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2009-08-11 14:29:15

A new study by researchers at Wake Forest University School of Medicine may reveal how long-lasting memories form in the brain.The researchers hope that the findings, now available online and scheduled to appear in an upcoming issue of Neuroscience, may one day help scientists develop treatments to prevent and treat conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder."Although many things are known about memories that form from repeat experiences, not much is known with regard to how some...

2009-08-04 08:00:00

SAN DIEGO, CA, August 4, 2009 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Senomyx, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNMX), a company focused on using proprietary taste receptor-based technologies to discover novel flavor ingredients for the food, beverage, and ingredient supply industries, today provided a corporate update and reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2009. A key recent accomplishment for the Company was the new collaborative research, development, commercialization and license...

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2009-07-15 12:00:00

Drugs that block a growth factor receptor on brain cells may prevent epilepsy after brain damage, according to a new study appearing in the July 15 issue of The Journal of Neuroscience.Daniela Kaufer, an assistant professor of integrative biology at the University of California, Berkeley, graduate student Luisa P. Cacheaux, and their Israeli colleagues, graduate student Yaron David and neurosurgeon Alon Friedman, found that they could prevent the brain changes leading to epilepsy in rats by...

2009-07-08 14:17:58

U.S. researchers suggest a protein found in vegetables -- glutamic acid -- may lower blood pressure. The study, published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association, found a 5 percent higher dietary intake of glutamic acid as a percentage of total dietary protein was correlated with small reductions in blood pressure. Lead author Dr. Jeremiah Stamler of the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago said it is estimated that reducing a population's...

2009-07-08 13:27:35

Using a combination of sensory, genetic, and in vitro approaches, researchers from the Monell Center confirm that the T1R1-T1R3 taste receptor plays a role in human umami (amino acid) taste.They further report that variations in the genes that code for this receptor correspond to individual variation in sensitivity to and perceived intensity of umami taste."These findings bolster our understanding of human taste variation and individual differences in tastes for essential nutrients," says...

2009-07-08 12:02:52

The latest work to 'turn off the taps' in the brain and stop a chemical being released in excess amounts "“ which can lead to Parkinson's Disease "“ will be presented at The British Pharmacological Society's Summer Meeting in Edinburgh today (Wednesday, 8 July 2009).Dr Susan Duty from King's College London will present her latest work, aimed at stimulating 'trigger points' to stop the release of a chemical that can kill brain cells, at a special symposium that focuses on research...

2009-07-07 16:47:45

An implanted electronic ion pump in organic material can be used to carry signals to specific cells in the nervous system and in this way treat various illnesses. In a unique study, researchers at Linköping University (LiU) and Karolinska Institutet (KI) have used the pumps to successfully manipulate the hearing in laboratory animals.The technique which is described in an article in the prestigious journal Nature Materials represents a breakthrough for the machine-to-brain interface,...

2009-07-07 07:50:54

Consuming an amino acid commonly found in vegetable protein may be associated with lower blood pressure, researchers report in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.Researchers found that a 4.72 percent higher dietary intake of the amino acid glutamic acid as a percent of total dietary protein correlated with lower group average systolic blood pressure, lower by 1.5 to 3.0 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg). Group average diastolic blood pressure was lower by 1.0 to 1.6 mm...

2009-06-29 09:49:21

A research article to be published June 21, 2009 in the World Journal of Gastroenterology addresses this question. The research team lead by Dr. Gabriela Beatriz Acosta, observed that the activity of GS was increased in the hippocampus in PH rats. There was a significant decrease in glutamate uptake in both brain areas, which was more marked in the hippocampus. The decrease in glutamate uptake might be caused by deficient transport function and persistent glutamate activity, which is not...

2009-06-24 12:07:23

Scientists have uncovered a novel mechanism linking soluble amyloid ? protein with the synaptic injury and memory loss associated with Alzheimer's disease (AD). The research, published by Cell Press in the June 25 issue of the journal Neuron, provides critical new insight into disease pathogenesis and reveals signaling molecules that may serve as potential additional therapeutic targets for AD.Amyloid ? protein (A?) plays a major pathogenic role in AD, a devastating neurodegenerative disorder...