The Neuroscience of Bedtime

May 24, 2016

Chronically rising too early or too late can lead to health troubles. 

Depression, the Placebo Effect, and the Brain

May 9, 2016

People who react strongly to placebos also react strongly to antidepressants, and vice versa, according to new research. Splitting clinical trials by reactor/nonreactor might help researchers better test a potential drug’s effectiveness.

How Zika Virus Affects the Developing Brain

May 2, 2016

After crossing the placenta, the virus appears to kill the radial glia, the ‘founder’ stem cells that generate all cell types in the cortex.

Investigating Connectivity

April 20, 2016

Researchers share progress on the effects of altering synaptic connections in the brain at a symposium at the New York Academy of Sciences.

Team Science

April 7, 2016

By sharing information and combining data on psychiatric disorders, “we’re starting to nail down some real findings—reliable genetic associations that are meaningful, consistent, and measurable,” says one researcher.

‘Mini-Brains’ in the Works

March 31, 2016

Tiny clumps of reprogrammed cells that send impulses to one another could prove fertile testing ground for brain researchers and toxicologists.

Depression: Treatment Beyond Medication

March 23, 2016

The American College of Physicians has issued a new clinical practice guideline suggesting that cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is an equally viable choice to treat adults with depression.

The Search for the Signature of Depression

March 15, 2016

Using longitudinal studies of families and brain imaging of children, researchers find potential biomarkers of risk.

Cholesterol-Regulating Enzyme is a Promising New Target for Alzheimer's Prevention

March 8, 2016

The Idol enzyme, first considered a target for preventing heart disease, also appears to influence the amount of harmful plaques in the brain.

Zika and the Brain

February 29, 2016

How viruses like Zika disturb fetal brain development is a long-standing mystery.

Scientists Zero in on Immune Factor that Links Maternal Infection to Autism-like Signs in Mice

February 24, 2016

Immune protein IL-17A may directly influence fetal brain development.

Teasing Out Effects of Practice, Emotion in the Creative Brain

February 22, 2016

Studies asking musicians to improvise while having their brains scanned suggest that extended practice in being creative leads to less activity in some control-related brain regions and stronger network connections.

New Clues to the Causes of Bipolar Disorder

February 16, 2016

Cell and animal models point to abnormalities in two brain areas. 

Small Interactions, Big Effects: The Future of Huntington’s Disease Treatment

February 11, 2016

Researchers investigate an FDA-approved diabetes drug that affects effect on energy production in cells.

Optogenetics Moves Towards the Clinic

February 8, 2016

Treating inherited retinal disease and deafness are likely near-term applications. 

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