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Neuroscience describes the scientific study of the mechanics of the central nervous system such as its structure, function, genetics and physiology as well as how this can be applied to understand diseases of the nervous system. Neurology is a specialized



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Fish oil may prevent seizures by boosting brain estrogen levels

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 01:00:00 PDT

Researchers reveal that supplementation with the fish oil compound DHA prevented seizures in mice by raising levels of the hormone estrogen in the brain.



Surprising neural communication mechanism revealed

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 08:00:00 PDT

Researchers have made a surprising discovery about how neurons communicate, which might upturn existing notions and help to unravel mental disorders.



Reversing brain death: Far-fetched or feasible?

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 08:00:00 PDT

Ira Pastor, CEO of Bioquark, Inc., speaks to MNT about his team's controversial plans to restore life to people who have been declared brain dead.



Bipolar disorder: Brain mechanism could be key for prevention

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Scientists have identified a brain mechanism making siblings of bipolar people resilient to the disorder and hope it will be the key to its prevention.



Prematurity leaves distinctive molecular signature in infants' cerebellum

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Premature birth, which affects one in 10 U.S. babies, is associated with altered metabolite profiles in the infants' cerebellum, the part of the brain that controls coordination and balance, a team...



Fears erased with pulses of light

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Scientists investigate a method of removing learned fear responses using pulses of light to weaken synaptic connections to the amygdala.



New tool aims to make surgery safer by helping doctors see nerves

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Nerve-illuminating tool outperforms visual inspection; could reduce surgery related injury and chronic pain.



New method identifies brain regions most likely to cause epilepsy seizures

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 11:00:00 PDT

Mathematical approach could pinpoint which brain tissue should be removed during surgical treatment.



Could outdoor light exposure at night heighten breast cancer risk?

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 08:00:00 PDT

High exposure to outdoor light during the night may increase women's breast cancer risk, a new study finds, particularly for women who work night shifts.



Nerve fibers regenerated with molecular mix

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 00:00:00 PDT

New research finds that a 'cocktail' of molecules regenerates neuronal axons, restoring fine motor skills in mice that had spinal cord injury or stroke.



White matter: The brain's flexible but underrated superhighway

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:00:00 PDT

Once considered little more than tightly packed cabling, white matter is now known to be as important as gray matter. We explain why white matter matters.



New Machine Learning program shows promise for early Alzheimer's diagnosis

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 06:00:00 PDT

A new machine learning program developed by researchers at Case Western Reserve University appears to outperform other methods for diagnosing Alzheimer's disease before symptoms begin to interfere...



Habitual cannabis use alters brain oxygen

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 00:00:00 PDT

The brains of chronic cannabis users have an altered blood flow and process oxygen differently, which may impact brain function, a study suggests.



Brain's 'fear hub' generates neurons in adulthood

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A new mouse study finds that the adult brain generates new neurons in a previously unknown area: the amygdala, also known as the brain's fear center.



Alzheimer's: Low serotonin levels may drive development

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 09:00:00 PDT

A new study examines serotonin transporters and suggests that rather than being an effect of Alzheimer's disease, low serotonin may cause the illness.



How the brain recognizes familiar faces

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 00:00:00 PDT

There's nothing quite like the rush of recognition that comes from seeing a familiar face.



Novel stem cell-derived model created of inflammatory neurological disorder

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Brain-in-a-dish approach also showed two existing HIV drugs may be effective in rescuing mutated cells.



Early life physical activity may prevent cognitive decline

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A new study in rodents shows how physical exercise in early life creates a cognitive reserve that improves cognition and neuronal activity in later years.



Genetic drivers of deadly brain cancer uncovered

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 09:00:00 PDT

Researchers have pinpointed a number of gene mutations that work together to cause glioblastoma, an aggressive and deadly brain cancer.



Heartbeats could hold the key to understanding babies' inner world

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Research published in eLife explains how researchers created a novel new experiment to test how aware babies are of their bodies' internal signals.



Stress heightens fear of threats from the past

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Recognizing threats is an essential function of the human mind - think "fight or flight" - one that is aided by past negative experiences.



Cerebral spinal fluid analysis: Tests and results

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 06:00:00 PDT

What is cerebral spinal fluid analysis and what conditions does cerebral spinal fluid analysis diagnose? What is a lumbar puncture?



Why does the flu trigger MS relapse? Study investigates

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Researchers have unearthed new information that may explain why the flu can increase the risk of relapse for patients with multiple sclerosis.



Cell death: Is our health at risk?

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 08:00:00 PDT

Every day, 50 billion cells in our bodies die and are replaced by new cells. Most of the time, there are no side effects - but things can go wrong.



'Hearing voices' and the role of expectation

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Hearing voices is scary for some and a glimpse into the afterlife for others. A recent study looks at the role of expectation in auditory hallucinations.