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Brain doesn’t allow math, memory to mix


September 4th, 2012 - 1:28 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Sep 4 (IANS) There is a limit to multi-tasking after all. The brain is not wired to allow you to balance your chequebook while introspecting, say researchers who have ... Read more...

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Gene therapy restores olfactory sense in mice


September 3rd, 2012 - 2:20 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Sep 3 (IANS) Scientists have restored olfactory sense in mice through gene therapy for the very first time - potentially opening the way for people to regain their sense ... Read more...

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New antibody shows promising results in spinal cord injury


August 30th, 2012 - 2:32 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, Aug 30 (IANS) A new antibody has shown promising results in reversing the damage caused by injury to the spinal cord, according to new research.The body produces an inflammatory ... Read more...

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Stress, depression can shrink brain


August 13th, 2012 - 12:11 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Aug 13 (IANS) Don't take stress or depression lightly, they can actually shrink the brain and contribute to both emotional and mental degradation, according to a US study.Now researchers ... Read more...

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Infrared light heals vision damaged by Parkisnon’s


August 3rd, 2012 - 1:45 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, Aug 3 (IANS) A non-invasive treatment with a soft infra-red light can protect and heal the damage to the human retina in Parkinson's disease, says a study."Near infra-red light ... Read more...

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Drug boosts body’s receptivity to Vitamin D


July 31st, 2012 - 12:57 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, July 31 (IANS) Patients taking interferon-beta, a drug for multiple sclerosis (MS), received almost three times as much vitamin D from sun exposure than those not taking the treatment, ... Read more...

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New drug limits brain damage in stroke


July 27th, 2012 - 5:33 pm ICT by IANS
London, July 27 (IANS) Anakinra, a drug already used for rheumatoid arthritis, has shown promising results in stroke patients by dramatically limiting the amount of brain damage, according to a ... Read more...

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Compound likely to regenerate vision in humans


July 26th, 2012 - 4:35 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, July 26 (IANS) An improved version of a newly discovered chemical may enable people with degenerative blindness to see again, says a study.The approach could eventually help those ... Read more...

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Scientists gain insight into ‘expertise’


July 24th, 2012 - 5:35 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, July 24 (IANS) Using a traditional Chinese board game and artificial intelligence (AI), scientists have figured out how people become experts in their chosen fields.Expertise is a special knowledge ... Read more...

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Scientists isolate gene that protects against Alzheimer’s


July 13th, 2012 - 6:24 pm ICT by IANS
London, July 13 (IANS) DNA screening of nearly 2,000 people has helped identify a mutated gene which could help protect against Alzheimers, potentially paving the way to a new therapy.Mimicking ... Read more...

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Controlling computers with simple eye movements


July 13th, 2012 - 5:16 pm ICT by IANS
London, July 13 (IANS) Millions suffering from multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's, muscular dystrophy, spinal cord injuries, which impacts nerve cells and amputees may soon be able to interact with computers and ... Read more...

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Turmeric may help walking ability in spinal injuries


June 27th, 2012 - 5:18 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, June 27 (IANS) A diet enriched with a popular omega-3 fatty acid and curcumin, found in Indian curry spice turmeric, preserved walking ability in rats with spinal-cord injury. The ... Read more...

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Neurons controlling hunger also drive drug addiction: Study


June 25th, 2012 - 1:00 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, June 25 (IANS) Researchers have zeroed in on a set of nerve cells (neurons) in the brain's hypothalamus that is not only linked with hunger and overeating, but also ... Read more...

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Potent new vaccine found effective against Alzheimer’s


June 8th, 2012 - 4:46 pm ICT by IANS
Stockholm, June 8 (IANS) People ravaged by Alzheimer's can now look forward to a potent new vaccine that can help them overcome the severely debilitating and complex conditions of the ... Read more...

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Zebra fish’s self-healing could help spinal injury victims


June 3rd, 2012 - 1:58 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, June 3 (IANS) Scientists have decoded the secrets of the zebra fish's amazing ability to heal its spinal cord after injury. The findings could eventually pave the way to ... Read more...

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Prosthetic retina shows promise in restoring sight


May 18th, 2012 - 1:08 pm ICT by IANS
London, May 18 (IANS) Scientist are developing a prosthetic retina which can restore sight to patients suffering from age-related macular degeneration (AMD), one of the commonest causes of blindness. The ... Read more...

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A breakthrough in Alzhemier’s or Parkinson’s treatment?


May 7th, 2012 - 5:32 pm ICT by IANS
London, May 7 (IANS) Injecting a protein into the brain could protect its nerve cells from prion disease, a condition which causes the brain to wither away, says a new ... Read more...

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Protein pores help us sense hot temperatures


March 5th, 2012 - 1:29 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, March 5 (IANS) The winter sun feels welcome, but not so the summer sunburn, thanks to proteins on the surface of nerve cells that enable us to sense different ... Read more...

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Alzheimer’s drugs may have serious side-effects


February 20th, 2012 - 5:20 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Feb 20 (IANS) Drugs for Alzheimer's disease currently undergoing clinical trials may have adverse side-effects, warns a new study.The drugs could act like a bad electrician, causing neurons (nerve ... Read more...

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Turmeric-based drug being tested against Alzheimer’s


February 15th, 2012 - 1:51 pm ICT by IANS
Stockholm, Feb 15 (IANS) Curcumin, a compound of turmeric commonly used in Indian curries, prolongs life and boosts activity of fruit flies with a nervous disorder similar to Alzheimer's disease ... Read more...

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Nerve cell memory holds key erasing pain


February 14th, 2012 - 8:33 pm ICT by IANS
Toronto, Feb 14 (IANS) Researchers have found the key to how memories of pain are stored in the brain, especially in nerve cells (neurons), and how they can be erased ... Read more...

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Gene therapy boosts cell repair in brain disorders


February 12th, 2012 - 6:36 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Feb 12 (IANS) Researchers have found a way to help the brain replace damaged nerve cells or neurons, a study reveals. Myelin forms a protective sheath around the axons ... Read more...

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Scientists image working brain cell in real time


February 7th, 2012 - 4:15 pm ICT by IANS
London, Feb 7 (IANS) Scientists have, for the very first time, recorded live yet detailed images of the nerve cells in the brain of a mouse.Stefan Hell's team at the ... Read more...

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Surgical procedure repairs severed nerves


February 3rd, 2012 - 8:34 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Feb 3 (IANS) A revolutionary surgical procedure could repair severed nerves within minutes and set the patient firmly on the road to recovery within mere days or weeks, reveals ... Read more...

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Protein key to storing long-term memories


January 29th, 2012 - 5:52 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Jan 29 (IANS) Some billions of synapses connect our nerve cells and keep our memories intact and alive for decades with the help of self-copying clusters or oligomers of ... Read more...

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Stem cell implants can heal traumatic brain injury


January 16th, 2012 - 4:25 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Jan 16 (IANS) Implanted stem cells have substantially improved cerebral function in animals with brain trauma, but how they did it has remained a mystery. Now an important part ... Read more...

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New device can scan brain diseases


January 13th, 2012 - 6:44 am ICT by IANS
Jerusalem, Jan 13 (IANS) A device that can scan and provide a three-dimensional image of the brain to help treat diseases like Alzheimer's was developed by an Israeli firm.The non-invasive ... Read more...

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All study, no play making your Jack a dull boy: Study


January 3rd, 2012 - 10:02 am ICT by IANS
London, Jan 3 (IANS) Ever thought why does your child fail to perform better in classroom or be cheerful? Well, you can get your answer the sooner you understand the ... Read more...

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Re-engineered toxins can treat asthma, arthritis


January 2nd, 2012 - 3:12 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Jan 2 (IANS) Millions suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, psoriasis and other diseases may find succour in an unexpected source -- lethal toxins produced by the Clostridium botulinum bug, ... Read more...

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Found! Cells that drive brain’s adaptability


January 2nd, 2012 - 1:02 pm ICT by IANS
Tel Aviv, Jan 2 (IANS) Glia cells, derived from the Greek word for glue, hold the brain's neurons (cells) together and protect the cells that determine our thoughts and behaviours. ... Read more...

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Scientists develop toothy way to treat spinal injuries


December 4th, 2011 - 6:20 pm ICT by IANS
London, Dec 4 (IANS) A new study has found how teeth could be linked with spinal cord injuries and help patients walk again. Researchers helped mice with broken spines regain ... Read more...

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Single shot relieves pain in spinal injuries


December 2nd, 2011 - 4:38 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Dec 2 (IANS) A single shot of Fibronectin, administered just after a spinal injury, can limit pain for eight months, according to new research.Fibronectin, a protein that exists naturally ... Read more...

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How nerve cells unravel jumbled information


November 21st, 2011 - 2:21 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Nov 21 (IANS) The human brain is constantly bombarded with a jumble of information from sensory organs -- the eyes, ears, nose, mouth and skin. Now, scientists at the ... Read more...

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Source of insect buzz around beer identified


November 20th, 2011 - 4:30 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Nov 20 (IANS) Why do insects buzz around beer -- because flies can sense glycerol, a sweet-tasting compound used in yeast fermentation."Insects use their taste system to glean ... Read more...

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Withdrawal symptoms in addicts could be reversed


November 1st, 2011 - 12:41 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, Nov 1 (IANS) A breakthrough could help drug addicts avoid distressing withdrawal symptoms.Researchers have shown how a protein in nerve cells drives the withdrawal response, a complex and intensely ... Read more...

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