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How the Zika virus may affect adult brain cells

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Unless you’ve been avoiding all news programmes lately, you’ll be well aware of the concern generated over the spread of the Zika virus. However, while most of the news has concentrated on the effects it has on the unborn child, very little has been released about how it may affect the adult brain. Now a new study by scientists from ...

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New Drug has Been Shown to Prevent Age-Related Brain Changes in Rats


Researchers at the University of California have released a new study in The Journal of Neuroscience which gives an insight into the mechanisms of cognitive decline, and also identifies potential strategies to reverse it. Using lab rats, the scientists were able to reverse the process where aged brain cells lose the fibres that are responsible for receiving neural impulses, a ...

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Plant Compound Has The Potential to Strengthen The Connections Between Brain Cells


The next time you add herbs and vegetables such as parsley, thyme, chamomile and red pepper to your food, you could be warding off diseases such as schizophrenia, depression, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. According to researchers at the D’Or Institute for Research and Education, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and the Federal University of Bahia, the flavonoid apigenin, which is ...

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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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Artificial GPS brain cells helps robot to find its way


Researchers in Singapore have given a robot a simulated version of the brain cells used by animals to build a mental map of their environment. The interplay of two specific types of neurons in the brain are responsible for our ability to navigate our surroundings. One type of navigation cells, place cells, was identified by John O’Keefe in the 70s, ...

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Do Migraines Begin Deep in The Brain?


If you suffer from migraines, you’re more likely to want to know how to stop them rather than where they begin, but this latest research by King’s College, London gives hope that finding their origin will lead to new, successful treatments. By blocking just a single neurotransmitter, scientists may be able to stop the firing of the nerves that are ...

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Do Brain Cells in Parkinson’s Sufferers Simply Burn Out?

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As a the result of a new study carried out by researchers at the University of Montreal, it’s now believed that the brain cells of people with Parkinson’s disease die prematurely, literally burning out like an overheating motor. Neurons require very high quantities of energy in order to carry out their job of regulating movement. Scientists have now uncovered evidence ...

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