Neuroscience

Epileptic seizures may be linked to an ancient gene family

New research points to a genetic route to understanding and treating epilepsy. Timothy Jegla, an assistant professor of biology at Penn State University, has identified an ancient gene family that plays a role in regulating ...

Neuroscience

Study helps explain how we can sense temperatures

Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute and the Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation (GNF) have shed new light on the molecular mechanism that enables us to sense temperature, such as the heat from ...

Neuroscience

Site for alcohol's action in the brain discovered

Alcohol's inebriating effects are familiar to everyone. But the molecular details of alcohol's impact on brain activity remain a mystery. A new study by researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies brings us closer ...

Medical research

Non-hormonal contraceptive a future possibility

(PhysOrg.com) -- Researchers from the University of California, San Francisco and the Center of Advanced European Study and Research in Bonn, Germany published simultaneous papers this week in Nature which could pave the ...

Neuroscience

Research identifies possible new pathway to treat anxiety

Researchers know that anxiety is a result of repeated stress. William Colmers, a University of Alberta professor in the Department of Pharmacology, is trying to understand why stress affects people differently, and to identify ...

Medical research

Scientists unlock the 'gates' on sudden cardiac death (w/ Video)

Australian researchers have come one step closer to understanding how the rhythm of the heartbeat is controlled and why many common drugs, including some antibiotics, antihistamines and anti-psychotics, can cause a potentially ...

Neuroscience

Light switches for nerve cells

(PhysOrg.com) -- It sounds like a neurobiologist’s dream: a light-switch that allows nerve cells to be switched on and off at will. Three scientists have found just such a light switch and are now being honoured for their ...

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