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The brain in the supermarket

Study: Simple “index strategy” helps consumers make choices. ...

Head injury patients show signs of faster ageing in the brain

People who have suffered serious head injuries show changes in brain structure resembling those seen in older people, according to a new ...

Too much of a bad thing can be good in brain tumors

By Bill Hathaway - DNA mutations can cause cancer but in some cases, more mutations may mean a better prognosis for patients. A Yale-led comprehensive genomic analysis of more than 700 brain tumors has revealed one such subtype of the most malignant brain tumor, called glioblastoma, or GBM. This subtype possesses thousands of tumor-specific DNA errors or mutations instead of dozens observed in most glioblastoma cases. It is also associated with longer survival. ... Full story

Nanorobotic agents open the blood-brain barrier, offering hope for new brain treatments

Magnetic nanoparticles can open the blood-brain barrier and deliver molecules directly to the brain, say researchers from the University of Montreal, Polytechnique Montréal, and CHU Sainte-Justine. ... Full story

Researchers find promising new biomarkers for concussion

A panel of four readily detectable blood proteins can accurately indicate concussion, even helping distinguishing it from other injuries, according to a new study. Researchers at Brown University and Lifespan found the panel by employing the unusual strategy of looking at the body’s inflammatory response to trauma, which might also be a therapeutic target. ... Full story

Brain tumor cells decimated by mitochondrial "smart bomb"

An experimental drug that attacks brain tumor tissue by crippling the cells' energy source called the mitochondria has passed early tests in animal models and human tissue cultures, say Houston Methodist scientists. ... Full story

New materials to protect the brain

MIT graduate student Bo Qing studies synthetic gels that could be used in better equipment to protect against traumatic injuries. ... Full story

Turn the Light On: A Non-visual Opsin Could Help Future Studies of the Brain and Central Nervous System

In the on-going search for a better understanding of how the brain and central nervous system develop, a potentially powerful new tool could soon be available. Researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have discovered a light-sensitive opsin protein that plays a surprising and possibly critical role in neuron maturation and circuit formation. ... Full story

Brain tumor cells decimated by mitochondrial "smart bomb"

An experimental drug that attacks brain tumor tissue by crippling the cells' energy source called the mitochondria has passed early tests in animal models and human tissue cultures, say Houston Methodist scientists. ... Full story

Training your brain to pay attention

A recent analysis has brought new clarity to the debate over whether brain training exercises can improve people’s ability to pay attention in everyday life. ... Full story

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