researchers Connect First Click On Arm Prosthesis to Nerves

Last Friday, the first patient in the Netherlands received his click-on robotic arm. By means of a new technique, this robotic arm is clicked directly onto the bone. A unique characteristic of this prosthesis is that it can be controlled by the patient's own thoughts. Worldwide, there are only a handful of patients with such a prosthesis.___

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2017-04-28 20:43:22 (6 comments; 5 reshares; 59 +1s; )Open 

Expert Unravels Disease That Took the Hearing of World-Famous Painter

Goya may have suffered from rare autoimmune syndrome, or syphilis.

The findings will be presented at the 24th Annual Historical Clinicopathological Conference in Maryland between April 28 - 29 2017.

Expert Unravels Disease That Took the Hearing of World-Famous Painter

Goya may have suffered from rare autoimmune syndrome, or syphilis.

The findings will be presented at the 24th Annual Historical Clinicopathological Conference in Maryland between April 28 - 29 2017.___

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2017-04-28 20:40:47 (3 comments; 15 reshares; 71 +1s; )Open 

New Appetite Control Mechanism Discovered in Brain

A newly discovered molecule increases appetite during fasting -- and decreases it during gorging. The neuron-exciting protein, named NPGL - apparently aims to maintain body mass at a constant, come feast or famine. An evolutionary masterstroke, but not great news for those looking to trim down -- or beef up for the summer.

The research is in Endocrinology. (full open access)

New Appetite Control Mechanism Discovered in Brain

A newly discovered molecule increases appetite during fasting -- and decreases it during gorging. The neuron-exciting protein, named NPGL - apparently aims to maintain body mass at a constant, come feast or famine. An evolutionary masterstroke, but not great news for those looking to trim down -- or beef up for the summer.

The research is in Endocrinology. (full open access)___

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2017-04-28 18:58:20 (15 comments; 24 reshares; 104 +1s; )Open 

Testosterone Makes Men Less Likely to Question Their Impulses

Sex hormone connected with greater reliance on gut instincts and less self-reflection.

The research will appear in Psychological Science.

Testosterone Makes Men Less Likely to Question Their Impulses

Sex hormone connected with greater reliance on gut instincts and less self-reflection.

The research will appear in Psychological Science.___

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2017-04-28 18:55:12 (0 comments; 10 reshares; 64 +1s; )Open 

How Do Babies Coordinate Gestures and Vocalization?

Science shows that human language and communication cannot be studied solely by analysing speech. Researcher Asier Romero claims this is "the first study" conducted on children whose mother tongue is Basque and which shows "how and when" babies develop and use "a pattern to coordinate gestures with speech".

How Do Babies Coordinate Gestures and Vocalization?

Science shows that human language and communication cannot be studied solely by analysing speech. Researcher Asier Romero claims this is "the first study" conducted on children whose mother tongue is Basque and which shows "how and when" babies develop and use "a pattern to coordinate gestures with speech".___

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2017-04-28 18:47:29 (4 comments; 17 reshares; 81 +1s; )Open 

A Need for Neurolaw? Human Rights Laws May Need Revision in Neurotech Future

The authors of the study suggest four new human rights laws could emerge in the near future to protect against exploitation and loss of privacy. The four laws are: the right to cognitive liberty, the right to mental privacy, the right to mental integrity and the right to psychological continuity.

The research is in Life Sciences, Society and Policy. (full open access)

A Need for Neurolaw? Human Rights Laws May Need Revision in Neurotech Future

The authors of the study suggest four new human rights laws could emerge in the near future to protect against exploitation and loss of privacy. The four laws are: the right to cognitive liberty, the right to mental privacy, the right to mental integrity and the right to psychological continuity.

The research is in Life Sciences, Society and Policy. (full open access)___

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2017-04-28 16:15:23 (40 comments; 46 reshares; 131 +1s; )Open 

Multitasking Overloads the Brain

Previous research shows that multitasking, which means performing several tasks at the same time, reduces productivity by as much as 40%. Now a group of researchers specialising in brain imaging has found that changing tasks too frequently interferes with brain activity. This may explain why the end result is worse than when a person focuses on one task at a time.

The research is in Human Brain Mapping. (full access paywall)

Multitasking Overloads the Brain

Previous research shows that multitasking, which means performing several tasks at the same time, reduces productivity by as much as 40%. Now a group of researchers specialising in brain imaging has found that changing tasks too frequently interferes with brain activity. This may explain why the end result is worse than when a person focuses on one task at a time.

The research is in Human Brain Mapping. (full access paywall)___

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2017-04-28 00:21:03 (4 comments; 19 reshares; 124 +1s; )Open 

Facial Bone Structure A Novel Marker for Left-Handedness

Individuals with a slender lower face are about 25 percent more likely to be left-handed. This unexpected finding was identified in 13,536 individuals who participated in three national surveys conducted in the United States.

The research is in Laterality: Asymmetries of Body, Brain and Cognition. (full access paywall)

Facial Bone Structure A Novel Marker for Left-Handedness

Individuals with a slender lower face are about 25 percent more likely to be left-handed. This unexpected finding was identified in 13,536 individuals who participated in three national surveys conducted in the United States.

The research is in Laterality: Asymmetries of Body, Brain and Cognition. (full access paywall)___

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2017-04-28 00:18:30 (23 comments; 21 reshares; 150 +1s; )Open 

New Analysis of Brain Network Activity Offers Unique Insight into Epileptic Seizures

University of Bonn researchers are exploring 'evolving epileptic brain networks' to gain a better understanding of brain activity in epilepsy patients and the roles played by different regions of the brain.

The research is in Chaos. (full open access)

New Analysis of Brain Network Activity Offers Unique Insight into Epileptic Seizures

University of Bonn researchers are exploring 'evolving epileptic brain networks' to gain a better understanding of brain activity in epilepsy patients and the roles played by different regions of the brain.

The research is in Chaos. (full open access)___

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2017-04-28 00:16:02 (8 comments; 13 reshares; 34 +1s; )Open 

Wanting More Self Control Could Hinder Efforts to Exert Self Control

Turning down that delicious piece of chocolate cake. Resisting the temptation to buy clothes that we don't need. If we want to watch our weight and save our pennies, these enticements demand that we exercise some degree of self-control.

The research is in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. (full access paywall)

Wanting More Self Control Could Hinder Efforts to Exert Self Control

Turning down that delicious piece of chocolate cake. Resisting the temptation to buy clothes that we don't need. If we want to watch our weight and save our pennies, these enticements demand that we exercise some degree of self-control.

The research is in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. (full access paywall)___

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2017-04-27 22:08:16 (5 comments; 19 reshares; 74 +1s; )Open 

Neurons' Faulty Wiring Leads to Serotonin Imbalance and Depressive Behaviors: Mouse Study

Columbia scientists have identified a gene that allows neurons that release serotonin -- a neurotransmitter that regulates mood and emotions -- to evenly spread their branches throughout the brain. Without this gene, these neuronal branches become entangled, leading to haphazard distribution of serotonin, and signs of depression in mice. These observations shed light on how precise neuronal wiring is critical to overall brain health, while also revealing a promising new area of focus for studying psychiatric disorders associated with serotonin imbalance -- such as depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and autism.

The research will appear in Science.

Neurons' Faulty Wiring Leads to Serotonin Imbalance and Depressive Behaviors: Mouse Study

Columbia scientists have identified a gene that allows neurons that release serotonin -- a neurotransmitter that regulates mood and emotions -- to evenly spread their branches throughout the brain. Without this gene, these neuronal branches become entangled, leading to haphazard distribution of serotonin, and signs of depression in mice. These observations shed light on how precise neuronal wiring is critical to overall brain health, while also revealing a promising new area of focus for studying psychiatric disorders associated with serotonin imbalance -- such as depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and autism.

The research will appear in Science.___

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2017-04-27 22:05:30 (4 comments; 23 reshares; 94 +1s; )Open 

Research Seeks to Boost Memory and Performance with Targeted Electrical Stimulation

Stephen Helms Tillery, an Arizona State University neuroscientist, has been awarded funding from the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency for a four-year study to develop a method of brain stimulation that may boost learning and retention up to 30 percent. His research is one of eight new multi-institutional research projects being coordinated under DARPA's Targeted Neuroplasticity Training program.

Research Seeks to Boost Memory and Performance with Targeted Electrical Stimulation

Stephen Helms Tillery, an Arizona State University neuroscientist, has been awarded funding from the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency for a four-year study to develop a method of brain stimulation that may boost learning and retention up to 30 percent. His research is one of eight new multi-institutional research projects being coordinated under DARPA's Targeted Neuroplasticity Training program.___

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2017-04-27 22:03:20 (2 comments; 27 reshares; 123 +1s; )Open 

A Molecular Trigger For Brain Inflammation

UNC School of Medicine research findings could lead to new drug targets for treating multiple sclerosis and other neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease.

The research is in Journal of Experimental Medicine. (full access paywall)

A Molecular Trigger For Brain Inflammation

UNC School of Medicine research findings could lead to new drug targets for treating multiple sclerosis and other neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease.

The research is in Journal of Experimental Medicine. (full access paywall)___

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2017-04-27 22:00:22 (37 comments; 14 reshares; 42 +1s; )Open 

Gender Differences in Depression Appear at Age 12

An analysis just published online has broken new ground by finding gender differences in both symptoms and diagnoses of depression appearing at age 12.

The research is in Psychological Bulletin. (full access paywall)

Gender Differences in Depression Appear at Age 12

An analysis just published online has broken new ground by finding gender differences in both symptoms and diagnoses of depression appearing at age 12.

The research is in Psychological Bulletin. (full access paywall)___

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2017-04-27 19:30:22 (4 comments; 18 reshares; 101 +1s; )Open 

When Students Pay Attention in Class, Their Brains Are in Sync

When people in a group are more engaged with each other and with the world around them, their brainwaves show remarkably similar patterns. That's the conclusion of researchers who used portable EEG to simultaneously record brain activity from an entire class of high school students over the course of a full semester as they went about their regular classroom activities.

The research is in Current Biology. (full open access)

When Students Pay Attention in Class, Their Brains Are in Sync

When people in a group are more engaged with each other and with the world around them, their brainwaves show remarkably similar patterns. That's the conclusion of researchers who used portable EEG to simultaneously record brain activity from an entire class of high school students over the course of a full semester as they went about their regular classroom activities.

The research is in Current Biology. (full open access)___

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2017-04-27 19:26:18 (0 comments; 13 reshares; 53 +1s; )Open 

A Turbo Engine for Tracing Neurons

Putting a turbo engine into an old car gives it an entirely new life--suddenly it can go further, faster. That same idea is now being applied to neuroscience, with a software wrapper that can be used on existing neuron tracing algorithms to boost their ability to handle not just big, but enormous sets of data.

The research is in Nature Methods. (full access paywall)

A Turbo Engine for Tracing Neurons

Putting a turbo engine into an old car gives it an entirely new life--suddenly it can go further, faster. That same idea is now being applied to neuroscience, with a software wrapper that can be used on existing neuron tracing algorithms to boost their ability to handle not just big, but enormous sets of data.

The research is in Nature Methods. (full access paywall)___

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2017-04-27 19:17:54 (0 comments; 8 reshares; 32 +1s; )Open 

Can Yoga Reduce Symptoms of Menstrual Disorder?

A systematic review of the published literature on yoga practice and common menstrual disorders found that all of the studies evaluated reported a beneficial effect and reduced symptoms.

The research is in Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. (full open access)

Can Yoga Reduce Symptoms of Menstrual Disorder?

A systematic review of the published literature on yoga practice and common menstrual disorders found that all of the studies evaluated reported a beneficial effect and reduced symptoms.

The research is in Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. (full open access)___

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2017-04-27 17:24:10 (1 comments; 19 reshares; 79 +1s; )Open 

Antidepressants May Enhance Drug Delivery to Brain

NIH rat study suggests amitriptyline temporarily inhibits the blood-brain barrier, allowing drugs to enter the brain.

The research is in Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism. (full access paywall)

Antidepressants May Enhance Drug Delivery to Brain

NIH rat study suggests amitriptyline temporarily inhibits the blood-brain barrier, allowing drugs to enter the brain.

The research is in Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism. (full access paywall)___

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2017-04-27 17:19:40 (25 comments; 33 reshares; 107 +1s; )Open 

Diagnosed Autism Linked to Maternal Grandmother's Smoking During Pregnancy

Scientists from the University of Bristol have looked at all 14,500 participants in Children of the 90s and found that if a girl's maternal grandmother smoked during pregnancy, the girl is 67% more likely to display certain traits linked to autism, such as poor social communication skills and repetitive behaviours.

The research is in Scientific Reports. (full open access)

Diagnosed Autism Linked to Maternal Grandmother's Smoking During Pregnancy

Scientists from the University of Bristol have looked at all 14,500 participants in Children of the 90s and found that if a girl's maternal grandmother smoked during pregnancy, the girl is 67% more likely to display certain traits linked to autism, such as poor social communication skills and repetitive behaviours.

The research is in Scientific Reports. (full open access)___

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2017-04-26 22:56:35 (3 comments; 40 reshares; 135 +1s; )Open 

Could Parkinson's Disease Start in the Gut?

Parkinson's disease may start in the gut and spread to the brain via the vagus nerve

The research is in Neurology. (full access paywall)

Could Parkinson's Disease Start in the Gut?

Parkinson's disease may start in the gut and spread to the brain via the vagus nerve

The research is in Neurology. (full access paywall)___

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2017-04-26 22:51:30 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

Fertility Treatments Pose Risk of Pediatric Cancers

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) researchers have found that babies born from mothers who underwent fertility treatments are at increased risk of developing many types of pediatric cancers and tumors (neoplasms).

The research is in American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. (full access paywall)

Fertility Treatments Pose Risk of Pediatric Cancers

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) researchers have found that babies born from mothers who underwent fertility treatments are at increased risk of developing many types of pediatric cancers and tumors (neoplasms).

The research is in American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. (full access paywall)___

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2017-04-26 21:09:46 (1 comments; 12 reshares; 89 +1s; )Open 

Constructing Human Forebrain Circuits in a Dish

Autism-related errant migration of neurons corrected in patient-derived 3-D 'spheroids'.

The research is in Nature. (full access paywall)

Constructing Human Forebrain Circuits in a Dish

Autism-related errant migration of neurons corrected in patient-derived 3-D 'spheroids'.

The research is in Nature. (full access paywall)___

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2017-04-26 21:06:33 (24 comments; 16 reshares; 94 +1s; )Open 

Cannabis Use in Teens With Schizophrenia

Psychoactive compound in cannabis may trigger the brain disorder, researchers say.

The research is in Human Molecular Genetics. (full access paywall)

Cannabis Use in Teens With Schizophrenia

Psychoactive compound in cannabis may trigger the brain disorder, researchers say.

The research is in Human Molecular Genetics. (full access paywall)___

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2017-04-26 20:49:37 (2 comments; 11 reshares; 64 +1s; )Open 

Nutrition, the Microbiome and Autism

Over the last decade, research has revealed more about the human gut microbiome—the environment within the gastrointestinal tract—where microbes, especially bacteria, reside. Recently, more has become known about the function of those microbes and the microbiome’s connection with health and disease.

The research is in Nutrition Reviews. (full open access)

Nutrition, the Microbiome and Autism

Over the last decade, research has revealed more about the human gut microbiome—the environment within the gastrointestinal tract—where microbes, especially bacteria, reside. Recently, more has become known about the function of those microbes and the microbiome’s connection with health and disease.

The research is in Nutrition Reviews. (full open access)___

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2017-04-26 20:46:13 (9 comments; 17 reshares; 57 +1s; )Open 

Personalized Phrmacotherapy for Panic Attacks

More research needed to determine whether easily identified patient characteristics can help doctors choose the best drug for each patient.

The research is in Personalized Medicine in Psychiatry. (full open access)

Personalized Phrmacotherapy for Panic Attacks

More research needed to determine whether easily identified patient characteristics can help doctors choose the best drug for each patient.

The research is in Personalized Medicine in Psychiatry. (full open access)___

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2017-04-26 20:36:05 (0 comments; 10 reshares; 53 +1s; )Open 

HIPPO's Molecular Balancing Act Helps Nerves Not Short Circuit

The study was led by researchers at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. It sought to identify the genetic and molecular networks that control the balanced proliferation and differentiation of Schwann cells in peripheral nerves -- a question that so far has remained unanswered. Schwann cells form a protective myelin sheath around nerves, which acts as insulation to ensure rapid transmission of neural signals to limbs and other parts of the body.

The research is in Nature Communications. (full open access)

HIPPO's Molecular Balancing Act Helps Nerves Not Short Circuit

The study was led by researchers at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. It sought to identify the genetic and molecular networks that control the balanced proliferation and differentiation of Schwann cells in peripheral nerves -- a question that so far has remained unanswered. Schwann cells form a protective myelin sheath around nerves, which acts as insulation to ensure rapid transmission of neural signals to limbs and other parts of the body.

The research is in Nature Communications. (full open access)___

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2017-04-26 17:49:13 (2 comments; 6 reshares; 41 +1s; )Open 

For Parents, ‘Empty Nest’ Is Emotional Challenge

For the parents left behind, giddy wasn’t the word. More like depression, sadness, even grief over seeing this key chapter of their lives come to a close.

For Parents, ‘Empty Nest’ Is Emotional Challenge

For the parents left behind, giddy wasn’t the word. More like depression, sadness, even grief over seeing this key chapter of their lives come to a close.___

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2017-04-26 17:21:08 (19 comments; 13 reshares; 34 +1s; )Open 

Youth Violence on Decline

Contrary to popular perception, a new study by Boston University professor Christopher Salas- Wright finds that youth violence is declining--and at noteworthy rates.

The research is in American Journal of Public Health. (full access paywall)

Youth Violence on Decline

Contrary to popular perception, a new study by Boston University professor Christopher Salas- Wright finds that youth violence is declining--and at noteworthy rates.

The research is in American Journal of Public Health. (full access paywall)___

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2017-04-26 16:15:11 (4 comments; 44 reshares; 177 +1s; )Open 

Link Between Immune System, Memory and Brain Structure Discovered

In the past few years, evidence has accumulated to indicate that the blood's immune system could in fact have an impact on the brain. Scientists from the University of Basel's Transfaculty Research Platform Molecular and Cognitive Neurosciences (MCN) have now carried out two independent studies that demonstrate that this link between the immune system and brain is more significant than previously believed.

The research is in Nature Communications and Human Behavior.

Link Between Immune System, Memory and Brain Structure Discovered

In the past few years, evidence has accumulated to indicate that the blood's immune system could in fact have an impact on the brain. Scientists from the University of Basel's Transfaculty Research Platform Molecular and Cognitive Neurosciences (MCN) have now carried out two independent studies that demonstrate that this link between the immune system and brain is more significant than previously believed.

The research is in Nature Communications and Human Behavior.___

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2017-04-25 21:34:06 (14 comments; 37 reshares; 137 +1s; )Open 

Gut Bacteria Tells the Brain What Animals Should Eat

Neuroscientists have, for the first time, shown that gut bacteria "speak" to the brain to control food choices in animals.

The research is in PLOS Biology. (full open access)

Gut Bacteria Tells the Brain What Animals Should Eat

Neuroscientists have, for the first time, shown that gut bacteria "speak" to the brain to control food choices in animals.

The research is in PLOS Biology. (full open access)___

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2017-04-25 21:30:52 (1 comments; 11 reshares; 47 +1s; )Open 

Novel Mode of Antidepressant Action May Help Patients Unresponsive to SSRIs

Osaka University research has identified a serotonin type 3 receptor activator with antidepressant effects in mice that functions independently of SSRIs.

The research is in Molecular Psychiatry. (full access paywall)

Novel Mode of Antidepressant Action May Help Patients Unresponsive to SSRIs

Osaka University research has identified a serotonin type 3 receptor activator with antidepressant effects in mice that functions independently of SSRIs.

The research is in Molecular Psychiatry. (full access paywall)___

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2017-04-25 21:25:21 (13 comments; 41 reshares; 143 +1s; )Open 

Sound Waves Enhance Deep Sleep and Memory

Pink noise synced to brain waves deepens sleep and boosts memory in older adults.

The research is in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. (full open access)

Sound Waves Enhance Deep Sleep and Memory

Pink noise synced to brain waves deepens sleep and boosts memory in older adults.

The research is in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. (full open access)___

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2017-04-25 21:22:17 (13 comments; 29 reshares; 131 +1s; )Open 

Molecular Genetic Evidence of PTSD Heritability

A large new study from the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium provides the first molecular genetic evidence that genetic influences play a role in the risk of getting Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) after trauma.

The research is in Molecular Psychiatry. (full open access)

Molecular Genetic Evidence of PTSD Heritability

A large new study from the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium provides the first molecular genetic evidence that genetic influences play a role in the risk of getting Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) after trauma.

The research is in Molecular Psychiatry. (full open access)___

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2017-04-25 19:38:36 (4 comments; 45 reshares; 158 +1s; )Open 

What's Coming Next? How the Brain Predicts Speech

An international collaboration of neuroscientists has shed light on how the brain helps us to predict what is coming next in speech.

The research is in PLOS Biology. (full open access)

What's Coming Next? How the Brain Predicts Speech

An international collaboration of neuroscientists has shed light on how the brain helps us to predict what is coming next in speech.

The research is in PLOS Biology. (full open access)___

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2017-04-25 19:33:30 (5 comments; 24 reshares; 116 +1s; )Open 

Skin Stem Cells Used to Generate New Brain Cells

UCI-led study to advance understanding of the role of microglia in Alzheimer’s disease.

The research is in Neuron. (full open access)

Skin Stem Cells Used to Generate New Brain Cells

UCI-led study to advance understanding of the role of microglia in Alzheimer’s disease.

The research is in Neuron. (full open access)___

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2017-04-25 19:30:22 (5 comments; 17 reshares; 72 +1s; )Open 

Low Levels of Memory Protein Linked to Cognitive Decline in Alzheimer's

Working with human brain tissue samples and genetically engineered mice, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers together with colleagues at the National Institutes of Health, the University of California San Diego Shiley-Marcos Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, Columbia University, and the Institute for Basic Research in Staten Island say that consequences of low levels of the protein NPTX2 in the brains of people with Alzheimer's disease (AD) may change the pattern of neural activity in ways that lead to the learning and memory loss that are hallmarks of the disease.

The research is in eLife. (full open access)

Low Levels of Memory Protein Linked to Cognitive Decline in Alzheimer's

Working with human brain tissue samples and genetically engineered mice, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers together with colleagues at the National Institutes of Health, the University of California San Diego Shiley-Marcos Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, Columbia University, and the Institute for Basic Research in Staten Island say that consequences of low levels of the protein NPTX2 in the brains of people with Alzheimer's disease (AD) may change the pattern of neural activity in ways that lead to the learning and memory loss that are hallmarks of the disease.

The research is in eLife. (full open access)___

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2017-04-25 19:27:03 (5 comments; 11 reshares; 82 +1s; )Open 

Genetics and Environment Combine to Give Everyone a Unique Sense of Smell

Genetically identical mice develop different smell receptors in response to their environments.

The research is in eLife. (full open access)

Genetics and Environment Combine to Give Everyone a Unique Sense of Smell

Genetically identical mice develop different smell receptors in response to their environments.

The research is in eLife. (full open access)___

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2017-04-25 19:24:07 (7 comments; 20 reshares; 117 +1s; )Open 

New Genetic Variant Associated With Extreme Old Age Discovered

The search for the genetic determinants of extreme longevity has been challenging, with the prevalence of centenarians (people older than 100) just one per 5,000 population in developed nations.

The research is in Journals of Gerontology: Biological Sciences. (full access paywall)

New Genetic Variant Associated With Extreme Old Age Discovered

The search for the genetic determinants of extreme longevity has been challenging, with the prevalence of centenarians (people older than 100) just one per 5,000 population in developed nations.

The research is in Journals of Gerontology: Biological Sciences. (full access paywall)___

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2017-04-25 18:03:27 (6 comments; 19 reshares; 107 +1s; )Open 

Predicting People's Brain Age Could Help Spot Who is at Risk of Early Death

A method for predicting someone's 'brain age' based on MRI scans could help to spot who might be at increased risk of poor health and even dying at a younger age.

The research is in Molecular Psychiatry. (full open access)

Predicting People's Brain Age Could Help Spot Who is at Risk of Early Death

A method for predicting someone's 'brain age' based on MRI scans could help to spot who might be at increased risk of poor health and even dying at a younger age.

The research is in Molecular Psychiatry. (full open access)___

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2017-04-25 18:00:23 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 31 +1s; )Open 

Chemo Drug May Increase Vulnerability to Depression

A chemotherapy drug used to treat brain cancer may increase vulnerability to depression by stopping new brain cells from growing, according to a new King's College London study.

The research is in Translational Psychiatry. (full open access)

Chemo Drug May Increase Vulnerability to Depression

A chemotherapy drug used to treat brain cancer may increase vulnerability to depression by stopping new brain cells from growing, according to a new King's College London study.

The research is in Translational Psychiatry. (full open access)___

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2017-04-25 17:57:56 (0 comments; 10 reshares; 48 +1s; )Open 

When Hollywood Met Neurosurgery

Special effects pros help create lifelike 3-D simulator for practicing brain surgery.

The research is in Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics. (full open access)

When Hollywood Met Neurosurgery

Special effects pros help create lifelike 3-D simulator for practicing brain surgery.

The research is in Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics. (full open access)___

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2017-04-25 17:53:57 (2 comments; 11 reshares; 63 +1s; )Open 

Estrogen Alters Memory Circuit Function in Women With Gene Variant

Fluctuations in estrogen can trigger atypical functioning in a key brain memory circuit in women with a common version of a gene, NIMH scientists have discovered. Brain scans revealed altered circuit activity linked to changes in the sex hormone in women with the gene variant while they performed a working memory task.

The research is in Molecular Psychiatry. (full access paywall)

Estrogen Alters Memory Circuit Function in Women With Gene Variant

Fluctuations in estrogen can trigger atypical functioning in a key brain memory circuit in women with a common version of a gene, NIMH scientists have discovered. Brain scans revealed altered circuit activity linked to changes in the sex hormone in women with the gene variant while they performed a working memory task.

The research is in Molecular Psychiatry. (full access paywall)___

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2017-04-25 15:32:50 (13 comments; 22 reshares; 103 +1s; )Open 

Facial Expressions: How the Brain Processes Emotion

New research shows that the amygdala has distinct neurons that judge the intensity and ambiguity of facial expressions.

The research is in Nature Communications. (full open access)

Facial Expressions: How the Brain Processes Emotion

New research shows that the amygdala has distinct neurons that judge the intensity and ambiguity of facial expressions.

The research is in Nature Communications. (full open access)___

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