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Research Offers Hope For NF2 Neuro-Tumor Patients

Full article at http://neurosciencenews.com/nf2-tumor-merlin-7051/

Scientists reveal, for the first time, the role of the cellular prion protein in the development of neurofibromatosis 2 tumors -- with potential impact on other cancers, too.

The research is in Oncogene. (full access paywall)
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Talking to Yourself in the Third Person Can Help You Control Stressful Emotions

The simple act of silently talking to yourself in the third person during stressful times may help you control emotions without any additional mental effort than what you would use for first-person self-talk – the way people normally talk to themselves.

The research is in Scientific Reports. (full open access)

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Studies Help Understand Why Some People Are So Sure They're Right

Dogmatic individuals hold confidently to their beliefs, even when experts disagree and evidence contradicts them. New research from Case Western Reserve University may help explain the extreme perspectives, on religion, politics and more, that seem increasingly prevalent in society.

The research is in Journal of Religion and Health. (full access paywall)

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Genome Editing with CRISPR-Cas9 Prevents Angiogenesis of the Retina

Powerful new technology may lead to novel therapies to prevent vision loss, blindness in those with diseases of the retina.

The research is in Nature Communications. (full open access)

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'Residual Echo' of Ancient Humans in Scans May Hold Clues to Mental Disorders

Researchers at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) have produced the first direct evidence that parts of our brains implicated in mental disorders may be shaped by a "residual echo" from our ancient past. The more a person's genome carries genetic vestiges of Neanderthals, the more certain parts of his or her brain and skull resemble those of humans' evolutionary cousins that went extinct 40,000 years ago, says NIMH's Karen Berman, M.D. NIMH is part of the National Institutes of Health.

The research is in Scientific Reports. (full open access)

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High Prevalence of Evidence of CTE in Brains of Deceased Football Players

Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) was diagnosed post-mortem in a high proportion of former football players whose brains were donated for research, including 110 of 111 National Football League players.

The research is in JAMA. (full open access)

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Body Ownership is Not Impaired in Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia patients often experience an altered sense of self, as if someone else is controlling their actions. This impairment is described as a deficit in the "sense of agency". While it has been well established and linked to problems with sensorimotor brain signals, another category has been left unexplored: the "sense of body ownership" by which we feel that our bodies belong to ourselves. Using a full-body illusion experiment, EPFL scientists have now determined that body ownership is not affected in schizophrenia.

The research is in Schizophrenia Bulletin. (full access paywall)

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Risk for Bipolar Disorder Associated with Faster Aging

New King’s College London research suggests that people with a family history of bipolar disorder may ‘age’ more rapidly than those without a history of the disease.

The research is in Neuropsychopharmacology. (full access paywall)

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Cellular Roots of Anxiety Identified

From students stressing over exams to workers facing possible layoffs, worrying about the future is a normal and universal experience. But when people’s anticipation of bad things to come starts interfering with daily life, ordinary worry can turn into an anxiety disorder. About one in four adults will struggle with anxiety at some point in their lives, making it one of the most common mental disorders in the United States.

The research is in Nature Communications. (full open access)

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Do All People Experience Similar Near-Death-Experiences?

By analyzing people's personal stories about their near-death-experiences, researchers look deeper into the chronology of different types of near-death-experiences.

The research is in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. (full open access)
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