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2014-06-25 10:19:51

University of California - Irvine Noninvasive diagnostic technique could greatly enhance use of preventive therapies A newly discovered biomarker – visible in brain scans for hours after febrile seizures – predicts which individuals will subsequently develop epilepsy, according to UC Irvine researchers. This diagnostic ability could lead to improved use of preventive therapies for the disorder. A team led by Dr. Tallie Z. Baram found that rats exhibiting this novel signal in...

Specific Mechanisms Of Alzheimer’s Disease Countered By Cocoa Extract
2014-06-24 03:38:45

Mount Sinai Hospital Insights into mechanisms behind cocoa’s benefit may lead to new treatments or dietary regimens A specific preparation of cocoa-extract called Lavado may reduce damage to nerve pathways seen in Alzheimer’s disease patients’ brains long before they develop symptoms, according to a study conducted at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and published June 20 in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease (JAD). Specifically, the study results, using mice...

2014-06-23 09:44:21

University of California - San Diego Researchers discover how neurons equalize between excitation and inhibition Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have discovered a fundamental mechanism by which the brain maintains its internal balance. The mechanism, described in the June 22 advanced online publication of the journal Nature, involves the brain's most basic inner wiring and the processes that control whether a neuron relays information to other...

2014-06-19 08:30:26

GERMANTOWN, Md., June 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Neuralstem, Inc. (NYSE MKT: CUR) announced that select data from the NSI-189 Phase Ib trial in patients with major depressive disorder (MDD) will be presented at the International College of Neuropyschopharmacology (CINP) 2014 World Congress, in Vancouver, Canada. A poster entitled, "Effects of NSI-189, a neurogenic compound, on quantitative electroencephalography (qEEG) in patients with major depressive disorder (MDD) during a phase 1b...

2014-06-17 12:28:18

SALT LAKE CITY and TORONTO, June 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- EastGate Acquisitions Corporation (OTCBB: ESAQ), an emerging pharmaceutical company exploring drug delivery innovations in the development of improved novel formulations and alternative dosage forms of existing biologically active molecules expands on its pharmaceutical research and development plans. EastGate has entered into a working collaboration with Dr. Peter Carlen, leading neurologist at Toronto Western Hospital,...

2014-06-17 08:26:35

Recently FDA Approved Qudexy(TM) XR Offers a New Treatment Option for Managing Specific Seizure Types MAPLE GROVE, Minn., June 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Results from Upsher-Smith Laboratories, Inc.'s, Phase 3 study of USL255, Qudexy(TM) XR (topiramate) extended-release capsules, a proprietary, once-daily, broad-spectrum antiepileptic drug specifically engineered to deliver a smooth pharmacokinetic (PK) profile, were published in the June issue of Epilepsia, a leading, authoritative...

2014-06-16 08:29:59

PALO ALTO, Calif., June 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Inscopix, Inc. ("Inscopix") today announced the launch of its DECODE (Deciphering Circuit Basis of Disease) Grant Program in response to President Obama's "all hands on deck" call to action for the BRAIN Initiative. Through the $ 1 Million DECODE Grant Program, Inscopix hopes to bolster extramural research efforts for investigating how aberrant neural circuit activity contributes to brain malfunction in a diverse range of neurological...

2014-06-13 12:23:30

Pre-Game Activities Honor Local Epilepsy Awareness Ambassador Families NEW YORK, June 13, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- The Epilepsy Foundation of Metropolitan New York will host its 2(nd) Annual Epilepsy Awareness Day at Citi Field during a matchup between the New York Mets and the San Diego Padres at Citi Field on Father's Day, Sunday, June 15, 2014. The event will feature several exhibits and family activities designed to help raise public awareness about epilepsy and to celebrate...

Brain Imaging Used To Identify Why ADHD Persists Into Adulthood
2014-06-10 14:25:38

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online While about 11 percent of American school children are diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), many outgrow the condition as they progress into adulthood. In an attempt to understand why some ADHD may persist into adulthood, MIT researchers used brain-imaging technology to identify key differences in a specific brain communication network that is active when the brain is awake and not focused on a specific task,...

fruit fly escape
2014-06-10 08:57:04

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The flight of a fruit fly, as determined by a recent study, is dependent upon whether or not the fly perceives a threat. Scientists at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Janelia Research Campus have successfully discovered the brain processes engaged in standard flight and the more rapid escape flight. A quick-escape circuit in the fly's brain overrides the slower, more controlled behavior as a threat looms large over the...


Latest Brain Reference Libraries

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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Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'