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Friday, August 29, 2014

Researchers Develop Web-based App to Predict Glioma Mutations

A new web-based program developed by researchers at University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center provides a simple, free way for health-care providers to determine which brain tumor cases require testing for a genetic mutation. In some specific cases …
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Friday, August 29, 2014

New Tool Allows for Real-time Observation During Brain Surgery

For 20 years, neurosurgeons have discussed a radical way to achieve real-time accuracy in instrument placement: performing surgery with the brain inside an MRI machine. “When you open the brain for surgery, the tissue can shift slightly, and that will …
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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Targeted Brain Training May Help with Multitasking

In a recent study published in the journals AGE and PLOS ONE, a research team at the IUGM Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal and the University of Montreal identified the area of the brain involved in multitasking and ways to train it. …
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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Common Infections Tied to Stroke Risk in Kids

In a recent study published in the journal Neurology, researchers from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) found that common colds and other minor infections may temporarily increase stroke risk in children, with the risk increasing only …
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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Study Reveals Meditation Techniques Can Enhance Brain Performance

In a recent study conducted by the National University of Singapore (NUS), researchers demonstrated for the first time that different types of Buddhist meditation — namely the Vajrayana and Theravada styles of mediation — have the potential to elicit …
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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Brain “Switchboard” Important in Attention and Sleep

In a recent study published in the journal Cell, researchers from NYU Langone Medical Center recorded the activity of individual nerve cells in a small part of the brain that works as a “switchboard,” directing signals coming from the outside world …
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Scientists Discover Area of Brain Responsible for Exercise Motivation

In a recent study published by the Journal of Neuroscience, scientists at Seattle Children’s Research Institute have discovered an area of the brain that could control a person’s motivation to exercise and participate in other rewarding activities …
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Children with Autism Have Extra Synapses in Brain

In a recent study published in the journal Neuron, scientists from Columbia University Medical Center found that children and adolescents with autism have a surplus of synapses in the brain due to a slowdown in a normal brain “pruning” process during …
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Monday, August 25, 2014

Research Team Successfully Targets Common Mutation in ALS and Dementia

Scientists from The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) and the Mayo Clinic have for the first time successfully designed a therapeutic strategy targeting a specific genetic mutation that causes a common form of amytrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also …
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Monday, August 25, 2014

Preterm Children’s Brains Can Catch Up Years Later

New research published in The Journal of Pediatrics found that the brains of preterm children can perform almost as well as those born at full term by the time they become teenagers. The study found that as long as preterm children don’t experience …
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