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Food intake, a fragile balance between neural pathways

A team at the Laboratoire biologie fonctionnelle et adaptative (CNRS/Université Paris Diderot) investigated the relative role of energy needs and "pleasure" of ...

Cancer patients helping UTSW scientists and NASA study pressure inside the brain during zero gravity

The plane used to generate zero gravity is called the “Weightless Wonder.” ...

How Traumatic Memories Hide In The Brain, And How To Retrieve Them

Special brain mechanism discovered to store stress-related, unconscious memories ... Full story

Could a pen change how we diagnose brain function?

Team from MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab detects dementia using AI and a digital pen. ... Full story

'Deviant brain metabolism' found in high school football players

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – New research into the effects of repeated head impacts on high school football players has shown changes in brain chemistry and metabolism even in players who have not been diagnosed with concussions and suggest the brain may not fully heal during the offseason. ... Full story

X-ray laser experiment could help in designing drugs for brain disorders

Scientists found that when two protein structures in the brain join up, they act as an amplifier for a slight increase in calcium concentration, triggering a gunshot-like release of neurotransmitters from one neuron to another. ... Full story

Brain scans better forecast math learning in kids than do skill tests, study finds

Gray matter volume and connections between several brain regions better forecast 8-year-olds’ acquisition of math skills than their performance on standard math tests. ... Full story

Protein Identified That Favors Neuroprotective Glial Cell Formation from Stem Cells

New Rochelle, NY —An international team of researchers has shown that NFIX, a protein that regulates neuronal stem cell activity (NSC), also has a role in driving NSC differentiation toward oligodendrocytes, a type of glial cell. These cells produce the myelin that surrounds and protects neurons. Evidence supporting this mechanism in mice and its potential in the development of NSC-based therapy for brain injury, demyelinating diseases, and brain tumors are discussed in a study published in Stem Cells and Development, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers. The article is available free on the Stem Cells and Development website until September 6, 2015. ... Full story

Decision-making in the fly brain

When food smells simultaneously appealing and repulsive, the learning centre aids decision-making ... Full story

Why we’re smarter than chickens

Researchers at U of T’s Donnelly Centre uncover protein part that controls neuron development ... Full story

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