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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Brain Research:Improve effectiveness of transcranial magnetic stimulation ♦ New tactic targets brain tumors ♦ Guideline advises when to treat a first seizure

New guideline advises when to treat a first seizure A new guideline found that administering an antiepileptic medication immediately after a first seizure reduces the risk of having another seizure within two years
New tactic targets brain tumors Patients who are obese, diabetic or both have the highest incidence of brain tumors, and they offer a clue that insulin is a factor for some glioblastoma patients. But a new study suggests drugs tested on such tumors targeted the wrong molecules.
Researchers show how blood-brain barrier is maintained In a new study, researchers have made insights into how the blood-brain barrier, or BBB, is maintained, identifying a protein key to the process. Delivering this protein to mice with the rodent equivalent of MS improved their symptoms.
Lessons to be learned from Caribbean treatment of mental health With Caribbean people in the UK nine times more likely than white British counterparts to be diagnosed with schizophrenia, a mental health researcher has visited Jamaica and Barbados to find out what lessons can be learned.
New brain mapping model could improve effectiveness of transcranial magnetic stimulation Brain researchers have developed a new brain mapping model that could improve the success rate of transcranial magnetic stimulation in treating conditions including depression, neuropathic pain, and stroke. The model helps pinpoint target sites during TMS, a procedure that uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain to alleviate or eliminate symptoms of stroke, depression, and attention disorders.

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