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How the brain tells you to scratch that itch
It's a maddening cycle that has affected us all: it starts with an itch that triggers scratching, but scratching only makes the itchiness worse. (2018-12-13)
Study confirms role of brain's support cells in Huntington's, points to new therapies
New research gives scientists a clearer picture of what is happening in the brains of people with Huntington's disease and lays out a potential path for treatment. (2018-12-13)
New genetic clues to early-onset form of dementia
In an effort to better understand frontotemporal dementia, an international team of researchers, led by Washington University School of Medicine in St. (2018-12-13)
Watching brain cells fire
Brain scientists have plenty of ways to track the activity of individual neurons in the brain, but they're all invasive. (2018-12-13)
New method for studying ALS more effectively
The neurodegenerative disease ALS causes motor neuron death and paralysis. (2018-12-12)
A new strategy for brain regeneration after stroke
Dr. Kazunobu Sawamoto (Professor, Nagoya City University and NIPS) and Dr. (2018-12-12)
Researchers identify pathway that drives sustained pain following injury
Research in mice identifies a set of neurons responsible for sustained pain and resulting pain-coping behaviors Findings point to the existence of separate neural pathways that regulate threat avoidance versus injury mitigation Study can inform new ways to gauge the efficacy of candidate pain therapies by assessing behaviors stemming from different pathways (2018-12-12)
Using water molecules to unlock neurons' secrets
EPFL researchers have developed a method to observe the electrical activity of neurons by analyzing the behavior of surrounding water molecules. (2018-12-11)
Study: Neurons in the brain work as a team to guide movement of arms, hands
The apparent simplicity of picking up a cup of coffee or turning a doorknob belies the complex sequence of calculations and processes that the brain must undergo to identify the location of an item in space, move the arm and hand toward it, and shape the fingers to hold or manipulate the object. (2018-12-11)
Brain activity shows development of visual sensitivity in autism
Research investigating how the brain responds to visual patterns in people with autism has shown that sensory responses change between childhood and adulthood. (2018-12-11)
Dopamine's yin-yang personality: It's an upper and a downer
Dopamine has a reputation as the key player in the brain's reward circuits, making us seek out pleasurable experiences, but growing evidence points to a multipronged role for the neurotransmitter. (2018-12-10)
Regrowing damaged nerves hinges on shutting down key genes
Neurons in the brain and spinal cord don't grow back after injury, unlike those in the rest of the body. (2018-12-10)
Glutamate receptor affects the development of brain cells after birth
It had been previously assumed that this protein is only relevant in adults. (2018-12-06)
How the brain hears and fears
What does the brain do when things go bump in the night? (2018-12-05)
Adding new channels to the brain remote control
One of the founding fathers of optogenetics - among the most powerful techniques in neuroscience - has created new tools for controlling neurons with light. (2018-12-05)
Artificial synapses made from nanowires
Scientists from Jülich together with colleagues from Aachen and Turin have produced a memristive element made from nanowires that functions in much the same way as a biological nerve cell. (2018-12-05)
Learning from mistakes
Caltech scientists identify single neurons in the human brain that catch our mistakes and correct future behavior. (2018-12-05)
Niosomes, efficient DNA delivery vehicles for gene therapy of the central nervous system
In a piece of research conducted in collaboration, the NanoBioCel group of the UPV/EHU's Faculty of Pharmacy, and the University of Elche have designed some niosomes, which are lipid vesicles for use in gene therapies designed to treat diseases of the central nervous system. (2018-12-04)
New Parkinson's disease drug target revealed through study of fatty acids
A new study led by investigators from Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School has provided insights into the role of fatty acids and suggests that inhibiting a specific enzyme can protect against neurotoxicity. (2018-12-04)
Novel approach improves understanding of the formation of new neurons in the mammalian adult brain
A team of researchers at Baylor College of Medicine, the Texas Heart Institute and Texas Children's Hospital has developed a powerful new approach to understand the formation of new neurons in the mammalian adult brain. (2018-12-04)
Single workout can boost metabolism for days
A new study from UT Southwestern Medical Center shows neurons in mice that influence metabolism are active for up to two days after a single workout. (2018-12-04)
'Error Neurons' play role in how brain processes mistakes
New research from Cedars-Sinai has identified neurons that play a role in how people recognize errors they make, a discovery that may have implications for the treatment of conditions including obsessive-compulsive disorder and schizophrenia. (2018-12-04)
Central mechanisms of salt-induced hypertension
The research group of Professor Masaharu Noda of the National Institute for Basic Biology (NIBB) has now revealed that sympathetic activation leading to blood pressure increases was not induced by mandatory high salt intakes or the intraperitoneal/intracerebroventricular infusions of hypertonic NaCl solutions in Nax-knockout mice, in contrast to wild-type mice. (2018-11-29)
Why small size matters: Tiny mitochondria stimulate brain cell connections
This research, published online today in Nature Communications, suggests that these unusually small, squat mitochondria help neurons grow and make proper connections in the developing brain. (2018-11-27)
Biologists discover an unusual hallmark of aging in neurons
MIT biologists have discovered that oxidative damage by free radicals produces an unusual pileup of short snippets of RNA in some neurons. (2018-11-27)
New method for studying gene expression could improve understanding of brain disease
By analyzing gene expression patterns, researchers have identified previously unknown distinctions between mouse and human neurons. (2018-11-27)
Breakthrough as molecules shown to 'air-kiss' when brain neurons attract each other
All brain cells 'air-kiss' before they come together to form a final synaptic relationship, new research by University of Kent scientists has revealed. (2018-11-22)
The Center for the Study of Itch reviews what causes chronic itching and scratching
Relentless itch is a feature of many skin disorders, such as eczema and psoriasis, but the cause of this itch -- and what drives us to scratch -- is somewhat mysterious. (2018-11-21)
Neurons process information differently depending on their location
Researchers at the University of Queensland have discovered that the thickness of the brain's outer layer influences how individual neurons process information. (2018-11-21)
How your moving brain sees the world
What we see is not only determined by what is really there, but also depends on whether we are paying attention, whether we are moving, excited or interested. (2018-11-20)
New information on the pathological mechanisms of Alzheimer's disease
Researchers at the University of Helsinki have discovered a mechanism by which harmful tau protein aggregates are transmitted between neurons. (2018-11-20)
Can genetic therapy help kids with Angelman syndrome overcome seizures?
Angelman syndrome is a genetic disease with no cure. Children grow up with severe intellectual disabilities and a range of other problems, arguably the worst of which are epileptic seizures. (2018-11-20)
Signal peptides' novel role in glutamate receptor trafficking and neural synaptic activity
Dr. SHENG Nengyin at the Kunming Institute of Zoology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, in collaboration with Dr. (2018-11-19)
Novel target identified for neuron regeneration, functional recovery in spinal cord injury
Restoring the ability to walk following spinal cord injury (SCI) requires neurons in the brain to reestablish communication pathways with neurons in the spinal cord. (2018-11-19)
Stroke: Preventing the damage by acting on the neuronal environment?
To protect neurons and limit the damage after a stroke, researchers from the CNRS, the University of Caen-Normandie, University Paris-Est Créteil, and the company OTR3 have pursued an innovative path: targeting the matrix that surrounds and supports brain cells. (2018-11-15)
New way to study swallowing could one day lead to improved treatments for ALS
There is no cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, but new findings from the University of Missouri School of Medicine and the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine are deepening researchers' understanding of a common ALS symptom: swallowing problems. (2018-11-14)
Precision neuroengineering enables reproduction of complex brain-like functions in vitro
Researchers from the University of Barcelona and Tohoku University design neural circuits reproducing dynamic reconfiguration behaviors of the brain. (2018-11-14)
Mutations, CRISPR, and the biology behind movement disorders
Scientists at the RIKEN Center for Brain Science (CBS) in Japan have discovered how mutations related to a group of movement disorders produce their effects. (2018-11-12)
Autism is associated with zinc deficiency in early development -- now a study links the two
Autism has been associated with zinc deficiency in infancy. While it is not yet known whether zinc deficiency in early development causes autism, scientists have now found a mechanistic link. (2018-11-09)
Scientists solve century-old neuroscience mystery; answers may lead to epilepsy treatment
Scientists at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute have solved a 125-year-old mystery of the brain, and, in the process, uncovered a potential treatment for acquired epilepsy. (2018-11-09)
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