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Non-invasive technique allows amputee to use bionic hand, powered by his thoughts

Medical researchers have created an algorithm that allowed a man to grasp a bottle and other objects with a prosthetic hand, powered only by his thoughts.

Age matters: Discovering why antidepressants don’t work well for kids

A new study had researchers seeking answers to why the therapeutic benefit afforded by SSRIs was so limited in children and teenagers. If researchers can uncover the biological mechanisms preventing available treatments from producing antidepressant ef…

Brain’s ‘gender’ may be quite flexible: Mechanism that plays key role in sexual differentiation of brain described

During prenatal development, the brains of most animals, including humans, develop specifically male or female characteristics. But scientists have known little about the details of how this differentiation occurs. Now, a new study has illuminated deta…

History of depression puts women at risk for diabetes during pregnancy, study finds

A history of depression may put women at risk for developing diabetes during pregnancy, according to research. This study also pointed to how common depression is during pregnancy and the need for screening and education.

Smaller plates, smaller portions? Not always

UConn Health psychiatry researchers say visual cues are not universally effective in helping curb childhood obesityIt may have become conventional wisdom that you can trick yourself into eating…

Intelligent neuroprostheses mimic natural motor control

Neuroscientists are taking inspiration from natural motor control to design new prosthetic devices that can better replace limb function. Researchers have tested a range of brain-controlled devices — from wheelchairs to robots to advanced limbs — tha…

‘Wikipedia’ for neurons created

To help scientists make sense of ‘brain big data,’ researchers have used data mining to create www.neuroelectro.org, a publicly available website that acts like Wikipedia, indexing physiological information about neurons. The site will help to accelera…

Cancer-targeting mechanism under development

Researchers are developing molecules that bind to more than 60 types of cancer. Several are being tested in early-stage clinical trials, including one for brain cancer. These custom-made molecules can carry either a “flag” that shines brightly in stand…

Component of red grapes, wine could help ease depression

A link between inflammation and depression, which affects approximately 148 million people in the United States, has been identified by researchers. A new study finds that resveratrol — a natural anti-inflammatory agent found in the skin of red grapes…

Blueberries show promise as treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder

Roughly 8 percent of people in the US suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). SSRIs, such as Zoloft and Paxil, are the only currently-approved therapy, but their effectiveness is marginal. Researchers have found that blueberries could be an …