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2014-03-21 12:24:08

WASHINGTON, March 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- (NU) - Among the marvels of modern medicine are neural prosthetics, tiny bioengineered devices that surgeons implant in brain tissue to compensate for a variety of disabilities to the human nervous system. Physicians already have had much success with cochlear implants for the hearing impaired, with future research programs aimed at assisting epileptics, victims of Alzheimer's disease, and even individuals who have sustained spinal cord...

2014-03-19 23:32:15

Eduardo Benarroch, M.D. of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Has been awarded a research grant for his project "Mechanisms of Excessive Daytime Sleepiness and Sleep Related Respiratory Dysfunction in MSA.” In January 2014, The MSA Coalition announced the funding of five MSA research grants for a total of $219,000. Richester, MN (PRWEB) March 19, 2014 The Multiple System Atrophy Coalition has awarded a $50,000 grant to Dr. Eduardo Benarroch of the Mayo Clinic Rochester for a new...

Study Shows Extended Wakefulness Can Result In Neuronal Injury
2014-03-19 14:58:59

University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine Most people appreciate that not getting enough sleep impairs cognitive performance. For the chronically sleep-deprived such as shift workers, students, or truckers, a common strategy is simply to catch up on missed slumber on the weekends. According to common wisdom, catch up sleep repays one's "sleep debt," with no lasting effects. But a new Penn Medicine study shows disturbing evidence that chronic sleep loss may be more serious than...

2014-03-18 23:30:42

Long-Term Care insurance is an investment for those who who want choices about their care and quality of life when they are older. Plan early so that the benefit of good health can keep premiums lower. Ontario, CA (PRWEB) March 18, 2014 Physical aging is unavoidable but maintaining a youthful brain is not out of the question in this day and age. Last week was Brain Awareness Week, marking what would have been Albert Einstein's 135th birthday on March 14. Whether you are in your...

2014-03-18 23:30:03

Guidance counselor Alwynne Lamp applies NIH-funded technology to help students in exceptional student education program to exercise and stimulate their brains. New Haven, CT (PRWEB) March 18, 2014 Connecticut-based C8 Sciences, developer and marketer of a sophisticated brain cross-training program known as ACTIVATE™, announced the use of its cognitive program by students at Christa McAuliffe Middle School in Palm Beach County, Florida. ACTIVATE™, as designed and developed by the...

2014-03-18 23:29:58

The MSA Coalition announced in January 2014 the funding of five MSA research grants for a total of $219,000 including the project "Peripheral delivery of brain-targeted neurosin as a novel treatment for MSA". This pre-clinical proof-of-concept study in mice is being led by Eliezer Masliah, M.D. (University of California San Diego). San Diego, CA (PRWEB) March 18, 2014 The Multiple System Atrophy Coalition has awarded a $50,000 grant to Dr. Eliezer Masliah of the University of...

Sea Lions Found To Have A Type Of Epilepsy Similar To That In Humans
2014-03-18 14:25:42

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists at Stanford University School of Medicine found a form of epilepsy in sea lions that is similar to one found in humans. In a published paper in the Journal of Comparative Neurology, the team wrote that California sea lions exposed to a toxin in algae develop a form of epilepsy similar to a temporal lobe epilepsy. Hundreds of sea lions wash up along the California coast each year suffering from seizures that have been...

2014-03-17 23:24:53

The MSA Coalition® announced in January 2014 the funding of five MSA research grants for a total of $219,000 including the "Global MSA Registry & Study Group.” The project is being led by researchers from Austria and the USA and will facilitate future international MSA trial recruitment and promote sharing of anonymous patient information to identify the natural history of multiple system atrophy (MSA). New York, New York (PRWEB) March 17, 2014 The Multiple System Atrophy...

Forgetting Is Actively Regulated By The Brain
2014-03-14 14:22:56

University of Basel In order to function properly, the human brain requires the ability not only to store but also to forget: Through memory loss, unnecessary information is deleted and the nervous system retains its plasticity. A disruption of this process can lead to serious mental disorders. Basel scientists have now discovered a molecular mechanism that actively regulates the process of forgetting. The renowned scientific journal "Cell" has published their results. The human brain...

Hippocampus Stores Memories By Temporal Context
2014-03-14 09:49:22

[ Watch the Video: Recollection of Times Past: How the Brain Stores Memories ] UC Davis Before I left the house this morning, I let the cat out and started the dishwasher. Or was that yesterday? Very often, our memories must distinguish not just what happened and where, but when an event occurred — and what came before and after. New research from the University of California, Davis, Center for Neuroscience shows that a part of the brain called the hippocampus stores memories by their...


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Cerebellum
2013-07-29 09:48:00

The cerebellum is a section of the brain that is most in charge of cognitive functions and motor skills. Formation and Orientation The cerebellum can be found at the bottom of the brain behind the pons and below that cerebral cortex under a layer of dura mater. It is considered as a part of the "hindbrain". The cerebellum is anatomically divided into two separate hemispheres, marked by the 'vermis', a small midline zone between the left and right hemispheres. But three lobes can be...

Midbrain
2013-07-25 15:13:23

The midbrain, also known as the mesencephalon is the part of the brain most responsible for vision, motor control, arousal, temperature regulation, alertness and hearing. Formation and Orientation The midbrain is found under the cerebral cortex and above the hindbrain. The mesencephalon is not divided into any other portions of the brain unlike the other two vesicles that stem from the neural tube. There are four separate lobes on the side of the cerebral aqueduct within the...

Brain
2013-03-05 13:54:00

Formation and Orientation The development of the brain is broken down into stages. The basic evolution begins in the third week of the embryonic process where the neural plate is formed. By week four, the neural plate has developed into the neural tube. The anterior part of the tube, the telencephalon, grows rapidly as it prepares to later give way to the brain. As time goes on, cells begin to classify themselves as either neurons or glial cells, thus determining their functions. Glial...

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