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A room for fans of the Brain Science Podcast. Members are encouraged to add feeds from neuroscience-related blogs and to share anything brain-related that other might find interesting.
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Decreased ability to identify odors can predict death: Olfactory dysfunction is a harbinger of mortality - http://www.sciencedaily.com/release...
Decreased ability to identify odors can predict death: Olfactory dysfunction is a harbinger of mortality
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Why wet feels wet: Understanding the illusion of wetness - http://www.sciencedaily.com/release...
Though it seems simple, feeling that something is wet is quite a feat because our skin does not have receptors that sense wetness. UK researchers propose that wetness perception is intertwined with our ability to sense cold temperature and tactile sensations such as pressure and texture.
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Gardening with Deb Babcock: Happiness is … getting dirty - http://health.einnews.com/article...
… the magazine Neuroscience reports on a study done by neuroscientist Christopher Lowry …
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LouisianaBio Launches Statewide Membership Drive - http://health.einnews.com/pr_news...
NEW ORLEANS, LA, USA, October 1, 2014 /EINPresswire.com/ -- LouisianaBio today announced that it is looking for “a few good members” who want to work together to expand the growth of the biosciences industry in Louisiana. LouisianaBio is the state …
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AAO-HNSF clinical practice guideline: Tinnitus - http://health.einnews.com/article...
… care physicians, nurses, psychiatrists, behavioral neuroscientists, neurologists, radiologists, audiologists, psychoacousticians, and …
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Drug Treats Inherited Form of Intellectual Disability in Mice - http://neurosciencenews.com/genetic...
Researchers report they have used an anti cancer drug to improve mental function in mice with genetic changes similar to those found in Kabuki syndrome.
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U.S. Big Science Project Starts Search for Tools to Understand ALS, PTSD, PD, TBI, ALZ … - http://www.scientificamerican.com/blog...
U.S. Big Science Project Starts Search for Tools to Understand ALS, PTSD, PD, TBI, ALZ …
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Neural activity predicts the timing of spontaneous decisions - http://health.einnews.com/article...
… ,' says Zachary Mainen, a neuroscientist at the Champalimaud Centre for … , 2014, in the journal Nature Neuroscience. The scientists used recordings of …
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Harvard Biosciences spends $11M on two acquisitions - http://health.einnews.com/article...
… 2001 and makes equipment for neuroscience research. As part of the …
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Victor and Kennel: re-arrange the deckchairs [Stoat] - http://scienceblogs.com/stoat...
David G. Victor & Charles F. Kennel have an opinion piece in Nature arguing that it would be a really good idea to re-arrange the deckchairs on the Titanic. Or possibly ask the orchestra to play a somewhat different tune. I paraphrase somewhat, you understand. Naturally, you should read their actual article first, and then…
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Why wet feels wet: Understanding the illusion of wetness - http://www.sciencedaily.com/release...
Why wet feels wet: Understanding the illusion of wetness
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Intervention helps decrease 'mean girl' behaviors, researchers find - http://www.sciencedaily.com/release...
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Treatment of substance abuse can lessen risk of future violence in mentally ill - http://www.sciencedaily.com/release...
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What happens in our brain when we unlock a door? Research sheds light on Aprixia condition - http://www.sciencedaily.com/release...
What happens in our brain when we unlock a door? Research sheds light on Aprixia condition
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What happens in our brain when we unlock a door? Research sheds light on Aprixia condition - http://www.sciencedaily.com/release...
People who are unable to button up their jacket or who find it difficult to insert a key in lock suffer from a condition known as apraxia. This means that their motor skills have been impaired -- as a result of a stroke, for instance. Scientists have now discovered that there is a specific network in the brain for using tools.
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Giving botox a safer facelift: Structures of botulinum neurotoxins studied - http://www.sciencedaily.com/release...
New insights into botulinum neurotoxins and their interactions with cells are moving scientists ever closer to safer forms of Botox and a better understanding of the dangerous disease known as botulism. By comparing all known structures of botulinum neurotoxins, researchers suggest new ways to improve the safety and efficacy of Botox injections.
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Giving botox a safer facelift: Structures of botulinum neurotoxins studied - http://www.sciencedaily.com/release...
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Holliston life sciences firm acquires 2 for $11M - http://health.einnews.com/article...
… . Triangle makes equipment to aid neuroscience research. "With the acquisitions …
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Antivaccine cranks try to create Vaccine Injury Awareness Month. Everyone either yawns or laughs. [Respectful Insolence] - http://scienceblogs.com/insolen...
Normally, these days I greet the month of October with a mixture of anticipation and dread. The anticipation stems from October’s position as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Now that somehow I’ve managed to have a variety of responsibilities with respect to how breast cancer is managed at our cancer institute, suddenly I find that I’m…
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EEG's Potential to Reveal Depolarizations Following TBI - http://health.einnews.com/article...
… the University of Cincinnati (UC) Neuroscience Institute. The research team, led … Neurotrauma Center at the UC Neuroscience Institute. Until now, spreading depolarizations …
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Darwin, sexist asshat [Pharyngula] - http://scienceblogs.com/pharyng...
That same bozo who sent me the Hitler quote sent me another image in reply: Fair enough. Darwin got a lot of things wrong. I’m actually going to be lecturing my intro biology students on where Darwin screwed up in a few weeks, focusing mainly on his bad genetics, but I’ll toss that quote into…
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Towards a Reconceptualization of the Temporoparietal Junction in Stimulus-Driven Attention - http://www.jneurosci.org/cgi...
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Photoactivation-Induced Instability of Rhodopsin Mutants T4K and T17M in Rod Outer Segments Underlies Retinal Degeneration in X. laevis Transgenic Models of Retinitis Pigmentosa - http://www.jneurosci.org/cgi...
Retinitis pigmentosa (RP) is an inherited neurodegenerative disease involving progressive vision loss, and is often linked to mutations in the rhodopsin gene. Mutations that abolish N-terminal glycosylation of rhodopsin (T4K and T17M) cause sector RP in which the inferior retina preferentially degenerates, possibly due to greater light exposure of this region. Transgenic animal models expressing rhodopsin glycosylation mutants also exhibit light exacerbated retinal degeneration (RD). In this study, we used transgenic Xenopus laevis to investigate the pathogenic mechanism connecting light exposure and RD in photoreceptors expressing T4K or T17M rhodopsin. We demonstrate that increasing the thermal stability of these rhodopsins via a novel disulfide bond resulted in significantly less RD. Furthermore, T4K or T17M rhodopsins that were constitutively inactive (due to lack of the chromophore-binding site or dietary deprivation of the chromophore precursor vitamin A) induced less toxicity....
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Neurodevelopmental Constraints of Syntax Rule Transfer Effects as Landmarks for Sensitive Periods of Language Acquisition - http://www.jneurosci.org/cgi...
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EOL-1, the Homolog of the Mammalian Dom3Z, Regulates Olfactory Learning in C. elegans - http://www.jneurosci.org/cgi...
Learning is an essential function of the nervous system. However, our understanding of molecular underpinnings of learning remains incomplete. Here, we characterize a conserved protein EOL-1 that regulates olfactory learning in Caenorhabditis elegans. A recessive allele of eol-1 (enhanced olfactory learning) learns better to adjust its olfactory preference for bacteria foods and eol-1 acts in the URX sensory neurons to regulate learning. The mammalian homolog of EOL-1, Dom3Z, which regulates quality control of pre-mRNAs, can substitute the function of EOL-1 in learning regulation, demonstrating functional conservation between these homologs. Mutating the residues of Dom3Z that are critical for its enzymatic activity, and the equivalent residues in EOL-1, abolishes the function of these proteins in learning. Together, our results provide insights into the function of EOL-1/Dom3Z and suggest that its activity in pre-mRNA quality control is involved in neural plasticity.
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The Amyloid Precursor Protein Controls Adult Hippocampal Neurogenesis through GABAergic Interneurons - http://www.jneurosci.org/cgi...
Impaired neurogenesis in the adult hippocampus has been implicated in AD pathogenesis. Here we reveal that the APP plays an important role in the neural progenitor proliferation and newborn neuron maturation in the mouse dentate gyrus. APP controls adult neurogenesis through a noncell-autonomous mechanism by GABAergic neurons, as selective deletion of GABAergic, but not glutamatergic, APP disrupts adult hippocampal neurogenesis. APP, highly expressed in the majority of GABAergic neurons in the dentate gyrus, enhances the inhibitory tone to granule cells. By regulating both tonic and phasic GABAergic inputs to dentate granule cells, APP maintains excitatory–inhibitory balance and preserves cognitive functions. Our studies uncover an indispensable role of APP in the GABAergic system for controlling adult hippocampal neurogenesis, and our findings indicate that APP dysfunction may contribute to impaired neurogenesis and cognitive decline associated with AD.
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Not an “accident”: William Jeffrey Belk, 29, suffers fatal work-related injuries at Boise Cascade plywood plant in North Carolina [The Pump Handle] - http://scienceblogs.com/thepump...
This week’s snapshot of just one work-related fatality in the U.S. This one occurred on September 26 at a plywood plant in Moncure, North Carolina.
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Eureka Publicity: Blurbs and Talks [Uncertain Principles] - http://scienceblogs.com/princip...
Eureka: Discovering Your Inner Scientist has officially been sent to the printers, so we’re at the phase of things where I don’t have anything to do but think about publicity. There are some reviews forthcoming, at least one of which I’m very happy about, but I’ll share more about that when it becomes public. I’ve…
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Medical discovery first step on path to new painkillers - http://www.sciencedaily.com/release...
A major medical discovery could lead to the development of an entirely new type of painkiller, scientists suggest. The new drug would offer new hope to sufferers of chronic pain conditions such as traumatic nerve injury, for which few effective painkillers are currently available, they say.
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Medical discovery first step on path to new painkillers - http://www.sciencedaily.com/release...
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