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Parkinson‘s disease: genetic defect triggers damages in neurons

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Graphic: Change of the brain at Parkinson's patients [09/07/2014] Genetic variants in a gene referred to as GBA1 (glucocerebrosidase) are associated to an increased risk for Parkinson’s. Researchers of the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) and the Hertie Institute for Clinical Brain Research have now pinpointed the consequences that genetic variations in GBA1 have on neurons.Parkinson‘s disease: genetic defect triggers damages in neurons - Read more

New tool helps guide brain cancer surgery

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Photo: Mass spectrometer [04/07/2014] A tool to help brain surgeons test and more precisely remove cancerous tissue was successfully used during surgery, according to a Purdue University and Brigham and Women's Hospital study.New tool helps guide brain cancer surgery - Read more

Diagnosing Parkinson’s: the skin is revealing

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[01/07/2014] In patients with Parkinson’s, neural cells in the brain die off that produce the neurotransmitter dopamine. Certain physical symptoms that can indicate the disease follow years later. But a reliable diagnosis can only be made through examination of the brain after the patient’s death, and not during his or her lifetime.Diagnosing Parkinson’s: the skin is revealing - Read more

Right rehabilitation lets paralyzed rats grip again

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Photo: Grasping sequence of rats in comparison [17/06/2014] After a large stroke, motor skills barely improve, even with rehabilitation. An experiment conducted on rats demonstrates that a course of therapy combining the stimulation of nerve fiber growth with drugs and motor training can be successful.Right rehabilitation lets paralyzed rats grip again - Read more

A paralyzed person to kick off the World Cup

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Photo: Gordon Cheng with CellulARSkin [12/06/2014] According to researchers in the Walk Again Project, all systems are go for a bold demonstration of neuroscience and cognitive technology in action: On June 12, during the opening of the FIFA 2014 World Cup in Brazil, a paralyzed person wearing a brain-controlled robotic exoskeleton is expected to make the first kick of the football championship.A paralyzed person to kick off the World Cup - Read more

Making artificial vision look more natural

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Photo: Eye overlaid with transparent images [10/06/2014] In laboratory tests, researchers have used electrical stimulation of retinal cells to produce the same patterns of activity that occur when the retina sees a moving object. Although more work remains, this is a step toward restoring natural, high-fidelity vision to blind people, the researchers say.Making artificial vision look more natural - Read more

Leptin influences brain cells that control appetite

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Photo: Hamburger and french fries [03/06/2014] Twenty years after the hormone leptin was found to regulate metabolism, appetite, and weight through brain cells called neurons, Yale School of Medicine researchers have found that the hormone also acts on other types of cells to control appetite.Leptin influences brain cells that control appetite - Read more

First 3D Model of a Synapse

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Photo: 3D model of a synapse [02/06/2014] A glance into a new world for neuroscience: research team from Göttingen led by Prof. Dr. Silvio O. Rizzoli present the first scientifically accurate 3D model of a synapse. First 3D Model of a Synapse - Read more

Better imaging tool for tracking MS

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Photo: Imaging the brain [30/05/2014] Imaging scientists at Western University's Robarts Research Institute have developed a better way to track the progression of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) from its earliest stages.Better imaging tool for tracking MS - Read more

Neurostimulation in the media and academic literature

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Photo: A skull with electrical plugs [26/05/2014] A new report by Institut de recherches cliniques de Montreal (IRCM) ethics experts raises important questions and concerns about transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS). Over the past several decades, neurostimulation techniques such as tDCS have gradually gained favor in the public eye.Neurostimulation in the media and academic literature - Read more