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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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Select memories can be erased, leaving others intact

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

New study of snail neurons suggests memories that trigger anxiety, PTSD could be 'erased' without affecting normal memory of past events.



Why does light keep us awake and darkness make us sleepy?

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 09:00:00 PDT

New research investigates the effect of a light-responsive protein on regulating sleep and wakefulness patterns in zebrafish, our fellow diurnal animals.



Could an epilepsy drug help to slow Alzheimer's?

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 08:00:00 PDT

A drug used to reduce seizures has been found to normalize brain wave frequencies in patients with Alzheimer's. Could this drug help to slow the disease?



Predicting cognitive deficits in people with Parkinson's disease

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

NIH-funded tool may improve clinical trial design and aid in treatment development.



Study shows how pheromones drive sexual behavior

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A new mouse study investigates the effect of pheromones in male and female mice, revealing different brain circuits and various behavioral responses.



Corpus callosum: Function and disorders

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 03:00:00 PDT

What is the corpus callosum and what are disorders of the corpus callosum? Learn about symptoms and diagnosis of agenesis of the corpus callosum.



Children of older fathers likely to be 'geeks'

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

New research examines the connection between advanced paternal age and several social and intellectual characteristics of the offspring.



Does sex help older brains to work better?

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 07:00:00 PDT

A study found that older adults who had sex once per week - as opposed to once per month or never - did better overall on certain tests of mental ability.



Guided self-help approach to graded exercise programme is safe and may reduce fatigue for patients with chronic fatigue syndrome

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 06:00:00 PDT

A self-help approach to a graded exercise programme, supervised by a specialist physiotherapist, is safe and may reduce fatigue for some people with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), according to a new...



Study answers why ketamine helps depression, offers target for safer therapy

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Scientists have identified a key protein that helps trigger ketamine's rapid anti-depressant effects in the brain, a crucial initial step to developing alternative treatments to the controversial...



Multitasking brain mechanism examined

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Multitasking is a difficult but highly desirable ability. New research examines a technique that might help us achieve it: reactivating the learned memory.



What percentage of ALS is genetic?

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Up to 90 percent of people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) report that they have no family history of the disease.



New brain network model could explain differences in brain injuries

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 11:00:00 PDT

Considering the brain's network of activity, rather than just individual regions, could help us understand why some brain injuries are much worse than others, according to a study published PLOS...



Prenatal acetaminophen may affect masculinity

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 09:00:00 PDT

New research examines the effects of prenatal exposure to the common painkiller acetaminophen on the behavior and brain structure of adult male mice.



Ulnar nerve entrapment: Symptoms and treatment

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Ulnar nerve entrapment is a common injury, but what is the ulnar nerve and what are the causes of ulnar nerve entrapment? How is it diagnosed?



Researchers uncover genetic gains and losses in Tourette syndrome

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Researchers have identified structural changes in two genes that increase the risk of developing Tourette syndrome, a neurological disorder characterized by involuntary motor and vocal tics.



OCD linked to inflammation in the brain

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A new study links OCD to excessive inflammation in certain areas of the brain. Could OCD be treated using existing anti-inflammatory drugs?



African plant extract offers new hope for Alzheimer's

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A plant extract used for centuries in traditional medicine in Nigeria could form the basis of a new drug to treat Alzheimer's disease, researchers at The University of Nottingham have found.



Computer-designed antibodies target toxins associated with Alzheimer's disease

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Researchers at the University of Cambridge have designed antibodies that target the protein deposits in the brain associated with Alzheimer's disease, and stop their production.



Autoimmunity may have role in Parkinson's disease

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 10:00:00 PDT

Scientists discover that fragments of the alpha-synuclein protein that clogs up dopamine cells in Parkinson's disease trigger an autoimmune response.



Extra-virgin olive oil may prevent Alzheimer's

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 07:00:00 PDT

A new study investigates the effect of extra-virgin olive oil on cognitive decline and brain inflammation in people with Alzheimer's disease.



Genetic modifier for Huntington's disease progression identified

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 06:00:00 PDT

A team led by UCL and Cardiff University researchers has developed a novel measure of disease progression for Huntington's disease, which enabled them to identify a genetic modifier associated with...



Investigating emotional spillover in the brain

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Life is full of emotional highs and lows, ranging from enjoying an activity with a loved one and savoring a delicious meal to feeling hurt by a negative interaction with a co-worker or that recent...



Researchers explore why those with autism avoid eye contact

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Imaging studies reveal overactivation of subcortical brain structures in response to direct gaze.



Gene editing technique reverses Huntington's in mouse model

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Huntington's is a progressive neurological condition; there is no cure. Recent advances in gene editing techniques offer new hope.