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2009-06-23 08:00:00

Rate of Invention in Applied Brain Science Continues to Accelerate SAN FRANCISCO, June 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Posit Science, the leading provider of brain fitness software, today announced that it was issued patent number 7,540,615 by the US Patent & Trademark Office. Posit Science now owns or licenses 90 US and foreign patents covering inventions in the field of applied brain science. Posit Science develops and distributes brain fitness software demonstrated to deliver significant...

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2009-06-18 15:07:49

The ability to learn and to establish new memories is essential to our daily existence and identity; enabling us to navigate through the world. A new study by researchers at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital (The Neuro), McGill University and University of California, Los Angeles has captured an image for the first time of a mechanism, specifically protein translation, which underlies long-term memory formation. The finding provides the first visual evidence that when a new...

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2009-06-10 13:20:00

Emory University researchers have identified a surprising mechanism in the brains of mother mice that focuses their awareness on the calls of baby mice. Their study, published June 11 in Neuron, found that the high-frequency sounds of mice pups stand out in a mother's auditory cortex by inhibiting the activity of neurons more attuned to lower frequency sounds."Previous research has focused on how the excitation of neurons can detect or interpret sounds, but this study shows the key role that...

2009-06-09 16:56:00

New Guide to be Unveiled by SharpBrains CEO on June 11th, during Games for Health Conference in Boston, MA SAN FRANCISCO, June 9 /PRNewswire/ -- How can you take care of your brain when every week brings a new barrage of articles and studies which seem to contradict each other? Do supplements improve memory? Do you need both physical and mental exercise -- or is one of them enough? Which brain training approach, if any, is worth your time and money? Alvaro Fernandez, CEO of SharpBrains,...

2009-05-18 15:42:01

The instruction manual for maintaining an efficient brain may soon include a section on synaptotagmin-IV (Syt-IV), a protein known to influence learning and memory, thanks to a study by University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers.The study showed that Syt-IV keeps the strength of synapses "” connections between nerve cells where communication occurs "” within a useful range of neither too strong nor too weak.Synapses' ability to adjust over time by becoming bigger and stronger or...

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2009-05-13 08:23:08

Push-ups, crunches, gyms, personal trainers "” people have many strategies for building bigger muscles and stronger bones. But what can one do to build a bigger brain? Meditate. That's the finding from a group of researchers at UCLA who used high-resolution magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to scan the brains of people who meditate. In a study published in the journal NeuroImage and currently available online (by subscription), the researchers report that certain regions in the brains of...

2009-05-12 03:00:00

New Study Results Released TAMPA, Fla., May 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Simple mental stimulation is not enough to keep the brain fit. That is the message coming out of the Boomer Lifestyle Conference in Tampa, Florida today. Jeff Zimman, Chairman of Posit Science, a leading developer of brain fitness software, told aging experts gathered at the conference that not just any mental stimulation improves cognitive performance in older adults. Instead, he said, exercises that are scientifically...

2009-05-11 11:39:41

U.S. scientists say impaired brain plasticity caused by a single gene might be responsible for learning disabilities associated with Angelman's syndrome. The researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University said Angelman's syndrome -- often misdiagnosed as cerebral palsy or autism -- includes characteristics such as intellectual and developmental delay, severe mental retardation, lack of speech, seizures and motor and balance disorders. The study identified...

2009-05-11 07:20:07

Researchers at Duke University Medical Center and the University of North Carolina have discovered in mice how a single disrupted gene can cause a form of severe mental retardation known as Angelman syndrome. In a study published in the journal Nature Neuroscience, they found that the gene, UBE3A, is needed so that neurons in the brain can form and adjust their connections to other neurons for storing sensory information. They also made a promising discovery: When the mice were deprived of...

2009-05-01 05:00:00

CHICAGO, May 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Older adults can improve memory and attention by training on computerized brain exercises according to study data presented today at the annual meeting of the American Geriatrics Society in Chicago. Elizabeth Zelinski, PhD, lead investigator on the study and a professor at the University of Southern California, also reported on new data showing that the gains persist months after the training ended. A total of 487 healthy adults over the age of 65 participated...


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  • The navel or umbilicus.
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