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A 'gentle touch' molecule confers light tactile sensation in humans—and perhaps in individual cells

You were probably taught that we have five senses: sight, sound, smell, taste and touch. This is not quite right: "touch" is not a single sense, but rather several working together.

Psychology & Psychiatry

Study unveils the role of a neural substrate in the lateral habenula in value-based decision-making

In their everyday lives, humans often weigh the value of different options and decide how to act based on this mental evaluation. This process, known as value-based decision-making, has been the topic of numerous studies ...

Neuroscience

Schizophrenia linked to increased risk for subsequent CVD events

Schizophrenia is associated with an increased risk of subsequent cardiovascular disease (CVD) events, with the association stronger in women, according to a study published online Feb. 27 in the Journal of the American Heart ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Researchers propose a holistic framework for studying social emotions

The crucial role of social emotions in our lives and in society cannot be overstated. Empathy, guilt, embarrassment, pride and other feelings we experience in the context of other people govern and motivate how we act, interact ...

Neuroscience

How cognition changes before dementia hits

Individuals with mild cognitive impairment, especially of the "amnestic subtype" (aMCI), are at increased risk for dementia due to Alzheimer's disease relative to cognitively healthy older adults. Now, a study co-authored ...

Medications

Anti-cancer drug could improve symptoms after stroke

A study by the Institut de Neurociències of the UAB (INc-UAB) demonstrates in animal models the benefits of vorinostat after having suffered a stroke. The drug, used in humans to treat cutaneous T-cell lymphoma, has been ...

Medical research

Investigating the ethical landscape of brain organoid research

With advances in neuroscience and the development of new technologies, new ethical considerations have emerged. This is particularly true for human brain organoids, which are three-dimensional tissues grown from stem cells ...

Medical research

New study shows a role for cholesterol in pain perception

When you stub your toe or bump your head, you know that rubbing the injury can lessen the ouch. But how? New research from the lab of Scott B. Hansen, Ph.D., shows how physical pressure on cells can reduce pain signals, while ...

Neuroscience

New study links placental oxygen levels to fetal brain development

A new study shows oxygenation levels in the placenta, formed during the last three months of fetal development, are an important predictor of cortical growth (development of the outermost layer of the brain or cerebral cortex) ...

Neuroscience

Study finds concussions alter connectivity among brain regions

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln's Heather Bouchard and Doug Schultz are speaking of airports and blizzards, missed flights and reroutes. Surprising subjects, maybe, for a couple of researchers who study not the logistics ...

Medical research

New monoclonal antibody for treating cerebral ischemia injury

A research team from the LKS Faculty of Medicine at the University of Hong Kong (HKUMed) has successfully developed a neutralizing monoclonal antibody, 6H2, which targets a harmful protein known to exacerbate damage caused ...