How social status affects the cellular response to stress

Dec 12, 2018 Kshitij Jadhav

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While stress is ubiquitous in our daily life, it seems that the social hierarchy plays an important role as to how our cells respond to stress. Researchers studied the effects of glucocorticoids (the stres... Read more

Importing anxiety

Dec 12, 2018 Erwin van den Burg

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Researchers have found in mice that anxiety can be regulated by a particular protein, importin alpha 5. This protein is a transporter that shuttles another protein into the nucleus of the cell.

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Coffee to protect against Parkinson’s? Why Not..

Dec 11, 2018 Kshitij Jadhav

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A new animal study has found that your daily cup of coffee with its caffeine and an additional component found in the waxy coating of the coffee beans might help protect against development of Parkinson&rs... Read more

Shutting down genes to regrow damaged neurons

Dec 11, 2018 Kshitij Jadhav

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One of the holy grails of neurology is to find out how to regenerate neurons once they are injured since the neurons in the brain and the spinal cord do not regenerate as compared to those neurons in the r... Read more

Water molecules to unlock secrets of brain cells

Dec 11, 2018 Alexandru Ciobanu

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A team of researchers has come out with a new way of monitoring the electrical signals of neurons by analyzing the movement of water molecules surrounding their membranes.

Normally, scientis... Read more

Cognitive training beneficial for schizophrenia patients

Dec 07, 2018 Alexandru Ciobanu

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Cognitive training has long been around and has been advertised as a way to boost the powers of the brain, however science has shown the real benefits are limited or absent for healthy individuals.
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Higher risk of mental illness linked to childhood infections

Dec 06, 2018 Kshitij Jadhav

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Throat infections, fever and infections during childhood are also a risk for developing mental disorders during infancy or in adolescence. The study finds that children who have been hospitalized with an i... Read more

Vaping cannabis has a stronger effect than smoking it

Dec 05, 2018 Kshitij Jadhav

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Vaping is generally considered safer than smoking since the vaping devices heat cannabis at temperatures where the chemicals are released as vapors and theoretically don’t produce harmful materials s... Read more

Where does loss of pleasure in depression arise in the brain?

Dec 04, 2018 Kshitij Jadhav

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Researchers have found out the brain region associated with the loss of pleasure seen in depression.

Using experiments conducted in marmosets, which are non-human primates, they identifi... Read more

Social deficits in autism reversed by microbiota

Dec 04, 2018 Erwin van den Burg

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The number of effects that gut bacteria (microbiota) exert on the brain keeps increasing.

Now, scientists found that Lactobacillus reuteri reverses social deficits in several mouse models... Read more

Controlling alcohol intake could help weight loss in diabetes

Dec 04, 2018 Kshitij Jadhav

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Researchers studied 5000 people who were overweight and had diabetes for a period of 4 years. They found that people who abstained for alcohol consumption over these four years lost significantly more weig... Read more

Maybe being a night-owl is not good after all

Dec 03, 2018 Kshitij Jadhav

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In a review article published recently, researchers have been able to show that night owls are at an increased risk of health issues like type 2 diabetes and heart diseases. One of the primary reasons for ... Read more

Do bigger brains mean smarter brains?

Dec 03, 2018 Alexandru Ciobanu

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For almost two centuries scientists have been looking for an association between the size of the brain and intelligence, but the connection remained unclear. Now, a new research study brings new data to sh... Read more

Stimulating the brain for treatment of depression

Nov 30, 2018 Kshitij Jadhav

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Researchers have identified the lateral orbitofrontal cortex are a new region for treatment of depression by electrical stimulation. Stimulating the lateral OFC seems to produce brain activity patterns sim... Read more

Resilience could have a neurobiological basis

Nov 29, 2018 Kshitij Jadhav

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Exposure to neighborhood violence is consistently associated with increased of impaired cardiometabolic heath in youth. However, not all youth are equally affected and some show better abilities to handle ... Read more

RNA fragments accumulate in brain cells during aging and could interfere with brain cell function

Nov 29, 2018 Erwin van den Burg

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Neuroscientists have found that damage to aging neurons caused by oxidative stress produces a surprising pileup of short RNA fragments. These fragments bind to ribosomes, the protein factories of the cell... Read more

Genes that increase risk for ADHD identified for the first time

Nov 29, 2018 Kshitij Jadhav

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A huge international collaborative study has identified genetic risk factors of ADHD for the first time. The entire genome of 20,000 people with ADHD and 35,000 without ADHD was studied and the researchers... Read more

Playing American football affects youth brain development

Nov 27, 2018 Kshitij Jadhav

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Playing even a single season of contact sports might affect the development of the brain of young football players. Researchers have found out that repeated head impacts could affect the normal pruning of ... Read more

Why some love and some hate Black Friday

Nov 26, 2018 Kshitij Jadhav

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Researchers are trying to find why some people enjoy the thrill of Black Friday shopping while others loathe it. While some search for bargains like they train for marathons, others stay in the safe confin... Read more

DNA vaccine for treatment of Alzheimer’s disease

Nov 26, 2018 Kshitij Jadhav

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Alzheimer’s disease is associated with accumulation of tau and amyloid beta proteins in the brain leading to neurodegeneration. Now, researchers have developed a DNA vaccine, which decreases the acc... Read more