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Degenerative Brain Disease Found In Nearly All Donated NFL Player Brains, Says Study
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A new study published Tuesday in the journal American Medical Association found that 110 out of 111 brains of those who played in the NFL had degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). NPR reports: In the study, researchers examined the brains of 202 deceased former football players at all levels. Nearly 88 percent of […]

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Experimental drug could restore memories after brain injury
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An experimental drug could have major implications for patients suffering from memory disabilities caused by traumatic brain injury (TBI). In tests, the drug known as ISRIB completely restored the ability to learn and remember in brain-injured mice -…

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This is your brain on hate     – CNET
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Constant exposure to hate on the internet forces your body to go into survival mode. The result: anxiety, insomnia and depression.

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Implant-free stimulation could treat brain conditions
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Scientists know that stimulating the deeper regions of your brain can treat Parkinson's and other conditions. But there's a problem: they usually need to open your skull to place implants, which is both time-consuming and risky. Researchers may hav…

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Most common cells in the brain help us anticipate rewards
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A rodent. (credit: Carlos de Paz) Cerebellar granule cells, which make up the cerebellum, are the smallest and most abundant of all neuron types in the brain. These cells are known to contribute to motor function, attention, language, and fear. A recent study published in Nature demonstrates that these cells may also contribute to our […]

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Satellite Navigation 'Switches Off' Parts of Brain Used For Navigation, Study Finds
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A new study published today in the journal Nature Communications reveals some of the drawbacks of using satellite navigation (SatNav) technology. After scanning the brains of 24 volunteers as they explored a simulation through the streets of London’s Soho district, researchers from the University of London found that listening to a satellite navigation’s instructions “switches […]

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Here's how Super Bowl quarterback Matt Ryan trains his brain     – CNET
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The Atlanta Falcons QB and likely league MVP says a gadget called NeuroTracker helped him have a career-defining season.

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Medical Startup To Begin Testing At-Home Brain Zapping Devices
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“A doctor’s prescription for clinical depression could one day sound like this: In the comfort of your own home, slip on a brain-zapping headband a few times per week,” reports IEEE Spectrum. Slashdot reader the_newsbeagle writes: This isn’t old-school brain zapping: It’s not electroshock therapy… While “transcranial direct current stimulation” is being investigated as a […]

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REM sleep lets the brain cut and strengthen new connections
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Enlarge / A nerve cell, with small features of dendrites highlighted in red. (credit: Shelley Halpain, UC San Diego) REM sleep is known to help solidify memories, but the mechanism for making memories more permanent is not well-understood. A recent study published in Nature Neuroscience shows that, during REM sleep, some of the structures neurons […]

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