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Could Flies Help Us Understand Brain Injuries?

A new study by SDSU scientists finds that fruit flies could be a model organism for learning the genetic pathways that affect ...

Brain imaging links Alzheimer’s decline to tau protein

Tau is better marker of progression to Alzheimer’s disease than amyloid beta ...

Brain cells that aid appetite control identified

Discovery opens door to development of new drugs to control weight gain and obesity ... Full story

Crosstalk Between Left and Right Brain Is Key to Language Development

‘Weak’ Connection Shunts Language to Wrong Side of the Brain, Decreases Verbal IQ ... Full story

Early life stress accelerates maturation of key brain region in male mice

Scientists studying how stress in early childhood affects the brain have new evidence from a study in male mice that a key region appears to mature faster. ... Full story

Mouse Model of Autism Offers Insights to Human Patients, Potential Drug Targets

DURHAM, N.C. -- A new mouse model of a genetically-linked type of autism reveals more about the role of genes in the disorder and the underlying brain changes associated with autism’s social and learning problems. ... Full story

Small brain area plays key role in making everyday decisions

Area's neurons then can re-map to make different decisions when circumstances change ... Full story

Exploring the Gut-Brain Connection for Insights into Multiple Sclerosis

New research by investigators at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) suggests that bacteria living in the gut may remotely influence the activity of cells in the brain that are involved in controlling inflammation and neurodegeneration. ... Full story

Newborn screening test developed for rare, deadly neurological disorder

Goal is to speed diagnosis and treatment of Niemann-Pick type C ... Full story

Altered Brain Communication Could be Predictive Marker of Dementia in Parkinson’s Disease

New Rochelle, NY —Dementia will develop in about 80% of patients with Parkinson’s disease, and a new study has found significant variability in brain signaling that could serve as a predictive marker for identifying which patients are at highest risk of dementia. Measuring brain signal variability as an early indicator of impaired cognitive function and information processing is an innovative new approach described in the study published in Brain Connectivity, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers. The article is available free for download on the Brain Connectivity website until April 30, 2016. ... Full story

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