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No dream: electric brain stimulation during sleep can boost memory

By targeting one facet of the brain’s electrical activity, UNC neuroscientist Flavio Frohlich, PhD, showed it’s possible to enhance memory, laying the ...

Clinical Advances in Gene Therapy for Central Nervous System Disorders

New Rochelle, NY —The encouraging results of early stage clinical studies and the tremendous amount of preclinical data demonstrating the feasibility and promise of gene therapy ... Full story

Network physicist sheds light on Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia

Researchers comparing mouse and macaque brains have found evidence of an evolutionary universal brain structure in mammals that enables comparisons of cortical networks between species. A new study from a researcher at the University of Notre Dame could provide insights into brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s and schizophrenia. ... Full story

Patients’ quality of life restored after brain surgery

Procedure performed by VCU Health neurosurgeon Kathryn Holloway helped treat William Pappadake’s case of essential tremor ... Full story

Researchers discover the machinery that neurons use to form and maintain their neuronal extensions

The study, led by IRB Barcelona and published in Nature Communications will help research into regenerative medicine and potentially also help understand neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s. ... Full story

Yale scientists apply new imaging tool to common brain disorders

A Yale-led team of researchers developed a new approach to scanning the brain for changes in synapses that are associated with common brain disorders. The technique may provide insights into the diagnosis and treatment of a broad range of disorders, including epilepsy and Alzheimer’s disease. The study was published July 20 in Science Translational Medicine. ... Full story

New technique targets gene that causes neurodegenerative disease

Scientists selectively turn off the disease-causing portion of a gene that causes a severe form of ataxia ... Full story

FDA approves first MRI-guided focused ultrasound device to treat essential tremor

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved the first focused ultrasound device to treat essential tremor in patients who have not responded to medication. ExAblate Neuro uses magnetic resonance (MR) images taken during the procedure to deliver focused ultrasound to destroy brain tissue in a tiny area thought to be responsible for causing tremors. ... Full story

Can Anti-Inflammatory Therapies Be Effective Against Epilepsy?

New Rochelle, NY, — In epileptic patients, seizures lead to an increased level of inflammation-related proteins called chemokines in the brain, and systemic inflammation likely helps trigger and promote the recurrence of seizures, making inflammation a promising new target for anticonvulsant therapy. ... Full story

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