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From chick to bedside: Removing the Wnt barrier

Baylor College of Medicine
Friday, March 6, 2015

Kick starting a process that might repair the damage done in cerebral palsy and multiple sclerosis could begin with disabling a driver that helps block regeneration, said Baylor College of Medicine researchers in a report that appears in the journal Neuron.


Research Suggests Brain's Melatonin May Trigger Sleep

Caltech
Thursday, March 5, 2015

If you walk into your local drug store and ask for a supplement to help you sleep, you might be directed to a bottle labeled "melatonin." The hormone supplement's use as a sleep aid is supported by anecdotal evidence and even some reputable research studies.


Using Fruit Flies to Understand How We Should Sense Hot and Cold

Northwestern University
Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Innately, we pull our hand away when we touch a hot pan on the stove, but little is known about how our brain processes temperature information. Northwestern University scientists now have discovered how a fruit fly’s brain represents temperature, mapping it neuron by neuron, which has implications for understanding the much more complex human brain and how it responds to sensory stimuli.


Scripps Florida scientists find a defect responsible for memory impairment in aging

Scripps Research Institute
Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Everyone worries about losing their memory as they grow older--memory loss remains one of the most common complaints of the elderly.


Sleep-Walking Neurons: Brain’s GPS Never Stops Working—Even During Sleep

NYU Langone Medical Center
Monday, March 2, 2015

Researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center have found that navigational brain cells that help sense direction are as electrically active during deep sleep as they are during wake time—and have visual and vestibular cues to guide them.


Genetic Discovery May Help Determine Effectiveness of Huntington’s Disease Treatments

Boston Univesity
Monday, March 2, 2015

A new genetic discovery in the field of Huntington’s disease (HD) could mean a more effective way in determining severity of this neurological disease when using specific treatments.


Reviving drugs with anti-stroke potential, minus side effects

Emory University
Friday, February 27, 2015

In the 1990s, neuroscientists identified a class of drugs that showed promise in the area of stroke.


New Compounds Protect Nervous System From the Structural Damage Characteristic of Multiple Sclerosis

Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Friday, February 27, 2015

A newly characterized group of pharmacological compounds block both the inflammation and nerve cell damage seen in mouse models of multiple sclerosis, according to a study conducted at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and published online this week in the journal Nature Neuroscience.


Penn Vet Researchers Identify Effective Treatment for Niemann Pick Type C

University of Pennsylvania
Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Niemann Pick Disease type C, or NPC, is a disease most people have never heard of, affecting just one person in 150,000. Yet the disease is a devastating one.


Evolving a Bigger Brain With Human DNA

Duke University
Thursday, February 19, 2015

The size of the human brain expanded dramatically during the course of evolution, imparting us with unique capabilities to use abstract language and do complex math.

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