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New brain map could enable novel therapies for autism and Huntington’s disease

USC scientists have mapped an uncharted portion of the mouse brain to explain which circuit disruptions might occur in disorders such as ...

Dull and dirty: Your workplace could affect brain function

A new study by a Florida State University researcher shows that both a lack of stimulation in the workplace and a dirty ...

Investigating new epilepsy treatments

The new project, funded by a 24-month pilot grant from Epilepsy Research UK (ERUK), will allow the team to carry out research vital to the progression of this form of TLE treatment to human clinical trials, which could potentially take place in the next 3-5 years. ... Full story

Researchers Shed New Light on Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy

Working with the Dublin Brain Bank, Beaumont Hospital and St James' Hospital, scientists at Trinity College Dublin have discovered a new and previously un-reported feature of the degenerative brain condition chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) that may shed light on how it is diagnosed and ultimately treated. ... Full story

Concussion Outcome Predicted Using Advance Imaging

(BRONX, NY)—Using an advanced imaging technique, researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Health System were able to predict which patients who’d recently suffered concussions were likely to fully recover. The study also sheds light on the brain’s mechanisms for repairing or compensating for concussion injuries—information that could speed the development of therapies. The study was published online today in the American Journal of Neuroradiology. ... Full story

Scripps Florida Scientists Create Compound that Erases Disease-Causing RNA Defects

Scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute have for the first time created a drug candidate that attacks and neutralizes the RNA structure that causes an incurable progressive, inherited disease involving a gradual loss of control over body movement. ... Full story

Researchers find new signs of stress damage in the brain, plus hope for prevention

Chronic stress can make us worn-out, anxious, depressed—in fact, it can change the architecture of the brain. New research at The Rockefeller University shows that when mice experience prolonged stress, structural changes occur within a little-studied region of their amygdala, a part of the brain that regulates basic emotions, such as fear and anxiety. These changes are linked to behaviors associated with anxiety and depressive disorders ... Full story

Whiplash syndrome: better prediction of long-term consequences

Possible long-term consequences from a whiplash trauma can be effectively predicted if the injured persons are subdivided into different risk groups shortly after the car accident. This is shown by a Danish study that was presented at the Congress of the European Academy of Neurology in Copenhagen. ... Full story

The brain clock that keeps memories ticking

Just as members of an orchestra need a conductor to stay on tempo, neurons in the brain need well-timed waves of activity to organize memories across time. In the hippocampus—the brain's memory center—temporal ordering of the neural code is important for building a mental map of where you've been, where you are, and where you are going. Published on May 30 in Nature Neuroscience, research from the RIKEN Brain Science Institute in Japan has pinpointed how the neurons that represent space in mice stay in time. ... Full story

New findings on the connections between gut microbiota and the brain

Latest findings on the role of the “brain-gut-microbiota axis” were discussed at the Congress of the European Academy of Neurology in Copenhagen. An increasing body of evidence suggests that the gut microbiome can trigger neurological disorders and regulate brain processes. ... Full story

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