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Brain scientists spot nature/nurture gene link

21 Jul 2008 – Hot Neurological Topics
Neuroscientists at MIT’s Picower Institute for Learning and Memory found that a previously unsuspected set of genes links nature and nurture during a crucial period of brain development. – more

Violence declines with medication use in some with schizophrenia

20 Jul 2008 – Hot Neurological Topics
Some schizophrenia patients become less prone to violence when taking medication, but those with a history of childhood conduct problems continue to pose a higher risk even with treatment, according … – more

Statins have unexpected effect on pool of powerful brain cells

15 Jul 2008 – General Neurological News
Cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins have a profound effect on an elite group of cells important to brain health as we age, scientists at the University of Rochester Medical Center have found. … – more

Migraine mutations reveal clues to biological basis of disorder

15 Jul 2008 – Hot Neurological Topics
Fifteen percent to 20 percent of people worldwide suffer from migraines – excruciating headaches often presaged by dramatic sensations, or “auras.” By studying a rare, inherited … – more

Researchers identify new targets for RNAs that regulate genes

14 Jul 2008 – General Neurological News
Tiny strands of genetic material called RNA — a chemical cousin of DNA — are emerging as major players in gene regulation, the process inside cells that drives all biology and that … – more

Schizophrenia linked to dysfunction in molecular brain pathway activated by marijuana

13 Jul 2008 – Hot Neurological Topics
Alterations in a molecular brain pathway activated by marijuana may contribute to the cognitive symptoms of schizophrenia, according to a report in the July issue of Archives of General … – more

Complex aneurysm treated using new fenestrated endograft stent

12 Jul 2008 – General Neurological News
In a New York City metro-area first, a 93-year-old Bronx man underwent implantation of a new stent graft at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, the only centre on the Eastern Seaboard with access to this … – more

Resuscitation technique after brain injury may do more harm than good

11 Jul 2008 – General Neurological News
The current standard practice of giving infants and children 100 percent oxygen to prevent brain damage caused by oxygen deprivation may actually inflict additional harm, researchers at UT … – more

Lack of fragile X, related gene disrupts sleep

9 Jul 2008 – General Neurological News
Lack of both the fragile X syndrome gene and one that is related could account for sleep problems associated with the disorder, which is the common cause of inherited mental impairment, said a … – more

Can an Alzheimer’s drug help prevent cerebral palsy?

9 Jul 2008 – New and Emerging Neurological Therapies
A drug used to treat Alzheimer’s patients may reduce the brain damage that afflicts many premature infants, report researchers from Children’s Hospital Boston. Although the study involved a rat model … – more

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