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Disputed theory on Parkinson's origin strengthened

Parkinson's disease is strongly linked to the degeneration of the brain’s movement center. In the last decade, the question of where the ...

Similar but different: new discovery for degenerative disease

Researchers from the University of Melbourne have established how two diseases that present in similar ways are in fact quite different. ...

A “Frenemy” in Parkinson’s Disease Takes to Crowdsourcing

Protein regulates neuronal communication by self-association ... Full story

New findings on how brain handles tactile sensations

The traditional understanding in neuroscience is that tactile sensations from the skin are only assembled to form a complete experience in the cerebral cortex, the most advanced part of the brain. However, this is challenged by new research findings from Lund University in Sweden that suggest both that other levels in the brain play a greater role than previously thought, and that a larger proportion of the brain’s different structures are involved in the perception of touch. ... Full story

Scientists find possible neurobiological basis for tradeoff between honesty, self-interest

ROANOKE, Va – What’s the price on your integrity? Tell the truth; everyone has a tipping point. We all want to be honest, but at some point, we’ll lie if the benefit is great enough. Now, scientists have confirmed the area of the brain in which we make that decision. ... Full story

Researchers Discover How Mysterious 'Circular RNA' is Created, Propose Link to Degenerative Diseases

Link to most common form of muscular dystrophy that starts in adulthood ... Full story

Mechanism of Parkinson's spread demonstrated

(Vienna ) -An international, interdisciplinary group of researchers led by Gabor G. Kovacs from the Clinical Institute of Neurology at the MedUni Vienna has demonstrated, through the use of a new antibody, how Parkinson's disease spreads from cell to cell in the human brain. Until now, this mechanism has only been observed in experimental models, but has now been demonstrated for the first time in humans too. ... Full story

When Mitochondria Don't Get Moving, Motor Neuron Disease May Develop

(SALT LAKE CITY)—A new study by researchers at the University of Utah School of Medicine sheds light on a longstanding question about the role of mitochondria in debilitating and fatal motor neuron diseases and resulted in a new mouse model to study such illnesses. ... Full story

Spontaneous mutations in key brain gene are a cause of autism

Spontaneous mutations in the brain gene TBR1 disrupt the function of the encoded protein in children with severe autism. In addition, there is a direct link between TBR1 and FOXP2, a well-known language-related protein. ... Full story

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