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Neuroscience at Nottingham (N@N)

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Local neuroscientists are invited to present posters on their recent research and to discuss with their colleagues. The two best posters presented by postgraduate students will be awarded a prize. This year’s lecture will be presented by Professor Lorraine Tyler (University of Cambridge; http://csl.psychol.cam.ac.uk/people/lktyler.shtml) who will give a lecture on “How do we understand what we see?”.

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Dogs may Serve as Autism Therapy

Dogs may Serve as Autism Therapy

Research out of the University of Missouri has provided probable evidence that families who own dogs have reported positive benefits to children with autism. The benefits include companionship, the learning of responsibility, opportunities for the development and deepening of empathy and stress relief. Children who are diagnosed with autism often have trouble relating to and socialising with others. This unfortunately ...

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How Tetanus is Shedding Light on New Treatments for Motor Neurone Diseases

Motor Neurone Diseases

Scientists are furthering their understanding of the as-yet incurable group of neurodegenerative disorders known as motor neurone diseases (MNDs) by observing how the tetanus neurotoxin virus infects the body’s nerve cells. They have hope that they will discover more effective ways of treating MND symptoms by studying the pathways tetanus uses as possible routes for delivering remedies to the nervous ...

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Migraines are more than just a Headache – They also Alter Brain Structure

Migraines

It has been the traditional belief that a migraine is nothing more than a severely painful headache of which the victim suffers no long-term brain damage consequences, much like normal headaches. A study published in the American Academy’s medical journal, Neurology, has since presented findings that indicate migraines may have long lasting and physically altering effects on the brain’s structure. ...

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Where Nightmares and Science Fiction meet: How Scientists are using Mind-Reading Devices to Communicate with Victims of Locked-In Syndrome

Locked-in syndrome is the stuff nightmares are made of. With no bodily motor control – moving, breathing, speaking, etc. – you are essentially trapped inside yourself while most of your cognitive functions remain active. Locked-in syndrome is most often the result of a stroke, which can damage the part of the brainstem that paralyzes the voluntary muscles of the body ...

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Can Brain Scans Decode our Dreams?

Can Brain Scans Decode our Dreams?

How more creepy, exciting, and interesting would our lives be if others could read our dreams? Yet another piece of science fiction is becoming fact as Japanese researchers have found a way to “see” the images that people see while they’re sleeping by way of MRI scans. Even cooler is that these scientists claim that they can read the images ...

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Finally, a Report that Recognises the Severity of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Severity of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic fatigue sufferers have had a hard time being taken seriously in the medical community. Often labeled as hypochondriacs; they are used to being told that their fatigue symptoms are psychological however this hypothesis is about to change. A new report that takes chronic fatigue syndrome seriously Thanks to a new report issued by the U.S. Institute of Medicine, new ...

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Why do we Smile?

Why do we Smile?

We smile for good reason. Studies show that it can elevate our mood, help us cope during hard times, and even increase the length of our lives. It has even been observed that we smile in the womb, and that at as young as ten months, we understand enough about smiling (at least instinctively) to present a stranger with a ...

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Time to Rethink your Sleep Patterns

Time to Rethink your Sleep Patterns

So you thought you were good with your 8-ish hours of sleep per night? (Or six, if you’re the average person, according to the Actiwatch logs.) Well, sleep times are now being reevaluated thanks to the researchers at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. An expert panel assembled by the National Sleep Foundation is trying to revise the recommendations ...

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NEWSFLASH: Smoking is Still Bad for You

Smoking is Still Bad for You

We all know by now that smoking is adverse to our health. That’s a given. But continued research has revealed even more bad news about the effects that smoking has on our health. Scientists drive yet another nail into the smoking coffin A recent joint study out of the University of Edinburgh and the Montreal Neurological Institute at McGill University ...

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