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Depression shows altered brain activity


April 4th, 2012 - 4:42 pm ICT by IANS
Beijing, April 4 (IANS) People in the throes of depression tend to repeatedly dwell on negative thoughts or memories, showing different patterns of brain activity as compared to healthy individuals.Some ... Read more...

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Gene therapy helps regenerate injured brain cells


February 16th, 2012 - 12:53 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, Feb 16 (IANS) Gene therapy not only helps injured brain cells live longer and regenerate but also changes the shape of the cells, says a new study.Alan Harvey, professor ... Read more...

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Brit nurse first person to be ‘cured’ of depression by pioneering surgery


January 25th, 2011 - 5:59 pm ICT by ANI
London, Jan 25 (ANI): A British nurse has become the first person in the world to be cured of depression from neurosurgery.Sheila Cook suffered from for more than a decade with debilitating ... Read more...

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Brain surgery overcomes incurable case of depression


January 25th, 2011 - 5:54 pm ICT by IANS
London, Jan 25 (IANS) A nurse engaged in a long battle with depression has become the world's first person to benefit from neurosurgery. Sheila Cook, 62, suffered for more than a ... Read more...

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Pioneering treatment could benefit people with severe depression


January 25th, 2011 - 5:31 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Jan 25 (ANI): Scientists at the University of Bristol say that a neurosurgical treatment could help people who suffer with severe and intractable depression.The pioneering treatment very accurately targets brain networks ... Read more...

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Why stress, anxiety may be both good and bad for your brain


January 20th, 2011 - 3:33 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Jan 20 (ANI): A new study explains why stress and anxiety may be both a boon as well as a bane for your brain."That edge sounds good. It sounds adaptive. It ... Read more...

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Email addiction turns us into lab rats expecting rewards


December 8th, 2010 - 4:14 pm ICT by IANS
London, Dec 8 (IANS) Using the internet and an obsession with email is turning us into 'lab rats' looking for rewards, says an expert. Nicholas Carr, former executive editor of the Harvard ... Read more...

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Pulses of light might one day keep diseased hearts beating


November 13th, 2010 - 2:09 pm ICT by ANI
London, Nov 13 (ANI): Heart muscles genetically engineered to respond to optical stimulation could improve models of heart attacks, and may also increase the understanding of how the embryonic heart develops, say ... Read more...

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A tiny dose of Prozac may help relieve women’s monthly misery


September 18th, 2010 - 1:18 pm ICT by ANI
London, Sep 18 (ANI): Those five days of the month when women suffer pain and emotional stress of PMS may soon become a thing of the past, as Prozac can be a ... Read more...

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DARPA eyes mind-controlling helmets for soldiers


September 11th, 2010 - 1:50 pm ICT by ANI
Melbourne, Sep 11 (ANI): The US Army's science department is working to develop helmets that can influence a soldier's brain.The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) says it is researching technology that ... Read more...

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Walking ‘boosts brain function’


August 27th, 2010 - 2:12 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Aug 27 (ANI): Even moderate exercise - like walking - can enhance the connectivity of important brain circuits, combat declines in brain function associated with aging and increase performance on cognitive ... Read more...

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Can psychedelic drugs chase blues away?


August 19th, 2010 - 2:26 pm ICT by IANS
London, Aug 19 (IANS) Psychedelic drugs like LSD, which alter thought process and perception, can chase the blues away. The drugs can help patients alter their perception of problems or pain levels, according ... Read more...

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New method to reveal brain’s wiring


August 10th, 2010 - 3:14 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Aug 10 (ANI): USC College neuroscientists used the power of a new method for tracing brain circuits running through a "hedonic hot spot" related to food enjoyment.The circuit tracing method allows ... Read more...

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Training the brain can reverse age-related cognitive decline


July 21st, 2010 - 4:53 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, July 20 (ANI): Brain training can reverse age-related cognitive decline, the findings of a new American study suggest.The study, by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, appears in the ... Read more...

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Astrocytes, star shaped brain cells, regulate breathing


July 16th, 2010 - 5:27 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, July 16 (ANI): A recent study has revealed that star shaped brain cells, Astrocytes, which were previously thought to act only as the 'glue' between neurons, have a central role in ... Read more...

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Brain circuits behind hearing develop without sensory experience


June 20th, 2010 - 12:07 pm ICT by ANI
London, June 19 (ANI): Applying a new technique, researchers have found that brain circuits that enable hearing develop without sensory experience.Researchers at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern ... Read more...

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2 brain circuits involved with habitual learning found


June 10th, 2010 - 4:20 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, June 10 (ANI): There are two brain circuits involved in habitual learning, found new MIT study.The study also found that patterns of activity in these circuits evolve as our behaviours become ... Read more...

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Empathy, violence share similar brain circuits


April 10th, 2010 - 12:00 pm ICT by IANS
London, April 10 (IANS) Just as the human species could be considered the most violent, since they are capable of serial killings, genocide and other atrocities, they are also the most empathetic ... Read more...

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Scientists store information in isolated brain tissue


December 28th, 2009 - 5:03 pm ICT by ANI
London, Dec 28 (ANI): Researchers at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine have, for the first time, created stimulus-specific sustained activity patterns in brain circuits maintained in vitro.Neuroscientists often classify human ... Read more...

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Verbal cues help in improving kids reading skills


December 11th, 2009 - 5:10 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Dec 11 (IANS) Verbal instructions do prompt the brain into improving a kid's reading skills, says a new study. Timothy Keller and Marcel Just, from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), wanted to track ... Read more...

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Learning to read can physically alter brain


December 10th, 2009 - 1:02 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Dec 10 (ANI): Scientists from Carnegie Mellon University have found the first evidence that intensive instruction to boost reading skills in young children causes the brain to physically rewire itself, thereby ... Read more...

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Molecular brakes that affect brain plasticity identified


November 28th, 2009 - 1:09 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Nov 28 (ANI): Even brain needs a set of molecular brakes that stabilize its circuitry during development, according to researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine.In fact, the researchers also ... Read more...

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Female hormone drives male aggression in mice


October 3rd, 2009 - 2:30 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Oct 3 (IANS) The female hormone oestrogen seems to drive male aggression in mice with the help of certain nerve cells in the brain, a new study led by an Indian ... Read more...

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Researchers find a way to block fat consumption


September 9th, 2009 - 3:55 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Sep 9 (IANS) Researchers have discovered a way to block fatty diet consumption by deactivating a part of the brain that regulates emotion. But the blockade will not affect people who ... Read more...

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Brain circuit that controls binge eating uncovered


September 9th, 2009 - 1:00 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, September 9 (ANI): Conducting an animal study, researchers at the University of Missouri have gained significant insights into the brain circuit that controls binge eating.The researchers found that deactivating the basolateral ... Read more...

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Short- and long-term memories require same gene, but in different brain circuits


August 18th, 2009 - 11:47 am ICT by ANI
Washington, August 18 (ANI): Conducting experiments on fruit flies, a group of scientists have found that long-term and short-term memories are stored very differently because they depend upon the activity of a ... Read more...

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Songbirds’ cries for food first sign of vocal learning


July 27th, 2009 - 4:31 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, July 27 (IANS) Only a handful of social animals -- songbirds, some marine mammals, bats and humans -- learn to actively style their vocal communications. Babies, for instance, start by babbling, ... Read more...

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Half a brain girl, 10, has power of two eyes in one


July 21st, 2009 - 1:21 pm ICT by ANI
London, July 21 (ANI): A 10-year old girl born with half a brain has developed the power of two eyes in one - all thanks to a massive reorganisation of the brain ... Read more...

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How practice improves zebra finch’s singing performance


July 7th, 2009 - 5:36 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, July 7 (ANI): A study on zebra finches conducted by neuroscientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has shed some light on how practice improves performance.The researchers say that studying ... Read more...

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Which part of the brain scares you?


July 7th, 2009 - 12:51 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, July 7 (IANS) Scientists have discovered where a primal emotion like fear is located in the mammalian brain. Fear conditioning is a form of Pavlovian, or associative learning and is considered ... Read more...

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Ageing honeybees’ learning ability remains intact when social roles are switched


July 1st, 2009 - 3:16 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, July 1 (ANI): While scientists have been aware of the fact that cognitive function among humans declines as they get older, a research team in Germany have found that ageing honeybees ... Read more...

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‘Humanised’ mice speak volumes about why we talk


May 30th, 2009 - 7:40 pm ICT by IANS
London, May 30 (IANS) Mice carrying a 'humanised version' of a gene believed to influence speech and language may not actually talk, but they say a lot about our evolutionary past, according ... Read more...

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‘Humanised’ mice may offer insights into evolution of speech


May 29th, 2009 - 2:11 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, May 29 (ANI) Mice may not talk but those carrying a 'humanised version' of a gene - thought to be involved in speech - can tell a lot about humans' evolutionary ... Read more...

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Cartoons may help diagnose autism


March 30th, 2009 - 11:32 am ICT by ANI
London, Mar 30 (ANI): Watching how a tot reacts to cartoons could help spot autism, according to a new research.It is already known that individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) tend to ... Read more...

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Intelligence is largely inherited


March 18th, 2009 - 12:30 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, March 18 (ANI): Scientists at the University of California - Los Angeles (UCLA) say that a new study lends more force to the suggestion that intelligence is largely inherited. The ... Read more...

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