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Brain Scientists Look Beyond Opioids To Conquer Pain

Enlarge this image Hiroshi Watanabe/Getty Images The goal is simple: a drug that can relieve chronic pain without causing addiction. But achieving that goal has proved difficult, says Edward Bilsky, a pharmacologist who serves as the provost and chief academic officer at Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences in Yakima, Wash. “We know a lot more about pain and addiction than we used to,” says Bilsky, “But it’s been hard to get a practical drug.” Bilsky is moderating a panel on pain, addiction and opioid abuse at the Society for…

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In D.C., Brain Science Meets Behavioral Science To Shed Light On Mental Disorders

The Society for Neuroscience meeting is taking place in Washington, D.C., this weekend. Researchers there are focusing on how to find the biological underpinnings of mental disorders. … Read the referenced story here: In D.C., Brain Science Meets Behavioral Science To Shed Light On Mental Disorders

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Researcher Says Aaron Hernandez’s Brain Showed Signs Of Severe CTE

Enlarge this image Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez in a Boston courtroom days before he hanged himself in his prison cell. Stephan Savoia/AP hide caption toggle caption Stephan Savoia/AP The Boston researcher who examined the brain of former football star Aaron Hernandez says it showed the most damage her team had seen in an athlete so young. Hernandez, whose on-field performance for the New England Patriots earned him a $40 million contract in 2102, hanged himself in a prison cell earlier this year while serving a life…

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Sleepless Night Leaves Some Brain Cells As Sluggish As You Feel

Enlarge this image Darren Pryce/Getty Images/Imagezoo When people don’t get enough sleep, certain brain cells literally slow down. A study that recorded directly from neurons in the brains of 12 people found that sleep deprivation causes the bursts of electrical activity that brain cells use to communicate to become slower and weaker, a team reports online Monday in Nature Medicine. The finding could help explain why a lack of sleep impairs a range of mental functions, says Dr. Itzhak Fried, an author of the study and a professor of neurosurgery…

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Brain is A Piece Of Muscle So Train It Up and Make It Strong With “Lumosity” Today

By now you have undoubtedly heard about how important it is to keep your brain healthy and active. In order to prevent issues as you age, such as Alzheimers, you should try to exercise your mind. This can be done through many different types of brain-training games, but unfortunately they can often be a bit boring or repetitive. For example, Sudoku or other puzzle games can be fun at first, but once you get the hang of them it can feel a bit robotic. Some apps claim to be brain-training,…

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Alzheimer's may be linked to defective brain cells spreading disease

Science Neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s may be linked to defective brain cells disposing toxic proteins that make neighboring cells sick, say researchers. These findings could have major implications for neurological disease in humans and possibly be the way that disease can spread in the brain. Alzheimer’s may be linked to defective brain cells spreading disease

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