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Newswise: Gene ID’d as potential therapeutic target for dementia in Parkinson’s
Released: 3-Feb-2020 7:00 AM EST
Gene ID’d as potential therapeutic target for dementia in Parkinson’s
Washington University in St. Louis

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have discovered that the genetic variant APOE4 – long linked to dementia – spurs the spread of harmful clumps of Parkinson’s proteins through the brain. The findings suggest that therapies that target APOE might reduce the risk of dementia for people with Parkinson’s disease.

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Released: 5-Feb-2020 1:55 PM EST
Focus on context diminishes memory of negative events, researchers report
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

In a new study, researchers report they can manipulate how the brain encodes and retains emotional memories.

Released: 4-Feb-2020 9:00 AM EST
Researcher’s technology differentiates between Parkinson’s disease and multiple system atrophy
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Scientists have found a way to distinguish between two progressive neurodegenerative diseases, Parkinson’s disease (PD) and multiple system atrophy (MSA), using a technology developed by a researcher at UTHealth. The discovery was published today in Nature.

Newswise: Activating Immune Cells Could Revitalize the Aging Brain, Study Suggests
Released: 29-Jan-2020 8:05 AM EST
Activating Immune Cells Could Revitalize the Aging Brain, Study Suggests
The Rockefeller University Press

Researchers at Albany Medical College in New York have discovered that a specific type of immune cell accumulates in older brains, and that activating these cells improves the memory of aged mice. The study, which will be published February 5 in the Journal of Experimental Medicine (JEM), suggests that targeting these cells might reduce age-related cognitive decline and combat aging-associated neurodegenerative disease in humans.

Newswise: Novel Intervention in Senior Housing Communities Increases Resilience and Wisdom
Released: 30-Jan-2020 6:05 PM EST
Novel Intervention in Senior Housing Communities Increases Resilience and Wisdom
University of California San Diego Health

Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine, in collaboration with Mather Institute, developed a method to enhance resilience and reduce subjective stress in residents living in senior housing communities.

Newswise: LLNL develops 3D ‘brain-on-a-chip’ device capable of long-term recording of neural activity
Released: 5-Feb-2020 6:05 AM EST
LLNL develops 3D ‘brain-on-a-chip’ device capable of long-term recording of neural activity
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory engineers and biologists have developed a “brain-on-a-chip” device capable of recording the neural activity of living brain cell cultures in three-dimensions, a significant advancement in the realistic modeling of the human brain outside of the body.

Released: 4-Feb-2020 2:05 PM EST
U-M researchers identify unique neuron that computes like a compass
University of Michigan

It's 5 p.m. as you leave the parking garage at work, but you realize you have no idea which way to turn to travel home. You know where you are and what street your house is on—it's just that you can't remember how to get there.

Released: 4-Feb-2020 1:30 PM EST
Flyception 2.0: New Imaging Technology Tracks Complex Social Behavior
University of California San Diego

An advanced imaging technology developed at UC San Diego is allowing scientists unprecedented access into brain activities during intricate behaviors. The “Flyception2” has produced the first-ever picture of what happens in the brain during mating in any organism.

Newswise: Researchers Discover Method to Detect Motor-Related Brain Activity
Released: 30-Jan-2020 10:05 AM EST
Researchers Discover Method to Detect Motor-Related Brain Activity
American Institute of Physics (AIP)

Motor-related brain activity is of great interest to researchers looking for a better way to improve neurorehabilitation, and one factor to consider is the suppression of the specific rhythmic activity of neurons within the sensorimotor cortex of the brain. Studies indicate this feature suffers from variability when using traditional methods to explore it. In the journal Chaos, scientists in Russia are approaching the problem from a different angle to search for a more robust feature of brain activity associated with accomplishing motor tasks.

Newswise: Brain Links to Embryonic Immunity, Guiding Response of The
Released: 30-Jan-2020 4:25 PM EST
Brain Links to Embryonic Immunity, Guiding Response of The "Troops" That Battle Infection
Tufts University

Researchers have discovered that the brains of developing embryos provide signals to a nascent immune system that help it ward off infections and significantly improve the embryo’s ability to survive a bacterial challenge. Viable brainless frog embryos can survive for some time, but exhibit chaotic and ineffective responses.



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