Scientists advocate for further research on benefits of exercise training for managing multiple sclerosis

A team of experts encouraged ongoing investigation of the benefits of exercise training for individuals with multiple sclerosis, citing shortcomings of available studies. They outlined their outlook for this avenue of research in, “Exercise in multiple sclerosis,” published in The Lancet Neurology. Team members countered the conclusions of recent reviews, which stated that exercise training […]

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Similar patterns of brain activation and language selectivity found in speakers of 45 different languages

Over several decades, neuroscientists have created a well-defined map of the brain’s “language network,” or the regions of the brain that are specialized for processing language. Found primarily in the left hemisphere, this network includes regions within Broca’s area, as well as in other parts of the frontal and temporal lobes. However, the vast majority […]

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Researchers discover novel light-gated potassium channel in neurons

A key approach to understanding the brain is to observe the behavioral effects of turning on specific populations of neurons. One of the most popular approaches to controlling neuronal activity in model systems is called optogenetics and depends on expressing microbial light-gated channels in the neurons of interest. These channels work as light-responsive switches, turning […]

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ALS: Early disease mechanisms discovered

Currently, there is no cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Things could soon change, however. Researchers at FAU and the University of California San Diego (UCSD) have identified a protein that already displays pathological characteristics at an early stage of the neurological disease. The team has published their discovery, which could lead to a new […]

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Can listening to the Beatles improve your memory? New research says music just might stir the brain

When Paul McCartney wrote “Get Back,” he never would have predicted how useful or relevant the song would become for music therapists. The song’s refrain—”Get back to where you once belonged”—might as well be a therapist encouraging a dementia patient to recall a distant memory. In new research, Psyche Loui, an associate professor of music, […]

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