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Friday, October 16, 2015

Brain Research: Boosting the brain's waste disposal system ♦ Scientists find potential epilepsy drug ♦ When punishment doesn't fit the crime

Suppression of epigenetic brain proteins induces autism-like syndrome Findings of a new study reveal a key role of the BET protein family in the regulation of selected genes that control normal development and function of nerve cells
Boosting the brain's waste disposal system Researchers have been investigating the extent to which macrophages, a type of phagocytic immune cell, might be used to eliminate the abnormal protein deposits typically found in the brains of patients with Alzheimer's disease.
Engineers create artificial skin that can send pressure sensation to brain cell Engineers have created a plastic skin-like material that can detect pressure and deliver a Morse code-like signal directly to a living brain cell. The work takes a big step toward adding a sense of touch to prosthetic limbs.
Scientists find potential epilepsy drug A potential new class of drugs has been discovered in mice studies that may prevent the development of temporal lobe epilepsy, one of the most common and devastating forms of epilepsy.
When punishment doesn't fit the crime People with traumatic brain injuries -- such as those incurred from violent accidents or combat -- are more prone to misjudge when faced with situations involving dispute or requiring discipline, new research indicates

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