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Researchers Identify Genes Important For Age-Related Memory Problems

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A team of researchers based at Princeton University have identified the genes that are believed to play an important part in age-related cognitive decline. The identification of these genes, which were found in the neurons of adult roundworms, could prove important for developing future therapies for extending life, and enhancing health in the elderly human population. In addition to having ...

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How Music and Language Shape Our Brains

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A researcher from Northwestern University in the United States has found a way to measure how our brains make sense of sound, and has suggested that the ability of our brain to process sound is influenced by a variety of things, including learning new languages, playing music, hearing loss and hearing disorders, and even aging. Professor Nina Kraus, director of ...

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Scientists Give Us An Excuse to Play 3-D Video Games

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According to neurobiologists at the University of California, Irvine, playing three dimensional video games can enable us to make memories more easily. While it’s already known that playing 3-D video games can improve both eye-to-hand coordination and reaction times, this new finding offers a novel way to help those individuals who suffer from dementia or other memory problems. The study ...

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New Technology May Improve The Lives of People Suffering Weakness and Paralysis After Stroke

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Researchers at UT Dallas have uncovered evidence to suggest that technology designed to stimulate the vagus nerve could be the breakthrough needed to offer an improvement in the quality of life for people who’ve experienced weakness or paralysis following a stroke. While Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS) has already been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a treatment ...

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Mathematical Models Used to Analyse The Brain Cells Associated With Dementia

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A collaborative team of researchers from the Institute of Neuroscience at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, and the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston have carried out an extensive analysis of the spatial distribution of the brain cells that ensure the correct functioning of the neurons. The research contradicts previous theories which suggest that astrocytes devour amyloid plaques Contrary to previous ...

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The secret to a pain-free life

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Using genetically modified mice, scientists at University College London have found the secret to a painless life. By recreating a rare genetic mutation, the scientists believe they have discovered the pharmaceutical formula which can prevent us from feeling pain. Our nervous system contains channels that enable the electrical signals to pass around our bodies. A 2006 study identified a particular ...

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Scientists Discover a New Molecular Mechanism That Causes the Loss of Synapses in the Brain

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Even before Alzheimer’s sufferers show symptoms of the disease, changes are taking place in their brain, and while scientists are yet to find the causes of this disease, they’ve recently discovered more about how the synapses are lost in the early stages. This recent study was conducted by scientists at the University of New South Wales in Australia, with their ...

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Does Happiness Depend on the Size of Your Brain?

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What does it mean to be happy, and how can we achieve happiness? While the definition of happiness has been an ongoing debate for hundreds of years, if the results of a new Japanese study are anything to go by, it could be that happiness is all down to the size of a specific region of your brain. This latest ...

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