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Life stressors trigger neurological disorders, researchers find

When mothers are exposed to trauma, illness, alcohol or other drug abuse, these stressors may activate a single molecular trigger in brain cells that can go awry and activate conditions such as schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorder and some for…

Commonly available blood-pressure medication prevents epilepsy after severe brain injury

A team of neuroscientists has shown in rats that a drug commonly prescribed for hypertension can nearly eliminate the epilepsy that often follows severe head injury. The drug blocks a receptor on astrocytes, preventing a cascade of signals that lead to…

New way to enhance nerve growth following injury discovered

A mechanism to promote growth in damaged nerve cells as a means to restore connections after injury has been uncovered by scientists who have discovered a key molecule that directly regulates nerve cell growth in the damaged nervous system. “We made th…

First brain images of African infants enable research into cognitive effects of nutrition

Brain activity of babies in developing countries could be monitored from birth to reveal the first signs of cognitive dysfunction, researchers say. The cognitive function of infants can be visualized and tracked more quickly, more accurately and more c…

Older Christians benefit from listening to religious music

A new article published online in The Gerontologist reports that among older Christians, listening to religious music is associated with a decrease in anxiety about death and increases in life…

First mechanistic link between sleep loss in early life and adult behavior in animal model

Mom always said you need your sleep, and it turns out, she was right. According to a new study published in Science from researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of…

Scientists open new avenues for research into ADHD and other attention-related problems

In a new study, Indiana University cognitive scientists Catarina Vales and Linda Smith demonstrate that children spot objects more quickly when prompted by words than if they are only prompted by…

Study finds ‘brain training’ overcomes tics in Tourette syndrome

Children with Tourette Syndrome (TS) may unconsciously train their brain to more effectively control their tics.

Want to quit smoking? New study says try ‘self-expanding’ activities

If you are trying to quit smoking, one method to incorporate is to do new, exciting “self-expanding” activities that can help with nicotine craving. This is the take-home message from a new study. “Our study reveals for the first time using brain i…

Novel function of protein linked to Alzheimer’s disease discovered

A novel function of the Amyloid Precursor Protein, one of the main pathogenic culprits of Alzheimer’s disease, has been discovered by researchers. This discovery may help researchers understand how the protein goes awry in the brains of Alzheimer’s dis…