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Connectome: How the brain’s wiring makes us who we are

Sebastian Seung RSA Rising star in the field of neuroscience Sebastian Seung argues that our identity lies not in our genes but in the connections between our brain cells — and he describes the monumental task of mapping these “connectomes”, … Continue reading

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Ed Boyden: A light switch for neurons

Ed Boyden TED Ed Boyden shows how, by inserting genes for light-sensitive proteins into brain cells, he can selectively activate or de-activate specific neurons with fiber-optic implants. With this unprecedented level of control, he’s managed to cure mice of analogs … Continue reading

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Range of brain diseases could be treated by single drug

James Gallagher BBC News The tantalising prospect of treating a range of brain diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, all with the same drug, has been raised by UK researchers. In a study, published in Nature, they prevented brain cells … Continue reading

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Pitt researchers link neural variability to short-term memory and decision making

B. Rose Huber EurekAlert A team of University of Pittsburgh mathematicians is using computational models to better understand how the structure of neural variability relates to such functions as short-term memory and decision making. In a paper published online April … Continue reading

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How does cannabis affect working memory?

Inserm Press Office EurekAlert A deterioration of working memory is observed in people who consume drugs containing cannabinoid compounds found in cannabis leaves and buds. A team led by Giovanni Marsicano (Inserm Research Unit 862) in collaboration with a team … Continue reading

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A New Look at “Filler Cells” in the Brain Reveals Their Role in Learning

Janelle Weaver PLoS When we learn associations between items or ideas, such as the value of currency used in a foreign country, the connections between certain brain cells become stronger. In the cellular process thought to underlie learning and memory—long-term … Continue reading

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The Aspartame Trap: You May Be Unknowingly Ingesting this Toxic Sweetener

Source: Natural Society The risk of artificial sweeteners is still very real. Aspartame is used as a substitute sweetener in thousands of products. Most diet sodas, processed foods and candies contain this ‘alternative’ to sugar. If you aren’t careful, you’ll … Continue reading

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Watch Mercury Kill The Brain: Vaccines And Neurodegeneration

According to neurosurgeon Dr. Russell Blaylock, people who get the flu shot five years in a row have a ten-fold increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s. The flu vaccine still has the full amount of ethyl mercury, contained in the preservative … Continue reading

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Brain cells made from skin could treat Parkinson’s

Source: New Scientist People with Parkinson’s disease might one day be treated with brain cells made from their own skin. Two teams of researchers have independently worked out how to turn skin cells into specialised neurons that make dopamine. This … Continue reading

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