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Safety concept for removing brain tumors

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Graphic: simulation of a brain operation [09/11/2015] A safety concept for removing brain tumors developed at the Inselspital leads to the best results for patients anywhere in the world, in honor of which it was awarded a prize at this year’s European Congress of Neurosurgery in Madrid.Safety concept for removing brain tumors - Read more

Predicting the success of large public health campaigns

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Graphic: Head under magnifying glass [29/10/2015] Neural data from 50 smokers predicted the outcome of an anti-smoking email campaign sent to 800,000.Predicting the success of large public health campaigns - Read more

Engineers create artificial skin

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Photo: Human finger touches robotic finger [16/10/2015] Stanford engineers have created a plastic "skin" that can detect how hard it is being pressed and generate an electric signal to deliver this sensory input directly to a living brain cell.Engineers create artificial skin - Read more

An accessible approach to making a mini-brain

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Graphic: A ball of colorful neurons [07/10/2015] If you need a working miniature brain - say for drug testing, to test neural tissue transplants, or to experiment with how stem cells work - a new paper describes how to build one with what the Brown University authors say is relative ease and low expense.An accessible approach to making a mini-brain - Read more

Improved brain implants

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Photo: X-ray image with implant in the brain [30/09/2015] By implanting electrodes in the brain tissue one can stimulate or capture signals from different areas of the brain. These types of brain implants, or neuro-prostheses as they are sometimes called, are used to treat Parkinson's disease and other neurological diseases. Improved brain implants - Read more

Unexpected link between choroid plexus and chronic pain

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Photo: The choroid plexus [23/09/2015] An observation by Finnish researchers shows that the central nervous system plays an important role in complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS).Unexpected link between choroid plexus and chronic pain - Read more

Real X-ray vision: See-through brains ready for study

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Photo: Colorful 3D-visualization of brain tissue [17/09/2015] Researchers at the RIKEN Brain Science Institute in Japan have developed a new technique for creating transparent tissue that can be used to illuminate 3D brain anatomy at very high resolutions. Published in Nature Neuroscience, the work showcases the new technology and its practical importance in clinical science by showing how it has given new insights into Alzheimer's disease plaques.Real X-ray vision: See-through brains ready for study - Read more

Gut feeling restored by growth outside the body

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Photo: Pieces of gut tissue in the lab [27/08/2015] University of Manchester scientists have bridged a gap between two separate pieces of small intestine kept alive outside the body, in an advance which could have implications for surgery in human adults and babies.Gut feeling restored by growth outside the body - Read more

The brain is not as cramped as we thought

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Graphic: A big purple cube next to a small brown one [12/08/2015] To study the fine structure of the brain, scientists must use electron microscopes. However, the tissue must first be fixed to prepare it for this high magnification imaging method. This process causes the brain to shrink; as a result, microscope images can be distorted. Scientists have now solved the problem by using a technique that rapidly freezes the brain, preserving its true structure. The brain is not as cramped as we thought - Read more

A single genetic mutation causes autism

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Photo: Little boy is drawing a butterfly [10/08/2015] Last December, researchers identified more than 1,000 gene mutations in individuals with autism, but how these mutations increased risk for autism was unclear. Now, University of North Carolina Health Care (UNC) School of Medicine researchers are the first to show how one of these mutations disables a molecular switch in one of these genes and causes autism.A single genetic mutation causes autism - Read more