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June 26, 2022

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Scientists Identify Sensor Underlying Mechanical Itch

New finding could lead to better drug treatments for chronic itch conditions, like ...

Us Versus Them: Harming the 'Outgroup' Is Linked to Elevated Activity in the Brain's Reward Circuitry

Humans tend to form groups, which often find themselves in conflict with rival groups. But why do people show such a ready tendency to harm people in ...

How the Brain Controls Symptoms of Sickness

Researchers have discovered a small population of neurons near the base of the brain that can induce symptoms of sickness, including fever, appetite loss, and warm-seeking ...

Learning and Remembering Movement

Researchers examining the brain at a single-neuron level found that computation happens not just in the interaction between neurons, but within each individual neuron. Each of these cells, it turns ...
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A New Model Sheds Light on How We Learn Motor Skills

Researchers have developed a mathematical model of motor learning that reflects the motor learning process in the human brain. Their findings suggest that motor exploration -- that is, increased ...

ALS May Be Linked to Both the Immune and Central Nervous Systems

The immune system may play a fundamental role along with the central nervous system in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as 'Lou Gehrig's disease,' researchers ...

Muscle Biopsy Test for Biomarker Could Lead to Earlier Diagnosis of ALS

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive disease of the nervous system. It affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord called motor neurons. Motor neurons control muscle movement and ...

Scientists Unravel the Mystery of Genes That Are Key to Brain Development

New research shows the mechanism by which genes coding for a subset of long non-coding RNA (lncRNA) interact with neighboring genes to regulate the development and function of essential nerve ...

Newly Discovered Brain Cell Sheds Light on the Formation of Memories

The study reports a novel neuron type in the hippocampus, defines its functional role in the brain, discloses its connectivity with other nerve cells and brain areas and progresses the understanding ...

Electrical Pulses to the Back of the Neck Found to Restore Breathing After Opioid Drug Use

Breathing difficulties are the main cause of death following opioid use. In the UK, the number of adults entering treatment for opioid use was 140,863 in 2020/211 and opioid use remains a significant ...

Seeing How Odor Is Processed in the Brain

A specially created odor delivery device, along with machine learning-based analysis of scalp-recorded electroencephalogram, has enabled researchers to see when and where odors are processed in the ...

Researchers Discover the Mechanism Responsible for Information Transfer Between Different Regions of the Brain

It is currently known that brain waves express synchronized activity of tens of thousands of nerve cells (neurons), so a normal increase in wave intensity expresses synchronized activity of different ...

Scientists Build Subcellular Map of Entire Brain Networks

Researchers have developed an imaging technique to capture information about the structure and function of brain tissue at subcellular level -- a few billionth of a meter, while also capturing ...

Type 2 Diabetes Accelerates Brain Aging and Cognitive Decline

Scientists have demonstrated that normal brain aging is accelerated by approximately 26% in people with progressive type 2 diabetes compared with individuals without the disease, reports a new ...

How Anesthetics Affect Brain Functions

Researchers have used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to study the precise spatial distribution of synchronously working brain regions in anesthetized humans, long-tailed macaques, ...

A Subtle Genetic Change Gives New Clues About Epilepsy

Sometimes, even the alteration of a single nucleotide in a gene can cause serious disease. In a young boy with epilepsy, this kind of mutation has not just affected the functioning of the protein in ...

The Drug Gabapentin May Boost Functional Recovery After a Stroke

The drug gabapentin, currently prescribed to control seizures and reduce nerve pain, may enhance recovery of movement after a stroke by helping neurons on the undamaged side of the brain take up the ...

Study Links Thalamus Inhibition in Adolescence to Long-Lasting Cortical Abnormalities

Researchers have reported new evidence that cognitive abnormalities seen in neuropsychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia may be traceable to altered activity in the thalamus during adolescence, a ...

Uncovering New Details of the Brain's First Line of Defense

A research team has mapped out the development and genetic trajectory of previously understudied macrophages associated with the central nervous system. Among other things, the team found that ...

Research Brings Hope for Spinal Cord Injury Treatment

Scientists have shown an existing drug may reduce damage after spinal cord injury, by blocking the inflammatory response in the spinal ...

Epilepsy Drug Stops Nervous System Tumor Growth in Mice

People with neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) develop tumors on nerves throughout their bodies. Researchers have discovered that nerve cells with the mutation that causes NF1 are hyperexcitable and that ...

'Sting' Protein's Efforts to Clean Up Brain Cell Damage May Speed Parkinson's Disease Progress

In studies with mouse and human tissue, as well as live mice, researchers report that a snag in the normal process of cleaning up broken DNA in brain cells may hasten the progression of ...

How the Brain Changes During Depression Treatment

Researchers have shown what happens to the brain when a person receives a depression treatment known as repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS). rTMS is a depression treatment typically ...

New ALS 'Drug' Is More Effective Than Existing Ones

New preclinical research on the experimental drug, NU-9, to treat ALS shows it is more effective than existing FDA-approved drugs for the disease. More importantly, NU-9 has an enhanced effect when ...

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