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Sticking to values activates ‘ethics’ part of brain


January 23rd, 2012 - 12:51 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Jan 23 (IANS) Sticking to values even in the face of temptations, including money, activates an area of the brain tied with rules-based, ethical thought processes. Simply told, decision-making ... Read more...

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Defective cellular battery triggers brain disease


January 18th, 2012 - 5:57 pm ICT by IANS
Toronto, Jan 18 (IANS) A defective mitochondria, which acts as a cellular battery, could be the trigger for a devastating neurodegenerative disease, showing up in toddlers just as they begin ... Read more...

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Herb shows promise in counteracting hangover


January 9th, 2012 - 10:11 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Jan 9 (IANS) A compound of an ancient herbal medicine called dihydromyricetin, isolated from the plant Hovenia, counteracts acute alcohol intoxication and consequent hangover, a research team in the ... Read more...

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Drug reverses damage caused by seizures: US study


January 2nd, 2012 - 8:37 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Jan 2 (IANS) Researchers at Boston's Children's Hospital have detailed how early-life seizures disrupt normal brain development. They have also showed in a rat model that it might be ... Read more...

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A fishy diet could stave off Alzheimer’s risk


December 1st, 2011 - 9:23 am ICT by IANS
Washington, Dec 1 (IANS) People eating a fishy meal are likely to improve their brain health and stave off the risk of Alzheimer's disease. "This is the first study to ... Read more...

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Protein, not sugar, key to keeping us alert and thin


November 17th, 2011 - 11:20 pm ICT by IANS
London, Nov 17 (IANS) In a finding that could have bearing on obesity and sleep disorders, researchers say it's protein, not sugar, that stimulates cells keeping us awake and thin ... Read more...

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New genetic links to impulsive behaviour found


November 17th, 2011 - 6:19 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Nov 17 (IANS) Being impulsive can explain many things -- why we utter things we regret, buy items that we can do without or even develop dangerous addictions. Indeed, ... Read more...

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Adolescence sex comes with health risks later


November 16th, 2011 - 3:24 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Nov 16 (IANS) Sex during adolescence saddles one with health risks as adults because the nervous system is still under formation.These findings from a lab animal study, conducted by ... Read more...

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MIT geeks build chip to mimic brain cell


November 16th, 2011 - 1:58 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Nov 16 (IANS) Scientists have long aspired to build computer systems that could replicate our brain's potential for learning new tasks. MIT researchers have now edged closer to that ... Read more...

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Saffron may help protect brain cells from lasting damage


November 7th, 2011 - 6:06 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Nov 7 (IANS) A key ingredient in the Indian spice saffron may potentially protect brain cells from diseases involving neuro-inflammation, such as multiple sclerosis (MS). Inflammation is a protective ... Read more...

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Scientists identify how brain cells keep us awake


November 7th, 2011 - 3:38 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Nov 7 (IANS) Scientists have identified brain cells that respond to bright light, secreting a substance that keeps us wake. Jerome Siegel, professor of psychiatry at the University of ... Read more...

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Brain parasite affects reward producing chemical


November 6th, 2011 - 3:20 pm ICT by IANS
London, Nov 6 (IANS) Brain parasite Toxoplasma gondii, which infects more than 60 million people in the US alone, directly affects the output of dopamine, a key chemical that controls ... Read more...

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Brain cells wired for team work


November 4th, 2011 - 4:15 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Nov 4 (IANS) When a pair of dancers execute complex movements flawlessly, millions of neurons in their brain cortex are hard at work, acting and reacting like a well-oiled ... Read more...

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Answers emerge to some mysteries of autism


October 21st, 2011 - 6:49 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Oct 21 (IANS) Researchers have come up with answers as to why autistic children act and think differently than their peers.They've shown, for the first time, that the connections ... Read more...

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Lack of sleep during adolescence skews brain wiring


October 10th, 2011 - 2:50 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Oct 10 (IANS) Lack of sleep during adolescence could skew the brain's wiring and makes it malfunction, neuroscientists say.Researchers have found that short-term sleep restriction in adolescent mice prevented ... Read more...

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Brain cell growth during adolescence key to sociability


October 7th, 2011 - 3:21 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Oct 7 (IANS) The growth of brain cells during adolescence is the key to sociability, which produces an opposite effect when impaired or blocked, new research says.Mice shunned the ... Read more...

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Prolonged stress can shrink the brain


October 3rd, 2011 - 8:32 pm ICT by IANS
London, Oct 3 (IANS) Being stressed for lengthy periods can actually shrink the brain and cause dementia, new research says. Types of stress linked to the condition include those suffered ... Read more...

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Brain cells recognise whole face, not parts


October 2nd, 2011 - 1:51 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Oct 2 (IANS) Brain cells or neurons can recognise whole faces, not their parts, enabling us to tell friends from strangers or a sad from a happy face."The finding ... Read more...

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Scientists isolate protein that sculpts memory


September 29th, 2011 - 6:17 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Sep 29 (IANS) Altering tiny amounts of a protein in specific parts of the brains of mammals can profoundly affect learning and memory, says a new study. The protein, ... Read more...

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Brain cells wired to react to animals


September 11th, 2011 - 5:49 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Sep 11 (IANS) Why do some people pat every furry animal on the street, while others shrink in fright at the sight of a shark or a snake even ... Read more...

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Short-tempered, impulsive men have missing brain chemical


August 11th, 2011 - 1:34 pm ICT by IANS
London, Aug 11 (IANS) Have you ever thought why some men are so short-tempered afterall? Well, scientists have found it could be because such individuals have something missing in their ... Read more...

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Has human mind reached limit of its intelligence?


July 31st, 2011 - 11:22 pm ICT by IANS
London, July 31 (IANS) The human mind may have reached its limit of intelligence, as a research has suggested that the humans are presently as smart as they are ever ... Read more...

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New software quickly interprets brain cells


July 29th, 2011 - 2:38 pm ICT by IANS
London, July 29 (IANS) The vast network of brain cells can now be decoded swiftly and accurately, thanks to new software developed by German researchers.The human brain is a fiendishly ... Read more...

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Exercise more for a good brain


July 26th, 2011 - 2:07 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, July 26 (IANS) That exercise helps maintain good health is well known but it also improves your brain's wellness, say researchers.New research conducted at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ... Read more...

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Clogged arteries can also cause clouded thinking


July 22nd, 2011 - 4:18 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, July 22 (IANS) Clogged arteries or atherosclerosis that causes heart disease can bring on dementia by restricting blood flow to the brain.Dementia includes difficulty with thinking, reasoning and memory, ... Read more...

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Pill poppers invite more cycles of depression


July 20th, 2011 - 4:13 pm ICT by IANS
Toronto, July 20 (IANS) Pill popping seems to be the easiest thing to do in the world, especially when trying to drive away our blues. But a study says the ... Read more...

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Dopamine also vital for kidney health, lifespan


July 20th, 2011 - 1:06 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, July 20 (IANS) Dopamine, a key neurotransmitter active in the brain, is best known for triggering feel good emotions. Now investigators have shown how dopamine produced outside the brain, ... Read more...

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Grape seed extracts could protect against Alzheimer’s


July 16th, 2011 - 12:07 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, July 16 (IANS) An antioxidant contained in grape seeds may help prevent Alzheimer's or delay the progression of the degenerative disease, say experts.Grape seed polyphenols, a natural antioxidant, prevent ... Read more...

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Neuroscientists track how brain cells process information


July 13th, 2011 - 3:35 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, July 13 (IANS) Although machine logic follows human logic, the way a computer processor works cannot be compared with how brains process information. Doctoral student Mark Shein and supervisors ... Read more...

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Salt is addictive as cigarettes: Study


July 12th, 2011 - 9:53 pm ICT by IANS
London, July 12 (IANS) Salt is addictive in the same way as cigarettes or hard drugs, a study has found.The findings could help explain why many find it so hard ... Read more...

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Researchers turn brain cells into heart cells


July 10th, 2011 - 5:13 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, July 10 (IANS) Researchers have changed a star-shaped brain cell and a skin cell into a heart cell -- offering the possibility of cell-based therapy for cardiovascular diseases.Heart cells ... Read more...

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Natural vitamin E protects brain cells after stroke


July 6th, 2011 - 12:59 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, July 6 (IANS) A natural form of Vitamin E called alpha-tocotrienol can activate mechanisms that clear toxins from nerve cells, preventing their death following a stroke. This process is ... Read more...

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Strawberries can keep many diseases at bay


June 30th, 2011 - 3:12 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, June 30 (IANS) More than the apple, a strawberry a day could keep not just one doctor away, but an entire army of brain, hormone and cancer specialists.Fisetin is ... Read more...

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Laughter lights up our faces, brains


June 29th, 2011 - 6:29 pm ICT by IANS
London, June 29 (IANS) Our brains as well as our faces virtually 'light up', especially when we laugh on hearing or seeing something funny. The more hilarious a joke is, ... Read more...

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Diet drinks could make you pile on pounds


June 29th, 2011 - 6:15 pm ICT by IANS
London, June 29 (IANS) Diet drinks are the calorie-free way of having a sweet treat, but beware, they could still make you pile on extra pounds. A 10-year American study ... Read more...

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