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Brain abnormalities in children exposed to meth

A new report shows that the effects of prenatal methamphetamine exposure - or worse, a combination of methamphetamine and alcohol - may be even more damaging.



Brain tumour growth switch discovered

A recent study shows that a molecule called miR-451 coordinates the grow-or-go behaviour of tumour cells, and that the change is accompanied by slower cell proliferation and an increase in cell migration.



Brain differences after a fight with a partner

Research suggests that brain activity-specifically in the region called the lateral prefrontal cortex is a far better indicator of how someone will feel in the days following a fight with his or her partner.



Learning helps keep brain healthy

Neurobiologists are providing the first visual evidence that learning promotes brain health - and, therefore, that mental stimulation could limit the debilitating effects of ageing on memory and the mind.



Brain study offers insight into autism

Scientists are a step closer to understanding how abnormalities in brain development might lead to autism and behavioural disorders.



Brain recordings from behaving fruit flies

Researchers at the California Institute of Technology have obtained the first recordings of brain-cell activity in an actively flying fruit fly, suggesting that at least part of the brain of the fruit fly is more sensitive during flight.



Brain diseases linked by toxic form of neural protein

For the first time, researchers have found that three different degenerative brain disorders are linked by a toxic form of the same protein.



How brain tumours outsmart drugs

Researchers have shown one way in which gliomas, a deadly type of brain tumour, can evade drugs aimed at blocking a key cell signaling protein, epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR),that is crucial for tumour growth.



Deep brain stimulation treatment

Neurosurgeons have for the first time successfully treated a patient suffering from severe depression by stimulating the habenula, a tiny nerve structure in the brain.



Autism a brain connectivity disorder

Research suggests that autism spectrum disorders, which affect 25 to 50 percent of TSC patients, result from a miswiring of connections in the developing brain, leading to improper information flow.



Scientists discover a controller of brain circuitry

By combining a research technique that dates back 136 years with modern molecular genetics, a neuroscientist has been able to see how a mammal's brain shrewdly revisits and reuses the same molecular cues to control the complex design of its circuits.



Memory-forming brain cell conversations

The conversations neurons have as they form and recall memories have been decoded by Medical College of Georgia scientists.



Anti-psychotic drugs in the living brain

Scientists have resolved a question about how a popular class of drugs used to treat schizophrenia works using biosensors that reveal previously hidden components of chemical communication in the brain.



How to read brain activity?

By combining recordings of both EEG and individual neurons in trained monkeys, researchers found that a combination of specific waves in the EEG could indeed reliably predict the activity of cells in the brain.



Pushing the brain to find new pathways

A recent article argues that health practitioners believe their clients need more time and motivation to reclaim lost functions, such as the use of an arm, hand or leg.



Early scents really do get 'etched' in the brain

Researchers reporting the results of a brain imaging study show that first scents really do enjoy a "privileged" status in the brain.



Gene therapy technique slows brain disease

A strategy that combines gene therapy with blood stem cell therapy may be a useful tool for treating a fatal brain disease, French researchers have found.



How aggressive cells invade the brain

A team of scientists has witnessed the movements of these cells 'live' under the microscope for the very first time. In the process, they discovered several new behavioural traits of the immune cells.



Mobile microscopes illuminate the brain

Scientists have developed a way of actually watching the activity of many brain cells simultaneously in an animal that is free to move around the environment.



Unlocking Mysteries of the Brain with PET

Inflammatory response of brain cells could tell researchers more about why certain neurologic disorders, such as migraine headaches and psychosis in schizophrenic patients, occur and provide insight into how to best treat them.



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