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When the brain remembers but the patient doesn't
Brain damage can cause significant changes in behaviour, such as loss of cognitive skills, but also reveals much about how the nervous system deals with consciousness.  View News Article (2011-07-15)

Human working memory is based on dynamic interaction networks in the brain
A research project of the Neuroscience Center of the University of Helsinki sheds light on the neuronal mechanisms sustaining memory traces of visual stimuli in the human brain. View News Article (2010-04-14)

Study: New brain scan better detects earliest signs of Alzheimer's disease in healthy people
A new type of brain scan, called diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), appears to be better at detecting whether a person with memory loss might have brain changes of Alzheimer's disease, according to a new study published in the January 6, 2010, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.  View News Article (2010-01-07)

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)

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