Can pomegranate juice protect the infant brain?
August 21, 2019
When it comes to protecting the newborn brain, taking steps to mitigate risk before birth may be critical. Some newborns, such as those with intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR), are at heightened risk. Being able to intervene before birth to aid in protecting the newborn brain may prevent the ...
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Improved functional near infrared spectroscopy enables enhanced brain imaging
August 21, 2019
In an article published today in the peer-reviewed, open-access SPIE publication , "High density functional diffuse optical tomography based on frequency domain measurements improves image quality and spatial resolution," researchers demonstrate critical improvements to functional Near Infrared S...
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Highest-resolution human brain 'parts list' to date lays road map to better treatments
August 21, 2019
A new study from the Allen Institute for Brain Science has written the most detailed "parts list" of the human brain to date. This categorization of our brain cell types lays the groundwork to improve our understanding of our own brains and to dramatically change how we treat human brain diseases...
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Babbling babies' behavior changes parents' speech
August 21, 2019
New research shows baby babbling changes the way parents speak to their infants, suggesting that infants are shaping their own learning environments.
Researchers from Cornell University's Behavioral Analysis of Beginning Years (B.A.B.Y) Laboratory found that adults unconsciously modif...
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Real-time fMRI treats Tourette Syndrome
August 21, 2019
Characterized by repetitive movements or vocalizations known as tics, Tourette Syndrome is a neurodevelopmental disorder that plagues many adolescents. A study conducted by Yale researchers has trained adolescents with Tourette Syndrome to control their tics through an imaging technique that allo...
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Hazardous patterns of prescription opioid misuse in the US
August 21, 2019
Among adults aged 18 years and older, 31 percent used prescription opioids only as prescribed by a physician medically and 4 percent misused them. Thus, the overwhelming majority (88 percent) of all past-12-month prescription opioid users used the drugs for medical purposes only, according to a n...
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Could targeting variants of this gene help fight Alzheimer's disease?
August 21, 2019
Scientists have identified gene variants that appear able to alter the risk of Alzheimer's disease by changing levels of a protein that is present in cerebrospinal fluid.
In a recent paper, the international team describes how variants in ...
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Is it autism? The line is getting increasingly blurry
August 21, 2019
Around the world, the number of people diagnosed with autism is rising. In the United States, the prevalence of the disorder has grown from 0.05% in 1966 to more than 2% today. In Quebec, the reported prevalence is close to 2% and according to a paper issued by the province's public health depart...
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