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Schizophrenia and the Synapse

By | January 27, 2016

Genetic evidence suggests that overactive synaptic pruning drives development of schizophrenia.

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More Evidence of Alzheimer’s Transmission

By | January 27, 2016

Examining the brains of seven patients who died of the prion disease called Creutzfeldt–Jakob, researchers find signs of Alzheimer’s pathology. 

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Processing Faces

By | January 21, 2016

Other people’s faces are mapped onto our brains.

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Cocaine Induces Neuronal Autophagy

By | January 19, 2016

A new study supports the idea that cocaine triggers brain cells to eat themselves and suggests a possible antidote.

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Chimps Share Microbes When Socializing

By | January 15, 2016

Social interaction influences the chimpanzee microbiome, increasing the number of microbial species the primates share.

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Gut Microbes Need Fiber, Too

By | January 13, 2016

A low-fiber diet decimated the diversity of bacterial species in mice colonized with human gut microbes in a recent study.

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How Blasts Affect the Brain

By | January 13, 2016

Repeated exposure to explosions can damage the cerebellum in combat veterans and mouse models alike.

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Counting Cells

By | January 11, 2016

A person likely carries the same number of human and microbial cells, according to a new estimate.

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Brain-Training Firm, FTC Settle

By | January 6, 2016

San Francisco-based Lumos Labs, creator of the brain-training program Lumosity, will pay $2 million to settle deceptive-advertising charges raised by the US Federal Trade Commission.

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Book Excerpt from NeuroLogic

By | January 1, 2016

In the introduction to the book, author Eliezer J. Sternberg illustrates what can happen when the brain’s processing centers are damaged.

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