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Scientists shed new light on two proteins that exacerbate the progression of Parkinson's disease

Two proteins may be intimately linked to the progression of Parkinson's disease, a relentless and disabling neurodegenerative disorder that affects millions of people around the world.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Bacterial toxin may trigger multiple sclerosis onset and relapse

A specific toxin-producing gut bacteria may be responsible for both triggering the onset of multiple sclerosis (MS) and ongoing disease activity, according to a new study led by a team of researchers at Weill Cornell Medicine ...

Medical research

Investigating the role of a protein in hearing loss

The fast motor kinetics of prestin, a protein found in the inner ear, is essential for hearing high-frequency sounds, according to a Northwestern Medicine study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.


Molecular imaging offers insight into 'chemo brain'

A newly published literature review sheds light on how nuclear medicine brain imaging can help evaluate the biological changes that cause chemotherapy-related cognitive impairment (CRCI), commonly known as "chemo brain." ...


Does exercise really help your brain? Jury still out

It's long been thought that working out helps a person stay sharp, but a new review argues there's little solid scientific evidence for the mental benefits of physical exercise.


How to rewire your brain to feel good on Mondays

If you hate Mondays, you're most certainly in good company. After a couple of days off, many of us have difficulty settling back into our routines and work duties. You may even have dread and anxiety that seeps into the weekend ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Forget about it: Investigating how we purge thoughts from our mind

Forgetting is not always easy. If you have ever tried to erase that annoying earworm from your mind or stop thinking about whether you locked the door after leaving the house, you know how disruptive it can be to think about ...


Dieting: Brain amplifies signal of hunger synapses, finds study

Many people who have dieted are familiar with the yo-yo effect: after the diet, the kilos are quickly put back on. Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Metabolism Research and Harvard Medical School have now shown ...


Clues to the cause of chronic gut pain

New insights into chronic gut pain offer hope for improved treatments for irritable bowel syndrome and anxiety treatment.


New technique captures unprecedented view of the active brain

Complex cognition and behavior, in animals and humans alike, hinges on information flowing across a network of deeply interconnected brain cells. For scientists, the scale of that network posed a major obstacle to better ...


New insights into the origins of spinal muscular atrophy

Columbia researchers have discovered how a genetic defect leads to spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), a critical piece of information about the disease that neurologists have been seeking for decades.


Sweets change our brain: Why we can't keep our hands off chocolate

Chocolate bars, crisps and fries—why can't we just ignore them in the supermarket? Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Metabolism Research in Cologne, in collaboration with Yale University, have now shown that foods ...


How the brain's 'internal compass' works

Scientists have gained new insights into the part of the brain that gives us a sense of direction, by tracking neural activity with the latest advances in brain imaging techniques. The findings shed light on how the brain ...