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Crossing Fingers Can Reduce Feelings of Pain

How you feel pain is affected by where sources of pain are in relation to each other, and so crossing your fingers can change what you feel on a single finger, finds new UCL research.

The research is in Current Biology. (full access paywall)

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Variation of the pain experiment known as the thermal grill illusion, helps researchers discover how you feel pain is affected by where the sources of pain are in relation to one another.
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Sea Slugs Help Researchers Map How Neurons Fire

Scientists say our brains may not be as complicated as we once thought - and they're using sea slugs to prove it.

The research is in Neuron. (full access paywall)

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Research demonstrates how the complex locomotion of Aplysia can be simplified and interpreted.
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HA, explains a lot... :)
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Alzheimer's Related Memory Problems Reduced With Immunotherapy

Full article at http://neurosciencenews.com/memory-loss-reversal-alzheimers-immunotherapy-1894/.

A new study from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston has revealed that a single dose of an immunotherapy reverses memory problems in an animal model of Alzheimer's disease.

The research is in Journal of Neuroscience. (full access paywall)

Research: "Tau Immunotherapy Modulates Both Pathological Tau and Upstream Amyloid Pathology in an Alzheimer's Disease Mouse Model" by Diana L. Castillo-Carranza, Marcos J. Guerrero-Muñoz, Urmi Sengupta, Caterina Hernandez, Alan D.T. Barrett, Kelly Dineley, and Rakez Kayed and Journal of Neuroscience doi:10.1523/JNEUROSCI.4989-14.2015

Image: This image is for illustrative purposes only and is a diagram of how microtubules desintegrate with Alzheimer's disease Image credit: ADEAR/NIA.

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+iPan Baal
 Heck yeah! Might just be the foil of the blood brain barrier! Disease free future ? Doubtful, but any hope is good hope.. ;)
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A Non Visual Opsin Could Help Future Studies of the Brain and CNS

Researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have discovered a light-sensitive opsin protein that plays a surprising and possibly critical role in neuron maturation and circuit formation.

The research is in Current Biology. (full access paywall)

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Researchers have discovered a light sensitive opsin protein that could play a critical role in neuron maturation.
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Behavioral and Cognitive Impairment Linked to Prenatal Exposure to Everyday Air Pollutants

Full article at http://neurosciencenews.com/pah-pollution-neurodevelopment-1889/.

Researchers at the Institute for the Developing Mind at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) and colleagues at Columbia University’s Center for Children’s Environmental Health have found a powerful relationship between prenatal PAH exposure and disturbances in parts of the brain that support information processing and behavioral control.

The research is in JAMA Psychiatry. (full access paywall)

Research: "Effects of Prenatal Exposure to Air Pollutants (Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons) on the Development of Brain White Matter, Cognition, and Behavior in Later Childhood" by Bradley S. Peterson, MD; Virginia A. Rauh, ScD; Ravi Bansal, PhD; Xuejun Hao, PhD; Zachary Toth, BA; Giancarlo Nati, BA; Kirwan Walsh, BA; Rachel L. Miller, MD; David Semanek, BA; and Frederica Perera, DrPH, PhD in JAMA Psychiatry doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2015.57

Image: Effects of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) on the developing brain Image adapted from the CHLA press release.

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Children with ASD More Likely to Have GI Issues than Typically Developing Peers

Study discovers GI symptoms appear in infancy and persist through the age of three.

The research is in JAMA Psychiatry. (full access paywall)

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A new study reports children with autism spectrum disorders are two and a half times as likely to suffer from GI issues than their typically developing peers.
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Wearable Device Helps Vision-Impaired Avoid Collision

Researchers used an obstacle course to evaluate a wearable collision warning device they developed for patients with peripheral vision loss. They found the device may help patients with a wide range of vision loss avoid collisions with high-level obstacles.

The research is in IOVS. (full access paywall)

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A new wearable device appears to help those with vision loss avoid collisions with high level objects, researchers report.
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HIV Can Evolve and Replicate in Patient's Brain Early in the Illness

The AIDS virus can genetically evolve and independently replicate in patients' brains early in the illness process, researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health have discovered.

The research is in PLOS Pathogens. (full open access)

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A new study reports a subset of patients, the HIV virus started to replicate in the brain within the first four months of infection.
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Discovering Age Specific Brain Changes in Autism

Full article at http://neurosciencenews.com/autism-age-brain-changes-1896/.

Researchers at the University of Miami find that large-scale connectivity in autism changes with age.

The research is in NeuroImage: Clinical. (full open access)

Research: "Developmental changes in large-scale network connectivity in autism" by Jason S. Nomi and Lucina Q. Uddin in NeuroImage Clinical

Image: Functional networks showed greater connectivity for children with ASD compared with TD children in 2 out of 18 networks examined: default mode (top, C), and insula/subcortical (bottom, P). Image credit: Jason S. Nomi and Lucina Q. Uddin/NeuroImage: Clinical.

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TBI Patients Show Signs of Faster Brain Aging

Full article at http://neurosciencenews.com/aging-brain-tbi-neurology-1890/.

People who have suffered serious head injuries show changes in brain structure resembling those seen in older people, according to a new study.

The research is in Annals of Neurology. (full open access)

Research: "Prediction of brain age suggests accelerated atrophy after traumatic brain injury" by James H. Cole PhD, Robert Leech PhD, David J. Sharp PhD and for the Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative and Annals of Neurology doi:10.1002/ana.24367

Image: MRI scan showing a healthy brain and a brain of a person with TBI. Image adapted from the Imperial College London press release.

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Carbon Nanotube Fibers Make Superior Links to Brain

Full article at http://neurosciencenews.com/nanotube-dbs-neuroscience-1888/.

Carbon nanotube fibers have proven superior to metal electrodes for deep brain stimulation and to read signals from a neuronal network. Because they provide a two-way connection, they show promise for treating patients with neurological disorders while monitoring the real-time response of neural circuits in areas that control movement, mood and bodily functions.

The research is in ACS Nano. (full access paywall)

Research: "Neural Stimulation and Recording with Bidirectional, Soft Carbon Nanotube Fiber Microelectrodes" by Flavia Vitale, Samantha R. Summerson, Behnaam Aazhang, Caleb Kemere, and Matteo Pasquali and ACS Nano doi:10.1021/acsnano.5b01060

Image: Pairs of carbon nanotube fibers have been tested for potential use as implantable electrodes to treat patients with neurological disorders like Parkinson's disease. The fibers invented at Rice University proved to be far better than metallic wires now used to stimulate neurons in the brain. Image credit: Pasquali Lab/Rice University.

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scary science. any current applications of this? proposed such? rsvp. i think i need to make another aluminum hat. any suggestions? is true cybersex now a possibility? without vibrating addons to my laptop? rsvp!
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Brain Sees New Words as Pictures After Learning Them

When we look at a known word, our brain sees it like a picture, not a group of letters needing to be processed. That’s the finding from a Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC) study published in the Journal of Neuroscience, which shows the brain learns words quickly by tuning neurons to respond to a complete word, not parts of it.

The research will appear in Journal of Neuroscience.

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New research could help explain how the brain processes words.
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Another great one! This finding could tells a lot why children with asd have language difficulties!Thank you NN!
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