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Discovery of the Causes of Brain Dysfunction in Patients with Huntington’s Disease

A protein crucial to synaptic function in brain tissues of patients with Huntington’s disease (HD) was discovered to have decreased function by researchers at KIST Huntington’s disease (HD) is a hereditary brain disease caused by a mutation in the huntingtin... Continue Reading →

Cravings for Fatty Foods Traced to Gut-Brain Connection

A dieter wrestling with cravings for fatty foods might be tempted to blame their tongue: the delicious taste of butter or ice cream is hard to resist. But new research investigating the source of our appetites has uncovered an entirely... Continue Reading →

Elevator Phobia

Phobias Related to Elevators Elevators are a common trigger for claustrophobia and agoraphobia. Agoraphobia Agoraphobia is the fear of being trapped in a situation in which escape would be difficult or impossible should a panic attack occur. Those with agoraphobia typically avoid “clusters” of related situations,... Continue Reading →

Problems persist for kids exposed to cannabis in the womb

Children who were exposed to cannabis in the womb continue to show elevated rates of symptoms of psychopathology — depression, anxiety and other psychiatric conditions — even as, at ages 11 and 12, they head toward adolescence, according to research... Continue Reading →

Stimulation of the vagus nerve strengthens the communication between the stomach and the brain

The nervous system takes in sensory stimuli, processes them and triggers reactions such as muscle movements or pain sensations. A few years ago, a network in the brain was identified that is coupled with signals from the stomach and presumably... Continue Reading →

Steroid meds linked to structural and volume changes in brain white and grey matter

The use of prescribed steroids, including in inhalers, is linked to changes in the structure and volume of white and grey matter in the brain, suggests the findings of the largest study of its kind, published in the open access journal BMJ... Continue Reading →

Repeated concussions can thicken the skull, Monash University study finds

New research has found that repeated concussions can thicken the structure of skull bones. Previous studies have shown damage to the brain following concussion, but have not looked at the brain’s protective covering. A Monash-led study published in the journal Scientific... Continue Reading →

Researchers discover how a brain area implicated in Alzheimer’s may be vulnerable to degeneration

The locus coeruleus is among the first brain regions to degenerate in Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, physicians and scientists have known. But why this area is so vulnerable is less understood. While continuing their exploration of a rare neurogenetic disorder,... Continue Reading →

Brains cells born together wire and fire together for life

Brain cells with the same "birthdate" are more likely to wire together into cooperative signaling circuits that carry out many functions, including the storage of memories, a new study finds. Led by researchers from NYU Grossman School of Medicine, the... Continue Reading →

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