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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Brain Research: Playing 3-D video games can boost memory formation ♦ Geometric study of brain cells could change strategies on Alzheimer's

Human trials suggest 'rescued' drug could be safer treatment for bipolar disorder Ebselen, abandoned as a stroke treatment, has a successful first human trial as scientists aim to repurpose it as a treatment for bipolar disorder.
Antidepressant with novel action appears safe, effective A small clinical trial of a novel antidepressant that stimulates neurogenesis -- the production of new brain cells -- shows that the compound appears to be safe and may be effective against depression.
Geometric study of brain cells could change strategies on Alzheimer's Applying mathematical models used for studying the galaxies or interactions between elementary particles, researchers have analysed the spatial distribution of astrocytes: brain cells that are essential for the correct functioning of neurons.
Playing 3-D video games can boost memory formation Playing three-dimensional video games -- besides being lots of fun -- can boost the formation of memories, according to neurobiologists. Along with adding to the trove of research that shows these games can improve eye-hand coordination and reaction time, this finding shows the potential for novel virtual approaches to helping people who lose memory as they age or suffer from dementia.

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