Severe COVID-19 Linked With Molecular Signatures of Brain Aging

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Summary: Gene usage in the brains of those who suffered severe COVID-19 infections was similar to that observed in the aging brain. Researchers say COVID-19 is...

New Findings on Neuronal Activities in the Sensorimotor Cortex

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Summary: New findings about neural activity in the sensorimotor cortex may aid in the development of neuroprosthetics to help compensate for neuronal dysfunctions.Source: University of FreiburgAn...

Short Term Memory Problems Can Be Improved With Laser Therapy

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Summary: Transcranial photobiomodulation (tPBM), a laser therapy delivered to the right prefrontal cortex appears to improve short-term memory in both human and animal models. The therapy,...

Fatherhood Changes Men’s Brains – Neuroscience News

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Summary: Researchers find significant changes in fathers’ brains between the prenatal and the postpartum period. The main changes occurred in cortical areas associated with visual processing,...

Neurology checklists in 26 essential neurology blog posts

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We thought you may want to explore Neurochecklists via our 26 essential neurology blog posts: *** 4 novel disease categories emerging in neurology 7 most devastating viral neurological infections 7...

Autism-Linked Gene Found to Shape Nerve Connections

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Summary: The autism-linked Gabrb3 gene appears to shape the formation of both normal and atypical neural connections in the brain.Source: Cornell UniversityA gene linked to autism...

How Racial and Ethnic Disparities in ADRD Impact Diagnosis, Quality of Care

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As researchers continue to seek insights to improve the understanding,...

Prenatal Wellness Classes Cut Moms’ Depression in Half up to Eight Years Later

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Summary: Pregnant women who participated in group wellness classes for eight weeks were half as likely to suffer depression eight years later compared to women who...

A Crucial Role of Brain’s Striatum Cilia in Time Perception

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Summary: Destruction or removal of the cilia in the striatum impairs time perception and judgment, new research suggests. The findings could have implications for a range...

Toward Early Detection of the Pathological Social Withdrawal Syndrome Known as ‘Hikikomori’

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Summary: Hikikomori is a complex condition where a person withdraws from society and remains isolated at home for more than six months. The condition is becoming...

Distinct patterns of anhedonia and impulsivity linked to motivational disturbances in Parkinson disease »...

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Congratulations to Drs. Okun, Gunduz & Bowers on the publication of “From pleasure to punding: Distinct patterns of anhedonia and impulsivity linked to motivational disturbances in...

Enzyme Drives Cognitive Decline in Mice, Provides New Target for Alzheimer’s

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Summary: A subtle increase of the PKCα protein produces biochemical, cellular, and cognitive impairments akin to those seen in Alzheimer’s disease. The finding provides a potential...

A New Perspective on Grieving Loss of a Pet

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Summary: After the loss of a pet, many people report experiencing disenfranchised grief that can not be resolved and may turn into complicated grief. Validating a...

Why Certain Types of Music Make Our Brains Sing, and Others Don’t

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Summary: Music can induce a range of emotions and help us to better understand different cultures. But what is it that makes us tune in to...

Protein Shapes Could Indicate Parkinson’s Disease

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Summary: The shape of a specific set of proteins differs in the spinal fluid of patients with Parkinson’s disease compared to those without the neurodegenerative disease.Source:...

Krill Oil Protects Dopaminergic Neurons From Age-Related Degeneration

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Summary: Krill oil protects dopaminergic neurons from age-related degeneration, decreases alpha-synuclein aggregation, and improves dopamine-dependent cognition and behavior in lab models of Parkinson’s disease.Source: Impact JournalsThere...

Major Discovery About Mammalian Brains Surprises Researchers

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Summary: V-ATPase, a vital enzyme that enables neurotransmission is able to switch on and off randomly, even taking hours-long breaks.Source: University of CopenhagenIn a new breakthrough...

When Should Patients With GERD Seek a Mental Health Care Professional?

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Research in the past decade has increasingly revealed an association...

Family Involvement May Lead to Better Patient Outcomes in Psychosis Treatment

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Summary: Study reveals the benefits of family involvement in treatment outcomes for those who suffer from psychosis.Source: Boston Medical CenterAccording to new research from Boston Medical...

Children as Young as 10 Are Repeat Self-Harming

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Summary: One-quarter of teens and young adults engaged in episodes of self-harm on more than one occasion. Repeated self-harm episodes are more likely to occur during...

Exercise Addiction Is a Real Mental Health Condition, Yet Still Poorly Understood

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Summary: Exercise addiction is an obsessive or compulsive desire to exercise, even when it is detrimental to health. Researchers evaluate what causes exercise addiction and focus...

What’s the Connection Between Cosmetic Procedures and Mental Health?

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Summary: Researchers reveal a higher rate of body dysmorphia, depression, anxiety, and personality disorders in those seeking cosmetic surgery procedures.Source: The ConversationAlthough we cannot be sure...

Improvisation and Creativity in Professional Jazz Musicians

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Summary: Professional jazz musicians play certain combinations of notes and “licks” with more constant timing and force than other notes. Findings suggest jazz musicians possess a...

Is Polio Re-Emerging in the US?

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The wild poliovirus had been eliminated in the US for...

LGBTQIA+ Youth More Than Twice as Likely to Attempt Suicide Than Heterosexual Peers

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Summary: Young people who are members of the LGBTQIA+ community are twice as likely to experience suicidal thoughts and attempt suicide than their heterosexual peers.Source: University...

Alzheimer’s Risk Gene Undermines Insulation of Brain’s ‘Wiring’

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Summary: When people carry the Alzheimer’s associated APOE4 gene, oligodendrocytes fail to transport fatty molecules to wrap neurons that make brain circuitry connections. This deficit of...

Slow-Moving Shell of Water Can Make Parkinson’s Proteins ‘Stickier’

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Summary: Water plays a key role in how proteins associated with Parkinson’s disease fold, clump or misfold.Source: University of CambridgeWater – which makes up the majority...

High-Fat Diet Can Provoke Pain Sensitivity Without Obesity or Diabetes

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Summary: High-fat diets induce hyperalgesic priming, a neurological change that represents the transition from acute to chronic pain, and allodynia or pain resulting from stimuli that...

Two Fifths of People Have Chronic Pain by Their 40s, With Consequences for Later...

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Summary: People who experience chronic pain during middle age report poorer mental and overall health problems later in life.Source: UCLChronic pain is widespread among those in...

Rats Bop to the Beat

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Summary: New findings reveal rats can move their heads to the beat of music, demonstrating animals have innate beat synchronization.Source: University of TokyoAccurately moving to a...

Alzheimer’s Disease Can Be Diagnosed Before Symptoms Emerge

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Summary: A new study reveals it is not only possible to determine Alzheimer’s risks before symptoms appear, but it is also possible to determine who will...

Enhancing Amyloid-β Clearance May Improve Brain Function in Alzheimer Disease

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Two small molecules were shown to enhance the clearance of...

How Squid and Octopus Get Their Big Brains

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Summary: Neural stem cells of cephalopods act in a similar way to those of vertebrates during nervous system development.Source: HarvardCephalopods — which include octopus, squid, and...

Evening People Show Enhanced Fear Acquisition, Which May Increase the Risk to Develop Anxiety

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Summary: The vulnerability of those with evening chronotypes to anxiety, PTSD, and related disorders may be mediated by altered fear acquisition.Source: Bial FoundationDo you know what...

The Link Between Sleep Apnea and Dementia

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Summary: CPAP treatments for sleep apnea have the potential to reduce dementia risk, a new study reports.Source: University of QueenslandResearchers at The University of Queensland have...

Functional Movement Disorders And Deep Brain Stimulation: A Multi-center Study

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Congratulations to Drs. Okun, Almeida, and Deeb on the publicaiton of Functional Movement Disorders And Deep Brain Stimulation: A Multi-center Study,” in the October 30th issue...

Motivation Is Affected by Oxidative Stress, but Nutrition Can Help

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Summary: Higher levels of glutathione in the nucleus accumbens correlated with better and more steady performance in motivation-based tasks. Findings suggest improvements in accumbal anti-oxidant function...

Nine Out of Ten Want to Know Their Brain Disease Risk

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Summary: 91% of people say they would definitely like to take a simple test to analyze their risks of developing neurological disorders if they were available.Source:...

How Asexuals Navigate Romantic Relationships

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Summary: 1% of the population identifies as asexual, a sexual orientation defined as lacking sexual attraction to others. While asexual people lack sexual attraction, it does...

Trauma During Childhood Triples the Risk of Suffering a Serious Mental Disorder in Adulthood

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Summary: Childhood trauma significantly increases the risk of being diagnosed with a mental health disorder later in life. For children who experienced emotional abuse, the most...

The Effects of Climate Change on Cardiovascular Health

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As scientists continue to discover evidence linking climate change to...

clinical features, pathophysiology, and treatment » Department of Neurology » College of Medicine »...

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Congratulations to Kara A Johnson PhD, Kelly D Foote MD, Christopher R Butson PhD, Aysegul Gunduz PhD, and Michael S Okun MD on the publication of...

Control Hub for Skin Inflammation Discovered

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Summary: UV light from sunbathing and mosquito-borne diseases activate NLRP1 through p38, triggering skin inflammation.Source: University of BonnAs the largest organ of the human body, the...

Individuals With Schizophrenia and Social Anhedonia Show Altered Neural Processing for Social Reward Anticipation

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Summary: People with schizophrenia and social anhedonia exhibit altered neural processing for social reward processing, leading to impaired social interaction and social dysfunction.Source: Chinese Academy of...

Acknowledging the Best of our Faculty! » Department of Neurology » College of Medicine...

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Surrounded by friends and family, some of the University of Florida’s most accomplished faculty members were formally recognized as endowed chairs and professors, receiving specially engraved...

How to Become a Morning Person

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Summary: Researchers reveal how night owls can turn themselves into early rising early birds.Source: StanfordWhen Rafael Pelayo was an undergraduate student majoring in biology at the...

UF neuroscientists publish review of latest Tourette syndrome research » McKnight Brain Institute »...

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By Michelle Jaffee Significant progress has been made in understanding the genetics and pathophysiology of Tourette syndrome and in refining treatments, yet several unsolved challenges remain, according...

Empathy for the Pain of the Conflicting Group Is Altered Across Generations in the...

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Summary: Children of both perpetrators and survivors of genocide display the same ingroup biases of their parents, even though they did not experience the event themselves....

Fermented Foods and Fiber May Lower Stress Levels

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Summary: Adding more fermented foods and fiber to your daily diet for four weeks has a significant impact when it comes to reducing stress.Source: The ConversationWhen...

Researchers Highlight the Concerning 20-Year Knowledge Gap on Young Adult Brain Health

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Summary: Researchers call for action to increase research on young adult brain health to determine brain development and risk factors for neurological disorders later in life.Source:...

30 updated practical neurology checklists

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This is just to highlight some of the checklists that we recently updated with the latest in the neurology literature *** COVID19 non-vascular features Autoimmune nodopathies Bing-Neel syndrome FIRES Myoclonus treatment     Huntington’s disease...

How Institutions Can Address Stroke Neurologists’ Mental Health Needs

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Burnout syndrome and mental health disorders among physicians have garnered...

UF Innovate awards Drs. de Hemptinne and Cagle “Invention of the Year” » Norman...

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By Anna Shavers Dr. Coralie de Hemptinne (left) and Dr. Jackson Cagle (right)Deep brain stimulation (DBS) can be an efficient therapy to managing symptoms in patients with...

Crossword Puzzles Beat Computer Video Games in Slowing Memory Loss

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Summary: Crossword puzzles have an edge over computerized memory games in improving memory function in older adults with mild cognitive impairment.Source: Columbia UniversityA new study by...

A pilot trial of dopamine replacement for dynamic facial expressions in Parkinson’s disease »...

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Congratulations to Drs Hubert H. Fernandez, Michael S. Okun, and Dawn Bowers on the publication of “A pilot trial of dopamine replacement for dynamic facial expressions...

Pressure Chamber Therapy Is Effective in the Functional Improvement of Autism

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Summary: Pressure chamber therapy significantly improved social skills and reduced inflammation in animal models of autism.Source: Tel Aviv UniversityA new Tel Aviv University study succeeded in...

Muhammad Ali and Young-Onset Idiopathic Parkinson Disease—The Missing Evidence » Department of Neurology »...

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Congratulations to Dr. Okun on the publication of “Muhammad Ali and Young-Onset Idiopathic Parkinson Disease—The Missing Evidence.”  This paper was published in the October 24th edition...

Where Do Fears Come From?

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Summary: Exposure therapy for fears and phobias may only have a 50% success rate because fear memories outlast competing safety memories learned from therapy. Researchers investigate...

During Sleep, One Brain Region Teaches Another, Converting Novel Data Into Enduring Memories

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Summary: As the body moves between REM sleep and slow-wave sleep cycles, the hippocampus and neocortex interact to facilitate memory formation.Source: University of PennsylvaniaWhat role do...

Strict Parenting May Hard-Wire Depression Risk Into a Child’s DNA

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Summary: Strict parenting and other childhood stresses increase depression risks later in life by altering the way in which DNA is read.Source: European College of NeuropsychopharmacologyStrict...

25 recently updated neurology checklists

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This is just to highlight some of the checklists that we recently updated with the latest in the neurology literature *** Epilepsy and migraine Motor neurone disease (MND): non-genetic...

Mindfulness Training Provides a Natural High

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Summary: Mindful meditation can produce a healthy altered state of consciousness in the treatment of those with addiction problems.Source: University of UtahNew research from the University...

Certain Foods Reduce Weight and Hot Flashes in Menopausal Women by 88%

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Summary: Switching to a diet low in animal products and fats, high in vegetables, and adding a serving of soybeans reduced hot flashes and increased weight...

Monkeypox Outbreak Can Still Be Contained, Says Columbia Epidemiologist

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Health officials worldwide can still take steps to contain the...

Dark Personality Traits Make People Susceptible to Fake News

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Summary: People with Dark Triad personality traits are likelier to believe fake news, especially when doing so promotes their selfish desires. Even when presented with scientific...

Can Obesity and Stress Influence Appetite?

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Summary: Stress impacts the brain’s response to food, researchers report. Additionally, both lean and obese people react to food cues in brain areas associated with reward...

Biomarkers for Heart Failure Hospitalization Identified in Patients With AF

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Baseline C-reactive protein, cystatin C, growth-differentiation factor-15, interleukin-6 (IL-6), N-terminal...

COVID-19’s Effects on Cognition – Neuroscience News

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Summary: Patterns of cognitive impairments suffered by those infected with COVID-19 were similar to those of healthy people who are sleep deprived. Additionally, worse symptoms of...

COVID-19 Pandemic Caused Prolonged Decline in Life Expectancy

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Summary: Smaller life expectancy deficits associated with the COVID-19 pandemic were found in countries with more fully vaccinated people, researchers report.Source: University of OxfordCOVID-19 has caused...

Speech as a New Diagnostic Tool in ALS and FTD

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Summary: With the help of AI, researchers are developing digital biomarkers that use speech data to identify ALS and frontotemporal dementia.Source: DZNEWith the help of speech...

Do We Perceive Colors Differently Depending on the Language We Speak?

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Summary: Color perception can be affected by cultural influences, learning experiences, and our mother tongue.Source: The ConversationWhen we open our eyes, a myriad of colors immediately...

Secret Structure in the Wiring Diagram of the Brain

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Summary: Study reveals a hidden order in seemingly random connections between neurons.Source: University Hospital BonnIn the brain, our perception arises from a complex interplay of neurons...

Developmental neurology in 30 numbers

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Here are a few developmental neurology-related numbers we thought you may want to review *** 43 genetic causes of microcephaly 21 non-genetic causes of microcephaly 39 genetic causes of macrocephaly 15...

Too Much Motivation Affects Our Decision-Making

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Summary: Motivation influences neural networks associated with perception and impacts our decision-making skills.Source: University of GenevaIn a good or a bad mood, focused or distracted, in...

Should Treatment for Spinal Muscular Atrophy Be Initiated Earlier?

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There is a paradigm shift in the way clinicians think...

The connection between MOGAD and seizures » Norman Fixel Institute for Neurological Diseases »...

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By Anna Shavers Myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein antibody disease (MOGAD), a demyelinating neurological condition, different from multiple sclerosis, has been primarily associated with inflammation in the optic nerve,...

Researchers Identify Brain Regions Where Word Meaning Is Retrieved

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Summary: Study identifies brain areas where the meaning of words is retrieved from memory and processed during language comprehension.Source: Medical College of WisconsinA new study by...

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(Image caption: Mouse Central Amygdala containing Prepronociceptin (green) and PKC delta (magenta) neurons)When you eat something super tasty, ever wonder why you really don’t ...

study protocol for a randomized controlled trial » Department of Neurology » College of...

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Congratulations to Drs. Malú Gámez Tansey, Nikolaus R. McFarland, David E. Vaillancourt, and Adolfo Ramirez-Zamora on the publication of “Study in Parkinson’s disease of exercise phase 3...

Shaker Channel Mutation Differs Structurally From Human Potassium Channels

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Summary: Study investigates whether the W434F mutation found in the Shaker-IR channel epitomizes and functionally accelerates the C-type inactivation state.Source: Texas TechPotassium (K+) channels are small,...

How Genetics Influences Our Body Weight Beyond Genes

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Summary: Researchers identified microRNA-7 as a non-classic risk factor for hereditary obesity.Source: ETH ZurichHeredity plays a role in how strongly we are predisposed to put on...

Detecting Alzheimer’s Disease in the Blood

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Summary: A new blood sample test is capable of measuring the build-up of Alzheimer’s disease-associated amyloid-beta in the brain.Source: Hokkaido UniversityResearchers from Hokkaido University and Toppan...

Being Absent While Awake: How Mind Blanking Helps Us Understand Ongoing Thinking

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Summary: When our minds go blank, the brain enters into a similar mode as it does during deep sleep.Source: University of LiegeResearchers from the GIGA CRC In...

Daylight Hours Impact Opioid Receptor Levels in Brown Fat

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Summary: Shorter daylight hours increase opioid receptor signaling in the brown fat of animals.Source: University of TurkuWhen the season turns darker and colder, animals’ brown fat...

Movement disorders in 30 numbers

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Below are some movement disorders-related numbers we thought you might want to explore: *** 12 neurological risk factors for Parkinson’s disease 12 protective factors against Parkinson’s disease 14 mimics of...

A New Function of the Cerebellum

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Summary: The cerebellum plays a key role in the storage of both positive and negative memories of emotional events.Source: University of BaselThe cerebellum is known primarily...

Is DBS safe during pregnancy? » Norman Fixel Institute for Neurological Diseases » University...

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By Anna Shavers Deep brain stimulation (DBS) can provide symptom relief for people living with neurologic or psychiatric conditions, but is DBS safe during pregnancy? Max Parker and...

Omega-3’s Linked to Improved Brain Structure and Cognition at Midlife

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Summary: Boosting omega-3 fatty acid intake helps to preserve brain health and improve cognition in middle age, a new study reports. For those with the Alzheimer’s...

Cure Parkinson’s and Van Andel Institute celebrate Dr. Michael Okun » Norman Fixel Institute...

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By Anna Shavers Dr. Michael Okun (left), Dr. Ray Dorsey (right)Cure Parkinson’s and Van Andel Institute (VAI) jointly awarded the 2022 Tom Isaacs Scientific Award to Michael...

‘Love Hormone’ Oxytocin Could Mend a Broken Heart

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Summary: Oxytocin, a hormone connected with bonding and love, could help to heal damage following a heart attack. Researchers found oxytocin stimulates stem cells from the...

Superager Brains Contain ‘Super Neurons’

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Summary: Neurons in the memory-associated entorhinal cortex of super-agers are significantly larger than their cognitively average peers, those with MCI, and even in people up to...

Cognitive neurology in 30 numbers

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Below are some cognitive neurology related numbers we thought you might want to explore: *** 26 cortical release signs  21 apraxias  22 causes of pathological laughter  11 agnosias  39 causes of mutism  *** 13...

New Marker of ALS Outcome Identified

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Summary: Using MEG neuroimaging, researchers have identified a new marker that can be used to predict the clinical outcomes for those suffering from ALS.Source: Human Brain...

Study Reveals Main Target of COVID-19 in Brain and Describes Effects of Virus on...

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Summary: SARS_CoV_2, the virus responsible for COVID-19 infects and replicates in astrocytes, reducing neural viability.Source: FAPESPA Brazilian study published in the journal PNAS describes some of the effects...

People With Glaucoma Are at Significant Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

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Summary: People with normal-tension glaucoma are at increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, researchers say.Source: AAOA large, nationwide study from Taiwan shows that people with a...

The Ramifications of Roe vs Wade Reversal for Neurology: A Neurologist Weighs In

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Following decades of debate about the ethical, moral, medical, legal,...

Postbiotics Could Deliver Immunity Boost in Your Morning Coffee

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Summary: Postbiotics with a morning coffee can help give your immune system a boost, a new study reveals.Source: Griffith UniversityYour morning coffee could now give an...

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