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Blue Brain team discovers a multi-dimensional universe in brain networks–Up to 11 Dimensions

Public Release: 12-Jun-2017 Blue Brain team discovers a multi-dimensional universe in brain networks Using mathematics in a novel way in neuroscience, the Blue Brain Project demonstrates that the brain operates on many dimensions, not just the 3 dimensions that we are accustomed to Frontiers Caption The image attempts to illustrate something that cannot be imaged…
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Discovery of brain activity in severely brain injured patients who ‘wake up’ with sleep drug

Contact: Jennifer Gundersen jeg2034@med.cornell.edu 646-317-7402 Weill Cornell Medical College Pattern of brain activity points to possible neural circuit switched on by drug and may identify other patients who could respond NEW YORK (November 19, 2013) -- George Melendez has been called a medical miracle. After a near drowning deprived his brain of oxygen, Melendez remained…
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Discovery of brain activity in severely brain injured patients who ‘wake up’ with sleep drug

Contact: Jennifer Gundersen jeg2034@med.cornell.edu 646-317-7402 Weill Cornell Medical College Pattern of brain activity points to possible neural circuit switched on by drug and may identify other patients who could respond NEW YORK (November 19, 2013) -- George Melendez has been called a medical miracle. After a near drowning deprived his brain of oxygen, Melendez remained…
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‘Green Brain’ Project to Create an Autonomous Flying Robot With a Honey Bee Brain

ScienceDaily (Oct. 1, 2012) — Scientists at the Universities of Sheffield and Sussex are embarking on an ambitious project to produce the first accurate computer models of a honey bee brain in a bid to advance our understanding of Artificial Intelligence (AI), and how animals think. The team will build models of the systems in…
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Brain parasite directly alters brain chemistry / found in 10-20 per cent of the UK’s population

Public release date: 4-Nov-2011 A research group from the University of Leeds has shown that infection by the brain parasite Toxoplasma gondii, found in 10-20 per cent of the UK’s population, directly affects the production of dopamine, a key chemical messenger in the brain. Their findings are the first to demonstrate that a parasite found…
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Brain-to-brain breakthrough in mind control experiment

Two minds with but a single thought as University of  Washington researcher controls colleague’s hand movements   LAST UPDATED AT 13:48 ON Wed 28 Aug  2013 SCIENTISTS have achieved human mind control for the first time in an  experiment at the University of Washington. Using recorded brain signals and the  magnetic stimulation of muscles, researchers…
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Gelatin accelerates healing of the blood brain barrier in acute brain injury

Public Release: 6-Nov-2017   Lund University Researchers already know that gelatin-covered electrode implants cause less damage to brain tissue than electrodes with no gelatin coating. Researchers at the Neuronano Research Centre (NRC) at Lund University in Sweden have now shown that microglia, the brain's cleansing cells, and the enzymes that the cells use in the…
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Perinatal antidepressant stunts brain development in rats / Miswired brain circuitry traced to early exposure

Public release date: 24-Oct-2011 Rats exposed to an antidepressant just before and after birth showed substantial brain abnormalities and behaviors, in a study funded by the National Institutes of Health. After receiving citalopram, a serotonin-selective reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), during this critical period, long-distance connections between the two hemispheres of the brain showed stunted growth and…
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Nitric oxide protects against parasite invasion and brain inflammation by keeping the blood brain barrier intact

Public Release: 25-Feb-2016   PLOS   IMAGE: Enhanced invasion of Trypanosoma brucei (red) into the brain of iNOS deficient (lower micrograph) is compared to normal (upper micrrograph) mice. In green: cerebral blood vessels. Credit: Olivera et al. African trypanosomiasis is called 'sleeping sickness' because when the infection is untreated, trypanosome parasites will invade the brain
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Exercise can enhance the development of new brain cells in the adult brain

Public Release: 25-Nov-2015 Can physical exercise enhance long-term memory? New study in mice in the inaugural issue of Brain Plasticity reports that new brain cell formation is enhanced by running IOS Press Amsterdam, NL, November 25, 2015 - Exercise can enhance the development of new brain cells in the adult brain, a process called adult…
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Antidepressants linked to risk of brain bleeds: antidepressant users were about 40 to 50 percent more likely to suffer bleeding in or around the brain

Thu, 18 Oct 2012 00:18 GMT Reuters Oct 18 (Reuters) - People using a common class of antidepressants may have slightly increased odds of suffering bleeding in the brain - though the risk is still very small, according to a Canadian study looking at more than 500,000 people. The antidepressants are known as selective serotonin…
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Why your brain tires when exercising : Excess Serotonin shuts down the brain causing fatigue

  A marathon runner approaches the finishing line, but suddenly the sweaty athlete collapses to the ground. Everyone probably assumes that this is because he has expended all energy in his muscles. What few people know is that it might also be a braking mechanism in the brain which swings into effect and makes us…
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Why your brain tires when exercising : Excess serotonin triggers a braking mechanism in the brain

Contact: Jean-François Perrier Perrier@sund.ku.dk 45-23-81-27-46 University of Copenhagen A marathon runner approaches the finishing line, but suddenly the sweaty athlete collapses to the ground. Everyone probably assumes that this is because he has expended all energy in his muscles. What few people know is that it might also be a braking mechanism in the brain
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Brain parasite directly alters brain chemistry

  A research group from the University of Leeds has shown that infection by the brain parasite Toxoplasma gondii, found in 10-20 per cent of the UK's population, directly affects the production of dopamine, a key chemical messenger in the brain. Their findings are the first to demonstrate that a parasite found in the brain
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Vitamin C deficiency impairs early brain development: The brain retains vitamin C

Contact: Professor Jens Lykkesfeldt jopl@life.ku.dk 453-533-3163 University of Copenhagen New research at LIFE -- Faculty of Life Sciences at University of Copenhagen shows that vitamin C deficiency may impair the mental development of newborn babies New research at LIFE – Faculty of Life Sciences at University of Copenhagen shows that vitamin C deficiency may impair…
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Researchers detail chemotherapy’s damage to the brain” Chemotherapy drugs used to treat a wide range of cancers were more toxic to healthy brain cells than the cancer cells they were intended to treat

Re-post from 2008: This is not the watered down Chemo brain article released 5 Sep 2012..4 years later contact: Mark Michaud mark_michaud@urmc.rochester.edu 585-273-4790 University of Rochester Medical Center A commonly used chemotherapy drug causes healthy brain cells to die off long after treatment has ended and may be one of the underlying biological causes of…
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Habitual tea drinking modulates brain efficiency: Evidence from brain connectivity evaluation

The researchers recruited healthy older participants to two groups according to their history of tea drinking frequency and investigated both functional and structural networks to reveal the role of tea drinking on brain organization. Source: Habitual tea drinking modulates brain efficiency: Evidence from brain connectivity evaluation
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Reading minds with ultrasound: A less-invasive technique to decode the brain’s intentions

What is happening in your brain as you are scrolling through this page? In other words, which areas of your brain are active, which neurons are talking to which others, and what signals are they sending to your muscles? Mapping neural activity to corresponding behaviors is a major goal for neuroscientists developing brain-machine interfaces (BMIs):…
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Diet counts: Iron intake in teen years can impact brain in later life

Iron is a popular topic in health news. Doctors prescribe it for medical reasons, and it's available over the counter as a dietary supplement. And while it's known that too little iron can result in cognitive problems, it's also known that too much promotes neurodegenerative diseases. Now, researchers at UCLA have found that in addition…
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Researchers discover new way to starve brain tumours

Scientists from Queen Mary University of London, funded by the charity Brain Tumour Research, have found a new way to starve cancerous brain tumour cells of energy in order to prevent further growth. The pre-clinical research in human tissue samples, human cell lines and mice could lead to changes in the way that some children…
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