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Scientists eliminate plaque formation in Alzheimer’s


September 6th, 2012 - 12:51 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Sep 6 (IANS) Scientists have discovered that eliminating an enzyme from mice with Alzheimer's symptoms virtually eliminates a compound behind the development of plaques.The compound is amyloid beta, or ... Read more...

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Scientists decode brain activity of monkeys


July 22nd, 2012 - 3:01 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, July 22 (IANS) Scientists were able to "see" that two monkeys were planning to tackle the same task differently, even before they moved a muscle, thanks to a decoding ... Read more...

Posted in Environment |

People fail when stakes are high, study finds


May 10th, 2012 - 5:12 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, May 10 (IANS) High stakes and financial bonanzas offered in sports or game shows actually drive participants to perform poorly because of the fear of losing their potentially lucrative ... Read more...

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Chronic stress clouds thinking, memory


March 11th, 2012 - 6:11 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, March 11 (IANS) Being subject to chronic stress not only clouds your thinking but also impairs memory, new research says. It uncovered a neural (brain cell) mechanism that directly ... 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...

Posted in Health |

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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Brain sniffs out smells before the nose


October 9th, 2011 - 7:40 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Oct 9 (IANS) In the seconds before you "stop and smell the roses", your brain is possibly preparing your olfactory system for that familiar floral smell.New research from Northwestern ... Read more...

Posted in World |

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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Genes that regenerate nerves after injury isolated


September 22nd, 2011 - 5:15 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Sep 22 (IANS) Biologists have identified 76 genes that play a vital role in regenerating nerves after injury. This opens the way to develop therapies to repair spinal cord ... Read more...

Posted in World |

Feel-good transmitter levels in brain determine anger


September 19th, 2011 - 3:21 pm ICT by IANS
London, Sep 19 (IANS) Fluctuating levels of serotonin, which may be triggered by abstaining from food or being stressed, affects brain regions that enable people to manage anger, a study ... Read more...

Posted in Health |

Chatter between cells can lead to cancer drugs


September 6th, 2011 - 2:37 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Sep 6 (IANS) Cells chat with one another, 'discussing' what kind they will become -- a neuron or a hair, bone or muscle. This breakthrough opens the way to ... Read more...

Posted in World |

Stress drives appetite and obesity


August 14th, 2011 - 5:37 pm ICT by IANS
Toronto, Aug 14 (IANS) Scientists have figured out why stress triggers appetite, which could be instrumental in causing obesity. Normally, the brain produces neurotransmitters (chemicals facilitating intercellular communication) called endocannabinoids ... 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...

Posted in Health |

Better brain implants with the help of neurons


July 10th, 2011 - 3:30 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, July 10 (IANS) How on earth do busy nerve cells pick and respond to relevant signals amid the relentless bombardment of information? Somehow neurons (nerve cells) do manage ... Read more...

Posted in World |

Binge drinking leads to brain damage


June 28th, 2011 - 10:11 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, June 28 (IANS) It's considered a rite of passage among young people -- acting out their independence through heavy, episodic drinking. But a new study says binge drinking among ... Read more...

Posted in Health |

Elusive memory molecule identified


June 27th, 2011 - 3:32 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, June 27 (IANS) Do you have a tough time figuring out where you placed your car keys or recalling names at a cocktail party? Researchers have now pinpointed the ... Read more...

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Gene harms brain decades before Alzheimer’s outbreak


May 15th, 2011 - 11:07 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, May 15 (IANS) A gene that you carry may begin to damage your brain a full 50 years before Alzheimer's disease shows up, scientists say. In 1993, researchers discovered ... Read more...

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Scientists find structures that help keep memories precise


May 4th, 2011 - 2:57 pm ICT by ANI
London, May 4 (ANI): A group of scientists has revealed structural "traces" in the brain that help to keep memories precise.Neuroscientist Pico Caroni at the Friedrich Miescher Institute in Basel, Switzerland, led ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Carbon nanotubes bring ’synthetic’ brains closer to reality


April 24th, 2011 - 12:20 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, April 24 (ANI): Engineering researchers at the University of Southern California have developed a carbon nanotube synapse circuit that functions like a neuron, the building block of the brain.This is a ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Temporary changes in brain speed up learning


April 14th, 2011 - 2:34 pm ICT by IANS
Washinghton, April 14 (IANS) Temporary changes in brain could speed up learning, paving the way to improved treatments for strokes, tinnitus and chronic pain.Tinnitus is the perception of sound within ... Read more...

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Indian-origin scientist’s find may lead to cognition, mood-improving drugs


April 4th, 2011 - 5:08 pm ICT by ANI
London, Apr 4 (ANI): An Indian-origin scientist at Columbia University Medical Center and his colleague have developed a new way to stimulate neurogenesis (neuron production) in the adult mouse brain, which may ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Why it is difficult to produce large numbers of same type cells in lab


April 1st, 2011 - 7:31 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, April 01 (ANI): Researchers have provided another piece in the puzzle of why it can be so hard to produce large numbers of the same type of cell in the lab ... Read more...

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Hunger sharpens sense of smell


April 1st, 2011 - 1:13 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, April 1 (IANS) When fruit flies are hungry, they become better in scenting out their next good meal."As humans, we sometimes forget that feeding behaviour has two components," said ... Read more...

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Brain helps teens resist peer pressure


March 25th, 2011 - 5:05 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, March 25 (IANS) Children can resist peer pressure when they are at their most vulnerable, thanks to their brain that helps check risky behaviour.The findings may give parents a ... Read more...

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Brain activity is similar for both habits and goals


March 24th, 2011 - 6:20 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Mar 24 (ANI): A team of researchers has found that pursuing carefully planned goals and engaging in more automatic habits show overlapping neurological mechanisms.The finding may offer a pathway for ... Read more...

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‘Bilingual’ neurons may help uncover secrets of brain disease


March 19th, 2011 - 4:57 pm ICT by ANI
London, March 19 (ANI): University of Montreal and McGill University researchers have discovered a type of "cellular bilingualism" - a phenomenon that allows a single neuron to use two different methods of ... Read more...

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Memory ‘may be built with Lego-like building blocks of knowledge’


March 18th, 2011 - 2:01 pm ICT by ANI
London, Mar 18 (ANI): How does our brain create memories and store information?While many neuroscientists consider the human brain as being totally malleable, a Swiss scientist has suggested that its neurons may ... Read more...

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Protein that keeps neuro signals intact offers clue into brain disorders


March 15th, 2011 - 6:03 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Mar 15 (ANI): Scientists at the University of Edinburgh have identified a protein crucial for maintaining the health and function of nerve fibres in brain that controls transmission of messages within ... Read more...

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As kids enter teens, their brain ups ability to resist risky behaviour


March 10th, 2011 - 12:12 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Mar 10 (ANI): A new study shows that as children begin entering adolescence, their brain heightens the ability to resist risky behaviour.The study from three West Coast institutions provides scientists with ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Do chinks in brain make you ill at ease?


February 11th, 2011 - 2:09 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Feb 11 (IANS) Why do some people fret over the most trivial matters while others remain calm in the face of calamity? Researchers blame it on chinks in the brain.Researchers at ... Read more...

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New finding may have implications for schizophrenia, autism


February 10th, 2011 - 6:23 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Feb 10 (ANI): A surprising mechanism that controls brain formation has been unveiled by a study from The Scripps Research Institute.The findings have implications for understanding a host of diseases, including ... Read more...

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How does brain sniff out a predator?


February 6th, 2011 - 3:24 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Feb 6 (IANS) Mice fear the scent of a predator -- but how do their brains sniff out that a cat is nearby? It's a complex process that starts with the ... Read more...

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New study explains how brain knows what the nose smells


February 5th, 2011 - 12:46 pm ICT by ANI
London, Feb 5 (ANI): We know that a scent picked up by nose receptors travels to the brain, but how the brain processes these smells has never been explained until now.Stanford researchers ... Read more...

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New finding shows promise in the fight against Alzheimer’s


January 27th, 2011 - 4:33 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Jan 27 (ANI): Scientists have discovered a new target for the prevention of adverse immune responses, which have been identified as factors in the development of Alzheimer's disease (AD).The discovery was ... Read more...

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‘Facebook neurons’ could shed light on brain’s centre of higher learning


January 11th, 2011 - 4:44 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Jan 11 (ANI): Scientists have discovered that the brain's neocortex contains a complex network of highly active neurons called 'Facebook' neurons.These networks have a small population of highly active members ... Read more...

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