Brain cells protect muscles from wasting away

Several processes in the roundworm C. elegans boost the stress response in cells, incidentally making worms resistant to a high-fat diet and extending their lifespan. Researchers have found another: cells called glia that release a hormone that boosts the unfolded[…]

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Surgeons successfully treat brain aneurysms using a robot

A robot was used to treat brain aneurysms for the first time. The robotic system could eventually allow remote surgery, enabling surgeons to treat strokes from afar.

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Drug cocktail holds promise for spinal injuries

Scientists have discovered a combination of two commonly available drugs that could help the body heal spinal fractures.

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Antidepressant harms baby neurons in lab-grown 'mini-brains'

Researchers have demonstrated the use of stem-cell-derived 'mini-brains' to detect harmful side effects of a common drug on the developing brain. Mini-brains are miniature human brain models, developed with human cells and barely visible to the human eye, whose cellular[…]

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New drug helps to preserve brain cells for a time after stroke

After 50 years of research and the testing of over 1,000 drugs, there is new hope for preserving brain cells for a time after stroke. Treating acute ischemic stroke patients with an experimental neuroprotective drug, combined with a surgical procedure[…]

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Lower dose of newer clot-buster may be appropriate for some stroke patients

In a comparison of 0.25mg/kg and 0.40mg/kg doses of the newer and more convenient clot-busting medication tenecteplase, there was no advantage in increasing the dose above 0.25mg/kg in stroke patients who planned to have mechanical clot retrieval. In addition, administering[…]

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Therapeutic cooling effectively targets site of brain injury

Investigators successfully measure brain temperature in newborn babies undergoing therapeutic cooling, showing that the treatment effectively targets the core of the brain.

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Let there be 'circadian' light

Researchers describe the science behind creating lighting to make us all happy and productive indoors. A company is using the technology to create commercial lightbulbs available later this year.

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Bumble bees can experience an object using one sense and later recognize it using another

The ability to recognize objects across different senses is present in the tiny brains of an insect, researchers have discovered.

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Boys with inattention-hyperactivity face increased risk for traumatic brain injuries

Researchers show that boys exhibiting inattention-hyperactivity at age 10 have a higher risk for traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) in adolescence and adulthood. Treatments to reduce these behaviors may decrease the risk for TBIs.

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What birdsong tells us about brain cells and learning

New research by neuroscientists uses a unique model -- the intricate mating songs of birds -- to show how the intrinsic properties of neurons are closely tied to the complex processes of learning.

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Neighborhood features and one's genetic makeup interact to affect cognitive function

Few studies have examined how the neighborhood's physical environment relates to cognition in older adults. Researchers categorized 4,716 individuals by apolipoprotein E (APOE) genotype -- a genetic risk factor for Alzheimer's disease (AD) to determine if there are cognitive benefits[…]

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Enriching newborns' environment in the right way helps heal young, injured brains

Preclinical model of oxygen deprivation, a common consequence of prematurity, showed better recovery when exposed to a combination of increased physical activity, socialization and cognitive stimulation.

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Think all BPA-free products are safe? Not so fast, scientists warn

Using 'BPA-free' plastic products could be as harmful to human health -- including a developing brain -- as those products that contain the controversial chemical, suggest scientists.

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Why Zika virus caused most harmful brain damage to Brazilian newborns

Researchers have found that the strain of Zika that circulated in Brazil during the microcephaly epidemic that began in 2015 was particularly damaging to the developing brain.

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Empathy can be detected in people whose brains are at rest

Researchers have found that it is possible to assess a person's ability to feel empathy by studying their brain activity while they are resting rather than while they are engaged in specific tasks.

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Time of day affects global brain fluctuations

As the day progresses, the strength of the brain's global signal fluctuation shows an unexpected decrease, according to a new study.

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Later school start times reduce car crashes, improve teen safety

A study found that later school start times were associated with a significant drop in vehicle accidents involving teen drivers.

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Masking the memory of fear: Treating anxiety disorders such as PTSD with an opioid

While fear memory -- or the ability to remember contexts in which to be afraid -- is important for survival, too much of it, and an inability to forget contexts that no longer apply, hinders daily activities. Recently, scientists found[…]

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B cells may travel to remote areas of the brain to improve stroke recovery

New research shows that the immune system may target other remote areas of the brain to improve recovery after a stroke.

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