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      December 3, 2020

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      Restoring a Rudimentary Form of Vision in the Blind

      Restoration of vision in blind people through a brain implant is on the verge of becoming reality. Recent discoveries show that newly developed high-resolution implants in the visual cortex make it ...

      Scientists Reverse Age-Related Vision Loss, Eye Damage from Glaucoma in Mice

      Researchers at Harvard Medical School have successfully reversed age-related vision loss in animals as well as eye damage stemming from with a ...
      Researchers have found new forms of tau protein that become abnormal in the very early stages of Alzheimer's disease before ...

      Drug Reverses Age-Related Mental Decline Within Days, Mouse Study Shows

      Just a few doses of an experimental drug can reverse age-related declines in memory and mental flexibility in mice, according to a new study. The drug, called ISRIB, has already been shown in ...
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      How Language, Cultural Identity Can Affect Pain

      A new study suggests that the language a bilingual person speaks can affect their physical sensations, depending on the cultural association tied to each ...

      CRISPR Tagging Improves Accuracy of Model Cells Grown from Stem Cells

      CRISPR tags are being used to identify all of the transcription factors necessary to turn a pluripotent stem cell into a suitable adult cell for research, and possible future cell therapies. An ...

      Study Shows Strong Links Between Music and Math, Reading Achievement

      A music educator thought that if he could just control his study for the myriad factors that might have influenced previous ones - race, income, education, etc. -- he could disprove the notion of a ...

      How SARS-CoV-2 Reaches the Brain

      Researchers have studied the mechanisms by which the novel coronavirus can reach the brains of patients with COVID-19. The results show that SARS-CoV-2 enters the brain via nerve cells in the ...

      Molecular Mechanism of Long-Term Memory Discovered

      Researchers have discovered a molecular mechanism that plays a central role in intact long-term memory. This mechanism is also involved in physiological memory loss in old ...

      First Meta-Analysis Shows Promise for Yoga, Meditation, Mindfulness in Concussion

      Chronic concussion symptoms are notoriously difficult to treat. But a researcher who is also a yoga instructor and has been teaching yoga for 17 years - is hoping that a recent study, the first-ever ...

      Research Unlocks New Information About Reading Through Visual Dictionary in the Brain

      The uniquely human ability to read is the cornerstone of modern civilization, yet very little is understood about the effortless ability to derive meaning from written words. Scientists have now ...

      Forest Fires, Cars, Power Plants Join List of Risk Factors for Alzheimer's Disease

      A new study has found that among older Americans with cognitive impairment, the greater the air pollution in their neighborhood, the higher the likelihood of amyloid plaques - a hallmark of ...

      Researchers Find How Stress and the Circadian Clock Affect Sleep

      Researchers have found a new neural pathway that links the circadian clock, stress, and wakefulness in mammals. They identified a neuron that becomes excessively active when the mammal is under ...

      Gut Microbes: A Key to Normal Sleep

      Researchers used a cocktail of antibiotics to deplete gut microbes in mice. They found that metabolites in the gut differed in these mice compared with controls. In particular, metabolic pathways ...

      Cortex Over Reflex: Study Traces Circuits Where Executive Control Overcomes Instinct

      Via circuit tracing and behavioral manipulation using optogenetics, a new study shows that a region of the prefrontal cortex connects to the superior colliculus to override the SC's reflexive ...

      Scientists Reveal Regions of the Brain Where Serotonin Promotes Patience

      In a study on mice scientists pinpoint specific areas of the brain that individually promote patience through the action of ...

      Scientists Develop New Gene Therapy for Eye Disease

      Scientists have developed a new gene therapy approach that offers promise for one day treating an eye disease that leads to a progressive loss of vision and affects thousands of people across the ...

      High Blood Pressure in Midlife Is Linked to Increased Brain Damage in Later Life

      Higher than normal blood pressure is linked to more extensive brain damage in the elderly, according to a new study. In particular, the study found that there was a strong association between ...

      Basketball on the Brain: Neuroscientists Use Sports to Study Surprise

      Neuroscientists tracked the brains and pupils of self-described basketball fans as they watched March Madness games, to study how people process surprise -- an unexpected change of circumstances that ...

      Breaking the Skill Limit, Pianists Attain More Delicate Touch

      Scientists have discovered a training method to further improve the delicate touch of pianists by optimizing the method rather than increase the amount of training. They developed a system that ...

      Everyday Activities Enhance Personal Well-Being

      Physical activity makes happy and is important to maintain psychic health. Researchers studied the brain regions which play a central role in this process. Their findings reveal that even everyday ...

      New Mechanism of Pain Control Revealed

      Researchers have identified a unique population of astrocytes in the dorsal horn of the spinal cord of mice that produces pain hypersensitivity when activated by neurons carrying signals down from ...

      Team Uses Copper to Image Alzheimer's Aggregates in the Brain

      A proof-of-concept study conducted in a mouse model of Alzheimer's disease offers new evidence that copper isotopes can be used to detect the amyloid-beta protein deposits that form in the ...

      Commonly Used Antibiotic Shows Promise for Combating Zika Infections

      Researchers used a variety of advanced drug screening techniques to test out more than 10,000 compounds in search of a cure. To their surprise, they found that the widely used antibiotic methacycline ...

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