Neuroscience

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Poor sleep linked to Alzheimer’s disease

Deposits of beta-amyloid appear to lead to a vicious cycle in which sleep is further disturbed and memory impaired.
teen girl

Even when at rest, our brains prepare us to be social

The brain has a major system that seems predisposed to get us ready to be social in our spare moments.
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Neuroscience helps explain American households’ $12 trillion debt

Op-ed: Psychiatrist explains how consumerist culture has warped Americans’ brains into reckless spending.
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Deep brain stimulation tested as treatment for cognitive changes in Parkinson's

Parkinson’s disease profoundly affects learning and memory as it progresses, and there currently are no good treatments for these aspects of the disease.

Extended space travel may warp astronauts' brains

Worrisome news for potential missions to Mars: Long-term galactic cosmic ray exposure can cause permanent dementia-like cognitive impairments.

Cal-BRAIN selects 16 California research projects for seed grants

Projects will speed development of new brain technologies, or ‘neurotechnologies.’
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Turning back the clock on Parkinson’s

The Movement Disorder Center at UC San Diego is investigating ways of earlier diagnosis of Parkinson's and other progressive diseases.
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Retired NFL players who suffered concussions show pattern of protein deposits

New test may lead to better identification of brain disorders linked to contact sports.
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The brain game

A team of researchers provides new insight into what occurs in the brain during the learning process.
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Understanding how neurons shape memories of smells

Discovery has implications for understanding epilepsy, the cause of which also stems from the olfactory cortex.

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