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Research locates absence epilepsy seizure ‘choke point’ in brain

Stanford researchers used a rodent model to discover that shifting the firing pattern of a particular set of brain cells is all ...

Huntington’s Disease Linked to Dysfunction of Brain Structure

By Michelle Mohney Northwestern Medicine scientists have identified a link between Huntington’s disease and dysfunction of the subthalamic nucleus, a component of the ...

Food Supplement May Be Key to Treatment of Rare Disease

Familial Dysautonomia may be slowed by phosphatidylserine, Tel Aviv University researchers say ... Full story

Gene discovery helps children with movement disorder walk again

UCL researchers have discovered a new genetic cause for dystonia, a movement disorder, enabling treatment with Deep Brain Stimulation which has been so successful that ... Full story

New Insights Into Signaling Pathway Could Lead to Novel Therapies for Neurological Disorders

By Anna Williams   Northwestern Medicine scientists have demonstrated an alternate method of signaling by a class of proteins called group I metabotropic glutamate receptors, which are ... Full story

Unknown soldiers: UVA discovers powerful defenders of the brain

UVA researchers discover an influential type of immune cell in the membranes around the brain; These cells kick off powerful immune responses to disease or injury; Their presence around the brain comes as a surprise; The cells may play a vital role connecting the brain with our gut microbiota, which is essential for good health; The cells have a major effect on recovery from spinal cord injury, UVA shows; By targeting the cells, doctors may be able to develop new treatments for many neurological conditions, including migraines. ... Full story

New findings about stem cells in the brain of patients with epilepsy

Neural stem cells have been found in epileptic brain tissue — outside the regions of the brain where they normally reside. In a group of patients who underwent surgery for epilepsy, over half had stem cells where healthy individuals do not have them, according to a study from Sahlgrenska Academy. ... Full story

Gut cells are gatekeepers of infectious brain diseases, study finds

Fresh insights into infectious brain conditions help to explain why some people – and animals – are more at risk than others. ... Full story

Advance by UCLA scientists could shed light on cell that may contribute to ALS and Alzheimer’s

An achievement by UCLA neuroscientists could lead to a better understanding of astrocytes, a type of cell in the brain that is thought to play a role in Lou Gehrig’s disease, also called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS; Alzheimer’s disease; Huntington’s disease; and other neurological disorders. ... Full story

Raising the curtain on cerebral malaria’s deadly agents

NIH scientists film inside mouse brains to uncover biology behind the disease. ... Full story

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