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Dying of excitement
For neurons, overexcitement is deadly. To avoid this, brain cells must sop up unneeded neurotransmitters from the synapse through membrane-bound transporters. If these transporters fail, neurons and other brain cells get excited to death- a phenomenon that may contribute to brain damage during stroke and Alzheimer's disease. View News Article (2006-03-06)

Color contrast is 'seen' by the brain early doors
Colour contrast is detected much earlier in the brain than previously thought, a new study shows. View News Article (2007-09-10)

New radiation technique helps brain cancer patients keep their hair
Patients whose cancer has spread to the brain can avoid typical hair loss (alopecia) when treated with newer radiation techniques, thereby improving their quality of life while still controlling their cancer. View News Article (2005-10-17)

Toward a nanomedicine for brain cancer
In an advance toward better treatments for the most serious form of brain cancer, scientists in Illinois are reporting development of the first nanoparticles that seek out and destroy brain cancer cells without damaging nearby healthy cells. View News Article (2009-09-10)

Grey matter matters when measuring our tolerance of risk
There is a link between our brain structure and our tolerance of risk, new research suggests. View News Article (2014-09-12)

Opinion Article Published in The Prestigious Nature Reviews Neuroscience
The online issue of Nature Reviews Neuroscience, November 19, 2014 features an opinion article authored by Lucina Q. Uddin, assistant professor of Psychology in the University of Miami College of Arts and Sciences. View News Article (2014-12-08)

Moderate levels of secondhand smoke deliver nicotine to the brain
Exposure to secondhand smoke, such as a person can get by riding in an enclosed car while someone else smokes, has a direct, measurable impact on the brain-and the effect is similar to what happens in the brain of the person doing the smoking. View News Article (2011-05-03)

Signal variability and cognitive performance in the aging human brain
As we age, the physical make up of our brains changes. This includes changes in neural processing in grey matter, but also in the deterioration of structural connections in the brain, which allow communication between distinct brain regions, so the brain is able to work as a well-wired network system.  View News Article (2015-04-10)

Western researchers can predict future actions from human brain activity
Bringing the real world into the brain scanner, researchers at The University of Western Ontario from The Centre for Brain and Mind ( can now determine the action a person was planning, mere moments before that action is actually executed.  View News Article (2011-06-30)

Human Brain Connectivity Mapping
The unique connectivity pattern of a brain region determines the type of information available to it, and hence influences its function. Defining these patterns enhances our knowledge of human brain architecture and function. Non-invasive in vivo definition of brain connectivity patterns complements functional imaging and provides new understanding of disorders associated with developmental or... View News Article (2004-09-23)

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