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Brain connections are more sophisticated than thought

Brain connections are more sophisticated than thought

In 1959, a scientist named Edward Gray showed that the miniscule gaps between neurons where chemical messages are sent, called synapses, come in two main varieties, which researchers later dubbed “excitatory” and “inhibitory.” Inhibitory synapses act as the brakes in the brain, preventing it from becoming overexcited. Researchers thought they were less sophisticated than their […]

Tiny ‘fitbits’ to keep tabs on the body from within

Tiny ‘fitbits’ to keep tabs on the body from within

BERKELEY, Calif. (Reuters) – Scientists are developing dust-sized wireless sensors implanted inside the body to track neural activity in real-time, offering a potential new way to monitor or treat a range of conditions including epilepsy and control next-generation prosthetics. The tiny devices have been demonstrated successfully in rats, and could be tested in people within […]

Researchers Develop Tool to Visualize Entire CNS in Mice, May Increase Understanding of Epilepsy

Researchers Develop Tool to Visualize Entire CNS in Mice, May Increase Understanding of Epilepsy

A new imaging tool recently developed by researchers at the Institute for Stroke and Dementia Research at Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich may markedly improve our understanding of how brain lesions can lead to the development of chronic diseases such as dementia or epilepsy. The tool, described in the study “Shrinkage-mediated imaging of entire organs and organisms […]

How technology is reducing seizures in patients with epilepsy

How technology is reducing seizures in patients with epilepsy

Via Miami Herald When 29-year-old Krystle Thrasher was diagnosed with epilepsy in 2011, she often had 10 to 15 seizures a month despite taking medication to help control her seizure activity. “After a seizure, I would be tired and just want to go to bed,” said Thrasher, a paralegal who lives in Sunrise with her […]

Relief for epilepsy at the scale of a single cell

Relief for epilepsy at the scale of a single cell

Date: August 23, 2016 Source: Linköping University Summary: Researchers have developed in collaboration with French colleagues a small device that both detects the initial signal of an epileptic attack and doses a substance that effectively stops it. All this takes place where the signal arises — in an area of size 20chr(‘215’)20 μm known as a ‘neural pixel.’ […]

Researchers unravel mechanism by which hippocampal stem cells regulate their own fate

Researchers unravel mechanism by which hippocampal stem cells regulate their own fate

To date, it has been assumed that the differentiation of stem cells depends on the environment they are embedded in. A research group at the University of Basel now describes for the first time a mechanism by which hippocampal neural stem cells regulate their own cell fate via the protein Drosha. The journal Cell Stem […]

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