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Brain pathways of aversion identified.

Memorizing and predicting aversive or unpleasant events is a critical function of neural circuits responsible for survival and emotional well-being.  There is much interest in how the brain creates the … Continue Reading Brain pathways of aversion identified.

Breakthrough in the production of dopamine neurons for Parkinson’s disease.

Stem cell treatments for neurodegenerative diseases are expected to reach clinical trials soon.  One major task en route to the clinic is to generate standardized good manufacturing practice (GMP)-grade human-pluripotent … Continue Reading Breakthrough in the production of dopamine neurons for Parkinson’s disease.

Study links two proteins that help cells eliminate trash to Parkinson’s disease.

Much like a community’s network for garbage handling, cells also have garbage sites called lysosomes, where proteins, which are functioning badly because of age or other reasons, go for degradation … Continue Reading Study links two proteins that help cells eliminate trash to Parkinson’s disease.

Researchers link microglia activation triggered by chronic pain to anxiety and depression.

Brain inflammation caused by chronic nerve pain alters activity in regions that regulate mood and motivation, suggesting for the first time that a direct biophysical link exists between long-term pain … Continue Reading Researchers link microglia activation triggered by chronic pain to anxiety and depression.

Study identifies psychosis as a quantifiable neurological autoimmune disease.

Antibodies defend the body against bacterial, viral, and other invaders. But sometimes the body makes antibodies that attack healthy cells. In these cases, autoimmune disorders develop.  Immune abnormalities in patients … Continue Reading Study identifies psychosis as a quantifiable neurological autoimmune disease.

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