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24.01.2020
09:25 News-Medical.NetFindings highlight multisensory interactions in the human brain

Gravity is the unseen force that dominates our entire lives. It's what makes walking uphill so difficult and what makes parts of our body eventually point downhill. It is unyielding, everywhere, and a force that we battle with every time we make a move.

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01:20 NYT ScienceBrains Turned to Glass? Suffocated in Boathouses? Vesuvius Victims Get New Look

Two studies examined grim scenes left at a Roman settlement devastated by the 79 A.D. eruption.

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00:07 Nature.ComVitrified brains and baked bones tell the story of Vesuvius deaths

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23.01.2020
20:27 QuantaMagazine.orgAn Ethical Future for Brain Organoids Takes Shape

Collaborations in progress between ethicists and biologists seek to head off challenges raised by lab-grown “organoids” as they become increasingly similar to human brain tissue.

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20:22 News-Medical.NetResearchers analyze how the brain processes rewards

Researchers from HSE University, Skoltech and the University of Toronto analyzed data from 190 fMRI studies and found out that food, sex and money implicate similar brain regions whereas different types of reward favor the left and right hemispheres differently.

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17:56 Phys.orgUnveiling the biggest and most detailed map of the fly brain yet

Janelia and Google scientists have constructed the most complete map of the fly brain ever created, pinpointing millions of connections between 25,000 neurons. Now, a wiring diagram of the entire brain is within reach.

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16:37 Phys.orgBlack 'rock' from AD 79 Italy eruption is part of exploded brain

It looks like a piece of rock - black, shiny and unexceptional.

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16:11 TechnologyReview.comThis map of a fly’s brain connectivity is the best we’ve ever seen

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15:06 LiveScience.comGoogle just created the most detailed image of a brain yet

The map contains thousands of brain cells and millions of connections found inside the brain of a fruit fly.

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02:29 Drugs.comVesuvius Eruption Turned One Ancient Resident's Brain Into Glass

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 22, 2020 -- The cataclysmic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. created temperatures so hot that one poor soul's brain was transformed into glass, researchers report. Archaeologists working at the site of Herculaneum -- the other...

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01:36 LiveScience.comExtreme heat of Vesuvius eruption turned a man's brain to 'glass'

A man who died in Herculaneum during the historic Vesuvius eruption was found with an exploded skull and glass-like brain tissue.

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22.01.2020
19:13 ScientificAmerican.ComLargest Brain Wiring Diagram to Date Is Published

The partial fruit fly “connectome” contains approximately 25,000 neurons and 20 million synapses -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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13:36 News-Medical.NetInjecting nanoparticles into the bloodstream to reduce brain swelling after traumatic brain injury

After a traumatic brain injury, the most harmful damage is caused by secondary swelling of the brain compressed inside the skull. There is no treatment for this.

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09:35 News-Medical.NetPotential Parkinson's treatment effectively targets a specific group of brain cells

Scientists have discovered that a non-invasive technique which could one day be used to treat Parkinson's disease, can successfully target a highly specific group of brain cells which play a key role in development of the condition.

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05:57 News-Medical.Net'Innovative Research Award' helps CU scientists to explore BRAF inhibition resistance in brain cancer

Cancers used to be defined by where they grow in the body - lung cancer, skin cancer, brain cancer, etc. But work in recent decades has shown that cancers sharing specific genetic changes may have more in common than cancers that happen to grow in an area of the body.

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21.01.2020
23:43 Drugs.comBrain Waves Offer Insight Into Sleep Struggles That Accompany Autism

TUESDAY, Jan. 21, 2020 -- Shallower-than-normal brain waves may play a role in serious sleep problems in children with autism, a new study suggests. Previous research has shown that between 40% and 80% of children with autism have sleep issues, such...

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22:32 News-Medical.NetDepression treatment must also restore integrity of the blood-brain barrier

To better treat people with depression, not only must we treat the neurons affected by the disease, but we must also restore the integrity of the barrier that regulates exchanges between blood circulation and the brain.

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21:52 BBC HealthFamily told brain-damaged girl no longer qualifies for NHS-funded care

The home care for a nine-year-old girl with damage to 90% of her brain could be cut, a family is told.

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21:40 News-Medical.NetResearchers show existence of particular type of sphincter in the brain's blood supply

Allegedly, they should not exist in the brain, the so-called precapillary sphincters - a kind of squeezing 'muscle clamp' between the larger and smaller vessels of the bloodstream.

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21:15 Zdnet.comBrain-hacking is the next big nightmare, so we'll need anti-virus for the mind

With big tech and governments working hand-in-hand, said the author, democracy is facing an unprecedented threat.

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20:34 News-Medical.NetNew analysis method shows how the brain regulates its signals using glutamate

Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology and Gothenburg University in Sweden have achieved something long thought almost impossible - counting the molecules of the neurotransmitter glutamate released when a signal is transferred between two brain cells. With a new analysis method, they showed that the brain regulates its signals using glutamate in more ways than previously realised.

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19:31 Technology.orgIn Mice, Alcohol Dependence Results in Brain-Wide Remodeling of Functional Architecture

Employing advanced technologies that allow whole brain imaging at single-cell resolution, researchers at University of California San Diego

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18:06 SingularityHub.ComThe Brain Predicts Reward Like an AI, Says New DeepMind Research

The idea of reinforcement learning—or learning based on reward—has been around for so long it’s easy to forget we don’t really know how it works. If DeepMind’s new bombshell paper in Nature is any indication, a common approach in AI, one that’s led to humanity’s defeat in the game of Go against machines, may have […]

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11:22 StemCellsPortal.comlExosomal CNP Promotes Recovery of Damaged Brain

Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have vast therapeutic potential for the treatment for neurological diseases and damage, with many of their effects mediated by components of the stem cell secretome. Researchers led by Hua‐Jung Li (National Health Research Institutes, Zhunan, Taiwan) found that prostaglandin E2 receptor 4 (EP4)-induced MSC extracellular vesicles/exosomes has an elevated ability to rescue damaged brain functions and established the requirement of elevated 2′,3′‐cyclic nucleotide 3′‐phosphodiesterase (CNP) levels for this effect. Overall, this new STEM CELLS Translational Medicine article from Chen et al. suggests that CNP modulation represents a potential target for treating brain damage and neural degeneration diseases and further underscore

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20.01.2020
22:22 Technology.orgZika Virus’ Key into Brain Cells ID’d, Leveraged to Block Infection and Kill Cancer Cells

Zika virus infection can stunt neonatal brain development, a condition known as microcephaly, in which babies are born

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21:32 Technology.orgControlling molecular glue protects connections between brain cells

A way in which some connections between brain cells can resist degeneration – a hallmark of traumatic brain

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16:14 Phys.orgA brain transplant for one of Australia's top telescopes

One of Australia's top telescopes will receive an A$2.6 million upgrade to help extend its three-decade record of improving our understanding of the universe.

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15:09 LiveScience.comCould Scientists 'Hack' the Zika Virus to Kill Brain Cancer?

Could Zika be used as a cancer treatment?

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10:54 Technology.orgAmerica’s most widely consumed oil causes genetic changes in the brain

New UC Riverside research shows soybean oil not only leads to obesity and diabetes, but could also affect

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19.01.2020
04:59 MedicalNewsToday.comMedical News Today: Sugar alters brain chemistry after only 12 days

New research in pigs examines how sugar intake affects the brain's reward circuits and finds that changes are noticeable after just 12 days.

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17.01.2020
23:00 News-Medical.NetResearchers identify how certain areas of the brain respond to ADHD drug

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder is a neurobiological disorder characterized by symptoms of hyperactivity, inattention and impulsivity.

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23:00 News-Medical.NetChildhood adversity and violence exposure can alter the brain

Childhood adversity is a significant problem in the US, particularly for children growing up in poverty.

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21:42 News-Medical.NetNew method can improve resolution of brain magnetic resonance imaging using artificial intelligence

Researchers of the ICAI Group -Computational Intelligence and Image Analysis- of the University of Malaga have designed an unprecedented method that is capable of improving brain images obtained through magnetic resonance imaging using artificial intelligence.

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19:10 ScienceDaily.comRich rewards: Scientists reveal ADHD medication's effect on the brain

Researchers have identified how certain areas of the human brain respond to methylphenidate -- a stimulant drug which is used to treat symptoms of ADHD. The work may help researchers understand the precise mechanism of the drug and ultimately develop more targeted medicines for the condition.

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17:41 Phys.orgHow do sea stars move without a brain? The answer could impact robotics and more

Have you ever seen a sea star move? To many of us, sea star seem motionless, like a rock on the ocean's floor, but in actuality, they have hundreds of tube feet attached to their underbelly. These feet stretch and contract to attach to rough terrain, hold on to prey and, of course, move.

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16:55 ScienceDaily.comAmerica's most widely consumed oil causes genetic changes in the brain

New research shows soybean oil not only leads to obesity and diabetes, but could also affect neurological conditions like autism, Alzheimer's disease, anxiety, and depression.

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15:51 News-Medical.NetImproved microfluidic brain chip can assess the effectiveness of cancer drugs in record time

The Akay Lab biomedical research team at the University of Houston is reporting an improvement on a microfluidic brain cancer chip previously developed in their lab.

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14:20 Technology.orgHow decisions unfold in a zebrafish brain

Some things we do appear almost automatic, like opening the fridge when feeling hungry or flipping on the

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14:07 Technology.orgStudy uses eye movement test to confirm brain-ageing effects

A new study, published in PeerJ, shows how University of Liverpool researchers have used a newly developed eye movement

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13:28 Technology.orgVanderbilt researcher shares more than 3,000 brain scans to support the study of reading and language development

Vanderbilt University neuroscientist James R. Booth is publicly releasing two large scale neuroimaging datasets on reading and language development

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04:18 News-Medical.NetDiscovery of mechanism by which Zika virus enters brain cells

Two independent studies published by Cell Press on January 16, 2020, report that the mechanism by which Zika virus enters brain cells has been identified and even more, exploited to prevent Zika infection and to kill cancer cells instead.

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02:33 ScienceDaily.comBlue light can help heal mild traumatic brain injury

Daily exposure to blue wavelength light each morning helps to re-entrain the circadian rhythm so that people get better, more regular sleep which was translated into improvements in cognitive function, reduced daytime sleepiness and actual brain repair.

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16.01.2020
22:54 ScienceDaily.comImproved brain chip for precision medicine

A biomedical research team is reporting an improvement on a microfluidic brain cancer chip. The new chip allows quick assessment of the effectiveness of cancer drugs on brain tumors.

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22:32 News-Medical.NetResearchers use new eye movement test to study brain aging effects

A new study, published in PeerJ, shows how University of Liverpool researchers have used a newly developed eye movement test to improve the understanding of how parts of the brain work.

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22:28 CMSWire.comDigital Transformation Success Starts With Raising Your Digital IQ

Companies with low digital IQ scores are more likely to be among those failing at digital transformation.

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21:25 ScienceDaily.comHow decisions unfold in a zebrafish brain

Researchers were able to track the activity of each neuron in the entire brain of zebrafish larvae and reconstruct the unfolding of neuronal events as the animals repeatedly made 'left or right' choices in a behavioral experiment. The resulting frame-by-frame view of a decision in the making was so detailed that, 10 seconds before the fish responded, the researchers could predict what their next move will be and when they would execute it.

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21:25 ScienceDaily.comAre bigger brains better?

When it comes to certain parts of the brain, bigger doesn't necessarily equate to better memory.

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20:48 News-Medical.NetAntipsychotics linked to higher risk of head, brain injuries among persons with Alzheimer's

The use of antipsychotics is associated with increased risks of head and brain injuries among persons with Alzheimer's disease, according to a recent study from the University of Eastern Finland. The risk increase was highest at the initiation of antipsychotic use.

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17:26 NewScientist.ComUploading your brain will leave you exposed to software glitches

Think a digital version of your mind will allow you to live forever? It might, but it will also open you up to software manipulation and server problems, says Annalee Newitz

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17:20 StemCellsPortal.comlStudy Shows More Effective, Safer Way to Develop Stem Cells for Treating Brain Damage

DURHAM, N.C. JANUARY 15, 2020 - When it comes to regenerating damaged brain cells, mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) induced using an EP4 antagonist are superior to MSCs induced without the antagonist, according to a new study released today in the STEM CELLS Translational Medicine journal. The study, conducted on mice by researchers at the Institute of Cellular and System Medicine, National Health Research Institutes, Taiwan, and the University of California, Los Angeles, provides information that could be used to develop new treatments for brain damage, including those caused by stroke and Parkinson’s disease.

Several clinical studies have shown the promise of MSCs in repairing neurological damage, but MSCs also present challenges such as complications of cell implantation and the

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16:37 News-Medical.NetEssential tremor caused by overactive brain waves

The source of essential tremor--a movement disorder that causes involuntary trembling of the hands, arms, and head--has been enigmatic, impeding the development of effective treatments for a condition that affects 4% of people over 40.

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16:24 News-Medical.NetStudy reveals overactive brain wave activity as an underlying cause of essential tremor

Researchers at Columbia University Irving Medical Center say that overactive brainwave activity is the underlying cause of essential tremor – a common movement disorder that causes involuntary rhythmic shaking in around 4% of people aged over 40.

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14:50 Nanowerk.comBrain-like network uses disorder to create order

A disordered network that is capable of detecting ordered patterns: it sounds contradictory, but it comes close to the way our brain works.

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14:19 CNN HealthThis is your child's brain on books: Scans show benefit of reading vs. screen time

Scans of preschoolers' brains show a stark difference in brain development when read to by a parent as compared to when they are playing on screens alone, studies show.

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02:45 News-Medical.NetBrain parasite makes rodents unafraid of cats, other predators

Cats have the power to control the minds of rodents, through a brain parasite called Toxoplasma gondii. The pathogen exerts a strange mind control on rodents that make them lose their fear of cats and become easier to catch.

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15.01.2020
21:44 ScienceDaily.comScientists breach brain barriers to attack tumors

The brain is a sort of fortress, equipped with barriers designed to keep out dangerous pathogens. But protection comes at a cost: These barriers interfere with the immune system when faced with dire threats such glioblastoma, a deadly brain tumor for which there are few effective treatments. Researchers have found a novel way to circumvent the brain's natural defenses when they're counterproductive by slipping immune system rescuers through the fortresses' drainage system.

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21:38 Drugs.comSurgery May Add Years for Patients With Deadly Brain Cancer: Study

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 20, 2020 -- Surgical removal of the entire tumor may extend the lives of patients with a rare and deadly type of brain cancer called brainstem high-grade gliomas, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed data from 103 patients in...

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21:35 Medscape.ComLiving in Disadvantaged Neighborhoods Linked to Brain Atrophy

There is a 'robust' link between living in a disadvantaged neighborhood and developing brain atrophy over time, a finding that carries potential implications for cognitive function as individuals age.

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21:31 NewScientist.ComDeepMind found an AI learning technique also works in human brains

Researchers at tech firm DeepMind have found that a learning technique used by AI is also used by dopamine neurons in the brain

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21:18 Nature.ComVEGF-C-driven lymphatic drainage enables immunosurveillance of brain tumours

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21:10 TechnologyReview.comAn algorithm that learns through rewards may show how our brain does too

By optimizing reinforcement-learning algorithms, DeepMind uncovered new details about how dopamine helps the brain learn.

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18:15 Phys.orgBrain-inspired computing for a post-Moore's Law era

Since the invention of the transistor in 1947, computing development has seen a consistent doubling of the number of transistors that can fit on a chip. But that trend, known as Moore's Law, may reach its limit as components of submolecular size encounter problems with thermal noise, making further scaling impossible.

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17:40 ScienceDaily.comBrain model offers new insights into damage caused by stroke and other injuries

A researcher has developed a computer model of the human brain that more realistically simulates actual patterns of brain impairment than existing methods. The novel advancement creates a digital simulation environment that could help stroke victims and patients with other brain injuries by serving as a testing ground for hypotheses about specific neurological damage.

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17:32 Nanowerk.comReinventing the computer: Brain-inspired computing for a post-Moore's Law era

As Moore's Law comes to an end with a limit to the number of transistors that fit on a chip, a paradigm of brain-inspired neuromorphic computing paves the way forward with new directions in computing hardware, algorithms, architectures and materials.

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11:11 Technology.orgBrain Tumor Organoids May be Key to Time-sensitive Treatments for Glioblastomas

Lab-grown brain organoids developed from a patient’s own glioblastoma, the most aggressive and common form of brain cancer,

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10:58 Technology.orgBrain model offers new insights into damage caused by stroke and other injuries

He calls it his “chocolate and peanut butter moment.” A University at Buffalo neuroimaging researcher has developed a

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06:09 News-Medical.NetAlcohol dependence results in remodeling of functional architecture in rodent’s brain

Employing advanced technologies that allow whole brain imaging at single-cell resolution, researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine report that in an alcohol-dependent mouse model, the rodent brain's functional architecture is substantially remodeled.

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02:25 ScienceDaily.comIn mice, alcohol dependence results in brain-wide remodeling of functional architecture

Using novel imaging technologies, researchers produce first whole-brain atlas at single-cell resolution, revealing how alcohol addiction and abstinence remodel neural physiology and function in mice.

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01:12 News-Medical.NetComputer model of the brain provides insights into damage caused by stroke, other injuries

He calls it his "chocolate and peanut butter moment." A University at Buffalo neuroimaging researcher has developed a computer model of the human brain that more realistically simulates actual patterns of brain impairment than existing methods.

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14.01.2020
23:49 News-Medical.NetSugar intake influences brain reward circuitry

The idea of food addiction is a very controversial topic among scientists. Researchers from Aarhus University have delved into this topic and examined what happens in the brains of pigs when they drink sugar water. The conclusion is clear: sugar influences brain reward circuitry in ways similar to those observed when addictive drugs are consumed.

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23:11 Drugs.comSevere Deprivation in Childhood Has Lasting Impact on Brain Size

TUESDAY, Jan. 14, 2020 -- Severe deprivation in childhood can lead to a smaller-than-normal brain, lower IQ and attention deficits in early adulthood, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed MRI brain scans of 67 young adults, ages 23 to 28, who...

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19:51 ScienceMag.orgBrain parasite may strip away rodents’ fear of predators—not just of cats

Toxoplasma gondii may have more general effects on mouse behavior than previously thought

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19:31 ScienceDaily.comFlame retardants and pesticides overtake heavy metals as biggest contributors to IQ loss

Adverse outcomes from childhood exposures to lead and mercury are on the decline in the United States, likely due to decades of restrictions on the use of heavy metals, a new study finds.

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17:09 ScientificAmerican.ComIn Search of the Brain's Social Road Maps

Neural circuits that track our whereabouts in space and time may also play vital roles in determining how we relate to other people -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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15:29 Reuters.com ScienceBrain freeze: Russian firm offers path to immortality for a fee

When Alexei Voronenkov's 70-year-old mother passed away, he paid to have her brain frozen and stored in the hope breakthroughs in science will one day be able to bring her back to life.

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15:29 News-Medical.NetSynaptic density marker is reduced in the brains of people with schizophrenia

Advances in scanning have allowed researchers for the first time to show lower levels of a protein found in the connections between neurons in the living brains of people with schizophrenia.

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15:16 Reuters.com HealthBrain freeze: Russian firm offers path to immortality for a fee

When Alexei Voronenkov's 70-year-old mother passed away, he paid to have her brain frozen and stored in the hope breakthroughs in science will one day be able to bring her back to life.

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14:33 FightAging.OrgAn Artificial Interface Between Brain and Hand Muscles Bypasses Damaged Nerves

Researchers here report on the use of a combination of a brain-computer interface and functional electrical stimulation of muscles to bypass damage leading to paralysis of the hand, allowing some degree of restored function. The approach was demonstrated in non-human primates in which nerves connecting the hand to the brain were damaged via surgery. Competition in approaches to the problem of nervous system damage is a good thing, but one would hope that this class of application of brain-computer interface is largely made irrelevant by future advances in regenerative medicine. Paralysis following stroke is a leading cause of long-term motor disability. Brain machine interfaces (BMIs) can transform cortical activity into control signals for an external device, such as a robotic arm or computer cursor, and […]

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09:11 Yahoo ScienceExposure to flame retardants is causing US kids to lose millions of IQ points. They re more damaging than lead or mercury.

Exposure to pesticides and flame retardants resulted in a total loss of nearly 190 million IQ points among children from 2001 to 2016.

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03:32 News-Medical.NetMaternal stress affects fetal brain development

A new study published online January 13, 2020, in the journal JAMA Pediatrics reports that mothers who suffer severe mental stress during pregnancy may have babies with abnormal development in important areas of the brain even before birth. It is already known that babies with congenital heart disease show abnormalities in brain growth and brain biochemical reactions.

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13.01.2020
21:40 News-Medical.NetNeuroimaging study reveals structural changes in the brain of migraine patients

A neuroimaging study recently published in the journal Cephalalgia, the official journal of the International Headache Society, shared more evidence of structural changes in the brain of migraine patients.

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21:29 News-Medical.NetUsing caffeine to study how the brain processes information

Researchers are using caffeine to study how the brain processes information, and a new study shows the effectiveness of this approach.

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21:02 News-Medical.NetStudy shows link between lead exposure risk and brain structure in children

Though leaded gas and lead-based paint were banned decades ago, the risk of lead exposure is far from gone. A new study led by Elizabeth Sowell, PhD, shows that living in neighborhoods with high risk of lead exposure is associated with differences in brain structure and cognitive performance in some children.

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20:15 ScienceDaily.comRisk of lead exposure linked to decreased brain volume in adolescents

In a study using brain scans from nearly 10 thousand adolescents across the country, investigators show that risk of lead exposure is associated with altered brain anatomy and cognitive deficits in children from low income families.

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18:57 ScientificAmerican.ComGlutamate Built the Brain--Can It Treat It, Too?

A complex natural signaling system could help address impulse-control disorders -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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18:21 News-Medical.NetStudy shows that eye and brain pressure are physiologically connected

Researchers at the University of South Florida have discovered a novel feedback pathway from the brain to the eye that modulates eye pressure - a significant advancement in the effort to diagnose and treat glaucoma.

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18:17 ScienceDaily.comBrain pressure controls eye pressure, revealing new avenues for glaucoma treatment

Neuroscientists have discovered that eye and brain pressure are physiologically connected.

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15:02 ScientificAmerican.ComGlutamate Built the Brain—Can It Treat It Too?

A complex natural signaling system could help address impulse control disorders -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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12:18 Technology.orgSpeech-Disrupting Brain Disease Reflects Patients’ Native Tongue

English and Italian speakers with dementia-related language impairment experience distinct kinds of speech and reading difficulties based on

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12.01.2020
21:34 News-Medical.NetNew research demonstrates the importance of personalized brain models

New research conducted by Professors Christophe Bernard and Viktor Jirsa of Aix Marseille Univ, Inserm, Institut de Neurosciences des Systèmes, Marseille, France and Professor Itamar Kahn, director of the Brain Systems Organization in Health and Disease Lab in the Technion's Rappaport Faculty of Medicine, demonstrates the importance of personalized brain models.

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10:20 BBC HealthLiving with ADHD: 'I have the brain of Einstein and the attention span of a toddler'

Stuart, who has ADHD, says he has "the brain of Einstein and the attention span of a two year old".

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04:01 ScienceDaily.comSpeech-disrupting brain disease reflects patients' native tongue

English and Italian speakers with dementia-related language impairment experience distinct kinds of speech and reading difficulties based on features of their native languages, according to new research by scientists at the UC San Francisco Memory and Aging Center and colleagues at the Neuroimaging Research Unit and Neurology Unit at the San Raffaele Scientific Institute in Milan.

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11.01.2020
21:16 News-Medical.NetResearchers analyze the aftereffects of deferred intentions in the brain

Placing a checkmark on the to-do list is an extremely liberating feeling for many eager list lovers, especially when the task has been postponed for a long time.

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04:21 BBC HealthLanguages affected differently by brain disease

English and Italian speakers with dementia struggled in different ways with their native tongue.

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10.01.2020
23:26 CNBC technologyMind-reading technology lets you control tech with your brain — and it actually works

There's a growing category of companies focused on the "Brain-Computer Interface."

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19:08 ScienceDaily.comNew function for potential tumor suppressor in brain development

New research has now uncovered a novel, opposite role for Cdkn1c. When Cdkn1c is removed only in certain cells of the brain, these cells die, arguing for a new growth promoting role of Cdkn1c.

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19:08 ScienceDaily.comWhat happens to deferred intentions in the brain?

Placing a checkmark on the to-do list is an extremely liberating feeling for many eager list lovers, especially when the task has been postponed for a long time. But what happens in our brain when we have completed a postponed task? Will it be deactivated? If so, how? A team of scientists from the Collaborative Research Centre 940 'Volition and Cognitive Control' at TU Dresden, together with two leading international experts, Julie Bugg and Michael Scullin, investigated these questions in a systematic review article.

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18:36 Phys.orgNew function for potential tumor suppressor in brain development

The gene Cdkn1c could have been considered an open-and-shut case: Mice in which the gene is removed are larger and have bigger brains, so Cdkn1c should function to inhibit growth. This rationale has led to Cdkn1c being studied as a tumour suppressor gene. New research from the group of Simon Hippenmeyer, professor at the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria), has now uncovered a novel, opposite role for Cdkn1c. When Cdkn1c is removed only in certain cells of the brain, these cells die, arguing for a new growth promoting role of Cdkn1c. The new research is published today in the journal Nature Communications.

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17:53 ScienceDaily.comDecoding hidden brain chatter to advance neuroprostheses

Scientists eavesdropped on neurons and discovered a stable signal driving common movement skills like typing sneakers. They were able to preserve and reconstruct these patterns in what is a major advance for neuroprostheses for paralyzed patients.

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16:25 BBC HealthTafida Raqeeb: Brain-damaged girl in High Court case out of intensive care

The Italian hospital treating Tafida Raqeeb says she has managed to breath without help for an hour.

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