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Friday, August 22, 2014

Scientists Explore Neural Processes that Underlie Punishment

In a recent study published in the journal Nature Neuroscience, scientists identified the brain mechanisms that underlie our judgment of how severely a person who has harmed another should be punished. The study analyzed how that area of the brain determines …
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Friday, August 22, 2014

Brain Wiring Differences Found in Kids with Autism, Sensory Processing Disorders

Research recently published in the journal PLOS ONE found that children with sensory processing disorders (SPD) have decreased structural brain connections in specific sensory regions different than those in autism; further establishing SPD as a clinically …
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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Analysis of Plant Reveals Possible Treatment for Aging Brain

Scientists at the Balk Institute for Biological Studies have discovered that the compounds from the African cata-manginga leaf may protect cells from altered molecular pathways linked to Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and neurodegeneration …
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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Biomarker Could Reveal Why Some Develop PTSD

According to a new study conducted by researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, blood expression levels of genes targeted by the stress hormones called glucocorticoids could be a physical measure — or biomarker — that may indicate …
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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Bioengineers Create Functional 3D Brain-like Tissue

Bioengineers at the Tissue Engineering Resource Center at Tufts University have created 3D brain-like tissue that functions like and has structural features similar to tissue in the rat brain. The 3D brain-like tissue — which can be kept alive in the …
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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Study Maps Brain Growth in First Three Months of Life

A recent study conducted by researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and the University of Hawaii demonstrated a new approach to measuring early brain development of infants, resulting in more accurate whole-brain growth …
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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Brain Tumors Fly Under the Body’s Radar Like Stealth Jets

New research published in the journal Cancer Research found that brain tumors fly under the radar of the body’s defense forces by coating their cells with extra amounts of a specific protein. Like a stealth fighter jet, the coating allows the cells …
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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Study Traces Origins of Neurocognitive Deficits

Researchers from the University of Montreal and CHU Sainte-Justine Research Centre, have traced the origins of ADHD, substance abuse and conduct disorder, and found that they develop from the same neurocognitive deficits — which in turn explains why …
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Monday, August 18, 2014

Frequent Marijuana Use has Significant Negative Effects on Teen Brains

According to a 2012 longitudinal study discussed at the American Psychological Association’s annual convention, frequent marijuana use can have a significant negative effect on the brains of teenagers and young adults; including cognitive decline, …
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Monday, August 18, 2014

3D Microscope Method to Look Inside Brains

A recent discovery by a research team from the University of Utah found a method for turning a small, $40 dollar needle into a 3D microscope capable of taking images up to 70 times smaller than the width of a human hair. The new method produces high- …
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