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Brain hardwired to respond to others’ itching

Washington University School of Medicine
Thursday, March 9, 2017

Researchers discover why mice scratch in response to other mice scratching.


Resveratrol, a compound found in red wine, protects neuromuscular synapses, muscle fibers in aging mice

Virginia Tech
Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Scientists have discovered that resveratrol, a compound in the skin of red grapes and red wine, and metformin, a drug often prescribed to fight type 2 diabetes, have many of the neuroprotective benefits of a low-calorie diet and exercise.


IU study finds caffeine boosts enzyme that could protect against dementia

Indiana University, Bloomington
Tuesday, March 7, 2017

New analysis reveals 24 compounds that can help reduce impact of harmful proteins in the brain.


Precise technique tracks dopamine in the brain

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Friday, March 3, 2017

New sensor could reveal the neurotransmitter’s role in learning and habit formation.


A new target for Parkinson's disease identified by Emory researchers

Emory University
Thursday, March 2, 2017

Emory investigators have discovered a novel link between a protein called SV2C and Parkinson's disease (PD).


Study Finds New Mechanism to Control Information Flow in the Brain

NYU Langone Medical Center
Thursday, March 2, 2017

Specialized nerve cells, known as somatostatin-expressing (Sst) interneurons, in the outer part of the mammalian brain, or cerebral cortex, play a key role in controlling how information flows in the brain when it is awake and alert.


"Red hair" gene variant may underlie association between melanoma and Parkinson's disease

Massachusetts General Hospital
Thursday, March 2, 2017

A gene variant that produces red hair and fair skin in humans and in mice, which increases the risk of the dangerous skin cancer melanoma, may also contribute to the known association between melanoma and Parkinson’s disease.


New Studies Identify Cellular Defects in a Familial Form of Parkinson’s Disease

Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Thursday, February 23, 2017

New research adds to growing evidence that Parkinson's disease may arise in part from neurons’ failure to recycle the materials used to package and transport neurotransmitters.


Fructose is generated in the human brain

Yale University
Thursday, February 23, 2017

Fructose, a form of sugar linked to obesity and diabetes, is converted in the human brain from glucose, according to a new Yale study. The finding raises questions about fructose’s effects on the brain and eating behavior.


Tiny fibers open new windows into the brain

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Three-in-one design allows genetic, chemical, optical, and electrical inputs and outputs.

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