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September 20, 2014
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UCLA to develop ‘brain prosthesis’ to help brain-injured patients recover memory

As part of a major federal initiative, UCLA has been awarded $15M to create a wireless, implantable device that could restore memory to millions UCLA has been tapped by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to spearhead an innovative project … Continue reading

June 3, 2014
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Leptin also influences brain cells that control appetite, Yale researchers find

Twenty years after the hormone leptin was found to regulate metabolism, appetite, and weight through brain cells called neurons, Yale School of Medicine researchers have found that the hormone also acts on other types of cells to control appetite. Published … Continue reading

January 4, 2014
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How a Concussion Can Lead to Depression Years Later

After brain injury, cells on ‘high alert’ prolong immune response, affecting behavior COLUMBUS, Ohio – A head injury can lead immune-system brain cells to go on “high alert” and overreact to later immune challenges by becoming excessively inflammatory – a … Continue reading

December 31, 2013
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New Look Inside Cell Nucleus Could Improve Cancer Diagnostics

Researchers have sequenced the entire messenger RNA – the “genetic photocopies” – contained in the nucleus of a single cell, a long-anticipated step toward better cancer diagnostics and other medical applications. Researchers have successfully isolated and sequenced the entire messenger … Continue reading

December 18, 2013
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Neuroscience Methods: Optogenetics as good as electrical stimulation

Brown researchers have shown that optogenetics — a technique that uses pulses of visible light to alter the behavior of brain cells — can be as good as or possibly better than the older technique of using small bursts of … Continue reading

June 25, 2013
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Vicious cycle: Changes in brain chemistry sustain obesity

In a new discovery reported in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, Brown University and Lifespan researchers show that in the brain cells of rats, obesity impedes the production of a hormone that curbs appetite and inspires calorie burning. The root … Continue reading

December 15, 2012
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What Causes Hot Flushes during Menopause?

Hot flushes are not “in the head,” but new research suggests they may start there. A UA research team has identified a region in the brain that may trigger the uncomfortable surges of heat most women experience in the first … Continue reading

February 16, 2012
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UCLA Scientists Boost Memory By Stimulating Key Site in Brain

*Mechanism holds potential for improving recall in dementia patients* Have you ever gone to the movies and forgotten where you parked the car? New UCLA research may one day help you improve your memory. UCLA neuroscientists have demonstrated that they can … Continue reading