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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Stress Hormones Promote Brain’s Building of Negative Memories

When a person experiences a devastating loss or tragic event, why does every detail seem burned into memory; whereas, a host of positive experiences simply fade away? According to a study recently published in  Neuroscience, it’s a bit more complicated …
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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Many of Ontario’s Female Prisoners Enter Correctional System with TBI

A study recently published the Journal of Correctional Health Care found that almost 40 percent of Ontario female prisoners have a history of traumatic brain injury (TBI). Unlike the men participating in the study, half of these women sustained a TBI …
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Monday, July 28, 2014

Monitoring Pulse After Stroke May Prevent a Second Stroke

New research suggests that regularly monitoring your pulse after a stroke may be a simple, effective first step in detecting irregular heartbeat. For the study, recently published online in Neurology, 256 people who had experienced acute ischemic stroke …
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Monday, July 28, 2014

Novel Technologies Advance Brain Surgery

Neurosurgeons at University of California (UC) San Diego Health System have integrated advanced 3D imaging, computer simulation and next-generation surgical tools to perform a highly complex brain surgery through a small incision to remove deep-seated …
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Friday, July 25, 2014

Genetic Dysfunction Connected to Hydrocephalus Discovered

A study, recently published online in the journal Neuron, demonstrated how the domino effect of one genetic error can contribute to hydrocephalus. “Most of the time, hydrocephalus is caused by some sort of physical blockage of the flow of cerebrospinal …
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Friday, July 25, 2014

Hidden Variations in Neural Circuits May Explain Differences in TBI Outcomes

A team of researchers at the Neuroscience Institute at Georgia State University has discovered that hidden differences in the properties of neural circuits can account for whether animals are behaviorally susceptible to brain injury. The researchers …
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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Biomarker Predicts Effectiveness of Brain Cancer Treatment

Findings from a recent study conducted by researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine identified a new biomarker that predicts whether glioblastoma will respond to chemotherapy. “Every patient diagnosed with glioblastoma …
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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Study Compares Structures of Huntington’s Disease Protein

Neutron-scattering research at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has revealed clear structural differences in the normal and pathological forms of a protein involved in Huntington’s disease. Researchers conducted a side …
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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Brain Exercise and Warding off Cognitive Decline

A study, recently published in JAMA Neurology and discussed in a MedPageToday.com article, seems to indicate that people who engage in vigorous mental activity throughout their lives tend to delay or slow cognitive impairment, compared to those whose …
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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Neurons, Brain Cancer Cells Require the Same Protein for Survival

Researchers at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine have discovered that the protein PARC/CUL9 helps neurons and brain cancer cells override the biochemical mechanisms that lead to cell death in most other cells. In neurons, long-term …
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