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2012-12-13 12:23:05

Light instantly triggers or reverses depression-like states in rodents -- NIH-funded studies A specific pattern of neuronal firing in a brain reward circuit instantly rendered mice vulnerable to depression-like behavior induced by acute severe stress, a study supported by the National Institutes of Health has found. When researchers used a high-tech method to mimic the pattern, previously resilient mice instantly succumbed to a depression-like syndrome of social withdrawal and reduced...

Gene Plays A Role In Binge Drinking In Young Teenagers
2012-12-04 11:52:17

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online It´s an undeniable fact that many teenagers are going to experiment with alcohol before they are mentally ready enough to do so. Now, a new study may help explain why some of these teenagers are more prone to continue drinking alcohol after trying it than others are. A study, led by researchers at King´s College London´s Institute of Psychiatry (IoP), provides the most detailed understanding yet of the brain process...

2012-12-03 20:51:58

Parkinson's disease is a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system that is characterized by tremors, rigidity, slowness of movement, and difficulty walking. It is caused by loss of the neurons that produce the neurotransmitter dopamine (known as dopaminergic neurons). One of the primary goals in Parkinson's disease research is to develop a replacement for dopaminergic neurons. In this issue of the Journal of Clinical Investigation, researchers led by Takuya Hayashi at the RIKEN...

2012-12-02 05:00:29

PURx Health announces its latest all-natural supplement, Ultra Mind & Mood. By incorporating traditional herbs, nutritional science and rigorous research, Ultra Mind & Mood brain boosting supplements enhance focus, clarity, memory and mood. Jacksonville, FL (PRWEB) December 01, 2012 Purx Health is excited to introduce Ultra Mind & Mood, a caffeine-free, chemical-free, drug-free way to improve memory and cognitive performance. Ultra Mind & Mood works by combining clinically...

2012-11-27 13:58:22

New MRI technique could help doctors track how patients respond to treatment A new imaging technique developed at MIT offers the first glimpse of the degeneration of two brain structures affected by Parkinson's disease. The technique, which combines several types of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), could allow doctors to better monitor patients' progression and track the effectiveness of potential new treatments, says Suzanne Corkin, MIT professor emerita of neuroscience and leader of...

2012-11-16 11:06:17

Transmission model shows two main hallmarks of Parkinson´s disease - death of dopamine neurons and disease protein clumps Understanding how any disease progresses is one of the first and most important steps towards finding treatments to stop it. This has been the case for such brain-degenerating conditions as Alzheimer's disease. Now, after several years of incremental study, researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania have been able to piece together...

2012-11-13 13:33:12

Last year a clinical trial of L-DOPA -- a mainstay of Parkinson's disease therapy -- was launched for Angelman syndrome, a rare intellectual disorder that shares similar motor symptoms such as tremors and difficulty with balance. The clinical trial is based on a 10-year-old case report showing benefit with the drug, but few studies since have explored the neurological justification for using L-DOPA to treat parkinsonian features in Angelman syndrome. New research from the University of...

Studying The Influence Of ADHD Medications
2012-11-10 11:07:55

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports — Your Universe Online Some drugs used to treat ADHD could affect the brain's reward system, researchers from the University of Copenhagen have discovered. The findings make it easier to understand how the medicine works and could ultimately lead to improvements in the development of and the dose determination associated with ADHD treatments, they report in the latest edition of the Journal of Neurophysiology. As part of the study, Jakob Kisbye...

Happy Hormone Curbs Memory Loss In Alzheimers
2012-11-09 12:09:26

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Alzheimer´s is an degenerative illness that slowly robs the sufferer of their long-term memory and, through the resultant dementia, often leaves them lost and unable to discern between present and past. There is a reason that Alzheimer´s disease is referred to as “the long goodbye”. Led by Emrah Düzel, researchers from of the University of Magdeburg in Germany are studying the effects of the...

Caffeine Increases Ability To Recognize Positive Words
2012-11-08 15:54:43

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online As any coffee drinker will tell you, the day immediately begins to feel better after taking that first earthy, faintly bitter sip o´ joe from the edge of a steaming cup. A new study from German researchers reinforces the positive aura swirling around the magical brown elixir as they have shown that caffeine can increase a person´s ability and speed in recognizing words with a positive connotation. The study also shows that...


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  • A beast of burden; also, a beast in general.
'Jument' ultimately comes from the Latin 'jugum,' yoke.
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