Old into new: Geneticists track the evolution of parenting

Researchers have confirmed that becoming a parent brings about more than just the obvious offspring—it also rewires the parents’ brain.

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Link identified between nerve cell proteins and middle-age onset dementia

New research identifies a role for neuronal protein interaction in preventing frontotemporal lobar degeneration, a dementia that starts in middle age.

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Cellular quality control process could be Huntington’s disease drug target

The loss of motor function and mental acuity associated with Huntington’s disease might be treatable by restoring a cellular quality control process, which researchers have identified as a key factor in the degenerative illness.

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X-ray to study micronutrients in human minibrains

It is consensus that mothers’ diet has critical effects on fetal development, and the absence of nutrients is related to impairments on brain formation. In order to characterize the nutrients during human brain development, Brazilian scientists investigated human minibrains using synchrotron radiation, a sort of X-ray. Results showed that concentration and distribution of chemical elements are related to the stage of development and similar to previous data obtained from postmortem brain samples.

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Epilepsy drug discovered in fish model shows promise in small pediatric clinical trial

‘Bench-to-bedside’ describes research that has progressed from basic science in animal models that has led to therapies used in patients. Now, a study describes what could be considered a direct ‘aquarium-to-bedside’ approach, taking a drug discovered in a genetic zebrafish model of epilepsy and testing it, with promising results, in a small number of children with the disease.

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Struggle with Depression? Neuroscience Says This May Reduce Symptoms by 40 Percent

Depression is one of the most common mental health disorders in the United States. It affects over 15 million adults annually, or 6-7 percent of the entire adult population. It is so common, in fact, that nearly everyone has either been affected by it personally or is involved in some way with someone who has/is.Depression has serious costs to both individuals as well as employers. Major Depressive Disorder is the…

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How Lou Gehrig’s disease progression could be delayed

A team of biomedical scientists has identified a molecule (123C4) that targets a gene (EphA4 receptor) that plays a critical role in the progression of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, sometimes known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, which affects motor neurons. The expression of EphA4 is associated also with other conditions including abnormal blood clotting, spinal cord and brain injury, Alzheimer’s disease, as well as gastric and pancreatic cancers.

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The Internet and your brain are more alike than you think

A similar rule governs traffic flow in engineered and biological systems, reports a researcher. An algorithm used for the Internet is also at work in the human brain, says the report, an insight that improves our understanding of engineered and neural networks and potentially even learning disabilities.

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