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Neurological disease: 'Hidden epidemic' through modern living?

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Photo: Motorway in a city covered by smog [07/08/2015] Modern living could be responsible for an 'almost epidemic' increase in neurological brain disease, according to new research from Bournemouth University.Neurological disease: 'Hidden epidemic' through modern living? - Read more

Novel fly model of motor neuron degeneration

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Photo: Fluorescent image of a fly's leg [07/08/2015] Researchers at the Babraham Institute and University of Massachusetts Medical School in the United States have developed a new model to study motor neuron degeneration and have used this to identify three genes involved in the neurodegeneration process.Novel fly model of motor neuron degeneration - Read more

Surprising new view on the causes of cerebral palsy

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Photo: MRI images of children's brains [05/08/2015] In a new game-changing Canadian study, a research team from The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) has uncovered strong evidence for genetic causes of cerebral palsy that turns experts' understanding of the condition on its head.Surprising new view on the causes of cerebral palsy - Read more

Non-surgical approach helps paralyzed people move their legs

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Photo: A man's legs move with electrodes attached [04/08/2015] In a study conducted at UCLA, five men who had been completely paralyzed were able to move their legs in a rhythmic motion thanks to a new, noninvasive procedure that stimulates the spinal cord.Non-surgical approach helps paralyzed people move their legs - Read more

Pain: a question of balance

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Photo: Woman with strong headaches [03/08/2015] Pain is usually caused by inflammation in the body. Scientists from the University of Würzburg have now demonstrated that one of the responsible substances simultaneously has a pain-relieving function. Their discovery is a promising target for new therapy.Pain: a question of balance - Read more

Sleep makes our memories more accessible

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Photo: Man in bed trying to turn off the alarm [27/07/2015] Sleeping not only protects memories from being forgotten, it also makes them easier to access, according to new research from the University of Exeter and the Basque Centre for Cognition, Brain and Language. The findings suggest that after sleep we are more likely to recall facts which we could not remember while still awake.Sleep makes our memories more accessible - Read more

Biomarkers in blood shown to be indicators of brain damage

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Photo: Blood viales [23/07/2015] Researchers have shown that the levels of two proteins present in blood and cerebrospinal fluid increase significantly at different time points following traumatic brain injury (TBI), confirming their potential value as biomarkers of trauma-related brain damage.Biomarkers in blood shown to be indicators of brain damage - Read more

Observing brain network dynamics to diagnose Alzheimer's

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Graphic: Different brain scans lined up [17/07/2015] New research provides insights into how the brain organizes itself, and sets the stage for early diagnosis of neurological disorders like Alzheimer's, in which these certain brain networks break down.Observing brain network dynamics to diagnose Alzheimer's - Read more

Geometry of brain's outer surface correlates with genetic heritage

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Photo: Image of brain [10/07/2015] Researchers at the University of California, San Diego and the School of Medicine have found that the three-dimensional shape of the cerebral cortex – the wrinkled outer layer of the brain controlling many functions of thinking and sensation – strongly correlates with ancestral background.Geometry of brain's outer surface correlates with genetic heritage - Read more

ECG measurements: "Our chest strap moistens itself"

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[01/07/2015] When measuring myocardial activity, it is important for the skin to always stay moist under the electrodes of the ECG. Only then can data be consistently transferred. Athletes have an easier time with this: they are used to sweating. This is a lot harder for older patients.ECG measurements: "Our chest strap moistens itself" - Read more