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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Brain Research: Special fats proven essential for brain growth ♦ Breakthrough measures Parkinson's progression in brain ♦ Genetic variants with cognitive impairment

Patterns of brain activity reorganize visual perception during eye movements Oscillations of activity observed in the brain could have a role in resetting the sensitivity of neurons after eye movements. Further results suggest these waves could also have a role in supporting the brain's representation of space.
Special fats proven essential for brain growth Certain special fats found in blood are essential for human brain growth and function. New published studies show that mutations in the protein Mfsd2a causes impaired brain development in humans. Mfsd2a is the transporter in the brain for a special type of fat called lysophosphatidyl cholines (LPCs) -- composed of essential fatty acids like omega-3.
Rates of rehospitalization for patients with traumatic brain injury higher than previously reported A new, study shows that rates of hospital readmission following a traumatic brain injury (TBI) are greater than other chronic diseases and injuries and are higher than previously reported.
Breakthrough measures Parkinson's progression in brain A biomarker that shows the progression of Parkinson's disease in the brain has been identified by researchers, opening the door to better diagnosis and treatment of the degenerative disease.
Study examines association of genetic variants with cognitive impairment Individually rare but collectively common, intermediate-size copy number variations may be negatively associated with educational attainment. Copy number variations (CNVs) are regions of the genome that differ in the number of segments of DNA.

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