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Resolving Chronic Pain

By Claudia Sommer and Frank Birklein | January 1, 2012

The body’s own mechanism for dispersing the inflammatory reaction might lead to new treatments for chronic pain.

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Inflammation, Pain, and Resolvins

By Claudia Sommer and Frank Birklein | January 1, 2012

Not all inflammation leads to pain. Despite widespread infection followed by fever, colds rarely cause pain. But when some cytokines and certain immune cells are active near pain-sensing nerves, they trigger receptors that convey pain sensations to the brain.

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Unsilencing a Gene

By Tia Ghose | December 21, 2011

Scientists have found a way to reactivate a gene in mice that is silenced in a neurodevelopmental disorder called Angelman syndrome.

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Neuroscience Not Ready for the Courtroom

By Tia Ghose | December 14, 2011

Certain neuroscience techniques are not robust enough to be used as evidence in a trial, a new report says.

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How Bees Choose Home

By Tia Ghose | December 8, 2011

For honeybees, there’s no place like home. And every year, they must find a new one. Now, a study publishing today (December 8) in Science suggests that the honeybee swarms use inhibitory signals when house-hunting, paralleling the human brain’s decision-making process.

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Yawns More Contagious Among Friends

By Jef Akst | December 7, 2011

People who are emotionally connected are more likely to catch the yawns from one another.

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Reversing Cocaine’s Effects with Light

By Ruth Williams | December 7, 2011

Researchers use optogenetics to reverse drug-induced brain and behavioral changes.

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Brain Evolution at a Distance

By Hannah Waters | December 6, 2011

Gene expression controlled from afar may have spurred the spurt in brain evolution that led to modern humans.

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Light Bright Neurons

By Jef Akst | December 2, 2011

Neurons engineered to light up when they fire could help researchers study more precisely how the brain works.

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Critical Connections

By Karen Hopkin | December 1, 2011

Through a series of sustained collaborations, Joshua Sanes has deciphered the molecular synergy that guides synapse formation.

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