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    Naltrexone: A History and Future Directions

    Mark Gold, M.D., talks about his Cerebrum article, “Naltrexone: A History and Future Directions,” his long career studying addiction and the brain, and an opioid crisis that kills more Americans each day than gun violence or car accidents.

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    We've narrowed the field to five finalists and need your input to select the new sticker art for the Brain Awareness Week 2019 campaign (March 11-17).

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    The Scouts Healthy Brain Initiative Fun Patch order form has launched!  Earn FREE Dana Scouts Healthy Brain Initiative Fun Patches. Learn about the brain and living a brain-healthy life!  

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    Brain Awareness Week is the global campaign to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research. By registering, your organization joins a global partnership committed to educating the public about the brain and the promise of brain research.

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    Successful Aging and Your Brain

    The Successful Aging & Your Brain program focuses on understanding how the brain works and maximizing brain function and health. The program includes live public forums, videos, and printed resources.

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Top Stories

The Contact Sports Dilemma

by Philip M. Boffey

Phil_Boffey_tWhat should be done in the absence of better knowledge of how to predict the risks to an individual player? Neuroethics column for Brain in the News.



The Art of Discovering New Brain Cells

by Kayt Sukel

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Researchers identify new types of cells--like this rosehip neuron--by looking at the brain through sharper lenses, searching vast gene expression databases, and crowd-sourcing visual analyses.

 

Frontal Lobe Deficits and Financial Scams

by Kayt Sukel

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Dana Grantee Natalie Denburg studies what makes some older adults more susceptible to fraud, and finds it’s probably not early dementia.  One of our series of Q&As with neuroscientists. 

 

The Abused Brain

by Brenda Patoine

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What happens to the brain of a child who is abused, neglected, or otherwise maltreated? Experts weigh in on this and other questions in our new Briefing Paper. 


Robots for ASD Therapy? Maybe as Partners

by Carl Sherman

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Researchers test machine learning and social gaming to find new ways to help children on the autism spectrum focus and learn skills to connect with other people. “The most promising findings are not with the robot as therapist, but as co-therapist,” says one scientist.

The End Comes as a Wave

by Sophie Fessl

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Starved of oxygen, neurons lose their proper electrical charge when we die and a wave of electrochemical energy spreads through the brain. Researchers in Berlin and Cincinnati have, for the first time, recorded such brain tsunamis in dying patients, and also in patients with survivable brain damage, such as brain hemorrhages, suggesting that doctors look for this pattern and act quickly when they see it to save endangered neurons.

Cerebrum

Naltrexone: A History and Future Directions

October 23, 2018

by A. Benjamin Srivastava, M.D.,
and Mark S. Gold, M.D.

 A Novel Therapy for Huntington’s Disease

Trying to kick drug addiction without medicine is like relying on willpower to overcome diabetes or asthma. Enter naltrexone, which reduces cravings by fine-tuning the brain’s chemical reward system.

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You've Got Some Explaining to Do:

You've Got Some Explaining to Do: This compact book can help scientific writers learn and adopt new habits to be successful writing for a non-science audience. Download it for free (PDF). Also available en español (PDF)

Featured Video

Autism is the topic of the latest Neuroscience and Society program, held in October at AAAS in Washington, DC. See also our blogpost about the event.